Earth Science Week 2017

This year’s Earth Science Week featured a huge range of events from all across the UK & Ireland – not to mention participation from our Hong Kong Regional Group, as well as organisations in India and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Initiated by the American Geosciences Institute, Earth Science Week is a global celebration of the geology around us. The Geological Society has been coordinating the UK and Ireland’s participation in the week since 2011, and Australia, Canada and an increasing number of European countries also get involved.

This year saw around 60 events in the UK and Ireland, ranging from craft workshops to geowalks, exhibitions, talks and quiz nights. Our theme was ‘Our Restless Earth’, in celebration of 50 years of plate tectonic theory.

You can see the full list of events on our website – here are just a few of the highlights…

  • Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh held ‘Earth Explored’ drop in activities, and a ‘Volcano Day’ of hands on activities!

Earth Science Week at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

  • The Rising Ape Collective held an interactive quiz night on a theme of eruptions. Eight intrepid teams entered the Mt Risuvius Volcano Observatory, “with the goal of securing a lucrative imaginary contract to take it over. Their task? To defend the nearby town from a fiery doom, through the tried-and-tested disciplines of disaster planning and pub quiz.”

Read more about the event on the Rising Ape Collective blog!


  • Scotland’s Geoheritage Festival, a month long celebration of Scottish geology, took place throughout October, anchored around Earth Science Week. The month included walks, excursions, talks and activity days, involving a huge variety of organisations, as well as the launch of ’51 best places to see Scotland’s geology’ – a guide to some of the best places to see Scotland’s geological story.

Find out more about the festival here!


  • The 2017 Sidmouth Science Festival ran from 3-15 October. With a theme of ‘Science in our Lives’, the festival featured a huge range of events and activities. Geological highlights included Fossil Friday at the Sidmouth Museum, and a ‘Geology Bonanza’ day – find out more on the festival website, and you can view images from the week on Flickr.
  • The Dublin Rediscovery Centre held a workshop for 3rd class school students and their teachers, about the composition of the Earth and plate tectonics.

Students at the Dublin Rediscovery Centre as part of Earth Science Week

These are just a few of the huge number of brilliant events which took place across the UK and Ireland – visit our website to see the full list! huge thanks to everyone who organised or attended! If you have any images you’d like to share, please send them to

Next year’s dates will be 13 – 21 October – stay tuned for more info…!

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