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Alumni Events

Our alumni events offer the opportunity to learn more about what is currently happening in the Department of Earth Sciences, in addition to the opportunity to meet with old friends and network with other Earth Science professionals.

The University of Cambridge Development and Alumni Relations Office (CUDAR) run events for alumni across the University. To find out more about their events visit their Alumni Events page. 


Forthcoming Alumni Events

Alumni Festival 2017

Earth Sciences alumni are warmly invited to join us for a talk by the Sedgwick Museum’s Douglas Palmer on Friday 22 September at 4:30pm. The talk will be followed by a private view and drinks reception in the Sedgwick Museum, 5:15-6:00pm. This event forms part of the Alumni Festival 2017.

Hippos in the Cam, mammoths at Barnwell – Ice Age Cambridge?

For over 200 years, the bones and teeth of elephants, rhinos, hippos, bison, bear, giant deer, lion etc have been found around Cambridge. The deposits that contain them have been recognized as belonging to a geologically recent ‘Ice Age’.  

Introducing the Sedgwick Museum’s new ‘Ice Age’ exhibition, telling the remarkable story of how climate change impacted upon life and the environment of Cambridge during the latter part of the ‘Ice Age’.

Douglas Palmer is a science writer and part-time communications officer for the Sedgwick Museum and was previously a lecturer in palaeontology at Trinity College Dublin.

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Alumni Panel Discussion at the Geological Society, London, Monday 20 November 2017                

Earth Sciences alumni are warmly invited to join us for our third annual panel discussion at the Geological Society. Our expert panellists will give short talks and will then answer questions from the floor. Afterwards there will be drinks and canapés in the Lower Library, and a chance to meet fellow alumni and the panel informally.

Deep Geological Disposal

The safe disposal of high-level radioactive waste has been well researched and the international consensus is that deep geological repositories are the preferred method. Only a handful of countries however – Finland, Sweden, France and the US - have started building permanent storage facilities.

The panel will be chaired by Simon Redfern, Professor of Mineral Physics and Head of Department. Simon is a member of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management providing independent advice to the UK Government on long-term management of radioactive waste, including storage and disposal. 

Our panellists include Dr Ian Farnan, Reader in Earth and Nuclear Materials; Dr Nigel Woodcock, Emeritus Reader and Dr Liz Harvey (Jesus 2003), Senior Consultant at  Galson Sciences Ltd.

Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG

Date: 6:30pm, Monday 20 November 2017

Cost: £23

Booking Info:  Bookings can be made online from early September.  Email Alison Holroyd, Alumni Co-ordinator, Department of Earth Sciences for further information.

Additional Info:  Drinks and canapés will be available after the discussion in the Lower Library.  The event will finish at 9pm.

Notifications for this event are sent by email only. If you do not currently receive our e-invitations and would like to be added to the mailing list let Alison know, at


Save the date

 Alumni Day and Dinner, Saturday 12 May 2018

Our next Alumni Day and Dinner will be held on Saturday, 12 May 2018. There will be a particular focus on those that graduated in 1958, 68, 78, 88, and 2008, but as always, all alumni are welcome.

Do save the date and spread the word amongst your year group and contemporaries.


Research Talks and Seminars

Alumni are welcome to attend the Department of Earth Sciences talks and seminars. The programme of talks is available here. Do please contact Alison at if you plan to attend so that we know to expect you.

Recent Events

2017 Alumni Day and Dinner - Saturday 13 May 2017

We were delighted to welcome 150 alumni and their guests, from across seven decades,  for our 12th Alumni Day & Dinner in May. The day’s activities included talks, tours of the Godwin Lab and Microanalysis Suite and displays in the Library and Museum.  Our popular undergraduate mapping talks were followed by Emeritus Professor Dan McKenzie marking Plate Tectonics at 50. Some of the many photos taken on the day are available on Flickr and YouTube.  Thank you to all who were able to join us.

Do save the date for next year’s Alumni Day on Saturday 12 May 2018, there will be a particular focus on those who graduated in years ending with an 8, but once again, all of you are welcome.

Thank you to Charlie Eardley and Greg Palmer for recording the event.

Cambridge Earth Sciences Alumni Panel Discussion – Tuesday 22 November 2016

Climate Change: A view from the past

Alumni and guests joined us at The Geological Society, London for our second Earth Sciences Alumni Panel Discussion. Short introductions from the panel members were followed by questions from the floor, expertly directed by Lord Oxburgh KBE, Crossbench (Independent) member of the House of Lords and former Head of Department 1980-88. Afterwards alumni had the opportunity to meet the panel and one another informally in the Lower Library where drinks and canapés were served. Photos of the evening are available on Flickr.

In addition to thanking alumni who attended and contributed to the debate, we would like to thank Lord Oxburgh, who did an excellent job as Chair, and our panellists Professor David Hodell, Professor Eric Wolff, Dr Alexandra Turchyn and Alex Maskell.


Upcoming events

Hippos in the Cam, mammoths at Barnwell – Ice Age Cambridge?

Sep 22, 2017

Tilley Lecture Theatre, Department of Earth Sciences

Deep Geological Disposal

Nov 20, 2017

The Geological Society, London

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