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The Early Career Geologist Award 2017

Early Career Geologist Award

To recognise the work of geoscientists in the early stages of their careers, The Geological Society runs the Early Career Geologist award. This competition is open to all Fellows with less than 10 years post graduate experience, who are working towards Chartership

Taking part is a great way to enhance your communication skills and demonstrate your understanding of a particular geological topic to an audience.

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Early Career Geologist Award Finals 2017

The Early Career Geologist Award Finals took place on 3 May 2017 at Burlington House alongside the National Schools Geology Challenge. Videos of the presentations will be uploaded shortly.

The winner of the competition was Huw Richards of Altus Strategies, representing the Thames Valley Regional Group, with his talk entitled ‘Exploration 101: Searching Morocco for Copper and Gold’.


Well done to all of our finalists:
  • Tom Critchfield, Mott MacDonald (South East Regional Group)
  • Jessica De Freitas, AECOM (East Midlands Regional Group) 
  • William Kan, AECOM, (West Midlands Regional Group)
  • Ben Totterdell, Atkins (Yorkshire Regional Group)
  • Sean Jefferson, Intégrale (Western Regional Group)


Watch the presentations online

The 2017 talks are available to watch below:

To skip to individual presentations on our Youtube channel please use the links below:

Photos of the 2017 Final of the Schools Challenge and Early Career Award:

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About the award format

Our Regional Groups are responsible for organising regional heats, and winners go forward to the National Final held on 3 May 2017 at Burlington House in London.

The format of the competition is straightforward. To enter a Regional event you must prepare a written submission on a piece of geological work that you’ve been involved with. This could be your dissertation, research, or a current project you’re involved with at work. If you’re successfully shortlisted for the Regional final you then prepare a 15 minute presentation to deliver to a group of judges and an audience of local Geological Society Fellows.

The national final is held jointly with the National Schools Geology Challenge, aimed at A-level students. To reflect the different audience to the regional events the finalists are asked to shorten their presentation to 10 minutes. The judges of the national final will assess how you deliver geoscience information to a mixed audience from A-level upwards, rather than solely focussing on the technical content of your work.

The National Schools Geology Challenge 2017


The Early Career Geologist Award is held jointly with the National Schools Geology Challenge, aimed at A-level students. Both awards share a national final.