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The Early Career Geologist 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' postgraduate experience who might be 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.

2020 finals

The 2020 Early Career Award was won by Charlotte Copley of the Yorkshire Regional Group. Congratulations to Charlotte and all the other finalists, and huge thanks to our Regional Groups who held 2020 heats.

About the award format

Geological Society Regional Groups are responsible for organising Regional Heats, the winners of which go forward to the National Final held at Burlington House in London.

To enter a Regional Heat, you must prepare a written submission on a piece of geological work that you’ve been involved with and send this to your local Regional Group. This could be your dissertation, research, or a current project you’re involved with at work. If you’re successfully shortlisted for the Regional Heat you then prepare a 15 minute presentation to deliver to a group of judges and an audience of local Geological Society Fellows.

The Finals of the Early Career Award are held in front of a public audience which may include undergraduate students; to reflect this audience, the finalists are asked to shorten their presentation to 10 minutes. The judges will assess how you deliver geoscience information to a mixed audience from first year undergraduate upwards, rather than solely focusing on the technical content of your work.

If you have any questions about the Early Careers Award please email Education

The National Schools Geology Challenge


The Early Career Geologist Award has in previous years been held jointly with the National Schools Geology Challenge, aimed at A-level students. Find out more about the National Schools Geology Challenge here.