SES History

The Society of Earth Scientists

An IYPE-2008 Initiative

International Year of Planet Earth-2008 called for the integration of all the domains of earth sciences to understand Earth processes as a whole and to popularize the importance of earth sciences within the society and encourage young brains to take up career in earth sciences. Keeping these objectives in mind, some enthusiastic earth scientists from Geological Survey of India and Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany, Lucknow, India  founded “The Society of Earth Scientists (SES)”, a not for profit scientific organization registered under ‘Societies Act’ for closer interaction among the scientists of all the domains and to encourage them to devote time for outreach activities. To reach scientific community, students and common people alike SES launched India’s first open access quarterly e-Journal Earth Science India on 26th January’08, an e-Journal devoted for the development of earth sciences.

This initiative from India to meet the objective of IYPE invited lot of attention, encouragement and appreciation across the Globe during. In an article on Earth Science India published in journal of Environmental Geology the Honorary Editor of the e-Journal and General Secretary, SES Dr. Satish C. Tripathi wrote ‘Earth Science is a multidisciplinary subject where scientists belonging to entirely different branches of science work for the common cause. Advanced research vis-à-vis social impact requires mutual cooperation, support, understanding and unity among scientists. “We must join hands together for safer earth”- is the motto of The (newly constituted) Society of Earth Scientists (SES). This is not only true for the scientists of various disciplines but also for the scientists working in developed and developing countries worldwide. We have to strengthen this bonding and carry the message beyond the designated period.’ (Environmental Geology ,Volume 55, Number 8, 1835-1836, DOI: 10.1007/s00254-008-1398-6). Several national and International organizations started providing links with the e-Journal.

While on one hand the publication of e-Journal Earth Science India continued on a regular basis and flourished, SES got strength by the support of earth science community, organized conferences and meetings wherein eminent citizens, apart from scientists, were also invited to share their views and expectations from earth scientists as common man’s needs. Now, SES has developed strong footing continuing to meet its objective. The movement was further strengthened when Dr. Shailesh Nayak, eminent scientist and Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India accepted to be the Patron of SES and Sri Rasik Ravindra, a noted polar scientist and Director, National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa, India took over as Chairman of SES. The Society of Earth Scientists received valuable guidance and support of Dr Harsh Gupta, Chairman, IYPE Indian Committee; Prof. S. K. Tandon, Pro-VC, Delhi University;  Dr. N. C. Mehrotra, Director, Birbal Sahani Institute of Palaeobotany;  Dr. V. P. Dimri, Director, National Geophysical Research Institute;  Dr. V.P. Mishra, Dr. S. Mukerjee, Directors, Geological Survey of India; Prof. A. R. Bhattacharya, Lucknow; Prof. L.S.Chamyal, Baroda;  Prof. R. Ramesh, PRL, Ahmedabad;  Dr. M. Baba, Director, CESS, …… an endless list of senior and fellow earth scientists who came forward to make this a mass movement at an early stage. On an International level, Dr. Ed F.J. de Mulder, Executive Director, IYPE and Dr. Ted Neiled, Chair, Outreach IYPE Programmes provided their valuable support. IUGS published about ESI and extended support. Our sincere gratitude to all.

For details about the programmes organized by SES please visit “Event” and “Photo Gallery”.


A – Constitution:

  1. The Society shall consist of Patron, Chairman, Executive Council and Fellows.
  2. Patron and Chairman shall be duly nominated by the Executive Council.
  3. Fellows, whose number shall be unlimited, shall be Earth scientists enrolled in accordance with the regulations of the Society.
  4. Area of operation shall be all India.
  5. Scope of operation shall bescientific/societal endevours in the field of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
  6. The Headquarters of the Society shall be located at C-207, Indira Nagar, Lucknow
  7. Objectives:
  • To provide a single platform for all Earth Scientists above the discipline and organizational boundaries to interact, communicate and share the information, achievements and researches to their fellow scientists across the Globe.
  • To promote interaction among scientific bodies, institutions (private and/orstate -owned) engaged in the work related to Earth and Environmental Sciences and Government for the larger interest of earth science community.
  • To initiate facilities/institution for interdisciplinary researches, and co-ordinate into and involve in the investigation of the problems related to earth and environment which require national / international co-operation.
  • To bring benefits of earth science researches to the society.
  • To undertake and execute all acts which shall promote all or any of the aims and objectives of the Society.
  • To achieve the aforesaid objectives, the Society shall use the following methods:

B – Privileges:

  1. Fellows shall have the right to vote, nominate and stand for election to the office of the Society.

C – Elections:

  1. Earth scientists for Fellow of SES shall be proposed by one and seconded by another Fellow of the Society. The name of the candidate, his proposer and seconder, shall be laid before a meeting of the council and if approved, the candidate shall be enrolled as a Fellow of the Society.
  1. Executive Council can invite senior earth scientists to be the Fellow of the SES

D – Subscription:

  1. There is NO MEMBERSHIP FEE for becoming the Fellow of the Society as of now. However, the Council has right to introduce the membership fee to meet the objectives of the Society at any point of time which will be binding on all the members.

E – Subventions:

  1. The Society shall be empowered to accept grants from the central and provincial governments and other bodies.

F – The Council and its Officers:

  1. The General Body Meeting of the Society has the supreme authority in all matters connected with the Society. The administration, direction and management of the affairs of the Society shall be entrusted to an Executive Council composed of the following members of the Society:
  • The President
  • The Vice-President
  • The General Secretary
  • The Joint
  • The Treasurer
  • Two Members
  1. The election of the office bearers and other fellows of the Council shall take place by postal ballots. The Council members shall be elected once in Three years from among the Fellows.

G – Properties:

  1. The President or Council shall be in-charge of all the properties of the Society.

H – Amendments to constitution:

  1. Amendments or changes in the constitution may be brought up for consideration at any General Body Meeting after due notice has been given and provided the meeting is attended by ten per cent of the Fellows on roll or fifteen whichever is less. In case no quorum is available, the quorum of the postponed meeting be reduced to one-half. The Fellows not residing at the Headquarters of the Society shall be entitled to vote by proxy. Voting by proxy shall be valid only on proxy form prescribed by the Society.

I – Rules for business:

  1. The Council shall have the power to frame rules of procedure, which shall be subjected to ratification at the next Annual General Body Meeting of the society.
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