Chair’s blog (August 2020)

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The signs are that many AGS members have returned to work and most site projects are now forging ahead. COVID-19 Risk Assessments and new methods of working are the new norm, but it is also a bit unsettling to see some situations, both at work and closer to home, where COVID precautions seem to have lapsed. It’s time to remember that we are not COVID-free just yet, so please remain vigilant, take personal responsibility, and most importantly stay safe. If everyone remains singing from the same hymn sheet, we can defeat this virus.

Onto topics more uplifting: The AGS has successfully delivered it’s first webinar, where Nick Koor of the University of Portmouth discussed the opportunity for a change in the geoscience curricula which could open up the subject to a more inclusive and diverse society. We have a short article in this month’s magazine, found on page 8, but we will follow up with a more detailed article about Urban Geoscience in our next issue.

The Yellow Book revision has restarted and the Working Group will be commenting on a first Draft before the end of the month. It is planned for a Draft for public comment to be available before the end of the year. So watch out for announcements in the very near future.

We also have more webinars planned before the end of the year, covering hot topics such as SPTs, AGS 4.0, AGSi and Instrumentation and Monitoring. Full details including dates and times will be provided through social media and on the AGS website. This is a great way to build up your CPD points but also a fantastic opportunity to listen to leading experts and current issues which affect our working lives.
If you have any ideas or topics you would like to see potentially discussed during future AGS webinars, please contact us at ags@ags.org.uk.

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