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Department of Earth Sciences


All live alumni events for 2020 and the first half of 2021 have had to be cancelled as a result of pandemic restrictions. These cancellations have included our annual Alumni Days ad Dinners in May, where we were hoping to welcome back some of you who graduated in years ending in 0 or 1. When live events can resume, we'll let you know by email and also here on our events page. If you have any questions, do please email us at

Earth Sciences Alumni Events

Whilst we look forward to welcoming you back to Cambridge and elsewhere for in-person events in the near future, we are delighted to announce a programme of virtual events to be held this Spring/Summer in lieu of our cancelled Alumni Day. Each event will comprise two talks, presented by leading researchers within the Department, as well as an opportunity to engage with our speakers through Q&A sessions.

Registration is now open, and we very much hope to see you in the months ahead.

  • Wednesday 19 May 2021, 6–7pm BST. Two talks, each followed by a Q&A session.

First, Professor Marie Edmonds will talk about the eruption of the century at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii. Then, Dr Alex Liu will interrogate the evidence for Earth's first mass extinction. Dr Nigel Woodcock will chair the event. Find out more

  • Thursday, 24 June 2021, 6–7pm BST. Two talks, each followed by a Q&A session.

Dr Ed Tipper will question the magnitude of the feedback between silicate weathering and climate. Then, Dr Alex Copley and Aisling O'Kane will discuss how the geological history of the continents controls present-day earthquake hazard. Dr Nigel Woodcock will chair the event. Find out more

Alumni Days past and future

We are awaiting further clarification of future COVID-19 restrictions before arranging our next Alumni Day, hopefully in May 2022. These days include talks, tours, displays in the library and museum, and social time during the day and at the evening dinner in a college.   We can remind ourselves how enjoyable these days are in 'normal' times by looking at the photos of 14th Alumni Day & Dinner in May 2019, still available on Flickr and YouTube.

Alumni Digital Festival 2020 - New 'Wonderchicken' illuminates the origin of modern birds

If you missed the presentation by Earth Sciences' Daniel Field at the 2020 festival, it is still available to watch here.

Today, birds are ubiquitous, occupying virtually every corner of the Earth. Yet, until recently, we have known very little about the earliest stages of their evolutionary history. Daniel Field revealed the world's oldest modern bird fossil, and what it teaches us about how, when, and where living birds originated.

If you have any questions about alumni events, do please get in touch.