Club membership and its perks for School of Environment students

Memberships to clubs and organisations with an Earth Science bent, can be a really good way for students to network while studying.

Many of these groups have meetings and talks the students can attend, which helps industry engagement, and provide really good networking opportunities for when you are looking for work. 

Another good thing is, many of the organisations are free to join, and also have scholarships and funding available for members.

Professional Memberships & Societies

Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (NZ branch)

The AusIMM (Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy) represents over 13,000 individuals working in the global minerals industry.  Their focus is on promoting excellence across all professional disciplines through advocacy and provision of continuing professional development opportunities.

In addition to enjoying the benefits of the AusIMM, the New Zealand Branch has several local activities including:

·       An Annual Branch conference, typically attracting 250-300 delegates

·       Local technical and social meetings in some main centres

·       Local Discussion Group Meetings

·       Visiting Lecturer Programme

The Branch is active in promoting education mainly through two award schemes:

·       Scholarships awarded for research to students enrolled at Tertiary Education institutions, through the AusIMM New Zealand Education Endowment Trust

·       A cash prize for best student paper presented at the Annual Branch Conference

Student membership is free.


Geoscience Society of New Zealand

The Society encourages the advancement of the geosciences in New Zealand and has more than 900 members, an elected national committee, eight branches and a number of subcommittees and special interest groups. Membership is open to all who are interested in the geosciences. The Society holds a conference in a different part of New Zealand each year, presents annual awards, and publishes a newsletter every four months.

Student membership is $35


New Zealand Geographical Society

The Society holds a biennial Geography conference and periodically combines with the Institute of Australian Geographers for joint conferences. Membership of the Society results in lower fees for members at our conferences. The Society provides disciplinary representation to the Royal Society of New Zealand and affiliation with the International Geographical Union.

Branches of the Society run lecture and seminar series for local members. These feature speakers from New Zealand and abroad. Branches also take turns to host the biennial conferences. Some branches provide grants in aid for student members to attend conferences.

Student membership is from $25


New Zealand Geotechnical Society

The New Zealand Geotechnical Society (NZGS) is the affiliated organization in New Zealand of the International Societies representing practitioners in Soil mechanics, Rock mechanics and Engineering geology. NZGS is also affiliated to the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ as one of its collaborating technical societies. It is free for students, lots of seminars and talks where a range of professionals attend including industry leaders, as well as the smaller geotechnical consultancies.

The New Zealand Geotechnical Society produces two bulletins each year which are distributed to all members as part of their annual subscriptions. The Society has published a number of guidelines, some can be downloaded for free and others carry a small cost.

Student membership is free.


Geological Society of London

By becoming a student member of the Geological Society you will be demonstrating your commitment to the profession. One year after graduation, you become a full Fellow of the Geological Society (and can use the postnominal, FGS). You can then work your way towards Chartered Geologist (C.Geol.) status, the prestigious internationally-recognised professional qualification that only the Geological Society of London can award.  As a student of Geoscience you are taking the first step towards a highly rewarding career. You will also be able to participate in the Society's activities to promote Geoscience and access a wealth of information and knowledge. The GSL has a range of 21 specialist groups, from geophysics to geochemistry, engineering geology and tectonics. GSL offers a range of benefits, many of which will be invaluable for you as a student. These include:

·       Access to one of the most important and extensive geological libraries in the world – with access to over 90 journals remotely online

·       Access to the Society’s online CV posting service

·       Free monthly magazine, Geoscientist

·       Free online access to one of the Society’s prestigious journals of your choice

·       Up to 50% discounts on books and special publications

·       Reduced rates for conference and events

For students, Candidate Fellowship is 15 GB pounds/year or 40 GB pounds for duration of your degree.


Society of Economic Geologists

The Society of Economic Geologists, Inc., (SEG) is an international organization of individual members with interests in the field of economic geology. The Society's membership includes representatives from industry, academia, and government institutions. Annual meetings, publications, field conferences, and short courses ensure an active communication of economic geology-related concepts within the membership and with the economic geology profession at large. An individual may apply for membership as Fellow, Member or Student Member.

Student membership options start at US$20