News and events

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

Seminars & Events

British Cave Research Association Cave Science Symposium
Date
25/10/2014 (09:00-17:00)
Description
Venue: Room NG08, The Undercroft, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES). Host: Ian Fairchild.
British Cave Research Association Karst Science Field Meeting
Date
26/10/2014 (09:00-17:00)
Description
Venue: The Dudley Canal Trust Car Park, off the A4123, at Birmingham New Road, Dudley, West Midlands. Host: Graham Worton.

Lapworth Lectures

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

Dinosaur tracks: from merely scratching the surface, towards a deeper understanding
Dinosaur tracks: from merely scratching the surface, towards a deeper understanding
Date
Monday 20th October (17:00-18:00)
Location:
Dome Lecture Theatre - 2nd Floor - Aston Webb Building (R4)
Description
Speaker: Dr Peter Falkingham. Royal Veterinary College, London
Inferring colours from fossil birds and dinosaurs
Inferring colours from fossil birds and dinosaurs
Date
Monday 3rd November (17:00-18:00)
Location:
Dome Lecture Theatre - 2nd Floor - Aston Webb Building (R4)
Description
Speaker: Dr Jakob Vinther, University of Bristol
Winter Lecture: The Lapworth Museum, Unearthing a Geological Treasure
Winter Lecture: The Lapworth Museum, Unearthing a Geological Treasure
Date
Thursday 6th November (19:30-21:00)
Location:
Winterbourne House and Garden
Description
This talk will provide some historical background to the lapworth, its collections, and explain how the museum redevelopment project aims to provide a unique, greatly enhanced and innovative visitor experience.
Are hotspots really hot?
Are hotspots really hot?
Date
Monday 17th November (17:00-18:00)
Location:
Dome Lecture Theatre - 2nd Floor - Aston Webb Building (R4)
Description
Speaker: Prof. Godfrey Fitton. University of Edinburgh
Why the Oman ophiolite cannot have formed at a mid-ocean ridge
Why the Oman ophiolite cannot have formed at a mid-ocean ridge
Date
Monday 1st December (17:00-18:00)
Location:
Dome Lecture Theatre - 2nd Floor - Aston Webb Building (R4)
Description
Speaker: Prof. Hugh Rollinson. University of Derby
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News

The Conversation: Climate change: it's only human to exaggerate, but science itself does not
The Conversation: Climate change: it's only human to exaggerate, but science itself does not
Description
To exaggerate is human, and scientists are human. Exaggeration and the complementary art of simplification are the basic rhetorical tools of human intercourse. So yes, scientists do exaggerate. So do politicians, perhaps even when, as the UK's former environment secretary Owen Paterson did, they claim that climate change forecasts are "widely exaggerated". A more pertinent question is: does the way in which scientists and politicians speak publicly lead to wild exaggeration?
Date:
17/10/2014
Study ties groundwater to human evolution
Study ties groundwater to human evolution
Description
A new study, led by Dr Mark Cuthbert of the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, shows that our ancient ancestors' ability to move around and find new sources of groundwater during extremely dry periods in Africa millions of years ago may have been key to their survival and the evolution of the human species.
Date:
11/09/2014
First Venezuelan dinosaur discovered
First Venezuelan dinosaur discovered
Description
A new dinosaur species from South America has been identified, according to new research by an international team of scientists. The 200 million year old fossils are from the La Quinta Formation in Venezuela, making this the first dinosaur find in the north of South America. The species is named Laquintasaura venezuelae, after its location, in a paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Date:
06/08/2014
A word in your ear, but make it snappy
A word in your ear, but make it snappy
Description
Crocodiles usually conjure images of sharp teeth and powerful jaws – but they are not famous for their hearing. However this could all change as new research sheds light on the reptiles' ears, showcasing their evolution from the reign of the dinosaurs to the modern era.
Date:
28/07/2014
Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows
Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows
Description
Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say.
Date:
28/07/2014
Rock and roll – Lapworth staff celebrate historic multimillion pound redevelopment grant
Description
The University of Birmingham's Lapworth Museum of Geology is celebrating the receipt of a major Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant towards a £2.5 million redevelopment project.
Date:
22/07/2014
The Birmingham Brief: To find space in the UK, blur the lines between town and country
Description
Two substantial contributions to the debate on how we use land in the UK have come out in quick succession; first came the Best Use of UK Agricultural Land from the University of Cambridge's Natural Capital Leaders Platform, then the UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on report. Although there is much common ground, the reports seem to be pushing us in opposite directions.
Date:
11/07/2014
Researcher awarded Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication
Researcher awarded Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication
Description
GEES doctoral researcher Martín Ezcurra has won the University of Birmingham Graduate School's Michael K O'Rourke Prize for best PhD publication.
Date:
27/06/2014
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