Public engagement

We promote the earth sciences in general, and our own activities, in a variety of ways:

External talks and lectures

Examining drill core

Our staff are sometimes available to give lectures on the Survey's work and on a wide variety of earth science topics to geological societies, community groups and other interested parties, such as the University of the Third Age (U3A) and Probus.

We also run introductory evening classes in geology from time to time in collaboration with organisations such as adult education centres and the Workers' Educational Association.

Visitors to BGS

NGDC tour

We offer, by prior arrangement, guided tours of our main sites to educational and public groups. These tours include a summary of the history and current activities of the Survey and are a flexible and informal way of introducing our work to a broad cross-section of the wider public.

Some recent visitors have included groups such as Probus, Rotary, Soroptimists, U3A, adult education classes, professional interest groups and associations, and even sailing clubs!

News of public events, such as the regular Open Day at our Edinburgh office, are posted in our events diary.

Support for schools

The BGS is a member of STEMNET and participates in their STEM Ambassadors scheme.

Our accredited Ambassadors take the lead role in our events for schools. They are also available to visit schools within reasonable travelling distance of our main offices to provide hands-on activities, give presentations on their scientific research, or talk about careers.

Ambassadors can also act as mentors for schools applying for the Royal Society's Partnership Grants.

News about events for schools are posted in our events diary and in educational events.

UK School Seismology Project

Our UK School Seismology Project enables schools to detect signals from large earthquakes happening anywhere in the world.

National and regional initiatives

National Science Week 2005

Where possible we like to support national and regional initiatives such as:

Informing the public

An Earthwise magazine

Our website is our main communication channel for informing the public about our work and to promote the relevance and importance of earth science to our lives.

However, we still produce a few online publications that explain more about the work we do, such as:

You can also follow our social media pages for news and website updates:

Popular publications

Assynt geology guide.

We have produced a range of popular publications, the Earthwise series, aimed at the educational and leisure markets.

Written to appeal to the non-specialist (including holiday makers, amateur geologists, schoolchildren and students) these are highly-illustrated and colourful guides and books.

Learn more about our Holiday Geology Guides or Fossil Focus Guides for budding the palaeontologist.

Earthwise books deal with various subjects — earthquakes, fossils, groundwater and the rocks beneath Assynt, Charnwood and Yorkshire.

For more about our Popular Publications range contact the Sales Desk.


For more information about BGS public engagement activities contact Enquiries