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National Schools Geology Challenge 2015

National Schools Geology Challenge

Now in its fourth year, the 2015 final of the National Schools Geology Challenge will be held on 30 April at The Geological Society in London

Teams of Year 12 or 13 / A level science, geography and geology students produce a themed poster, and develop a 5 minute presentation on their chosen (geology related) topic to a panel of leading geologists from academic and industry.

The winners from regional heats all over the UK, organised by the Society's Regional Groups, will go forward to the national final.

Previous Winners

2014 Winners

2014 Schools Geochallenge Winners

On Thursday 8 May, the Geological Society held its third National Schools Geology Challenge and Early Career Award Finals at Burlington house.

It was a very close final between the schools; Reading Blue Coat, Gower College and Wells Cathedral. Each school was judged on a poster about their chosen topic, then the students gave a 5 minute presentation, (followed by some probing questions from the judges!) and the final part was a general geology quiz.

The winners this year were Wells Cathedral School, whose chosen topic was “The Impact of Plate Tectonics on Life on Earth”. Congratulations to their teacher David Rowley and his students.

2013 Winners

Winners of the 2013 Challenge

After a successful first year, the finals of both awards were held again at the Society in 2013, hosted by Society Vice President Paul Maliphant.

‘Winners and finalists alike were all excited by the bringing together of early career professionals and A level students, in such an educational and fun arena’ says Paul.

The A level students, winners from regional group competitions held across the country, each provided a poster on a chosen topic, gave a presentation and participated in a quiz fire quiz. The early career finalists, also representing their regional groups, each gave a 20 minute presentation on their work in geology. 

The winning school, Wells Cathedral School, delivered an engaging and entertaining presentation on the evolution of the eye which impressed the judges – who included Society President David Shilston, and Executive Secretary Edmund Nickless.

All students who participated in the finals were awarded Junior Candidate Fellowship of the Geological Society.

Read more about the 2013 event in our Geoscientist article.

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The Early Career Geologist Award

Early Career Geologist Award

The National Schools' Geology Challenge is held jointly with the Early Career Geologist Award, aimed at geoscientists in the early stages of their careers. Both awards share a National final on 30 April 2015.

To find out more about entering the Early Career Award or read about previous winners, please visit the Award page.