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Alumni events

Alumni events

Living with risk in the Anthropocene

As part of the 30th Cambridge University Alumni weekend the Department of Geography hosted a panel discussion on Living with Risk in the Anthropocene.

The discussion was hosted by Professor Bhaskar Vira, with panelists Dr Emma Mawdsley, Dr Howard Nelson, Professor Clive Oppenheimer, and Dame Professor Fiona Reynolds.

Geographical Passages with Professor Bill Adams

The Department of Geography hosted a webinar to mark the retirement of Professor Bill Adams. In conversation with Professor Bhaskar Vira, Bill talks about his life and career to date. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and make this such a special event for Bill.

Centenary events

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

We held a very packed day celebrating our centenary.

The programme for the day was as follows:

  • Exhibition of Departmental history and present at the Department of Geography.
  • Talks in the Department of Anatomy, live streamed to the Large Lecture Theatre.
  • Talks:
    • Opening by Head of Department
    • Reflections on the history of the Tripos by Dr Philip Howell
    • Talks by Emaan Ullah and Becky Shepherdson, current students
    • '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
  • Celebratory tea at Pembroke College.

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

Earlier 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.