Society Spotlight: Geography society aka Geogsoc
The Geography Society – more commonly known as “Geogsoc” – is our student-led society run for all those with an interest in Geography. Formed in 1935, we are one of the university’s oldest and largest societies- and one of the most sociable too!
With over 200 current members and over 1800 alumni members, we host a range of activities to cater to all from academic talks and corporate networking, to fundraising events and intra-mural sports leagues. Our aim is to enhance the Geosciences community of Edinburgh University by strengthening friendships across all years and can serve as a useful forum for students, helping to foster interest in Geography beyond the lecture theatre.
GeogSoc is run by fun-loving members who have a passion for everything Geography related!
Meet the committee:
President: Sheela Steele
Vice President: Emily Stammers
Secretary: Mary Cox
Treasurer: Sam Tenny
RSGS Correspondent: G Elliot
Welfare Office: Elena Henning
Charities Coordinator: Sophie Penman
EGEA Officer: Jakub Wieczorkowski
Digital Creative Manager: Lucy Haslam
Corporate Sponsorship Manager: Sam Scholes
Social Secretaries: Michael Lynch & Lucien Staddon Foster
Sports Secretary: Sam Doble Thomson
Second Year Rep: Lou Elliot
GeogSoc events run throughout the year and range from social to academic events.
Last year alone we hosted 12 talks with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS), bringing a diverse set of speakers- from scientists to explorers, to share their inspiring talks. We also hosted two networking events, connecting world-leading firms to Edinburgh Geography Students, to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Society.
We have intramural Netball, Hockey and Football teams, all of which had a great 2019/20 season! The teams play once a week against other intramural teams and host socials once a term to celebrate (or commiserate!) their season so far.
We hosted our Annual Ball in February which was a sold-out success, held at the top Edinburgh location the Jam House. In October we hosted the Charity Ceilidh, a night of fun, dancing and raffling in aid of Rock Trust, a local Edinburgh Charity- raising a total of £1300 raised at both events.
Other social highlights include a White T-Shirt Party, Pub Crawl, Pub Quiz and Christmas Party!
This year we also had our first ever EGEA Exchange, with 8 Edinburgh Students visiting Zurich on Exchange with other Geographers! We’re hoping this year another group of Geographers will get the opportunity to exchange with another exciting EGEA location.