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 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.
Imagining Caribbean Future Spaces
Date
31/10/2014 (09:00-17:15)
Location:
Room 311 - Geography Building - University of Birmingham
Description
The fourth in a four seminar series, funded by the Institute for Latin American Studies and with the generous support of the University of Birmingham is 'Imagining Caribbean Future Spaces'.

Lapworth Lectures

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

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 Birmingham Brief: Microbeads are just one ingredient in the Pacific's 'plastic soup'
The Birmingham Brief: Microbeads are just one ingredient in the Pacific's 'plastic soup'
Description
Professor Stuart Harrad discusses recent reports in the national press that have drawn attention to calls for a ban on the use of tiny plastic beads (microbeads) added as exfoliants and abradants to toiletries like cosmetics and toothpaste.
Date:
22/05/2014
Athena SWAN award recognises school's commitment to supporting women in academia
Description
The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences has won an Athena SWAN Bronze award for its commitment to supporting the careers of women in academia.
Date:
06/05/2014
Doctoral Researcher's newspaper article sheds light on Chernobyl exclusion zone
Doctoral Researcher's newspaper article sheds light on Chernobyl exclusion zone
Description
Doctoral Researcher Thom Davies has written an article for The Independent about life in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl.
Date:
29/04/2014
The Conversation: The particles big and small that make up Saharan smog
The Conversation: The particles big and small that make up Saharan smog
Description
Professor Rob MacKenzie has written an article for The Conversation entitled "The particles big and small that make up Saharan smog". The UK news media has been buzzing with reports of air pollution alerts associated, at least in part, with the long-range transport of dust from the Sahara. Colleagues from Africa have asked why we in the UK are worried about the health effects of a relatively rare occurrence of this long-range dust all the way across Europe, when African countries experience dust storms of much higher intensity almost daily at some times of year.
Date:
03/04/2014
The Conversation: Earth's ozone layer threatened by new man-made gases
The Conversation: Earth's ozone layer threatened by new man-made gases
Description
William Bloss, Reader in Atmospheric Sciences, has written an article for The Conversation titled 'Earth's ozone layer threatened by new man-made gases'. Scientists at the University of East Anglia have discovered new man-made gases that are contributing to the depletion of the Earth's ozone layer. Three new Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which act to destroy ozone, have been identified. This may be bad news for ozone, and potentially also for environmental legislation.
Date:
14/03/2014
The Conversation: Technology isn't ready to clean up fracking's radioactive legacy
The Conversation: Technology isn't ready to clean up fracking's radioactive legacy
Description
Alan Herbert, Senior Lecturer in Radioactive Waste Disposal and Remediation, has written an article for The Conversation titled 'Technology isn't ready to clean up fracking's radioactive legacy'. If fracking is to be a viable option for energy production, the industry must find a way to deal with the naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) that are released as a byproduct of the process. These radioactive materials and their environmental consequences must be accounted for.
Date:
10/03/2014
Call for volunteers for air pollution research project
Description
We are recruiting volunteers to take part in a research project investigating personal exposures to airborne pollutants during daily routine activities such as traffic and cooking. If you are interested, please contact Ms Maryam Shehab (MAS247@bham.ac.uk) or phone: +44 (0)121 414 5557.
Date:
03/03/2014
The Conversation: How mass extinctions drove the evolution of dinosaurs
The Conversation: How mass extinctions drove the evolution of dinosaurs
Description
Richard Butler, Birmingham Fellow & Academic Keeper, Lapworth Museum of Geology, has written an article for The Conversation titled 'How mass extinctions drove the evolution of dinosaurs'. Dinosaurs are stereotypical symbols of failure, because, apart from birds, none of their lineage have survived. A massive meteorite strike caused their mass extinction about 65 million years ago. But this event negatively skews our perception of the dinosaur story. In fact, far from failures, dinosaurs were highly successful.
Date:
03/01/2014
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