News and events

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

Seminars & Events

'Daylight in urban morphology: adaptations in streets, blocks and buildings'
Date
05/05/2015 (14:00-15:00)
Location:
Chamberlain Room - Cadbury Research Library - Muirhead Tower
Description
Part of the Urban Morphology Research Seminar series. Speaker: Bengt Sundborg (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm - Tuesday 5 May (14:00-15:00)
'Killer weather: exploring the impacts of heat and cold on human health'
Date
13/05/2015 (13:00-14:00)
Location:
NG08 - School of Biosciences – R27 on the Edgbaston Campus map
Description
Part of the School Seminar Series. Speaker: Professor Glenn McGregor, University of Durham - Wednesday 13 May (13:00-14:00)
'Living over the store: architecture and geography of a quintessential urban building'
Date
13/05/2015 (14:00-15:00)
Location:
Chamberlain Room - Cadbury Research Library - Muirhead Tower
Description
Part of the Urban Morphology Research Seminar series. Speaker: Howard Davis (University of Oregon), Stockholm - Wednesday 13 May (14:00-15:00)
'Shaping the territory in Scotland, Catalonia and Flanders. Spatial planning and contemporary debates about devolution and independence in a comparative perspective'
Date
27/05/2015 (13:00-14:00)
Location:
UG07 Learning Centre
Description
Part of the School Seminar Series. Speaker: Professor John Tomaney, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, title to be confirmed - Wednesday 27 May (13:00-14:00)
'Applied urban morphology: the City of Bath Morphological Study'
Date
27/05/2015 (14:00-15:00)
Location:
Chamberlain Room - Cadbury Research Library - Muirhead Tower
Description
Part of the Urban Morphology Research Seminar series. Speaker: Karl Kropf (Built Form Resource Ltd and University of Birmingham) - Wednesday 27 May (14:00-15:00)
Inaugural lecture: 'Water in a changing environment: too much, too little, too hot?'
Date
18/06/2015 (17:15-18:15)
Location:
Muirhead Tower - G15 (large ground floor lecture theatre)
Description
Inaugural lecture. Speaker: Professor David Hannah, Head of School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences - Thursday 18 June (17:15-18:15)

Lapworth Lectures

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News

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
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
Environmental Health postgraduate students to attend Universitas 21 conferences
Environmental Health postgraduate students to attend Universitas 21 conferences
Description
Two postgraduate students have been selected to represent the University at Universitas 21 (U21) conferences this year. They were chosen to represent the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences out of a very competitive pool of candidates.
Date:
14/04/2015
The Birmingham Brief: 'Toilet-seat head' amphibian boosts catalogue of Triassic curiosities
Description
The Triassic, which lasted from 252 to 200 million years ago, is not a geological period that looms large in the public consciousness. It lacks the Hollywood glamour of the Jurassic, and sadly none of its cast is as iconic as stars of the Cretaceous such as Tyrannosaurus rex.
Date:
02/04/2015
Uncovering the secrets of the Himalayas off the coast of Mumbai
Uncovering the secrets of the Himalayas off the coast of Mumbai
Description
Despite being thousands of kilometres apart, a team of international scientists are collecting samples from the bottom of the Arabian Sea to find out how the growth of the Himalayan mountain range has affected the Asian Monsoon over the last 50 million years. The drilling, taking place off the coast of Mumbai, India, will also help scientists predict monsoon intensity in the future.
Date:
31/03/2015
Prehistoric super salamander was top predator, fossils suggest
Prehistoric super salamander was top predator, fossils suggest
Description
A previously undiscovered species of crocodile-like amphibian that lived during the rise of dinosaurs was among Earth's top predators more than 200 million years ago, a study shows.
Date:
26/03/2015
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