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National Schools Geology Challenge 2017

National Schools Geology Challenge

Enter the 2017 Challenge

The National Schools Geology Challenge is now in its 7th year. 

Teams of science, geography and geology students produce a themed poster, and develop a 5 minute presentation on their chosen (geology related) topic to a panel of leading geologists from academia and industry. The Challenge is aimed at years 12/13 (England), 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 on Wednesday 3 May 2017. Finalists can claim their travel costs back from the Society

To take part in the 2017 challenge, please download the rules from the box on this page, and contact your Regional Group to find a heat near you. If you have any queries please contact Amy Ball (

The 2016 Final and winners

Teams of students from 8 schools attended the 2016 National Final on 25 April, hosted by Paul Maliphant.

Winners: Altrincham Grammar School

The winning team from Altrincham Grammar School represented the North West Regional Group with their talk on 'Diamonds: Secrets of the Earth'.


Judges Presentation Award: Wells Cathedral School

Judges Poster Award:  Methodist College Belfast
Meteor Airbursts


Congratulations to the winning teams and the other finalists:

  • Aylesbury Grammar School
  • Beauchamp College
  • Bishop Wordsworth and South Wilts joint 6th Form
  • Sheffield High School
  • Whitchurch High School

Photos from the National Schools Geology Challenge 2016

Please click on each image to enlarge.

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.

Find out how to enter in 2017.