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Department of Earth Sciences


All Earth Sciences alumni events scheduled for 2020 have sadly had to be cancelled or postponed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This included our annual Alumni Day and Dinner in May, where we were looking forward to welcoming back many of you who graduated in years ending in a 0. 

We are looking forward to welcoming alumni back as soon as we are safely able to do so. We'll let you know about upcoming events via email, and also here on our events page. If you have any questions, do please .

Earth Sciences Alumni Events

The COVID-19 restrictions have regrettably meant the cancellation of our Alumni Day 2021, planned for Saturday 15th May. As some compensation, we are planning two online lecture sessions in May and June, featuring some of the talks that you would have heard at the Alumni Day. We will announce details both here and by email as soon as they are finalised. We very much look forward to seeing many of you at those events.

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.