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Seminars & Lectures

The 2014-15 monthly series of evening lectures in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences considers the diversity and limits of Earth's mineral and energy resources and developments in renewable energy technologies.

Lectures will be held in the Wallace Lecture Theatre (0.13), Main Building, Cardiff University, Park Place, CF10 3AT. All members of the university and the general public are welcome to attend these free lectures, which begin at 6.30pm. No booking is required.



  • Sept 9: Finding hydrocarbons – the search gets tougher (Phil Richards, British Geological Survey)
  • Oct 14: Replenishing dwindling reserves: challenges for the 21st century (Joe Cartwright, University of Oxford)
  • Nov 11: Liquid biofuel production using microorganisms: too small to make a difference? (Rod Scott, University of Bath)
  • 9 Dec: Marine energy resources: opportunities and challenges (Roger Falconer, Cardiff University)
  • Jan 13: Delivery of the platinum group metals to the world economy: past, present and future (Iain McDonald, Cardiff University)
  • Feb 10: Gas geothermal energy and gold: the Earth's crust as a percolator (Tom Blenkinsop, Cardiff University)
  • Mar 10: Roadmap to mineral supply (Richard Herrington, Natural History Museum)
  • April 14: Laboratory Earth: can we engineer our climate? (Phil Renforth, Cardiff University)
  • May 12: Groundwater in Africa: is there enough to go around? (Alan MacDonald, British Geological Survey)