A level Geohazards Conference 2019

Due to unprecedented demand the conference is now fully booked. We are taking names for a reserve list so please do get in touch in case of cancellations. (Page updated 13 December 2018.)

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It’s time to inform students of recent developments in all aspects of geohazards - from volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis to engineering and science communication - at our A level Geohazards Student Conference 2019. 

Inspire your students to go further in their studies with in-depth case studies from expert speakers from the University of Plymouth, industry and education. The conference will be of benefit to all students studying A level Geology and will also be of interest to students studying A level Geography.

Our expert speakers include:

Professor Iain Stewart (University of Plymouth): 'Communicating geohazards and disaster risk’

Iain is Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth and UNESCO Chair in Geoscience and Society. He is well known for his broadcasting career including Journeys into the Ring of Fire, Journeys from the Centre of the Earth, Rise of the Continents, and Earth: The Power of the Planet. His academic interests are in applying Earth science to pressing societal concerns - climate change, geo-resources, geo-energy, and disaster risk reduction.

Pete Loader (Principal Examiner at WJEC/CBAC)

Pete is a former geology teacher and previous chair of the Earth Sciences Teachers Association. He is currently chair of the Geological Society of London Education Committee and principal examiner for WJEC/CBAC.

Sophie Young (Mott MacDonald): 'Engineering geology and hazards'

Sophie is a graduate of the University of Plymouth and currently a Senior Project Manager at Mott MacDonald with expertise in local government and rail projects. She was part of the team that worked on the remediation works at Dawlish following destruction of the mainline railway in the storms of February 2014.

Dr Paul Cole (University of Plymouth): 'Volcanoes - monitoring and prediction'

Paul is Associate Professor of Volcanology and former Director of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory. His research spans physical volcanology using observational and geophysical data to provide a greater understanding of mechanisms and processes of explosive volcanoes, through to hazard and risk communication.

Dr Zoe Mildon (University of Plymouth): 'Earthquake impacts '

Zoe is a Lecturer in Earth Sciences specialising in earthquake science. Her recent research on the 2016 Italian earthquakes has led to new models of stress transfer and fault interaction.


11:30 - Registration

12:00 - Light lunch

12:30 - Conference begins

15:30 - Conference ends

Further information

There will be no charge for registration. The event will start with a (free) light lunch followed by an afternoon of presentations and questions.

For further information and registration contact earthsciences@plymouth.ac.uk.

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