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The 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 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.

About the award format

Geological Society Regional Groups are responsible for organising Regional Heats, the winners of which 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 undergraduate 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 first year undergraduate upwards, rather than solely focusing on the technical content of your work.

If you have any questions about the Early Careers Award please email Education

The date for the 2019 Early Career Geologist Award Final will be the 22nd February 2019.

2018 Early Career Geologist Award Finals

The 2018 Early Career Geologist Award Finals was held on Friday 8 June  at Burlington House. Each  Regional Heat finalists gave a 10 minute talk and we also had a guest lecture from Dr. Sanjeev Gupta, Imperial College, on his work on the Mars Rover and the future of geoscience.

The winner of the competition was Tom St. John of Jacobs, representing the South Wales Regional Group, with his talk entitled ‘Geological challenges of constructing the A465 Heads of the Valleys section 2’.

Well done to all of our finalists:
  • Ilias Karapanos, Affinity Water (Home Counties North Regional Group)
  • Alistair Campbell (Thames Valley Regional Group) 
  • Chris Lambert, SRK Exploration (Southern Wales Regional Group)
  • Sam Bolton, Cornwall Resources (South West Regional Group)
  • Matt Sweeney, RSK (Western Regional Group)
  • Deborah Thomas. Envireau Water (East Midlands Regional Group)
  • Owen Lokuciejewski-Taylor, Sirius Group (Yorkshire Regional Group)

Watch the presentations online

The 2018 talks are available to watch on our blog!

Contact us

Do you have any queries about the Early Career Geologist Award, or are running a Regional Heat? 

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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.