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Past, present and future unearthed at Tremough

Want to understand more about this planet we call home? Interested in what makes the Earth tick? Wonder what challenges we face in the future? The University of Exeter's Geography Department invites you to find out the answers. Across its campuses in Exeter and Cornwall, the University is celebrating 2008 as the United Nation's International Year of Planet Earth and is giving a series of free evening lectures on the past, present and future of Earth.

Co-organiser Professor Catherine Brace, Head of Department of Geography at the University of Exeter's Tremough Campus said: "If science is to help solve the world's problems, it must be accessible to everyone. Our University conducts world class research into issues that make a difference to how we live now and what we can expect in the future. In this lecture series we want to share our fascination with planet Earth with local people."

The journey begins on Thursday 1 May on the University of Exeter's Tremough Campus, Penryn. Dr Richard Jones will take us to ancient China to reveal why human impact on the environment may not be such a new phenomenon after all. By sharing discoveries from his research in Yunnan Provence, he will show how farmers were using advanced technology that was affecting their environment 10,000 years ago. Dr Jones will reveal how he is using sophisticated techniques to extract historic information from lake sediments to understand the relationship between people and their environment thousands of years ago.

Dr Richard Jones, geographer from the University of Exeter's Tremough Campus, explains: "Very little is known about the long-term effects of human activity on the environment. Our research shows that human impact on the environment can be traced back thousands of years. This is a long-term research project for me and we are just beginning to find some of the answers, but I am excited to have the opportunity to share what I have discovered so far with local people at Tremough."

Forthcoming events:

Thursday 1 May, 6.30pm Tremough Campus, Penryn (Lecture Theatre A)
Richard Jones: Farming, Floods and Dragons – Human impact in Shangri-La over the last 10,000 years

Thursday 29 May, 6.30pm Streatham Campus, Exeter (Moot Room) 
Chris Fogwill: Antarctica, an isolated continent? Some lessons from the past

Thursday 26 June, 6.30pm Tremough Campus, Penryn (Lecture Theatre A)
Larissa Naylor: Rock coasts on the move: effects of the March 2008 storms

Thursday 31 July, 6.30pm Streatham Campus, Exeter (Moot Room) 
Tim Quine: Use and abuse of land resources

Thursday 28 August, 6.30pm Tremough Campus, Penryn (Lecture Theatre A)
Bridget Woodman: Energy Policy for a Changing Climate

Thursday 25 September, 6.30pm Streatham Campus, Exeter (Moot Room) 
Stewart Barr: 'Doing Your Bit'. Can we change our lifestyles to help the planet?

Thursday 30 October, 6.30pm Tremough Campus, Penryn (Lecture Theatre A)
Jasper Knight Climate Change and Sandy Coastlines

Thursday 27 November, 6.30pm Streatham Campus, Exeter (Moot Room) 
Chris Turney: Ice, Mud and Blood: Lessons from Climates Past

Thursday 11 December, 6.30pm Tremough Campus, Penryn (Lecture Theatre A) Chris Caseldine: Iceland – living on the margin

For further information please contact Sarah Hoyle, Press Officer, University of Exeter, on 01392 262062/07989 446920 or email

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). University of Exeter is a partner of the CUC.


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