Established in 1963
"Engineering Geology is the science devoted to the investigation, study and solution of the engineering and environmental problems which may arise as the result of the interaction between geology and the works and activities of man as well as to the prediction and of the development of measures for prevention or remediation of geological hazards." (IAEG statutes, 1992).
Rudolph Glossop (1902 - 1993) is credited with bringing together academics and practitioners in engineering geology in the UK; he was involved in setting up the Engineering Group in 1964 and, in 1966, the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology, having previously also help set up the Geotechnical Society and the journal Geotechnique in 1948.
Glossop was the eighth Rankine Lecturer in 1967; he was also Chairman of the Engineering Group (1965-68) and Vice President of the Geological Society (1969). Glossop’s contribution to engineering geology is recognised by the Engineering Group of the Geological Society through the prestigious Glossop Lecture and Glossop Award, established in 1997.
The Glossop Lecture was initiated as the most prestigious lecture of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society, to be presented by an invited eminent engineering geologist. The requirement for the presentation is that it should highlight the contribution made in the application of engineering geology to civil engineering. This may be achieved by utilizing a subject that illustrates a particular expertise or summarizes a significant contribution to the science by the invitee. The Glossop Medal Nomination Guidance Notes outline the process and requirements for nominating someone for the Glossop Medal Lecture.
Nominations are now accepted for the Glossop Lecture and Medal from Academia and Professional practice for candidates who are:
considered technical experts in their field of Engineering Geology;
are actively engaged with the Engineering Geology community; and
have made a significant contribution to advancing the cause and science of Engineering Geology.
Candidates are likely to be a 'senior' academic or industry figure with greater than 30 years' experience, although nominations will be considered for candidates with less experience who can demonstrate their credentials in the above criteria.
The Glossop Medal Nomination Guidance Notes linked outline the process and requirements for nomiating someone for the Glossop Medal Lecture.
Previous Winners of the Glossop Medal
(With link to video of lecture and paper)
6th Glossop Medal Lecture: Professor Paul Marinos (2002) Ongoing challenges in engineering geology for tunnelling in difficult ground
13th Glossop Medal Lecture by Ruth Allington (2012) Engineering geology and geomorphology in the design, operation and rehabilitation of quarries: forms and processes, models and cycles, roles and responsibilities