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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

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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.

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


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

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.

2016 Alumni Day and Dinner - Saturday 7 May 2016

We were delighted to welcome 120 alumni and their guests from across seven decades for the Earth Sciences Alumni Day and Dinner on 7 May. The afternoon of activities included talks, tours of the Microanalysis Suite, a selection of treasures from the archives, library, and on display in the museum, and our popular undergraduate mapping project talks.

A drinks reception was held in the Sedgwick Museum followed by dinner in Clare College.  It was lovely to welcome so many of you back to the Department. Some of the many photos taken during the day are available on Flickr. Thank you to Richard Stockey and Greg Palmer for recording the event.

Upcoming events

Deep Geological Disposal

Nov 20, 2017

The Geological Society, London

Upcoming events

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