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The Early Career Geologist Award 2018

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 postgraduate experience, who might be 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.

This year's award 

This years Early Career Geologist Award Finals will be held on Friday 8 June 2018 at Burlington House from approximately 3pm-7pm (programme will be available closer to the date). There will be talks from each of the Regional Heat finalists as well as a guest lecture from
Dr. Sanjeev Gupta, Imperial College, on his career so far, his work on the Mars Rover and the future of geoscience.

The Early Career Geologist Award is open to the public, if you would like to attend please email 

About the award format

Geological Society Regional Groups are responsible for organising Regional Heats and Heat winners go forward to the National Final held at Burlington House in London.

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

The Finals of the Early Career Award are held in front of a public audience which may include 6th form students, to reflect this audience the finalists are asked to shorten their presentation to 10 minutes. The judges will assess how you deliver geoscience information to a mixed audience from A-level upwards, rather than solely focusing on the technical content of your work.

If you have any questions about the Early Careers Award please email Will Foreman.

Last Year's Early Career Geologist Award Finals

The Early Career Geologist Award Finals took place on 3 May 2017 at Burlington House alongside the National Schools Geology Challenge

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:
The National Schools Geology Challenge 2018


The Early Career Geologist Award has in previous years been held jointly with the National Schools Geology Challenge, aimed at A-level students. Find out more about the National Schools Geology Challenge here.