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Earth Science Week: 8-16 October 2016

Earth Science Week: 8-16 October 2016

The Society has hosted Earth Science Week since 2011. Last year, over 50 events were run across the country, promoting the amazing geology all around us in the UK and Ireland, and we’re hoping that 2016 will be even bigger.

Earth Science in Action

This year, we’ve launched our new geology careers web pages, highlighting the range of careers available to geoscience graduates. We’d love to hear from geologists around the country about their work and where it takes them. 

With this in mind, the theme for 2016’s Earth Science Week is ‘Earth Science in Action.’

Read the latest updates on the blog

Events announced so far:


Photo Competition

This year’s photo competition shares its theme with Earth Science Week – ‘Earth Science in Action.’ Photographers can interpret the theme in any way they wish – from the dynamic processes that shape our Earth, to fieldwork or exploration. The only rule is, images must feature the geology of the UK & Ireland. Find out more about prizes and how to enter on the blog.

Schools event: Sustainable water supplies for communities

The Society is running a special schools event on Thursday 13 October with geologists from the British Geological Survey. The workshop will explore how water resources are discovered and the multiple factors influencing responsible water management, from climate change and contamination issues to competing socio-economic needs. 

Groups of around 10 A/AS level students would get the most out of this event; to find out how your school can take part please visit the event page.

Explore more events & activities on our online calendar

How to take part

To register an event as part of Earth Science Week, please download the registration form and return to Sarah Day as soon as possible.

All ideas are welcome – feel free to interpret the theme however you choose! 


Could you host a geowalk in your local area, or provide information for self guided tours? Throughout Earth Science Week, we’re encouraging people to take part in geowalks in towns, cities or the countryside – send us details if you’d like your walk to be included in our listings.

If you’d like to go on your own self guided geowalk, you can find a range of links to self guided walks on our geowalks page – if your area isn’t listed, why not write your own and we’ll add it to the events listing.

School visits

If you are a geologist or work in a geological field, can you donate some of your time to visiting a school and talking about what you do, or running a workshop? We’d love more geologists to take part in school workshops – let us know if you have ideas, or have a look at our lesson plans for some inspiration.

If you’re a school or college interested in a visit from a geologist, get in touch!


Are you giving a talk relating to geology, or organising one, during Earth Science Week? We’d love to feature it in our event listings. If you’d like to organise a talk, get in touch with one of our Regional Groups, or your local British Science Association branch. Why not organise a cafe scientifique – a talk in an informal setting such as a pub or cafe, in your local area?

Hands on activities/workshops

If your organisation can organise a workshop, school visit or hands on activity during Earth Science Week, we’d love to hear from you. We have a range of geological specimens available to borrow - get in touch for more details.

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Get Involved


If you’re organising an event or activity for Earth Science Week, we’d be happy to add it to our listings. We can also feature events in our biweekly newsletter.

Social Media

We’d love to hear from you during the week with pictures or details of what you’re doing:



A number of small grants are available to help you run your activity, up to a maximum of £150. To apply for a grant, please fill out the relevant section of the event registration form and return to on or before Friday 12 August

Press Release

If you would like to discuss issuing a press release for your event, please contact Or you can send details to your local paper, many of which feature event listings.

Earth Science in Action


The theme for Earth Science Week 2016 is 'Earth science in action'. Find out what exactly geologists do, and explore careers and study options for those interested in the Earth.