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The Early Career Geologist Award 2017

Early Career Geologist Award

Enter the 2017 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.

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.
To compete in 2017, please contact your local Regional Group to find a regional heat near you.  A copy of the rules can be found in the downloads. If you have any queries please contact Amy Ball (

The 2016 Final and Winners

The National Final for the 2016 Challenge was held at Burlington House on 25 April, hosted by Paul Maliphant. Presentations, videos and photos from the final will be uploaded shortly.

""The winner was Angela Hillman of Atkins (representing the Yorkshire Regional Group) with her presentation on the geotechnical challenges of reconstructing a Victorian bridge at Whitchurch.

The other finalists were:

  • Matthew Ascott, British Geological Survey (Thames Valley Regional Group)
  • Dominic Hagues, Mott MacDonald (Western Regional Group)
  • Rhian Lynes, Structural Soils (South West Regional Group)
  • Tom Townsend, AECOM (West Midlands Regional Group)
  • Ashley Patton, British Geological Survey (South West Regional Group)



Photos from the Early Careers Award 2016

Please click on each image to enlarge.

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.

Find out how to enter the 2017 Challenge.