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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 Day and Dinner, Saturday 13 May 2017

Our twelfth Alumni Day and Dinner will be held on Saturday 13 May 2017.  We would like to particularly encourage those who graduated in 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007 to join us, but once again, all alumni of the department and their guests are welcome to attend.

We start at 11 am with coffee. Emeritus Professor Dan McKenzie, Professor Nicholas Butterfield and Dr Sally Gibson will deliver talks during the day, in addition to other activities within the department.

A buffet lunch will be served in a marquee on the lawn outside the department.  The day will end with a wine reception in the Sedgwick Museum followed by dinner in St John’s College.  Further details to follow.

Do save the date.


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

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.

Cambridge Earth Sciences Alumni Panel Discussion – Thursday 26 November 2015

How the Earth is trying to kill us: living with geological hazards

Alumni and guests joined us at The Geological Society, London for our first Earth Sciences Alumni Panel Discussion. Short introductions from the panel members were followed by questions from the floor, expertly directed by Dr Chris Smith, the Naked Scientist at Cambridge University. 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, and a film of the discussion is available on YouTube.

In addition to thanking alumni who attended and contributed to the debate, we would like to thank Dr Chris Smith, who did an excellent job as Chair, and our panellists Professor James Jackson, Dr Marie Edmonds, Dr Alex Copley and Dr Tim Greenfield.


Upcoming events

2017 Alumni Day and Dinner

May 13, 2017

Department of Earth Sciences

Upcoming events

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