Girls into Geoscience
What is Girls into Geoscience?
Girls into Geoscience is designed to introduce girls from S5 to S6 (GCSE to A level) to the Geosciences. Geoscience is a diverse subject that incorporates aspects of geography, biology, chemistry and physics in which hazards, the evolution of life and our planet, and natural resources (e.g. geothermal, carbon capture and storage, mining and oil and gas) can be studied.
This event is designed to bring together women from industry, government bodies, academia and High Schools in order to highlight and promote the role Geoscience has in our society and its potential to be an exciting and worthwhile subject and career to pursue for women.
The event has a mixture of activities taking place, ranging from a mini lecture, career talks from those who have gone into Geoscience careers as well as exciting labs and workshops where participants are able to get hands on with Geoscience concepts.
Girls into Geoscience has grown from an initial concept at the University of Plymouth, with events now present in Ireland, Wales and Scotland. It is a fantastic, supportive network that we are very proud to be a part of.
GiG 2020: Going virtual across the UK
We sadly had to cancel our annual Girls into Geoscience event this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. However, we weren’t going to let this stop us, and with colleagues from Girls into Geoscience Plymouth, Girls into Geoscience Wales and Girls into Geoscience Ireland, we have put together a fantastic virtual offering encompassing all the aspects of our normal event and more. With inspiring speakers, stimulating Q and A panels, and even virtual fieldtrips, we hope that although we can’t meet physically, this virtual event will enable girls from anywhere in the UK and Ireland (and beyond) to attend, and to get involved in Girls into Geoscience.
This fantastic free event is aimed at girls about to undertake/taking Highers (ages 14-17) who are interested in finding out more about the geosciences and the directions it could take them. Teachers are more than welcome along too. Geoscience is a diverse subject and our talks and workshops highlight this with aspects of chemistry, biology, physics and geography coming together.
Material will be available online from Friday 3 July with the live event taking place on Monday 6 July. The event will take place on iVent, and once registered attendees will receive joining information and weblinks to the event and sessions they have chosen. In order to provide an inspiring and broad range of speakers, the talks will be made available prior to the event so the girls can watch them at their leisure and then take part in a live Q and A session with the speakers, where they can find out more about the amazing careers that the geosciences can lead to.
The rest of the day is made up of a range of workshops and panel sessions for the girls to choose from. The workshops are aimed at getting the girls hands on at home with choices from glaciers to natural hazards, and corals and climate to exploring Mars. There will also be short Q and A panel sessions on a range of topics such as applying to university, student life and dealing with change, challenges and opportunities. Panels are made up of a range of students, academics and industry geoscientists, all ready to answer any questions the girls may have.
Finally, we can’t go into the field, but let us bring the field to you; there'll be a choice of fields trips from both Scotland and Cornwall. Designed to showcase fieldwork techniques, these sessions are followed by a live Q and A where girls can ask experienced field geologists what being in the field is really like.
To book a place, email email@example.com to request a booking form. All forms need to be returned by Friday 26 June.
The first Girls into Geoscience event ran on August 1st 2019 at the University of Glasgow and attracted 25 students from a wide range of Scottish locations (from Aberdeen to Ayr) as well as locations as far south as Buxton, England. In addition, several school teachers attended as well as representatives from the Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
In the morning Jessica Smith from Atkins Global, Anna Hicks from the British Geological Survey and Amy Gilligan from the University of Aberdeen all gave talks on their personal journeys from what made them passionate about Geoscience from a young age and their career journeys to date. The talks took an innovative interactive approach, in which the participants handled seismometers, learnt about the role of geoscience in engineering solutions and the importance of science communication in natural disasters, all aimed to improve inquisitive based learning. After each talk there was an informal question and answer session within which the visiting girls engaged very positively and had open and frank conversations with our invited speakers. Subjects discussed varied from the science behind their jobs as well as how they have personally dealt with any barriers placed in front of them.
After an informal lunch in which the Hunterian Museum laid out spectacular samples for the girls to interact with, the participants chose from a selection of hands-on workshops. These included making 'volcanoes' in the lab, retrieving and interpreting their own sediment cores in 'Earth's past climates', studying meteorites from outer space and assessing changing landscapes.
GiG 2019 Programme
9:00-9:45. Arrival and registration
9:45 – 10:00. Welcome talk.
10:00- 10:30. Talk: Dr Anna Hicks, Volcanologist, British Geological Survey ‘Volcanic Hazards and Risk’
11:00-11:30. Talk: Jessica Smith, Senior Engineering Geologist, Atkins ‘Engineering Geology: practical applications of the Geosciences’
11:30-12:00. Talk: Dr Amy Gilligan, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen. ‘What lies beneath: using earthquakes to discover how our planet works’
1:15-2:15. Workshop 1. Participants will decide between 2 topics:
- Volcanoes in the lab: What rocks can reveal about volcanic eruptions
- Outer space on Earth: what can rocks tell us about the formation of the solar system?
2:30- 3:30. Workshop 2. Participants will decide between 2 topics:
- How do sediments record environmental and climate change?
- Landscape dynamics in a changing world: how do we measure and interpret landscape change?
3:30 – 3:45. Closing remarks
Sponsors for the 2019 event: Atkins