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Public lecture series

Our public lecture series are free events that attract a diverse audience including the public, secondary school pupils and professionals. The series aims to open up areas of interest in the Earth and environmental sciences and present new research in this area to the public.

Voyages of great discoveries

The final lecture, 'Voyages in space and time' will be held online via Zoom. Meeting ID: 876 6150 5046. Passcode: 730382

For those who are unable to join us in person, most of the lectures will be recorded and can be viewed on the Cardiff Earth Sciences YouTube channel.

Earth scientists have the privilege and pleasure of exploring all parts of the world, from poles to tropics, from great heights to ocean depths and even beyond, in their search for the information that addresses important challenges relating to the history of the planet. In this series, internationally recognised experts in a variety of disciplines will present accounts of their adventures in the field, followed by the joys, tribulations and indeed satisfaction experienced in the laboratory as they make the discoveries that have transformed our science.

DateGuest speakerTopic
12/10/2021Dr Chris Berry (Cardiff University)In search of the first forests: thirty years of global travels
09/11/2021Dr Jenny Pike (Cardiff University)Tiny fossils, big questions: insights from ocean sediments
14/12/2021Professor Derek Briggs (Yale University)Chasing the creatures of the Cambrian: extraordinary fossils reveal life in ancient oceans
11/01/2022Prof. Sir Peter Crane (Yale University/ Oak Spring Garden Foundation)The beginnings of flowers (online)

Professor Dame Jane Francis (British Antarctic Survey)

From Greenhouse to Icehouse: forest and dinosaur fossils amid ice sheets at the South Pole (online)

08/03/2022Professor Chris Jackson (University of Manchester)How to look inside a volcano

Professor Stephen Brusatte (University of Edinburgh)

Tracing the rise and fall of dinosaurs
10/05/2022Professor Monica Grady (Open University)Voyages in space and time (online)


The Bute Car Park will be open with limited parking spaces available for our event attendees.

Public street parking is available along Park Place and Museum Avenue. Charges apply before 19:00.

The Main Building car park is available to blue badge holders only. Parking is very limited and there are 5 designated accessible parking bays. Visitors can reserve a parking space in advance by contacting

Contact us

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Professor Dianne Edwards at

Should you require the Q&A sessions to be in Welsh, please email at least two weeks before the event.