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Early Career Geologist Award


The Early Career Geologist Award is an annual competition that is designed to showcase the talent and skills of individuals who are still in the early stages of their respective geoscientific careers. The event consists of preliminary heats, which are run by the Society's various Regional Groups, with the winners subsequently being invited to participate in the National Finals.

Participants are asked to prepare and deliver a concise technical presentation about a project that they have worked on to a panel of expert judges, with points being awarded not only for the quality of geological content but also the individual's communication skills in making accessible the science being presented to a wider audience.

The winner of the National Competition is then crowned as the Geological Society's Early Career Geologist of the Year and presented with a modest financial reward and geological trophy!

Early Career Geologist Award - 2024

The Early Career Award will be returning this coming year with the National Finals scheduled for 23 May 2024. Regional Groups are invited to host their preliminary heats before the end of Q1 so get in touch with your local group if you are interested in participating. 

We do appreciate, however, that not all Regional Groups will organise heats. If you live in an area where this is the case, but would still like to be involved, please reach out to the ECN Committee as, with sufficient interest, we will run a 'wildcard' heat:

  • Date: 23 May 2024
  • Time: 15:00 BST
  • Venue: Geological Society @ Burlington House, London
  • Eligibility: Fellow of the Geological Society with < 10 years' experience after your first relevant degree
  • Regulations: Rules Document

To join us in person at Burlington House: register here
To join us online: register here

If you have any questions, we invite you to reach out to the committee via email. Otherwise, we encourage anyone interested in participating to do so and are very much looking forward to another exciting showcase of early career talent!



The ECG Award is an annually run competition involving regional heats, the winners of which take part in the national finals.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact your local Regional Group.

However, if there is no heat run by your local Regional Group, please get in touch with the ECN Committee: