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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

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.

Geological Society Panel Evening 

Cambridge Earth Sciences & Oxford Earth Sciences invite alumni to join an exciting evening uncovering the habitability of other planetary bodies on Thursday 3 March 2022 from 6pm at the Geological Society of London.

On our panel for the evening are Oli Shorttle, Richard Katz, Nick Tosca and Ros Rickaby. The session will be chaired by Heads of the respective Departments - Richard Harrison and Chris Ballentine.

Refreshments will be available at the end of the session.

Find out more and book your ticket here.

Alumni Day and Dinner

Our next Alumni Day and Dinner will be on Saturday 14 May 2022 from 2pm. 

The day will include talks, tours, displays in the library and museum,  social time to catch up with your peers, tutors and lecturers,and a drinks reception in the Sedgwick Museum. This will be followed by dinner at Downing College, where we are also looking forward to an entertaining after dinner talk.  

Tickets and more information can be found on EventBrite.

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.