British Geological Survey (BGS)

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is a non-departmental public body, part of the Natural Environment Research Council, who is responsible to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. We are the UK’s principal provider of objective and authoritative geoscientific information and knowledge for wealth creation, sustainable use of natural resources, reducing risk and living with the impacts of environmental change. BGS is Britain’s national geological survey and has been in existence since 1835. BGS works for both the public and private sectors and employs around 640 staff, 520 of which are scientists. Our annual budget is in the region of £50 million, a little over half of which comes from the UK government’s Science Budget, with the remainder coming from external commissioned research.