Geology for Global Development

A Christmas Message from GfGD

We will be taking a break from blogging until the New Year, and we wanted to take this chance to wish all of our readers a very merry Christmas.

In 2012 we ran our first blog competition, expanded our university group network, organised our first GfGD placement, established a national committee and re-housed our blog within the EGU Blog network. Joel Gill, GfGD Director, wishes to end 2012 with a personal message of thanks:

As we reach the end of a busy year, I’d like to express my sincere gratitude for the help and support offered by so many people. The contributions from our Advisory Group, National Committee, University Ambassadors, guest bloggers and many others are valued so highly, and have been crucial in establishing GfGD and developing our work.

As 2013 approaches, here are some New Year’s Resolutions from our National Committee:

Joel (Director): Strong partnerships are essential to meeting each one of our objectives, and I look forward to continuing to invest in them throughout 2013.

Ellie (Secretary): My hope is that 2013 is the year GfGD is able to host their very own conference highlighting the importance of geosciences and development, through the support of private sector partnerships, university groups and general members.

Tim (Advocacy Officer):  It is my hope that through our advocacy work we can make governments, charities, NGOs and the media more aware of the many ways in which geoscientists can contribute to international development.

Jane (Communications Officer): I hope to begin a campaign for wider geoscience recognition in high impact multidisciplinary online science networks.

Rosalie (Blog Manager): I hope to encourage people from a wide range of academic backgrounds and from different places around the world to submit guest blogs to our EGU blog.

Faith (University Groups): After a very busy year, I resolve to dedicate more time to supporting and developing resources for our university groups in the new year.

Donald (Publications): In 2013 I hope to produce short publications on each of our key themes, whilst building links with various NGO’s to help them identify and understand the importance of good geoscience in their work.

Marc (Education and Careers): GfGD will strive to not only highlight existing career opportunities for young geoscientists, but to encourage people working in the development sector to provide opportunities for young geoscientists to get involved in their work.

We look forward to returning on the 7th January 2013. If there is any significant news or events that GfGD are commenting on, it will be through our website press centre –

We hope you all find some time to relax with family and friends over the coming week. From all of the GfGD team: Have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Rosalie was the Himalayas Programme Officer for Geology for Global Development and writer for the GfGD blog. She is a geochemist and a postdoc at the University of Oxford.