The annual outreach event Girls into Geoscience (GiG) was launched in 2014 by the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom. Since then, hundreds of girls from schools across the UK and Ireland have participated. The main objective of this outreach initiative is to introduce Earth Science and its diverse and exciting careers to female students.

The ENGIE project is pursuing precisely the same objective, and thus, it supported the GiG 2020 as one of the sponsor organisations.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, this year’s GiG was online. The virtual event started on 3 July. Organisers and panellists planned activities and put interesting material together for the girls to explore and get ready over the weekend for the main event on Monday. On 6 July, the live interactive session took place with a full programme including virtual field trips, workshops, talks, Q&A sessions.

The European Federation of Geologists’ Treasurer Ruth Allington represented the ENGIE project during this interactive session. She participated as a panellist in the Career Questions & Answers session on Challenges, Changes and Opportunities in the morning. Several girls participated and had a lot of interesting questions on careers for panellists. In the afternoon, there were field trips and labs.