On the judging panel

Lydia Cole, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews

I spend much of my time squelching through tropical peat swamp forests and temperate bogs, exploring their ecology and the different ways they are valued, and undervalued. And am ever intrigued by how and why different communities relate to nature and what that means for the conservation of it. I am currently working in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews, on a Leverhulme-funded project in which we're exploring and recording the multiple values of an area of intact peat swamp forests in the Peruvian Amazon.

Emma Rawlings Smith, Lecturer in Education at University of Leicester

Chartered Geographer and pgFellow Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Editorial Board member of Teaching Geography, a journal of the Geographical Association. Emma has taught in a range of secondary schools in the UK and abroad. She is an advocate for young Geographers and teachers joining the profession.

Alessia Giroletti, PhD in Physics from the University of Bristol

Alessia is a tutor at Geovle with a special interest in supporting women in Science. She has recently submitted her PhD looking into a nuclear detector system for nuclear finger printing.




At GeoVLE we recognise the need for change within our world.

We wish to contribute to a better environment and world to leave for our children. We value the important contribution that will be made by female scientists in this area. To encourage this we have set up the GeoVLE Scholarship supported by a panel of geographers, scientists and educators from prominent institutions that will judge and advise on student entries. 

The competition is open to female students age 11-18 and requires entrants to submit one piece of work that offers a solution or suggestion to one of the following global issues: poverty, education, sustainability, climate, energy, water.

Students' applications should be supported by a teacher, mentor or guardian.

Email your entries to 

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