News and events

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

Seminars & Events

'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)

Lapworth Lectures

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

India-Asia collision and its tectonic effects along the Himalaya, Karakoram and Tibet
India-Asia collision and its tectonic effects along the Himalaya, Karakoram and Tibet
Date
Monday 2nd March (17:00-18:00)
Location:
Aston Webb Block, building number R4 on University Edgbaston Campus Map, Lecture Theatre WG5
Description
Speaker: Professor Michael P. Searle, University of Oxford
Fire on Earth: An intimate history
Fire on Earth: An intimate history
Date
Monday 16th March (17:00-18:00)
Location:
Aston Webb Block, building number R4 on University Edgbaston Campus Map, Lecture Theatre WG5
Description
Speaker: Professor Andrew C. Scott, Distinguished Research Fellow. Royal Holloway University of London
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News

The Conversation: Want to feed the world? Tackle pollution from ozone and soot
The Conversation: Want to feed the world? Tackle pollution from ozone and soot
Description
Pollution from soot and ozone has caused a major decrease of crop yields in India, with some densely populated states experiencing 50% relative yield losses. Zongbo Shi argues that to ensure the world has enough food, we need to look directly at air pollution.
Date:
04/11/2014
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
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