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Bicentenary Essay Competition - Winning Entries

Winner announced at Bicentennial Dinner, 13 November 2007

The winner of the Shell Student Essay Competition was Caroline Burberry of Imperial College.  The prizes were announced at the Grand Celebratory Dinner held to commemorate the founding of the Society 200 years earlier.  Prof. Aubrey Manning, the TV presenter and documentarist, announced the winners after a report of judges by Mike Naylor of Shell.

He also announced that the judges had decided to award joint ssecond prize to the other two candidates, Helen Jones (Open) and Pete Rowley (Royal Holloway).  Dawne Riddle

Principal Sponsor - Shell To commemorate the Bicentennial of The Geological Society of London, the Society, with Principal Sponsor Shell, announced in February this year a Bicentennial Essay Competition open to all students in the UK and Eire.

The prizes on offer were as follows:
  • First prize - £2000
  • Second prize - £1000
  • Third prize - £500
The essay title was:

"How will the geosciences contribute to achieving a sustainable energy supply in the 21st Century and beyond?"

This question sought to address a dilemma facing society in the 21st Century. Energy supply remains at the heart of sustained economic and industrial growth in the developed and developing world; but at the same time, society expects and requires that energy be provided in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner. The geoscientist has a pivotal role to play in finding and producing energy, and ultimately in disposing of the by-products of its use.

The maximum wordage allowed was 5000, and the closing date for entries was 31 July 2007.

The essay has now been judged.  The judges were prize-winning author and distinguished palaeontologist Dr Richard Fortey FRS, President of The Geological Society of London; Dr Mike Naylor, Vice President Technical, Shell Exploration & Production; and science journalist Dr Ted Nield, Editor, Geoscientist and Chair, Association of British Science Writers.

The three finalists are:
The unedited essays can now be read on-line (follow the above links). The final result will be announced at the Bicentennial Dinner, in the Main Hall of the Natural History Museum, London, on 13 November 2007 - the precise 200th birthday of the Society.

We would like to thank Shell - Principal Sponsor of the Bicentenary Essay Competition.