PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Professor Jane Plant has been an extremely active member of the professional community, with a large number of posts during her career, in learned societies, engineering institutions, advisory panels, Royal Commissions, and universities around the world. A full list of these is given in her curriculum vitae, but a selection of the most significant are listed here:-

  • 2003 Technical Advisor to the International Atomic Energy Agency panel on Natural Background of Radioactivity associated with Uranium deposits.
  • 2003 Member of Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining Council and Management Board
  • 1997-2002 Associate Editor, 'Episodes', the journal of the International Union of Geological Sciences
  • 2001 President of the Institution of Mining & Metallurgy
  • 2001 Member of the Council of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee
  • 2001 Member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Earth Sciences
  • 2001 Chairman of the DEFRA Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances
  • 2001 Member of the Chemical Stakeholder Forum
  • 2001 Tetelman Fellowship at Yale University
  • 2000 Councillor, International Union of GeoSciences
  • 1999 Member of the Royal Commission for Environmental Pollution
  • 1999-2003 Reviewer / panel member on EU 5th Framework Programme
  • 1998-2001 Member of Council, Minerals Industry Research Organisation
  • 1998 Member, Awards Committee of the Geological Society
  • 1997-2003 Visiting Professor, University of Nottingham, School of Chemical, Environmental and Mining Engineering
  • 1995 Member, Geological Society Working Group on Women Geologists
  • 1993 Visiting Professor, University of Liverpool, Department of Earth Sciences
  • 1992-94 Distinguished Lecturer of Association of Exploration Geochemistry, (world-wide remit to deliver lectures with funding from the Association)
  • 1988-89 Vice President Middleton Exploration Services Inc, Canada and a Director of Glen Auden Resources plc (sabbatical year to work in industry)
  • 1986-88 Member, Council of the Geological Society
  • 1985-89 Associate Editor, Applied Geochemistry
  • 1985-87 Visiting Professor of Economic Geology, University of Strathclyde
  • 1985 Visiting Professor, University of Berne, Switzerland
  • 1977-87 Member of the Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry Sub-Committee of the Royal Society
Various Government and National Committees:-
  • 1999-2000 Member of Foresight Panel on Energy and Natural Environment
  • 1999 Member of OST/Research Assessment Exercise 2001 Earth & Environmental Sciences (OST is the UK Parliament Office of Science & Technology)
  • 1999 Member of Tomorrow Project - A 3-year programme of research and consultation about people's lives by 2020
  • 1998-2001 Member of Department of Trade and Industry LINK/TCS Board
  • 1998 Member of Parliamentary & Scientific Committee
  • 1998-2001 Associate of The Conservation Foundation (Chairman, David Bellamy)
  • 1998-2003 Member of Science Panel, National Museums and Galleries of Wales
  • 1997 Leader of NERC-MRC Environment & Health Initiative
  • 1997 Member of NERC URGENT Thematic Programme Steering Committee
  • 1997 Chairman, OST, Environment Means Business, Conference, London
  • 1996-99 Member of OST Natural Resources & Environment (NRE) Technology Foresight Panel
  • 1996 Co-chairman of the OST NRE Sustainable Resource & Environment Management Sub-Group
  • 1996 Member of OST Health & Life Sciences Technology Foresight Panel
  • 1996-99 Member of Organising Committee, CBI UK Minerals '98 Event
  • 1996 Member, Parliamentary Minerals Group
  • 1996 Co-organiser and Panel Chairman, UK Minerals Industry Forum
  • 1996 Contribution on Draft Statutory Guidance on Contaminated Land, London
  • 1995 Member, NERC Environmental Diagnostics sub-committee
  • 1994-2000 Member, CBI Minerals Committee
  • 1993-96 Member, DTI Mineral Resources Investigation Review Committee
  • 1987 Member, NERC Deep Drilling Working Party
  • 1987 Member, NERC Chemistry Review Panel
  • 1980-82 Member of the Royal Society Ordnance Survey Scientific Committee.
  • 1979-82 Member, Royal Society working group on Environmental Geochemistry and Health.
Some other academic and international activities:-
  • 2004 Member of Scientific and Management Audit of the National Environment Research Council Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • 2004 Co-Convenor of two Geochemistry Sessions, International Geological Conference, Florence
  • 2003 External PhD examiner, Bristol University
  • 2003 External PhD examiner, University of Surrey
  • 2000-02 Member of Advisory Board of The Science in the Total Environment (STOTEN)
  • 2000 Member of committee reviewing Australian collaborative research centre on landscape evolution
  • 2000 Leader of interpretation team for FOREGS geochemical mapping programme
  • 2000 Member of Editorial Board for the Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
  • 1999 Member of editorial board of International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
  • 1999-2003 Reviewer / panel member on EU 5th Framework Programme
  • 1999 Member of Appointment Committee for Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Trondheim, Norway
  • 1999 Member of UNESCO International Union of GeoScientists (IUGS) Strategy Group
  • 1999 Member of international panel of experts to evaluate report on Kakadu National Park, on behalf of the International Council of Science
  • 1998 Member of organising committee of 2nd Conference on Environmental Geochemical Baseline Mapping in Europe, September 1999, Vilnius
  • 1998-2002 External Examiner, Lancaster University
  • 1998 Member of Advisory Panel for Centre for Earth & Environmental Science Research, Kingston University
  • 1997 Member of Individual Merit Panel for scientist of Norwegian Geological Survey
  • 1997 External Examiner, PhD, Wageningen, Holland
  • 1997 External Examiner, MSc course, University of Cape Town
  • 1996 Honorary President of the Environment Society, Nottingham University
  • 1996 Member of appointment panel for Professor of Economic Geology, Trondheim, Norway
  • 1996 External examiner, University of Helsinki
  • 1996 Leader of the Scientific Committee for, Environmental Geochemical Baseline Mapping in Europe, Conference, Slovakia
  • 1996 Co-convenor, AEG International Workshop on Legislative uses of Geochemical Baseline Data for Sustainable Development, Norway
  • 1995-98 External examiner, University of Leicester
  • 1995 Chairman of session on sediment-hosted ore deposits, international SGA meeting, Prague
  • 1995 Advisor on Geochemistry Course, Hull University
  • 1995 Co-Leader, International Geological Correlation Programme (IGCP) Project 360, Global Geochemical Baselines; now International Union Geosciences/International Association Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry Continental Geochemical Baselines Programme (adopted by UN committee on land resources)
  • 1995-97 Chairman, Forum of European Geological Surveys (FOREGS) Geochemistry Task Group
  • 1994-97 Referee of proposals on Training and Mobility for Researchers, EU programmes (1994-1998)
  • 1994 Member of panel of referees of European Science Foundation concerned with economic geology
  • 1994 Co-chairman (with head of London Metal Exchange), of Mining & Metal Agency of Japan (mineral resources section of MITI, Japan) MMAJ Forum'94 on the global minerals market, London
  • 1991-94 External Examiner, MSc Course, University of Leicester
  • 1991 Co-convenor with Professor Bjorklund, Finland, of session on Environmental Geochemistry and Health, International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry, Uppsala
  • 1989 Ontario Geological Survey: member of review team on the Minerals and Geochemistry Programmes
  • 1989-94 Co-ordinator of EU countries activities for IGCP 259 (World Geochemical Atlas)
  • 1989-95 Member of Western European Geological Surveys (WEGS) programme to prepare Geochemical Maps of Western Europe
  • 1988-93 Member of Steering Group of IGCP 259 (World Geochemical Atlas)
  • 1988-93 Member of Field Methods Committee, IGCP 259
  • 1987 Co-Chairman, Anomaly Selection Criteria Workshop at 12th International Geochemical Exploration Symposium, Orleans, France
  • 1985 Chairman. Regional geochemistry session at 11th International Geochemical Exploration Symposium, Toronto, Canada
  • 1985 Co-convenor, Royal Society Discussion Meeting on Environmental Geochemistry
  • 1983 United Kingdom representative on Geochemical Exploration Working Group of International Association of Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry
  • 1982 Chairman, Lithogeochemistry Session, 9th International Geochemical Exploration Symposium, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1982 Consultant to Finnish Geological Survey with Professor W S Fyfe FRS on Interpretation of Geochemical Data
  • 1974-78 Member of International Working Group on Global Exchange and Processing of Information (GEPIC) (IGCP project No. 154. National correspondent for 'GEPIC' and 'IGCP' project No. 154

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