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Diversity in the geosciences

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The Geological Society is committed to supporting diversity in its staff and Fellowship, and has made it a priority to help encourage and celebrate equity and inclusion in geoscience education and professions.

As the UK professional body for geoscientists, the Geological Society believes that everybody should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or other diversity characteristic. We believe that making the geosciences more inclusive will benefit individuals, the science, and society.

Improving diversity, equity and inclusion in geoscience education and professions, and in the Geological Society itself, is a long term goal which will involve generational change. But we will not see this change if we do not begin this journey now and make a sustained and enduring commitment to it.

In September 2014 the Geological Society formalised this commitment by becoming a signatory to the Science Council’s Declaration on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This Declaration sets out our ambition to improve diversity, equity and inclusion across geoscience communities.

Join the conversation

The Geological Society encourages its Fellowship to engage with specific suggestions for how best to make the geoscience community a more inclusive, equal and diverse environment.

We are confident that staff, Fellows and the wider community will see the emergence of a stronger, more diverse community as a result of our shared commitment.

If you would like to share your views and suggestions relating to diversity, equity and inclusion in the geosciences, please contact us at We look forward to hearing your thoughts.


Geological Society of London statement on diversity, equality and inclusion

In July 2020, we released this statement on diversity, equality and inclusion, reinforcing our dedication to making the geoscience community accessible for all.


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility in our Awards, Medals and Funds

We are committed to supporting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility (EDIA) across the Society, and since 2020 have made it a priority to help encourage and celebrate equity and inclusion through our awards programme. Read about our new working group, set up to review and amend procedures where necessary.


AGI Consensus Statement Regarding Access & Inclusion of Individuals Living with Disabilities in the Geosciences

Council agreed on 17 June 2015 that the Society should sign the American Geosciences Institute's statement on disability in the geosciences. Find out more and read the statement.
Accessible Fieldwork

Accessible Fieldwork: Confronting Barriers to Inclusion

Held jointly with the Higher Education Network and University Geoscience UK, this conference explored the design and delivery of fieldwork that is inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities.


Diversity, equality and inclusion survey

As part of our commitment to supporting diversity, equality and inclusion in the geosciences, the Society has now introduced a diversity, equality and inclusion survey of its Fellowship.

Diversity resources

Use our hub to find diversity, equity and inclusion resources from a wide range of organisations.

EDIA strategy

Learn about our equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility (EDIA) strategy.