For the first time in Andalusia, the University of Andalusia hosted the national stage of the Spanish Geology Olympiad
March 28, 2022

130 students and teachers from all over the country are taking part in an activity coordinated by the Faculty of Experimental Sciences, CECOUAL and Natures. It includes theoretical and practical tests on the campus of the University of Almeria, as well as several field trips to geological gems in the province.

The 13th National Geology Olympiad comes to Almeria, becoming the first province in Andalusia to host and organise multiple events, defined by its promoters as “a series of educational activities designed to promote interest in the earth sciences and encourage career development in the subject”. Teams from all over Spain will demonstrate their knowledge and skills in geology in successive competitions.

The opening ceremony will be held in Almeria and a visit to Alcazaba. All tests will take place on the UAL campus and will consist of an individual theory questionnaire and two practical group activities, one of which will be a “geoyincana” set up in the gymnasium. While the students are taking the tests, the accompanying teachers will visit the darkroom of the giant crystals and luminous minerals in Pulpi. In the afternoon, they will visit together the UNESCO World Geopark Cabo de Gata-Níjar. in the evening, at the official residence, the prizes will be awarded to the winners, a dinner will be held and a “geographic heritage” will be prepared, and the event will end with a visit to the Tabernas sub-desert.

Coordinated by the Spanish Association for the Teaching of Earth Sciences, the various associations concerned with geology organise these Olympic Games every year, which are aimed at all students in the Spanish education system who are enrolled in ESO or fourth year of high school. Participation is completely free for students and their accompanying teachers.