Certified Training

Practical Geocommunication is globally endorsed by leading geoscience establishments. Upon completion, your certificate will bear their logos.

Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain

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How can we help people feel invested in our planet and change their behavior? How can we drive more students to embark on careers that will be essential to the sustainability of society? How can we improve the image of the geosciences in academia and industry?

Find out how 'Practical Geocommuniation' delivers solid and actionable geoscience outreach and engagement solutions and what people have said about the course.

Jonathan Arthur

Executive Director at American Geosciences Institute

The AGI is proud to offer FREE access to Geologize's course, Practical Geocommunication, to all members of AGI Member Societies. Communicating with the public has never been more critical than it is today. We highly recommend and encourage our Member Societies to engage with this opportunity.
Jonathan Arthur

AGI Member Societies

For an alphabetical list of AGI member societies, please click here.

You should receive access instructions directly from the AGI Member Society of which you are a member. If you have not received this, click on your society on the map above. You will see either a link to your membership portal or an appropriate point of contact within your society.

Click on the 'expand' function in the top-right-hand corner of the map to make the map searchable.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation

The American Geosciences Institute gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the AAPGF.

Professor Iain Stewart

UNESCO Geoscience Chair

"Communication is an essential tool in the modern geoscientific toolkit. Practical Geocommunication provides the perfect primer to the principles and practices of effective geoscience communication."
Professor Iain Stewart

Additional content

With leaders in scientific writing, First Nation outreach, television, poetry, viral social media and gamification.

Curriculum

Find out what makes 'Practical Geocommunication' your one-stop shop for all your communication needs in the geosciences.

  • Why communicate the geosciences? Case studies demonstrating our ethical obligation to communicate.

  • From neurology to orating. The science and practice of effective communication in the geosciences.

  • The power of analogy and linguistic tools. Geologizing and transposing geoscientific content into everyday concepts.

  • Identify distortions in the media and strategies to stand up effectively to them. Particular emphasis on climate change.

  • Strategies to promote powerful social media engagement in the geosciences. Case studies and practical activities.

  • Strategies for geoparks and geotourism projects to help them improve their audience demographics and engagement.

  • Bonus material, quizzes, assignments, certificates.

What Others Have Said...

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Essential training

Gareth Digges La Touche

Simply excellent. This course sets out to equip geoscientists with better communication skills. It achieves that. The course is relevant not only to geoscientists in academia, but also to those in industry.

Simply excellent. This course sets out to equip geoscientists with better communication skills. It achieves that. The course is relevant not only to geoscientists in academia, but also to those in industry.

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Awesome course

Gordon Stove

Just completed this course in one go. Once I started, I couldn't stop! A wealth of information, tips and learnings. Absolutely brilliant course!

Just completed this course in one go. Once I started, I couldn't stop! A wealth of information, tips and learnings. Absolutely brilliant course!

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Thoroughly enjoyable

Juan Cottier

Fun to do. Dr Haydon Mort has a compelling manner. The content was great. I feel better informed on completion. Thanks!

Fun to do. Dr Haydon Mort has a compelling manner. The content was great. I feel better informed on completion. Thanks!

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Lots of useful methods and approaches for Geocommunciating

David Limmer

Really enjoyable, easy to follow course, lots of extremely useful tips and tricks for mastering communicating. Very logical and lots of useful exercises to try.

Really enjoyable, easy to follow course, lots of extremely useful tips and tricks for mastering communicating. Very logical and lots of useful exercises to try.

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Very engaging and a must for all scientists (not just geoscientists!)

Rosalie Constable

I highly recommend this course. It provides practical advice and examples in an engaging and thought-provoking way, supported by tasks and assignments to reinforce the key points of each class. I now feel I have a much better understanding of how ...

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I highly recommend this course. It provides practical advice and examples in an engaging and thought-provoking way, supported by tasks and assignments to reinforce the key points of each class. I now feel I have a much better understanding of how I can more effectively communicate with non-scientists. I would recommend this course for scientists of any background as the concepts could be easily applied across any discipline.

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Insightful, Engaging and Thought-provoking

Lewis Lawrence

Excellent course if you are a Geoscientist and feel like the communication between the geosciences and the public has a poor relationship. Dr Mort does a fantastic job at bringing new ideas to the table in the quest to bridge the gap between the p...

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Excellent course if you are a Geoscientist and feel like the communication between the geosciences and the public has a poor relationship. Dr Mort does a fantastic job at bringing new ideas to the table in the quest to bridge the gap between the public and the geoscience world. I would highly recommend this course.

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Switching the context

Benjamin Lepley

I took the course with the aim of improving my methods of communication but actually learnt that I was thinking about the entire concept wrong. It is not about teaching or lecturing but understanding the communcation from the participants' viewpoi...

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I took the course with the aim of improving my methods of communication but actually learnt that I was thinking about the entire concept wrong. It is not about teaching or lecturing but understanding the communcation from the participants' viewpoint and making an emotional connection to allow for any information to be retained. I highly recommend the course for anyone wishing to take a relatively complex and specific topic to the public.

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Superb! A must for anyone who's thinking about public outreach.

Peter Taylor

What a fantastic course! So much useful information and the clearest breakdown you'll find about how to build an effective communication strategy. I can't recommend it highly enough.

What a fantastic course! So much useful information and the clearest breakdown you'll find about how to build an effective communication strategy. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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An eye-opener

Sikandar Hayat

It is an eye-opener course. It made me realize how important geocommunication is and how far-reaching its impacts are. I will utilize all the skills I learned here to play my role in the betterment of earth sciences and society.

It is an eye-opener course. It made me realize how important geocommunication is and how far-reaching its impacts are. I will utilize all the skills I learned here to play my role in the betterment of earth sciences and society.

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FAQs

Some questions we get asked a lot.

  • What is the teaching method?

    Each lesson begins with a big question to get your neurons firing. Then comes the lesson itself. The lesson always includes at least one practical activity in the middle or near the end. There are often assignments (not compulsory) and quizzes to test for understanding of essential elements.

  • How long will it take me to do the course?

    You can work through the course at your own pace. However, if you wished to work on the course intensely, completing the work as required, you could probably finish in around 15 hours.

  • Is there a certificate available at the end?

    Absolutely. Upon completion of the course (the main video lessons are compulsory elements), you will be provided with a personalised certificate with the logos of all the endorsing organizations.