Girls into Geoscience

UPDATE: 27 March 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation we are monitoring closely whether we will be able to run GiG2020 this year as a physical event.

We will make a final decision in May but hope to host a virtual event should we not be able to go ahead as normal. 

Watch this space and stay safe.

  • Field trip to the UNESCO English Riviera Geopark in Torquay

  • Workshop and talks day | University of Plymouth

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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 two day event (with optional field trip), will introduce female A level students to the Earth sciences and demonstrate the world of careers open to Earth science graduates today.

GiG 2020

  • Bookings are now open for our FREE award winning event
  • We will be running our optional field trip to the English Riviera UNESCO Geopark in Torbay on 6 July
  • On the evening of 6 July we invite our attendees to join us for a FREE icebreaker meal on Plymouth’s historic Barbican
  • On 7 July we will be running our popular workshop and talks day
  • We will be offering travel and accommodation bursaries again so if you need any support to attend GiG please get in touch.

Individuals or groups are welcome to register their interest with


  • 09:30 - Arrival and refreshments


  • 10:00 - Welcome and introduction (Dr Sarah J Boulton, University of Plymouth)
  • 10:15 - Crumbling coasts, climate change and why geoscience isn't all about oil! (Josie-Alice Kirby, Plymouth Coastal Observatory)
  • 10:45 - Break
  • 11:00 - How to talk about rocks and influence people (Dr Anjana Khatwa, Carey's Secret Garden/LUSH)
  • 11:30 - 11:30 Microfossils, mud and massive volcanoes! (Dr Jodie Fisher, University of Plymouth)
  • 12:00 - Q&A panel session
  • 12:30-13:30 - Lunch and Uni tours


  • 13:35-14:30 - Workshop A
  • 14:35-15:30 - Workshop B

Choose two workshops from the following - for full details, view the flyer above.

  • Palaeoecology, landscapes, people and climate (Dr Jessie Woodbridge)
  • Mapping glacial change in the Peruvian Andes (Dr Caroline Clason, Dr Sally Rangecroft and Jess Kitch)
  • Causes and effects of earthquakes (Dr Zoe Mildon and Dr Lucy Campbell)
  • Reconstructing catastrophic floods in Earth’s Martian desert (Professor Anne Mather)
  • Strong as a rock: tools to become an engineering geologist (Dr Irene Manzella)
  • Planetary geology and interplanetary fieldwork (Dr Natasha Stephen)
  • Tsunami risk to the UK - when can we expect a megatsunami to reach Britain (Dr Millie Watts, BOSCORF)
  • TASTER INTERACTIVE LECTURE: Submarine volcanism - Earth’s mightiest volcanoes! (Dr Michelle Harris)


Travel and accommodation bursaries available!

We are pleased to offer a small number of bursaries, thanks to the University of Plymouth Widening Participation Programme, to cover travel and accommodation for those students who might otherwise be unable to attend the event. We want to help provide you with every opportunity to fulfil your ambitions!

This funding is available to eligible girls who meet any of the selection criteria outlined below:

  • If you live in a postcode area where there is low participation in higher education (as identified by the OfS)
  • If you are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME)
  • If you are a looked after young person (i.e. in foster care/care leaver)
  • If you have any disabilities (physical, cognitive or learning)
  • If you are a first generation student to go to university
  • If you are eligible for free school meals.

For more information, or if you have any questions about eligibility please contact us on

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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.

Girls into Geoscience 2020 sponsors

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