Promoting Geodiversity Workshop
The Promoting Geodiversity Workshop explored the different ways we can use an International Geodiversity Day to promote public and policy engagement with geodiversity. Our international panel of speakers presented on topics including education and outreach projects, citizen science, geoscience careers, and geohazard risk awareness.
The workshop was held online and was free for all to attend. The event was hosted by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and funded by Research England's Strategic Priorities Fund allocation to the University of Oxford.
You can find the Workshop circular and full timetable HERE.
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Geodiversity and the International Geodiversity Day
Prof Murray Gray
Honorary Professor of Geography, Queen Mary University of London
The Role of Community Science in Risk Management in the Philippines
Joy T. Santiago
Chief Science Research Specialist, University of the Philippines Resilience Institute
Augmented & Virtual Reality as a Tool for Geoheritage Awareness and Resilience
Dr Sherene James-Williamson
Senior Lecturer & Museum Curator, University of West Indies, Mona Campus
See It, Know It, Protect It: Taking Lawmakers on Fieldtrips
Emerita, Kansas Geological Survey
The Variability and Values of Landforms in Promoting Geodiversity
Prof Marco Giardino
Associate Professor, University of Turin
School Workshops in Rural Scotland: Fostering Future Stewards
Dr Elsa Panciroli
Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Mining and Our Low Carbon Future
Senior Geologist - Business Development, Cornish Lithium
Community Engagement in the Field of Vertebrate Paleontology in Egypt
Vice Director of the Mansoura University Vertebrate Paleontology center (MUVP),Egypt
Citizen Science & Empowering Communities to Meet Local and Global Goals: Experiences from FreshWater Watch
Prof Steven Loiselle
Senior Research Manager, Earthwatch Europe
Associate Professor, University of Siena
In addition to the host and funding institutions, the Promoting Geodiversity workshop was supported by:
International Association of Geomorphologists
International Association for Promoting Geoethics
What would happen on International Geodiversity Day?
International Geodiversity Day will enable coordinated activities to take place worldwide. Bringing together people, communities, organisations, and countries across the world, it is expected that International Geodiversity Day will include:
Raising awareness of the critical link between geodiversity and all living creatures on our unique planet.
Promoting the understanding of how society benefits from living on a geodiverse planet and the importance of the sustainable use of its georesources and the conservation of its geoheritage.
Recognising the role of geodiversity in providing humanity with an incredible wealth of goods and services that bring benefits to society.
Supporting the development of all programmes and projects aimed at creating and managing geoparks, world heritage properties, protected areas, and geosites, and emphasizing the close links to sites of cultural, archaeological, and historical importance.
Providing evidence of how geoscience education provides humankind with sustainable solutions to the challenges of resource extraction, natural disaster prevention and reduction, mitigation of climate change, and biodiversity loss.
Understanding the essential role geoscientific knowledge plays in the achievement of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030), the 20 Goals and Priority Areas of Agenda 2063 defined by the African Union, and the Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA Pathway).
Enhancing international cooperation in the geosciences, research and development, and education by coordinating activities between learned societies, research institutions, academies, industry, government, and non-governmental organisations.
Promoting the variety of professional careers in the geosciences as a way to attract young students to higher and further education, particularly female students in developing countries.
Better understanding of Earth systems and its interconnections lead to better informed citizens that can fully contribute to decision making processes.