Geology Matters Issue No 11
Introduction Director's Discourse Irish Geoscience Graduate Programme IRETHERM Dublin on the Rocks GSI Awards 2010 USGS visit GSI TELLUS Border Geoscience 2010 Conference Geoscience Initiatives Programme Staff News New Products

Welcome to Issue No. 11 of Geology Matters, the newsletter of the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI). Regrettably it’s been a while since our last issue – just over a year to be precise – and the editorial team would like to apologise for the lengthy absence. Knowing that our avid audience would have missed us a lot, we fervently hope that Issue 12 will not take as long to materialise as this one!

In this issue GSI’s Geoscience Initiatives Programme takes centre stage. GSI is very much a projects-based organisation and we deliver or partner in a wide range of projects across a variety of sectors. Our Geoscience Initiatives are those projects that we manage internally and that are targeted at strategic national Geoscience themes as outlined in the National Geoscience Programme 2007 – 2013. Here we provide an overview of them.

November 2010 saw our Geoscience 2010 conference take place in Dublin Castle. Over two days much of our work, (including that where we provide support to project partners), was showcased to a large audience. Here Koen Verbruggen casts his eye back over the geological extravaganza that unfolded! GSI’s Minister, Conor Lenihan, has just announced the commencement of the Tellus Border project, a €5 million geo-environmental survey in Ireland’s border counties. Here we provide an introduction. GSI has been involved in new publications and products, including an audio guide and a touring book; we have a look at these, and others, in this issue. Our new acting Director also gives an overview of key GSI activities in his Discourse. He also pays tribute to his predecessor, Peadar McArdle.

And that’s not all, please read on for information about even more GSI activities. We hope you enjoy this all-action edition of Geology Matters!



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Geology Matters Editorial Team
Enda Gallagher, Chair
Koen Verbruggen
Ray Scanlon
Ronnie Creighton
Raphael Kelly