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FutureGeo 2.0

29th August 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Future of GeoScience is Now.

This free, virtual and first-of-its-kind networking event, brought to you in association with Digital Leaders, will bring together the geo-community into a common space where all involved can present, share and understand differing perspectives, ideas and goals, helping shape the Future of GeoScience.

Following the success of the FutureGeo Summit in June, which over 6000 people viewed or interacted with, this next event focuses in on the key challenges and themes that have been discussed, debated and presented over the past few months as the #FutureGeo conversation has grown louder.

The #DigiLounge is a virtual platform. You only need a web browser (Firefox, Chrome and Safari) to access and there are no downloads involved. A checklist for the event will be circulated in the lead up to the 29th September.

The event mimics a traditional networking event, however, it minimises travel and associated costs, promoting inclusivity and breaking down geographic borders as you connect with not just people from the UK but from all four corners of the world.

The #DigiLounge is a virtual space for up to 800 people sat cabaret-style in tables of 6 with a main stage. Each floor has 10 tables, and caters for up to 100 people. Once the event starts you will be dropped into a table on a floor, in the table you will be able to see (via webcam) all other people on your table, as well as a business card style profile which you can fill in upon entry to the event. You do not need to have your camera on, you can connect without being face to face and all you will need are a microphone and audio connected to talk to others. There are chat functions built in to the platform which allow you to chat with everyone in the event, on your floor, on your table or privately to individuals or groups. In short, it is all about real, human connection.

The idea for FutureGeo 2.0 is to take the 8 floors and apply a theme to each of them. As noted above, these themes have been drawn from the first FutureGeo Summit and ongoing projects/research and conversations occurring throughout the Geo-Community.

During the event, all in attendance will be able to move between up to 8 floors which are themed as follows:

  • Diversity, Difference and Equality in GeoScience
  • Inclusivity and Opportunity in GeoScience
  • GeoScience through Geography and STEM – KS3 and KS4
  • The Decline in University Student Enrolment
  • Utilising Emerging Technologies in GeoScience
  • Promoting Cross-Disciplinary GeoScience Degrees/Careers
  • The Energy and Materials Transition
  • Water
  • Communicating GeoScience

On a floor, you will be able to join tables and discuss, debate and explore opportunities in these themes, networking with open and like-minded individuals who share in your passions and experiences. You will be encouraged to explore themes that are outside their comfort zone to share in differing perspectives. This will be a truly global summit with attendees from all four corners of the globe so it will be an amazing opportunity to connect with people you would never normally connect with.

The running order for the event has been designed to keep it very simple. It is as follows:

09:30am: The Event opens to registered delegates. They will be dropped into a table somewhere in the event.

09:30-09:40am: Intros and basic tutorials on how to use the functionality in the platform and navigate around the floors and tables.

09:40am – 09:50am: Introductions from selected theme champions and explanation of how the next hour will work.

09:50am – 11am: Networking session, allowing delegates to move freely between tables and floors exploring the different themes and engaging around common talking points.

11am – 11:15am: Selected theme champions will be asked to ‘come up to the front’ and present on their key takeaways.

11:15am – 11:20am: Introduction to speed networking round.

11:20am – 11.50am: Three 10 minute rounds of speed networking. A bell and countdown will be displayed on the screen and once the time is up, attendees will be asked to move to another table.

Not only is this an opportunity for attendees to connect with the wider geo-community, it will also be a chance to hone our ability to promote our individual value and role in society. A question to explore in the lead up to the event is: What makes you, your experiences, your passion and your skills valuable in moving society to a more sustainable, greener, socially just and resilient future? This question will be posed during the speed networking rounds.

11:50am – 12pm: Final and closing statements from a selection of champions before the event closes.

There a few more surprises I am trying to work on to make FutureGeo a truly unique, rewarding and engaging event and one that hopefully can be repeated regularly to develop a truly connected and empowered geo-community.


Spaces are limited so register your interest now to ensure you do not miss out!

Please us the #FutureGeo so we can capture the conversation before, during and after the event!

If you would like to be invovled, please contact Tom Backhouse by emailing:


29th August 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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