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National Schools Geology Challenge 2017

National Schools Geology Challenge

Seven teams of school students from across the UK attended the Finals of the National Schools Geology Challenge on 3 May 2017. The day was hosted by Paul Maliphant and was packed full of fascinating talks and posters on an assortment of geological topics from tsunamis and water supply to mass extinctions and the volcanology of Mars. The National Schools Geology Challenge ran alongside the Early Career Geologist Award.


The winning team were Whitchurch High School (South Wales Regional Group) with their talk and poster on ‘Managing Risk: La Palma-geddon’. Congratulations to Ellie Comer, Ed Gidman, Josh Ions, Nia Jones, Sophie Moore and Emma Warrington.


Judges Presentation Award:

The students from Aylesbury Grammar School (Home Counties Regional Group) won the Judges Presentation Award with their talk on ‘The Tectonics and Volcanology of Earth and Mars’. Well done to Jack Bronziet, Jonny Davis, Declan Miller, George Ramsey and Tom Ward.


Judges Poster Award:

Altrincham Grammar School for Boys (North West Regional Group) won the Judges Poster Award with their poster on ‘The Geology of Venus’. Well done to Zeerak Aziz, Will Blair, Chris Jurkowski, Puria Radmard and Owen Richards.


(Photo of Altrincham winning their Regional Heat; credit Nik Reynolds, North West Regional Group)

Congratulations to the winning teams and to all of our finalists!


  • Bishop Wordsworth’s School & South Wilts Grammar School for Girls (Western Regional Group)
    Hydrothermal Vents and the Origin of Life
  • Hall Cross Academy (Yorkshire Regional Group)
    Geology and Water Supply
  • Rathmore Grammar School (Northern Ireland Regional Group)
    Tsunami Geohazard
  • Torquay Girls’ Grammar School (South West Regional Group)
    How have Mass Extinctions Affected the Evolution of Intelligent Life on Earth?

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

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About the Schools Challenge

The National Schools Geology Challenge is now in its 6th year.

Teams of science, geography and geology students produce a themed poster, develop a 5 minute presentation on their chosen (geology related) topic to a panel of leading geologists from academia and industry and then compete in a geological quiz. The Challenge is aimed at years 12/13 (England and Wales), 13/14 (Northern Ireland) or S5/S6 (Scotland).

Heats are organised all over the UK through our network of Regional Groups, and the winners go forward to the National Final at Burlington House

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Previous Winners


Early Career Geologist Award 2017


The National Schools' Geology Challenge is held jointly with the Early Career Geologist Award, aimed at geoscientists in the early stages of their careers. Both awards share a National final.