Early Career Geologist Award 2019

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The Early Career Geologist Award is held each year to recognise the work of geoscientists in the early stages of their careers. It is open to all Fellows with less than 10 years postgraduate experience, and provides a great opportunity to enhance science communication skills and demonstrate subject knowledge.

This years Early Career Geologist Award Finals took place on 22 February 2019 and we had an excellent selection of finalists from a variety of industrial and academic backgrounds. Each finalist delivered a 10 minute presentations, with 5 minutes of vigorous questioning from our judging panel. All of the finalists were marked on their professionalism, technical content, creativity, structure and responses to the judges’ questions.

The afternoon concluded with a guest lecture from Dr Bethan Davies, Royal Holloway University on on her work as a glaciologist reconstructing glacier and palaeolake dynamics in Patagonia.

Congratulations to Jordan Lindsay, South West Regional Group (Cambourne School of Mines, University of Exeter), for being selected as the overall winner of the competition for his talk entitled ‘From continent to ocean – the platinum-group-element geochemistry of the migrating Tristan plume‘. Jordan received our handsome Orthoceras trophy as well as one year’s free fellowship to the Geological Society.

Congratulations also go to Wesley Dixon, Structural Soils Ltd., Western Regional Group, who was selected as the runner up for his talk entitled ‘The use of electronic tablets and optical televiewers as logging aids at Wylfa Ground Investigations’.

Well done to all of our finalists:

  • Erin Guy, Jacobs, Yorkshire Regional Group
  • Sam Hazell, Arup, West Midlands Regional Group
  • Daniel Levell, Golder, Central Scotland Regional Group
  • Keir Thomas, Geotechnology Ltd., Southern Wales Regional Group
  • Andrew Thomson, University College London, Home Counties North Regional Group
  • Joseph Whiting, Core Laboratories – Integrated Reservoir Solutions UK, South East Regional Group

Thank you to all of our judges and thank you to all of the Geological Society’s Regional Groups that got involved with the Early Career Geologist Award this year!

If you would like to take part in next year’s competition, please contact either your local Regional Group (find out which Group you are in here) or contact the Education Team at

Take a look at the finalists’ talks below:

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