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National Schools Geology Challenge

2020 National Schools Geology Challenge: update

The 2020 National Schools Geology Challenge is now taking place online. We expect to announce a winner in mid- to late April, and will keep finalist schools updated as appropriate. Thank you so much to all the entrants, Regional Groups, judges and finalists for being patient and adaptable – watch this space!


Is your school group interested in entering? 

About the Challenge

The Geological Society Schools Challenge is aimed at years 12/13 (England and Wales), 13/14 (Northern Ireland) and S5/S6 (Scotland).

For the challenge, teams of geology and geography students: 

  • Produce a themed poster
  • Present a 5-minute presentation on their chosen (geology-related) topic to a panel of leading geologists from academia and industry 
  • Then compete in a geological quiz

The winning team receives a trophy for their school with each student awarded one year's Junior Candidate Fellowship to the Society.

Studying geology A-level is not a requirement to enter the competition. 

Science and geography students are equally welcome, so please do not be deterred if your school does not offer geology.


Heats are organised all over the UK through our network of Regional Groups

The winners go forward to the Schools Geology Challenge Finals at the Geological Society in London.

Early Career Geologist Award

The Early Career Geologist Award, is a competition aimed at geoscientists in the early stages of their careers. Find out more about the Early Career Award here.