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Monthly News and Jobs Digest - October 2017

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Welcome to the October Digest from the Press Office of the British Society for Geomorphology. Below you will find the latest New, Jobs and Opportunities sent in by our membership over the last month.

To send us an item for next month’s Digest, please contact us at [email protected] – or share on Twitter using #BSGNews or #BSGJobs

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BSG at UnEarthed – NERC Science Showcase 2017

In conjunction the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee the BSG outreach committee will be running a ‘Glaciers, water, and sand…you are in command!!’ activity at the NERC UnEarthed event.  The event, to be held at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh in November is open to schools, the general public, NGOs and government stakeholders with an expected 6000 visitors over the 4 days. The team will be running three hands on activities broadly based around the hydrological cycle; an augmented reality sandbox will be used to show surface water processes, a 3D printed model of Ben Nevis with a liberal application of ‘glacial goo’ will show glacial processes and an electron microscope will project thin sections of the different rocks which underlay Arthur’s Seat onto the big screen to look at how the properties of rock control the availability of groundwater. 


The University of Hull, SeriousGeoGames and the Environment Agency will also be running the ‘Science of Floods’ exhibit, featuring the Virtual Reality games – TideBox and Flash Flood! They will also be seen around Edinburgh with their science busking.


We are keen to hear from any members of the Society if there are planning on exhibiting and/or attending this event.

Windsor Workshop 2017

Bookings are now open for our annual Windsor Postgraduate Workshop – more details here. This has booked out very quickly in previous years, so make sure you don’t miss out!

The Flood Expo 2017

The Society’s Press Officer, Dr Chris Skinner, spoke to attendees of the Flood Expo, held at the Excel Centre, London, on the 27th and 28th September. Chris presented on the importance of understanding the links between geomorphology and flooding, highlighting the key research in this area from members of the Society, and also showcasing the work the Society does and what we can offer to members from Industry.

#BSGJobs and Opportunities sent in by members

The European Geoscience Union is looking for a new Communications Officer – it would be fantastic to get a Geomorphologist into this position! Deadline: 5th November 2017

The School of Environmental Sciences, University of Hull, are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Flood Hazard and Morphodynamic Modelling (24 months). For informal enquiries please contact, Professor Tom Coulthard E: [email protected] T: 01482 466065. Deadline: 10th November 2017

The Department of Geography at Durham University seeks to appoint three outstanding individuals at the Assistant Professor level in physical geography. Details of each post are available via the links below. Applications are now open, but please note the different deadlines for the three positions. Please contact the Head of Department, Professor Mike Bentley ([email protected]) with queries.

1. Assistant Professor in Earth surface dynamics and geohazards: 

We are seeking an individual to complement and extend existing research into the rates, patterns, and drivers of environmental processes, including work on sediment transfers, biogeochemical reactions, carbon fluxes across landscapes, and geohazards. (Deadline: 2 Jan 2018)

2. Assistant Professor in reconstructing palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironmental change:

We are looking for an individual with research expertise in reconstructing past climates and/or environmental change, to complement or expand our existing research profile. We welcome applications from candidates who have experience in analysing terrestrial, lacustrine and/or marine archives. (Deadline: 24 Nov 2017)

3. Assistant Professor in sea level change: 

We are looking for an individual with research experience in sea level change, with interests that complement or expand our existing expertise on (i) long-term trends in both tropical and high-latitude regions; (ii) records of abrupt events (e.g. earthquake induced change); and (iii) monitoring of recent and ongoing coastal evolution. (Deadline: 24 Nov 2017)