About GeoWeek

Presentation by Marcos Aurell of the Geological Society of Spain

GeoWeek seeks to introduce as many members of the public to geoscience as possible, mainly through outdoor activities such as urban, rural or coastal field trips. We hope you or your group will set up a field visit during the nine-day 'week'.

Organising a GeoWeek event

Please tell people about your event by advertising it on your website, but please also fill in the simple participation form to put your event on the GeoWeek Event Organisers Map.

With your help, we may be able to emulate the Spanish Geolodays initiative that takes 10 000 members of the public on a field trip on one day each year!

Event organisers should note: GeoWeek is not responsible for the health and safety of events and does not insure events.

Please note the following:

  • GeoWeek does not carry any funding.
  • Please use the GeoWeek logo in your publicity and publicise your event(s) as widely as possible.
  • Please ensure that your activity is insured, either by your institutional insurance or through the Geologists' Association insurance scheme.
  • If your fieldtrip is to a distant site, you or your organisation will have to cover transportation costs.

Setting an Earthcache

Use our how to set an Earthcache page for a step-by-step guide to setting up a new Earthcache as a focus for your fieldtrip. Once you've set up an Earthcache people can also use it at other times of the year.

GeoWeek, 2018

GeoWeek ran for the first time across the UK in May 2018. More than 30 different activities took place around the country. Find out more about the GeoWeek 2018 events.

Background

Some 4000 people graduate with geoscience-related degrees across the UK every year, so this means that there must be 150 000 or more geoscientists across the whole country. If even a fraction of this number of people could become involved in geoscience outreach in their own areas, we could bring geoscience awareness to more people across the UK than ever before.

This is not an impossible task as has been shown by our colleagues in Spain, where some 150 geoscientists across the country take nearly 10 000 members of the public on field trips every May (Figure 1), and on a single day in May in Ottawa, Canada, each year, 19 geosites across the city are hosted by geoscientists, students and pupils, whilst members of the public are given a 'passport' encouraging them to visit as many of the sites as possible and discover some of the fascinating facts behind Ottawa's geoheritage (Figure 2).

Presentation by Beth McLarty Halfkenny on the Ottawa Geoheritage Day initiative

UK geoscience groups

Given this background, the Earth Science Education Forum (ESEF) approached as many geoscience organisations across the country as possible to encourage them to become involved in an initiative. They were invited to choose the best name and the best dates for a nine-day 'week' in 2018.

The organisations approached included the Geological Society; the Geologists' Association; University Geoscience UK; the Earth Science Teachers' Association; the physical geography group of the Geographical Association; Geoconservation UK; the English and Scottish Geodiversity Forums; the Open University Geological Society; the British Geological Survey, and many more.

Although tying the initiative in with either Earth Science Week in October or Science Week in March were discussed, we were advised, particularly by academics and school teachers, that October is one of the worst times of the year from their perspectives for such an initiative and that March is not much better — the better weather of the summer was preferred by most people.

'Market research'

All interested people were asked to 'vote' by completing a brief online questionnaire. We are glad to report that 137 people voted and more than a third of the votes were for the name 'GeoWeek' — far ahead of any other suggestions, so GeoWeek it is.

Meanwhile, two of the nine-day 'week' choices were far ahead of the others and were neck and neck with each other, so we went for the one that did not coincide with the school holidays: Saturday 5 to Sunday 13 May 2018.

Later the strapline of 'Active geoscience week' was added, allowing the British Geological Survey to kindly design our logo for us. So now the votes have been cast, it is time for action.

Given that the initiative plans to involve as many geoscientists as possible doing as many activities as possible to engage as many members of the public as possible, we hope that all geoscience-orientated groups around the country will be willing to become involved.

Are you taking part in GeoWeek?

Tell people about your event by advertising it on your website, but please also fill in the simple participation form to put your event on the GeoWeek's UK and Ireland map.