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Sidmouth Science Festival

Sidmouth Science Festival

'Science in our Lives'

The 2014 Festival had a focus on Geology, with a host of events to inform, educate and inspire all age groups & parts of the community

Ask a Geologist LIVE

Ask a Geologist Live

Photo Contest

ESW Photo Competition

Loughborough University held a photo competition for Key Stage 3 pupils in the East Midlands.

Earth Science Week 2014

Earth Science Week 2014

The Society has hosted Earth Science Week since 2011. Each year we have grown and developed the events and resources that we provide throughout the week, and 2014 was the biggest yet.

Our Geoheritage

The dates for UK Earth Science Week 2014 were October 13-19, with a theme of ‘Our Geo-Heritage.’

The week raised awareness of the geological Heritage sites which exist throughout the UK, from famous landmarks like the Giant’s Causeway, to less well known areas of geological significance. As ever, we encouraged organised and self guided walking tours of geology across the UK. 

Ask a Geologist Live

From Monday to Friday of Earth Science Week, five brilliant scientists agreed to field questions about their research live on Twitter.

Guided Walks

We heard from people throughout the UK organising guided geowalks to celebrate Earth Science Week.


With over 400 Great Geosites on our nominations list, we thought we should make the most of the amazing geosites the UK and Ireland have to offer! And so, Geobingo was born...

Events for Earth Science Week 2014

Find out what organisations all over the UK did to celebrate Earth Science Week:


GEES will rock you! Discover Geology Day

Saturday 11 October in the  Cohen Building, University of Hull
The Dept of Geography, Environment & Earth Sciences at Hull will rock you with their Discover Geology exhibits.
Geology & the Visual Arts

Regarding Dynamic Processes: Geology & the Visual Arts.

Saturday 11 October at Hull School of Art & Design
An interdisciplinary symposium exploring illustrating the richness of collaborations between artists and geologists.
Dinosaurs Rock!

Biology Rocks! Activity Day

Saturday 11 October at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Interactive activities for Biology Week & Earth Science Week with Cardiff University & National Museum Wales.

Science & Stormont: Science Education in Northern Ireland

Monday 13 October 2014 at the Parliament Buildings, Belfast
The Northern Ireland Regional Group will attend a Royal Society of Chemistry seminar, exhibition & reception to develop links between the scientific community and the Northern Ireland Assembly & Executive.
West Midlands Regional Group

Our Geoheritage - Engineering the Future

Tuesday 14 October at Lapworth Museum of Geology, Birmingham
A talk by Graham Worton, (Keeper of Geology, Dudley Museum) for the GSL West Midlands Regional Group
Cafe Scientifique

Lochaber Geopark: Cafe Scientifique

Tuesday 14 October in “The Hub” cafe, Fort William
A short informal geological talk on Ben Nevis from Lochaber Geopark
irish geoparks

Irish Geoparks Forum Annual Seminar

Tuesday 14- Wednesday 15 October at Marble Arch Caves Geopark
An opportunity for anyone interested in geoheritage and Geoparks to network with the three Irish Global Geoparks & numerous aspiring Geoparks from across Ireland.

Geoheritage & the UK's most Significant Geological Sites

Wednesday 15 October at the Geological Society, London
A London lecture by Rob Butler (University of Aberdeen) to celebrate the launch of 100 Great Geosites
gallery oldham

Gallery Oldham Behind-The-Scenes Tour

Wednesday 15 October 2014 at Gallery Oldham, Greater Manchester
Gallery Oldham is celebrating Earth Science Week with a Behind-The-Scenes Tour of their collections.
Fossil Hunting

Fossil Hunting for Under-Fives

Wednesday 15 October 2014 at Carnforth Library, Lancashire
Science-based play from Science from the Start for pre-school age children and their families with a fossil hunting and dinosaur theme.
Geotechnical Engineering Ltd

Geotechnical Engineering Ltd: What does a Geologist Do?

Thursday 16 October at Geotechnical Engineering Ltd, Gloucester
Geotechnical Engineering Ltd are hosting an open morning to geology students from local schools, introducing them to the work that a geologist is involved in.
Sidmouth Science Festival

Sidmouth Science Festival

Monday 13 - Sunday 19 October, in Sidmouth, Jurassic Coast
The 2014 Festival is themed 'Science in our Lives', with a focus on Geology.
Marvellous maps UCL

Marvellous Maps: A Geological Pop-up

Friday 17 October in UCL South Wing, London
UCL Earth Sciences presents two centuries of geological maps, from the earliest field surveys to state-of-the-art remote sensing.

Fantastic Females at W5: Geology Careers Event

Friday 17 October at W5 Science & Discovery Centre, Belfast
Event for young people using positive role models to raise awareness of Geology careers, with speakers from the oil & gas industry, academia & other selected organisations.
Durham Cathedral

The Stones of Durham Cathedral

Saturday 18 October at Durham Cathedral
A talk by Brian Young on the geology within and around Durham Cathedral, one of our 100 Great Geosites
NW Highland Geopark

Earth Science Cafe from North West Highlands Geopark

Saturday 18 October 10am at Leakey's bookshop, Inverness
An Earth Science Cafe event with free rock-themed activities to find out more about the North West Highlands Geopark.
Lickey Hills Geochampions

Lickey Hills Geo-Champions: Lickey Rocks!

Saturday 18 October at Lickey Hills County Park, Birmingham
Lickey Hills Geochampions and the GSL West Midlands Regional Group will be celebrating our geoheritage and the local geology in an activity day aimed at all ages.
Sedgwick Museum

Rocking Rocks and Fascinating Fossils

Saturday 18 October at the Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge
The Sedgwick Museum are getting some of their rocks and fossils out of the cupboards and into the gallery for you to get your hands on.
Sedgwick Museum

Sedgwick Museum Tour

Saturday 18 October at the Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge
A tour of the Museum's huge collection of rocks & fossils, including John Watson’s stone collection, not usually open to the public.

Discover the Geological Heritage of Carrickfergus Castle

Sunday 19 October at Carrickfergus Castle, Northern Ireland
The Rocks of Fergus: Lecture by Dr Ian Meighan on the geological story behind Carrickfergus Castle, followed by a guided tour. Find out what the castle is made of and why it is located where it is.

Self-Guided Geowalks

Explore your local area.

Daily Blog

Earth Science Week
100 Great Geosites: The Launch
Ask a Geologist Live! (Days 1-3)
100 Geosites Film Quiz
Film Quiz: The Answers!
The 'Quick' Earth Science Magazine

ESW Magazine

Compiled in less than a week by 6th form student & Junior Fellow Robert Paver to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014 & encourage school and college students to take up the subject at a higher level.

We played Geobingo!


Visiting as many sites as possible on our area charts.