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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.

Forthcoming Alumni Events

 Alumni Day and Dinner, Saturday 12 May 2018

We will be holding our 13th Alumni Day and Dinner on Saturday 12 May.  All Earth Sciences alumni and their partners are warmly invited to join us. We would like to particularly encourage those who graduated in a year ending in an 8 to join us.

We have a varied and interesting programme throughout the afternoon, beginning at 2pm. Highlights include:

  • talks by Professor Nick Rawlinson, BP-McKenzie Chair in Earth Sciences, and Dr Marie Edmonds, University Reader
  • three of our undergraduate students will give short talks about their recent mapping projects
  • a selection of items from the Archive will be on display in the Library to mark 200 years since Adam Sedgwick became Woodwardian Professor of Geology, including a selection of original and facsimile notebooks and maps
  • in addition to the permanent displays in the Sedgwick Museum, the ‘Ice Ages’ exhibition will be open, together with the Museum's temporary exhibitions.
  • tours of the Microanalysis Suite
  • Nigel Woodcock will run a couple of short local building stones tours looking at the geological and architectural history.

The afternoon ends with a wine reception in the Sedgwick Museum at 5:30pm followed by the Alumni Dinner in Trinity Hall at 7:30pm. 

Ticket price (including dinner): £49 per person. 

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Our speakers

Professor Nick Rawlinson is a seismologist who uses earthquakes to image the interior of our planet. He spent over 10 years in Australia deploying arrays of seismometers in order to probe the crust and upper mantle beneath, and now has his sights set on the wilds of Borneo. His current research is focused on the causes of intra-plate volcanism, the growth of continents, and the development of novel geophysical inversion methods.

Dr Marie Edmonds is a volcanologist interested in understanding the impacts of volcanism on Earth's atmosphere, as well as how volatiles are cycled from the interior of the Earth to the atmosphere via volcanoes, and then back again through subduction. She is particularly interested in sulfur, carbon and metals and how volcanic outgassing influences climate and biogeochemical cycling in the modern day and through Earth history. Having worked extensively in volcano observatories, Marie has a strong interest in developing novel methods to instrument actively erupting volcanoes.

If you have any questions about booking, would like to attend with children, or would like to contact fellow alumni and organise a group, please email Alison or call +44(0)1223 333442.


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.

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.


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2018 Alumni Day and Dinner

May 12, 2018

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