If you take a look at the website of the British Geological Survey, you’ll see that its primary role is the production of geoscience knowledge. No surprise there. But is that enough? Karen Hanghøj, the new director of the BGS, thinks that its mission needs to go further.
She argues that geoscience needs to be a more outward looking discipline. It isn’t enough simply to do research, it’s also vitally important that we make people aware that geoscientists have information that is relevant to public debate and the policy making process. Too often we’re just not at the table when major issues of public policy that are underpinned by geological knowledge are being discussed.
This is a conversation rich with insights that come from a career spent at the interface between business, science and policy making.
As usual, on our side the conversation involves Iain Stewart, Cam McCuaig and Neil Evans. As is so often the case, it begins by looking at the biggest challenges facing geoscience today.