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Strategy 2012-17 as Agreed by EC 26th February 2013

The BSG, as the professional British organisation for geomorphologists, will advance the science of geomorphology,  and provide a community and services for those involved in teaching, research or practice in geomorphology,. It will continue to foster excellence and seek increased support for geomorphology through three main strands:

1.    The promotion of research by the training of postgraduate students, the formation of working parties sponsoring co-operative research projects to address key problems, the publication of the results of such research, the holding of meetings, strengthening the existing link with the Geological Society whilst maintaining the link with the RGS(IBG) and by co-operating with kindred European organisations and others including the IAG. The existing pattern of grants will be awarded according to resources available and will respond to the demand from early-career researchers and postgraduates. Support for ESPL will be further developed by reinforcing  communication between the BSG and Wiley-Blackwell, BSG awards (Linton, Warwick etc) will be publicised more, stronger links will be developed as appropriate with other geomorphological  societies, and there will be greater emphasis on applied geomorphological research, having a major impact on environmental policy and practice and providing a public benefit;

2.    The promotion of educational activities and the wider public understanding of the science of geomorphology and its contribution to society, its presence in schools, by the preparation and dissemination of teaching materials and the organisation of conferences and courses. We will clarify the benefits of membership,  improve the Society’s Website and its functionality; ensure the departmental representatives system is reinvigorated and is proactive, and consider producing a press release at the AGM, brief the AGM organising committee/hosts on BSG needs, maintain and reinforce the impressive publications policy including Geomorphological Techniques (Online Edition) and wherever possible disseminate new geomorphological research and policy agendas;

3.    The promotion of professional geomorphology by the organisation of short workshops and conferences for practising geomorphologists, and the dissemination of current best-practice to practitioner communities. We will encourage uptake of chartered geomorphologist by members who have the experience to meet the requirements for the professional qualification specified for Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to become C.Geog (Geomorph), propose a Fellowship status for members,  publicise geomorphological work with government, encourage media coverage including newspaper articles to highlight geomorphology’s societal role, develop more industrial-research links; and seek to develop a new generation of geomorphologists equipped to address interdisciplinary challenges.