News and events

Latest news and forthcoming events and seminars from the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.
 

Seminars & Events

'Polish urban form in the 20th century'
Date
20/08/2015 (14:00-15:00)
Location:
Geography Building – R26 on the Edgbaston Campus map – Room G34
Description
Part of the Urban Morphology Research Seminar series. Speaker: Ana Agata Kantarek (Cracow University of Technology, Poland) - Thursday 20 August (14:00-15:00)
'The historical development of our urban forests'
Date
14/10/2015 (14:00-15:00)
Location:
Geography Building room 125
Description
Part of the Urban Morphology Research Seminar series. Speaker: Mark Johnston (Independent Scholar, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Author of 'Trees in towns and cities') - Wednesday 14 October (14:00-15:00)

Lapworth Lectures

A programme of free public lectures organised by the Lapworth Museum of Geology

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News

Sochi Winter Olympics 'cost billions more than estimated'
Sochi Winter Olympics 'cost billions more than estimated'
Description
As the International Olympic Committee prepares to choose between Beijing (China) and Almaty (Kazakhstan) as the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, a new report shows that the cost of last year's Games in Sochi, Russia, has been underestimated by billions of dollars.
Date:
28/07/2015
Should we all escape to the country during a heatwave?
Should we all escape to the country during a heatwave?
Description
A new way of mapping temperatures in a city will allow local authorities to consider areas with the most vulnerable people in future heatwave plans.
Date:
07/07/2015
Minding the gap… city bats won't fly through bright spaces
Minding the gap… city bats won't fly through bright spaces
Description
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have discovered that bats living in a city are less likely to move from tree to tree in brightly lit areas, according to research published online today (5th June 2015) in the journal Global Change Biology.
Date:
08/06/2015
Mapping rivers and preserving livelihoods
Mapping rivers and preserving livelihoods
Description
River scientists and marine geophysicists from the US and UK - and led by the University of Birmingham - have teamed up for a unique collaboration that could help protect the lives of thousands of people who live close to the banks of some of South Asia's biggest rivers.
Date:
07/05/2015
The Conversation: How we identified weird and wonderful 'Jurassic platypus' dinosaur
The Conversation: How we identified weird and wonderful 'Jurassic platypus' dinosaur
Description
When the platypus was discovered in very late 18th century, its bizarre features that appeared to be a mash-up of other animals perplexed naturalists. Now a creature from the past that would have looked like strange mix of unrelated dinosaurs has been discovered. And our research suggests that it belonged to a hitherto unknown lineage of herbivores that lived around 145m years ago, in the Jurassic period.
Date:
28/04/2015
Bizarre 'platypus' dinosaur discovered
Bizarre 'platypus' dinosaur discovered
Description
Although closely related to the notorious carnivore Tyrannosaurus rex, a new lineage of dinosaur discovered in Chile is proving to be an evolutionary jigsaw puzzle, as it preferred to graze upon plants. Palaeontologists are referring to Chilesaurus diegosuarezi as a 'platypus' dinosaur because of its extremely bizarre combination of characters that include a proportionally small skull and feet more akin to primitive long-neck dinosaurs.
Date:
27/04/2015
The Birmingham Brief - 'Solid air': how our emissions are altering the carbon cycle
The Birmingham Brief - 'Solid air': how our emissions are altering the carbon cycle
Description
I doubt that John Martyn was thinking about the conversion of carbon dioxide and water to wood when he wrote his 1970s classic, Solid Air. His lyrics focus on the difficulty of moving forward through life as though through solid air. But, as metaphors go, it could hardly be better suited to the springtime reawakening of the plant world.
Date:
17/04/2015
Call for volunteers: If you are living on a road with heavy traffic, are you curious to know what your exposure to air pollution at your residence is?
Call for volunteers: If you are living on a road with heavy traffic, are you curious to know what your exposure to air pollution at your residence is?
Description
A research team in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences are recruiting volunteers living on roads with heavy traffic, to take part in a research project investigating personal exposure to airborne pollutants during daily routine activities, such as sitting in traffic and cooking.
Date:
15/04/2015
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