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Earth Science Week: 7-15 October 2017

Earth Science Week 7-15 October 2017: 'Our Restless Earth'

The Society has hosted Earth Science Week since 2011. This year’s Earth Science Week takes place on 7-15 October 2017, and our theme will be ‘Our Restless Earth’ to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Plate Tectonics theory.

Earth Science Week Events


View the calendar of upcoming Earth Science Week events!

Schools event: Plate Tectonics & Mineralogy

We're running a special event for schools on 12 October.

To find out how your school can take part please visit the event page.

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Get involved in Earth Science Week

An information pack for this year's Earth Science Week is now available to download. 

If you're planning an event or activity and want us to help promote it, please download the event form and send to Sarah Day ( 

All ideas are welcome – feel free to interpret the theme 'Our Restless Earth' however you choose! 


Photo Competition

This year’s photo competition shares its theme with Earth Science Week – ‘Our Restless Earth.’ 

Winning photos will be displayed at Burlington House and included in our 2018 calendar. Prizes will also be given:

1st prize: £100

2nd prize: £50

3rd prize: £25


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.


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.

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 education resources for some inspiration. If you’re a school or college interested in a visit from a geologist, get in touch!

Register your event

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We’d love to hear from you during the week with pictures or details of what you’re doing. If you're running an event or activity we'd be happy to add it to our listings.


Earth Science Week Schools event


12 October 2017: a special event on Plate Tectonics and Mineralogy

Self Guided Geowalks

Self-Guided Geowalks

Explore your local area.