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Department of Geography


Cambridge Science Festival 2019

Cambridge Science Festival 2019

The Department of Geography is hosting a number of exciting events as part of this year's Cambridge Science Festival - book now!

Past climate variability and human history
Friday 15 March, 6pm, Department of Geography

Join the Department of Geography on a journey around the world and through the past few thousand years, addressing two fundamental questions: how has climate variability helped to shape human history, and in which ways have climate changes affected human and social well-being in the past?

An introduction into tree-ring research
Monday 11 March, Thursday 14 March, Monday 18 March, Thursday 21 March- 6pm, Department of Geography

The Department of Geography presents a brief history of the science of dendrochronology and introduces how tree rings are used to investigate past climate and environmental variability several centuries-to-millennia back in time. Visitors are then invited to tour the labs to discover more about tree rings, wood anatomical measurements and dendrochronological dating techniques. Different types of wood from around the world will be on display for visitors to handle, examine through microscopes and view in projected images.

Millets for the millions: switching to small grains for sustainable farming
Saturday 16 March, 2pm, Department of Plant Sciences

Join researchers from the TIGR2ESS programme on a journey to India through the development of Indian agriculture, from the prehistoric beginnings of farming, via the rapid changes following the Green Revolution in the 1960's all the way to today's challenges faced by female farmers. Why are Cambridge researchers interested in millets? They are high in nutrients, quick to grow and resilient to the effects of climate change. They are an ideal crop for the hot and dry agricultural areas in India. Once, millets were among the most geographically widespread crops in the world, however popularity has declined in favour of wheat, maize and rice. These small-grain cereals are however on track to make a comeback to our plates. Professor Martin Jones (Department of Archaeology) and Dr Shreya Sinha (Department of Geography) will talk about the ancient and modern practices of growing millets: from prehistoric beginnings of millet farming to today's challenges faced by Indian small holders. Can this small seed make a big difference?

The colourful world of wood anatomy: exhibition
11-15 and 18-20 March, 10am -4pm, Department of Geography library (drop in)

A gallery-display of gorgeous colour photographs of wood anatomy. This exhibition is a lush journey into the extraordinary micro-anatomy of vascular plants from all over the world.

The colourful world of wood anatomy: welcome talk (LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR)
Monday 11 and Monday 18 March, 12.30pm, Department of Geography library

This exhibition is a lush journey into the extraordinary micro-anatomy of vascular plants from all over the world. These welcoming events provide the behind-the-scenes stories and descriptions of each photo, to deepen and enhance the viewer's experience

The long-term perspective of climate change
Thursday 14 March, 7pm, Department of Geography

A long-term perspective of natural climate variability across time-scales and regions is essential for understanding present and future global warming, and global warming's impacts on nature and human society. Such a perspective is too often lacking in the contemporary policy debate. Professors Ulf Büntgen, Mike Hulme, Christine Lane, Hans W. Linderholm, Clive Oppenheimer, Bhaskar Vira, and chair, Paul J. Krusic, discuss and describe how we investigate the past, what we have learned from having a long-term perspective on climate change, and the challenges faced in applying this knowledge to the policy making process.