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100 years of Cambridge Geography Centenary Day - 29th June 2019

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Unfortunately, due to enormous demand and following a second release of tickets, the main talks and tea for this event is now SOLD OUT. We are keeping a waiting list, but we do not envisage being able to add to the capacity of this event again. We are so sorry to all those who did not get a ticket and hope you will be able to join us on the day anyway at the drop in events that we are running alongside.

The Department of Geography will be open from 1pm-4pm on Saturday 29 June to ALL alumni who would like to drop in. We will have a live stream to the main talks, as well as exhibitions on the Department's history with current staff and students. There is no need to book, and we do hope you will come.

The programme for the day is as follows:

1pm-2pm: registration for main ticket holders at the Department of Geography

1pm-4pm: Exhibition of Departmental history and present at the Department of Geography in the Seminar Room, Small LT and Library (please note that the Library has step-only access, we apologise for this)

2-4pm: main talks in the Department of Anatomy (ticket holders only) and live streaming in the Large Lecture Theatre.

Talks will be as follows: (2pm-210pm opening by Head of Department, 210pm-230pm reflections on the history of the Tripos by Dr Philip Howell, 230pm-3pm talks by Emaan Ullah and Becky Shepherdson, current students, 3.05pm-3.50pm 'Climate change: lessons from the past' a panel featuring Professors Clive Oppenheimer, Ulf Buengten, Christine Lane and Mike Hulme, chaired by Joe Smith Director of the RGS)

4-6pm: Celebratory tea at Pembroke College (ticket holders and guests only)

The Centenary Programme 2019- on film

During the 2018-19 academic year the Department held a series of public events including a Centenary Lecture series and public panel discussion on the Spirit and Purpose of Geography. Films of the events are now online.

Speakers included:

  • Professor Linda McDowell, University of Oxford, Border Crossings: geographies of class, gender, mobility and migration
  • Professor Harriet Bulkeley, University of Durham, Climate Changed Urban Futures: imaginaries, experiments and justice in the Anthropocene city
  • Professor Derek Gregory, University of British Columbia, Bloody Geography: injured bodies and the space of modern war
  • Professor Stuart Lane, University of Lausanne, Straigraphical Discourse in the Anthropocene: towards a more critical geographical tradition
  • Dame Fiona Reynolds, Master of Emmanuel College and former Director General of the National Trust
  • Belinda Gordon, Director of Strategy, Green Alliance
  • Matthew Price, BBC Radio 4 Today, Chief Correspondent
  • Dominic Waughray, Head of the World Economic Forum Centre for Global Public Goods

Past events

Information about past events held for alumni at the Department of Geography can be found in our archive.


Is it coming up to an anniversary year since you matriculated at Cambridge? Will you be holding a get together? We are always happy to host reunion groups here at the Department, and can help with the organisation. Got an idea for a reunion event? Let us know.

Talks and seminars

Alumni are welcome to attend our programme of public lectures and Departmental seminars, information available via our events listing. If you'd like to come along to a talk or lecture, please contact us.

University of Cambridge alumni events

The University run a wide-ranging series of events for alumni around the world- wherever you are, and whatever interests you, you're bound to find something that suits!

The University of Cambridge also run three annual Festivals: the Festival of Ideas, the Science Festival and Open Cambridge for alumni and members of the public. Look out for Geography as part of these programmes.