Geoeducation, Outreach & International Development

The core purpose of the Geo-Education, Outreach and International Development (GeOID) SIG is to forge links between GSNZ members and communities in New Zealand and less privileged countries, using geoscience as a medium for positive development.

The GeOID SIG is built upon the foundations laid by the pre-existing Geo-Education SIG.  Geoscience does not exist in isolation.  Geoscience as a mode of activity, from the 18th century onwards, has been intimately involved with a wide spectrum of human experience, endeavour, and development, from canal building and resource development, to wealth creation, environmental protection and learning about how the Earth works.  The early formation of national Geological Surveys and their modern incarnations is but one example of the importance governments placed on the role of  geoscience in nation building.  Geoscience continues to make diverse contributions to local and global development. A collaborative sharing of learning, research, and ideas can lead to deeply inspiring experiences and positive outcomes for all concerned. 

The GeOID SIG aims to bring together those geoscientists who have an interest in applying their experience/expertise to educational and practical/research applications in New Zealand and the Developing World.  The scope is wide and can include activities such as institutional strengthening, workshops, lecture tours, community interaction, disaster and risk reduction, environmental geoscience, village-level development, attachments, secondments, teaching and learning resources and partnerships.

The Geoeducation, Outreach & International Development (GeOID) Special Interest Group exists:

  • For Geoscientists interested in/having experience in geoscience for education/outreach/international development at all levels and scales.
  • To promote developments in education, both traditional within the classroom/university, and all forms of outreach (geological societies, amateur groups, policy influencing initiatives, general public).
  • To encourage geoscientists of all backgrounds to engage, in partnership with geoscientists and related professionals from less privileged countries, in areas of international development.
  • To encourage short and long term collaboration between GSNZ members and ‘Developing Countries’.
  • To promote and report on activities in these areas and to link to the annual GSNZ conference and other national and international fora.


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King’s Quarry located near Wainui, north Auckland, site of a University of Auckland 3rd year field mapping course.