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# Prof Tania Murray Li, Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Prof Tania Murray Li, Distinguished Visiting Fellow

The Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Professor Tania Murray Li will be giving a public lecture on Commodifications, Capitalism, Counter-movements: Perspectives from Southeast Asia on Tuesday 23rd February at 5:00pm in the Large Lecture Theatre, Dept of Geography. All welcome. There will also be a seminar on 24th February.

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# New PhD opportunities now available

The call for applications to the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data, Risk and Environmental Analytical Methods is now open. Students wishing to study for a Ph.D. on this programme should visit the website for the full list of available projects and information on how to apply. A total of 10 fully funded studentships will be available to those eligible for NERC funding. The deadline for applications is Friday 26th February 2016.

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# Online Geography Learning Resources for Sixth Form Students

Do you want to find out more about climate change, sea level rise, evidence based policy-making, biodiversity or nature-society relations? If so visit the Geography online learning resources website.

This is hosted by the University's HE Plus programme which has just registered its 10,000th participant. While the programme encourages and prepares academically high-achieving state school students to make competitive applications to top universities, including Cambridge, its online learning resources are freely available to anyone aiming to make a competitive application to university, as well as those seeking to support them. The Geography pages also include links to other sources of geographical information, linking particularly with the Royal Geographical Society. You can discover more about 21st Century Challenges, Geography in the News, and the Hidden Histories of Exploration.

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# Dr Charlotte Lemanski filmed for Geographical Association

Charlotte Lemanski has been filmed by the Geography Association as part of their series of videocasts for post-16 students. Filmed in in our very own geography library (with thanks to Robert Carter), and using images provided by Tatiana Thieme, Charlotte discuss the challenges of 'urbanisation' and 'urban poverty'. Follow the links to watch the films.

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# The era named after Man may have begun on Earth - the biggest change since the Ice Age

The era named after Man may have begun on Earth - the biggest change since the Ice Age

Phil Gibbard was interviewed in Helsinki for YLE News on the 'Anthropocene'. YLE is Yleisradio, the Finnish national broadcaster. Ihmisen mukaan nimetty aikakausi on ehkä alkanut maapallolla – suurin muutos sitten jääkauden (The era named after Man may have begun on Earth - the biggest change since the Ice Age).

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# First Year PhD Graduate Forum

First Year PhD students will present their research topics at a Graduate Forum on Tuesday, 12 January 2016.

The presentations will start at 10.00 am in the Seminar Room, in the main building of the Geography Department.

# The human layer

The human layer

Is humanity's impact on its environment so huge that the planet has entered a new geological era: the 'Anthropocene'? The idea is gaining ground – and dividing scientists.
The Economist's Intelligent Life columnist Helen Gordon discusses the controversy with Professor Phil Gibbard, among others.

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# Future Cities Prize Fellowships

Future Cities Prize Fellowships

In October 2015, eight PhD students, including Simon Price of the Quaternary Palaeoenvironments Group, and Charlie Barlow, were awarded Future Cities Prize Fellowships to present their ideas of what cities will be like at the first annual Future Cities conference in July 2016. They each received £2,000 to develop a short research paper and to summarise their ideas about how future cities may be designed, operated and lived within to meet social, economic and environmental aims. They will also present a poster showcasing their ideas at the first annual Future Cities conference in Cambridge in June 2016.

The Future Cities programme is funded through a generous gift from Capital & Counties and is being hosted by the Department of Land Economy, in collaboration with the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment.

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# 'Unprecedented' storms and floods are more common than we think

'Unprecedented' storms and floods are more common than we think

The recent 'unprecedented' flooding in north-west England might be more common than currently believed, a group of scientists has warned.

A team of experts including Dr Tom Spencer has concluded that 21st-century flood events such as Storm Desmond are not exceptional or unprecedented in terms of their frequency or magnitude, and that flood frequency and flood risk forecasts would be improved by including data from flood deposits dating back hundreds of years.

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# Departmental seminar: Challenges for an improved understanding of sea level extremes and coastal flood mitigation

The Departmental seminar on 3rd December will be given by Dr Kevin Horsburgh, National Oceanography Centre, who is the Head of the Marine Physics and Ocean Climate (MPOC) at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). He also leads NOC's professional partnership with the Environment Agency (EA) and the Met Office for the UK Coastal Monitoring and Forecasting service which provides operational coastal flood forecasts. All welcome!

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