Lauren Noakes

Miss Lauren Noakes Geospatial Data Officer

Location: Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 230

E-mail Lauren Noakes


Every day I listen to scientists talk about everything from microscopic fossils to geology on mars and I love it. It’s my job to share their research, plans, discoveries and adventures. I do this through various means but my favourites are managing our blog , writing press releases , using facebook , twitter and organising events at science festivals up and down the country.

Even though this amazing Communications role keeps me busy I must confess it’s not my first or even second love. These are geology and maps. To get a job from University, after studying long and hard for a Geology degree, to train as a cartographer for the BGS was a dream come true. It still is and as technology has progressed I’ve kept re-training and am now part of a team making 2D maps come to life as 3D models.

As well as being passionate about geology, maps and science communication I’m also into crafts so if you need a knitted dinosaur or some geological bunting I’m your geek.


  •  2011 –present :  Press and Communications Officer, MH BGS
  •  2005 –present :  Geospatial Data Officer, BGS
  •  2000 –2004 :  BSc (hons) Geology, HND Science, University of Derby


  •  2013 :  Currently studying for a CIPR Advanced Certificate in PR, run by the PR Academy


  •  Communications
  •  Design, compile and publish maps, GIS and illustrations

Current projects and collaboration

  •  Cartographic legacy mapping- digital data capture for DiGMapGB-10 release
  •  Cartography for Afar Rift Project in Ethiopia
  •  Checking and constructing 3D models in the Glasgow area using GSI3D
  •  Managing GeoBlogy, the BGS blog written soley by our scientists and staff
  •  Science festival planning for 2013 and 2014. Including Royal Society Summer Exhibition, British Science Festival and Cheltenham Science Festival

Professional association

Research interests

  •  Evolution of cartography, digital mapping and GIS
  •  Science writing and communication via social media