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Department of Earth Sciences


All live alumni events for the first half of 2021 had to be cancelled as a result of pandemic restrictions. These cancellations included our annual Alumni Day and Dinner in May 2021, 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 our next virtual session. This event follows our established format and 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 you can join us.

  • Thursday, 21 October 2021, 6.30–8pm BST. Two 20 minute talks, each followed by a Q&A session. A social platform for more informal conversation will be available from 7.30pm - 8pm.

Professor Marian Holness FRS will talk about Micro to macro: how thin sections can be used to decode the fluid dynamical behaviour of intrusions and Professor Nicholas Tosca will present The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover and the search for life on ancient Mars. Dr Nigel Woodcock will chair the event. Find out more.


Alumni Days past and future

We are aiming to hold our next Alumni Day in May 2022 and will contact all alumni on the department mailing list in due course. 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.