Deborah Reflects on Geological Society Early Career Geologist Competition
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June 12, 2018

After winning the regional heat of the Geological Society Early Career Geologist Competition, Deborah Thomas, our Senior Hydrogeologist, represented East Midlands at the national final.

This competition recognises the work of geoscientists in the early stages of their careers, as they deliver a presentation to demonstrate their understanding of a particular geological topic. Here, Deborah tells us about her experience:

“Competing at the regional heat for the Early Career Award was great, and the combination of meeting young local geologists keen to progress their careers and a chartership presentation by Gill Gaskarth has definitely given me the kick I needed to progress my chartership application. With the support of my colleagues in the audience, I made it through to the final in London with my talk on adequate monitoring in sand and gravel deposits.

Each of the finalists brought their own personalities and experiences to the final, which led to an afternoon of eight fantastic presentations covering a wide range of geological topics, finished off by an inspiring presentation by Sanjeev Gupta. The competition was won by a very impressive presentation by Tom St John from the South Welsh Regional Group. Congratulations Tom!

To those considering participating in this event in coming years, I cannot encourage you enough! The confidence I have gained from taking part in this event and all of the wonderful, supportive people I have met along the way has made it one of the highlights of my career to date.”

The Envireau Water team wishes to congratulate Deborah on representing the East Midlands at the final of the competition. Her enthusiasm and passion for her subject certainly shone through, and we are extremely proud of her. Well done to everyone else who was also involved, and in particular to Tom St John who won the 2018 award.