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Department of Earth Sciences


Alumni Events are a chance for us to welcome back past students and staff and to share what is happening in Earth Sciences at Cambridge. They're also a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with your peers, former colleagues and meet new members of the Department. We will announce future events here and via email and/or GeoCam as details are confirmed. Please check back for the most up-to-date details. If you have any questions or need more information, do please email us at

Earth Sciences Alumni Events

We look forward to welcoming you back to Cambridge and elsewhere for in-person events in the near future. Find out more about our forthcoming events below.

Alumni Days past and future

Our most recent Alumni Day & Dinner was held on Saturday, 13 May 2023. We've shared updates and further information in our termly emails and GeoCam as well as a brief retrospective of the event.

Alumni Days includes short talks from staff and students (on their Mapping Projects). We have a range of tours each year - in 2023 there were two stones tours, a lab tour and two museum tours. Every year we feature displays in the library and museum, and alumni enjoy social time during the day and at the evening dinner in Queens' College to catch up and reminisce with their peers.  Families regularly join us for the day (we provide free tickets to under 12s) and Partners are welcome to join the Dinner. 

You can peruse photos from the 2023 Alumni Day and Dinner on Flickr,  the 2019 Alumni Day & Dinner are available on Flickr and YouTube. Photos from the 2018 Alumni Day are available on Flickr. You can read about the 2021 Alumni Day & Dinner here: 



Watch past events:

Cambridge and Oxford Earth Sciences Alumni Panel Evening at the Geological Society

Chaired by our Head of Department, Richard Harrison, our panel presented their areas of study and special interest and answered questions on the evenings theme uncovering the habitability of other planetary bodies.

The Panel: Oli Shorttle, Richard Katz, Nick Tosca and Chris Ballentine. Watch the recording here.

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.