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Firsting in Science and Research

Scholars like to attribute discoveries to people. A new mineral, a new species of dinosaur, a new unifying theory. First reported by a pioneering geologist, first described by an eminent paleontologist who came across the fossil in a dusty drawer, first proposed in a paradigm-shifting paper. But does this constant framing of research and science […]

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The first (known) geological map

Google ‘the first geological map’ and what results do you get? All but one of the websites returned on the first page talk about William Smith’s pioneering map of England, Wales and Part of Scotland, published in 1815. This was indeed a significant and noteworthy achievement. It was the first geological map of Britain, and […]

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The Decolonising Earth Science forum: A space for peer-learning and sharing 

We are looking to build a peer network of UK Earth Science professionals (e.g. Earth Science academics at all career stages, professional services staff, museum professionals) for peer-learning, discussion and to share material and effective practise in decolonising the curriculum. To help realise this ambition we have launched a Decolonising Earth Science Discord Server.  We […]

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New open educational resources to help decolonise and diversify your Earth Science curriculum

We are excited to launch our website and release the first of our infographics aimed at supporting the UK Earth Science (geology/geoscience/environmental science) community in decolonising the curriculum and Earth Science pedagogy.  Why should UK Earth Science embrace decolonising the curriculum approaches? Photograph: DAVID HARTLEY/REX/Shutterstock The foundations of a discipline shape the way in which […]

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