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Alumni weekend

26th – 28th September 2008

For the first time in over 25 years, the Department of Geography is taking part in the annual University Alumni Weekend.

We have arranged for various events to take place in our department on Friday 26th September including tours of the library and laboratories (details below) and an exhibition in the small lecture theatre of current research being carried out by our graduate students.

We hope very much that you will be able to come by and visit the department. For the tours you will need to book through the Development Office but if you have any queries about the exhibition or the events themselves, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at

All welcome!

Department tours

Friday 26th September

The Department of Geography Laboratory

2.00pm – 2.30pm, repeated at 2.30pm and 3.30pm

The Physical Geography Laboratories are located in both the Sir William Hardy Building and the main Department.

In the main building, they comprise of: Physical Laboratories (including the Soils and Sediment Laboratory, Preparation Rooms, Microscope Rooms and Malvern Room)

The Chemistry Laboratories which comprise of : Analytical Laboratories and Instrument Room.

Steve Boreham

Tour Leader: Dr Steve Boreham, Laboratory Manager

Venue: Small Lecture Theatre,
Department of Geography

Capacity: 8

Please meet at the Small Lecture Theatre for the start of the tour.

The Department of Geography Library

2.30pm – 3.00pm, repeated at 3.30pm

The Library is one of the largest geography libraries in the country. It contains 30-40,000 books, periodical volumes, offprints, reports, and pamphlets.

Robert Carter

Tour: Leader Mr Robert Carter, Librarian

Venue: Small Lecture Theatre,
Department of Geography
Capacity: 15

Please meet at the Small Lecture Theatre for the start of the tour.

To book for the tours please contact:

Tel: 01223 332288 or email:

Exhibition: Department of Geography

Friday 26th September
2.00pm – 4.00pm

Come along and meet academic staff and students from the Department, who will be presenting posters on their latest research.

Venue: Small Lecture Theatre, Department of Geography

There is disabled access to the Small Lecture Theatre and the laboratory, but not to the Library on the upper floor.

No need to book.

Department lecture: The Political Ecology of Conservation

Saturday 27th September
11.15am – 12.15pm

Mill Lane Lecture rooms

Bill Adams

Professor Bill Adams

Human impact on the biosphere has increased in scale and intensity, and the conservation of biodiversity is now accepted as one of the critical human challenges of the 21st century. Some of the most intractable issues faced by conservationists are political, both in terms of the causes of biodiversity loss and the impacts of conservation actions themselves.

Bill Adams is Moran Professor of Conservation and Development. He has taught in the Department of Geography since 1984, and is a Fellow of Downing College.