Girls into Geoscience (VIRTUAL EVENT)
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Girls into Geoscience (GiG) is becoming more than just an event. It has become a network, supporting women in geology and those aspiring to be. Get involved!

This exciting event will introduce female A level students to the Earth sciences and demonstrate the world of careers open to Earth science graduates today.

Update: 30 June 2020

We have sadly made the decision to cancel the physical event this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

However, although we are unable to go ahead physically we will be running a virtual event along with the GiG Ireland, GiG Scotland and GiG Wales teams on Monday 6 July. 

Our programme comprises a series of Question and Answer panel sessions, workshops, virtual field trips and talks. Please see below for further details.

Booking for this event has now closed. Please email Jodie Fisher for any questions relating to the event.

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Girls into Geoscience Virtual Programme 2020

View the programme information sheet for full details.


  • Life in the field Q&A
  • Applying for university Q&A
  • Dealing with change, challenges and opportunities Q&A
  • Student life Q&A


  • Volcanoes, landslides, tsunamis – why look at one? Let’s do them all! (Dr Irene Manzella, University of Plymouth)
  • Peruvian glaciers and water resources (Dr Caroline Clason and Dr Sally Rangecroft, University of Plymouth)
  • Ice Age: A geomorphic scavenger hunt (Hannah Mathers, University of Glasgow)
  • Roving with Rosalind (Aine O’Brien and Sara Motaghian, University of Glasgow)
  • Investigating the earthquake machine: how can everyday objects help us predict earthquake behaviour? (Dr Zoe Mildon and Dr Lucy Campbell, University of Plymouth)
  • Understanding volcanoes from dormancy to eruption (Dr Annie Winson (British Geological Survey) and Guests)
  • Using corals to determine changes in ocean temperature (Charlotte Slaymark, University of Glasgow)
  • The mysteries of mud: exploring sediment cores for records of natural disasters (Dr Millie Watts, BOSCORF)


  • Siccar Point (Scotland) – the “birthplace” of modern geology (Dr Amanda Owen)
  • Sandway Cellar, Kingsand-Cawsand. An introduction to geological field techniques (Dr Meriel FitzPatrick)


  • The transition zone (speaker: Hannah Mary Goodlad, Equinor)
  • Crumbling coasts, climate change and why geoscience isn’t all about oil! (speaker: Josie-Alice Kirby, Plymouth Coastal Observatory)
  • Not just dinosaurs – a career as a museum palaeontologist (Dr Caroline Buttler, National Museum Wales)
  • Fluvial geomorphology: Bridging the gap between science, engineering and environmental services (speaker: Katy Kemble, Jacobs)
  • Earth – discovering a passion! (speaker: Claire Bond, Aberdeen University)
  • How to talk about rocks and influence people (speaker: Dr Anjana Khatwa, Earth Scientist and Presenter)
  • Soil, asbestos and contaminated land – the diversity of environmental sciences (speaker: Laura Hoath, Wardell Armstrong LLP)
  • Geoscience and climate change: Looking into the past to save the future (speaker: Niamh Faulkner, Trinity College Dublin)

Launched in 2014, more than 250 pupils from schools across the UK have participated in this pioneering event

Here Dr Jodie Fisher, Co-founder of Girls into Geoscience, explains how this exciting event will introduce female A level students to the Earth sciences and demonstrate the world of careers open to earth science graduates today.

GiG received the Geological Society's R H Worth Award for 2018, presented in recognition of achievements in outreach, public engagement and/or education.

GiG 2017 participants

Girls into Geoscience 2020 sponsors

Event photography and video

Please be aware that some of the University of Plymouth's public events (both online and offline) may be attended by University staff, photographers and videographers, for capturing content to be used in University online and offline marketing and promotional materials, for example webpages, brochures or leaflets. If you, or a member of your group, do not wish to be photographed or recorded, please let a member of staff know.