Girls into Geoscience field trip 2019
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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.
We'll be back for our 11th event this July with even more workshops, talks, Q&As, and of course the chance to get out in the field with some of our female geoscientists.

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Monday 8 July
Day field trip to the coastal geology of Kingsand/Cawsand departing from the University of Plymouth.
Evening of 8th July – icebreaker event at a local restaurant: a great opportunity to meet other students attending the event.
Tuesday 9 July
Morning talks from working geoscientists:
• Ms Hollie Fisher, AtkinsRealis • Dr Lara Mani, University of Cambridge • Dr Lucia Perez Diaz, Halliburton
Followed by a Q&A with the speakers.
Afternoon workshops (attend two of the following):
1. Can we predict when the next large earthquake will happen in California? 
2. Exploring the deep ocean
3. Assessing earthquake impact, Hokkaido, Japan
4. Making a black smoker hydrothermal vent
5. Microfossils and climate

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Workshop information

Can we predict when the next large earthquake will happen in California? – Dr Zoe Mildon and Dr Constanza Rodriguez Piceda
Is it possible to predict when and where earthquakes will occur? In this workshop, you will use earthquake records from California and some simple maths to try and predict when the next large (magnitude > 8) earthquake will occur in California. We will also talk about some of the factors that influence when and where earthquakes occur, and how they might affect our predictions.
Exploring the deep ocean – Dr Jenny Gales
We have only mapped 20% of the global ocean and know more about the surface of Mars than we do about our seafloor! Get hands-on learning how experts map and measure seafloor features like submarine volcanoes, canyons, seamounts and landslides. In this workshop you will learn how bathymetry is collected and how to create and understand seafloor maps, revealing true hidden submerged landscapes! 
Assessing earthquake impact, Hokkaido, Japan – Professor Anne Mather
On 6 September 2018, shortly after Typhoon Jebi, a powerful earthquake occurred in the early morning (3:08am JST) on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. The 6.6 magnitude earthquake was centred beneath the port city of Tomakomai at a relatively shallow depth of 35km. The peak ground acceleration generated was strong (> 0.5 g) in the areas north of Tomakomai where the geology comprises 1–3m of pumice (erupted from Mount Tarumae) overlying mainly sedimentary rocks. We will use historic satellite imagery to evaluate the impact of this event on the landscape and communities.
Making a black smoker hydrothermal vent – Dr Michelle Harris
Deep sea hydrothermal vents are spectacular seafloor features, host unique ecosystems and may be where life first developed! But what makes a black smoker hydrothermal vent and how does seawater transform into these acidic, metal rich fluids? The answer lies beneath in the volcanic rocks that make up the seafloor. In this workshop we will go beneath the seafloor and down to the microscopic level to use the minerals and textures to find out just what makes a black smoker hydrothermal fluid! 
Microfossils and climate – Dr Jodie Fisher
Come and explore how microscopic shells are used to reconstruct past environments and changes in global climate. Get hands-on experience of examining deep-sea sediments using microscopes and use these amazing microfossils to reconstruct 100,000 years of climate change in just 30 minutes! 

The workshops will be followed by a student life Q&A and closing ceremony. 


Attending the event

If you are interested in University halls accommodation, please indicate this on the forms.
We are really pleased to be able to offer a small number of bursaries to cover travel and accommodation for those students who might otherwise be unable to attend the event. 
Please note that bursary applications for 2024 are now closed. Information updated 28 May 2024.

Launched in 2014, more than 975 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.

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