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Alumni Events

Our alumni events offer the opportunity to learn more about what is currently happening in the Department of Earth Sciences, in addition to the opportunity to meet with old friends and network with other Earth Science professionals.

Forthcoming Alumni Events

Alumni Festival 2018

As part of the University of Cambridge Alumni Festival 2018 programme we are running the following tours:

Ice Age Cambridge – from hippos to humans

Friday 21 September, 2:15 and 3:15pm

The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences has a new Ice Age display which takes visitors back in time to what it was like to have lived around Cambridge 120,000 years ago. Join Dr Douglas Palmer who will lead two tours of the Museum during the course of the afternoon.

Douglas Palmer is a science writer and part-time communications officer for the Sedgwick Museum and was previously a lecturer in palaeontology at Trinity College Dublin.

Booking for the Alumni Festival opens on Friday 20 July.

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 The Sedgwick Bicentenary Meeting: Sedgwick 200

Saturday 22 September 2018

Adam Sedgwick was one of the founding fathers of Geology, and 2018 marks 200 years since he was appointed to the Woodwardian Chair of Geology at the University of Cambridge. We are celebrating this bicentenary with a one-day conference, to be held in the Department of Earth Sciences followed by a dinner hosted at Trinity College, Cambridge.

The talks will begin with a brief introduction to Sedgwick and his times, followed by a discussion of how we can predict and mitigate the effects of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. There will be talks on the Anthropocene and the effect we are having on the Earth’s climate, and an introduction to geology on other planets and the search for extraterrestrial life. We hope you will join us for this exciting programme.

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Alumni Day and Dinner, Saturday 11 May 2019

We will be holding our 14th Alumni Day and Dinner on Saturday 11 May 2019.


Research Talks and Seminars

Alumni are welcome to attend the Department of Earth Sciences talks and seminars. The programme of talks is available here. Do please contact Alison at if you plan to attend so that we know to expect you.

Recent Events

2018 Alumni Day and Dinner - Saturday 12 May 2018

We were delighted to welcome alumni and their guests for our 13th Alumni Day & Dinner in May. The afternoon of activities included talks, tours, displays in the library and museum including treasures from the archive, our popular undergraduate mapping project talks and a sing-along to remind alumni of the geology of Arran. Some of the many photos taken on the day are now available on Flickr and YouTube.

Thank you to Greg Palmer for recording the event.

Earth Sciences at Cambridge

Saturday 22 September 2018: A one-day conference bringing together international scientists to mark 200 years since Adam Sedgwick was appointed to the Woodwardian Chair of Geology.

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