Here at the University of Plymouth we recognise the importance of enthusing the next generation of scientists, whether it is through visits to local schools, in house events, or wider promotion of the subject via national societies.

The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Plymouth welcome invitations to participate in outreach events such as talks, short workshops or careers fairs. These can either be through University staff visits or by visits to the University of Plymouth. We do not charge for speakers but would require you to cover reasonable travel and subsistence costs for staff visits. If you would like to request a visit, please complete the form.

<p>Geology induction image of orange rocks. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.</p>
Earth Sciences at Plymouth
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Talks currently available

  • Chemistry: Marine Chemistry for research (but will design talks around discussions with schools)
  • Chemistry: Pyromania!
  • Earth science: Earthquake impacts
  • Earth sciences/geohazards: Volcanoes, landslides, tsunamis, why look at one? let's do them all!
  • Environmental science/studies: The current pandemic may well be solved when vaccines become available but relentless disregard for the environment will create a global catastrophe from which there will be no escape unless we start taking action now
  • Environmental science: Flushed Away - there is no such place as "away" - what goes down our toilets and where does it go?
  • Environmental sciences: Living in a ‘pop-up’ world: is pop-up architecture the answer to our urban problems?
  • Environmental sciences: Peatlands: the unsung heroes in the fight against climate change

  • Firefighting chemistry: Fire and Bubbles
  • Geography and planning
  • Geography: But the climate has always changed!
  • Geography: It's the end of the world as we know it? Geography, Population and Resources
  • Geography: Changing Places: Rebranding Urban and Rural Areas
  • Geography: Flying and climate change – what are your carbon emissions?
  • Geography: using GIS for the extended project
  • Marine or terrestrial chemistry: reusing waste to make living soils
  • Plastics: Disposal, Recycling and Litter: The problem of black plastic
  • Science: Science Careers Talk

If the talk you are interested in is not listed, get in contact and we can see what we can offer.

Upcoming webinars

Living in a ‘pop-up’ world: is pop-up architecture the answer to our urban problems?

The term ‘pop-up’ refers to a diverse range of temporary and mobile places and events found in our cities. Pop-ups are undoubtedly having a transformative impact on how cities of the future are imagined and produced – but is this increasing reliance on temporary businesses and services always a good idea for our cities? This talk will explore some of the impacts and effects of pop-up uses of urban space by questioning how they contribute to more sustainable urban development, as well as their role in responding to changing places.

8 November 10:00

Peatlands: the unsung heroes in the fight against climate change

Peatlands are one of the most important ecosystems within the global carbon cycle, but historically they have been overlooked, overused and underappreciated. However, things are now changing, and people are finally beginning to acknowledge how important these wonderful ecosystems are. This presentation will look at what a peatland is, why they are important and the role they play within the fight against climate change.

26 October 10:00

4 November 11:00

Girls into Geoscience
<p>Earth sciences outreach lecture</p>
<p>Girls in geosciences</p>

Chemistry schools partnership

Our chemistry schools partnership aims to advance chemistry teaching and connect our experts more widely with the next generation of scientists. We work together with teachers to develop creative sessions and content that links to your chemistry syllabus such as a particular practical or demonstration that you cannot deliver at school.

Chemistry specialist areas here in Plymouth are applied analytical chemistry, environmental geochemistry and practical laboratory training. We have annual face to face and virtual school tours demonstrating analytical techniques, allowing students to get close to the action and our ‘spectroscopy in a suitcase’ programme gives students the opportunity to gain hands on experience of instrumentation in the classroom. Other possibilities are curiosity-based requests, short tutorials and advice on applying to university.

If you are interested in becoming a partner with us, please email sciengoutreach@plymouth.ac.uk.


The Centre for Chemical Sciences at the University of Plymouth are delighted to be hosting our forth STEM event directed at GCSE level students identifying as female with an interest in chemistry related careers. 

The format includes talks with two inspiring women working in chemistry related roles.  These have included staff from within the University other academic institutions, industry and the RSC 175 Faces of Chemistry.

Find out more about GenChem

Girls into geoscience

This exciting one day workshop, with additional optional field trip to Dartmoor, will introduce female A level students to the Earth sciences and demonstrate the world of careers open to Earth science graduates today. 

With seminars from women working in geology, and hands on workshops looking at GIS, microfossils and planetary geology, this year’s girls into geoscience event isn’t one to miss. 

Geology isn’t just for the boys – find out more!

A level Geohazards Conference 2019

Professor Iain Stewart’s keynote talk on communicating geohazards and disaster risk from the 2019 A level Geohazards conference. Iain covers topics as diverse as geohazard occurrence (volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis), risk management and communication, and the effects of a range of hazards drawing upon a number of case studies such as Mount Merapi volcanic eruption and the Boxing Day tsunami to look at the intersection between physical sciences and human responses.


A lecture containing 9 illuminating demonstrations about the chemistry of fire. The first half of the talk looks at the chemistry of fireworks and culminates in video footage of setting the Guinness World Record for the number of rockets ignited in 30 seconds. The rest of the talk shows how a knowledge of chemistry can create spectacular happenings from everyday materials. Suitable for all secondary school year groups. 

This demonstration lecture has been performed at both the Royal Institution and the Science Museum in London.

Dr Roy Lowry