John Ludden

I am the Executive Director of the British Geological Survey (BGS). The BGS is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) of the UK and provides geoscience research, expert services and impartial advice in all areas of geosciences to the public and private sectors both in the UK and internationally. I oversees the activities of BGS in the UK and internationally of approximately 650 people at three principal BGS sites in Keyworth near Nottingham (HQ), in Edinburgh, and Wallingford. Prior to taking the post at the BGS, I was Associate Director for the Earth Sciences at the CNRS, the French National Centre for Scientific Research. I also served as Director of Research for the CNRS in Nancy, France, where I also taught at the French National School of Geology (ENSG-Nancy). Before moving to France in 1995 I was professor of geochemistry at the University of Montreal. I hold a doctorate in igneous petrology from the University of Manchester, UK. I served as the President of the European Geosciences Union and of EuroGeosurveys and I am a Research Director “classe exceptionelle” with the CNRS, France and is a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Oxford and Leicester in the UK. I am foreign memeber of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Location: UK
Organisation: BGS-NERC
Role: Executive Director
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Areas of interest / Expertise:
  • Geology and geochemistry.
  • Governance
  • International development