Director’s Diary – July 2019

11 July

Pseudotachylyte film screening

As part of a NERC-funded research project ‘Geological Record of Earthquakes in the Lower Crust’, principal investigator Luca Menegon (SoGEES) and co-investigator Iain Stewart worked filmmaker Heidi Morstang (Arts) to develop a documentary film based on the research team’s 2016 data collection campaign in Lofoten, northern Norway. The first informal viewing of Heidi’s full-length film will be screened in Jill Craigie Cinema. More details of the work can be found on the website.

Friday 5 July – Sunday 7 July

Flow Country World Heritage Site Project
Caithness and Sutherland

The Flow Country of Sutherland and Caithness – widely regarded as being the best peatland of its type in the world – is currently bidding for UNESCO World Heritage status. To support the bid, Iain will join TV historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver and UNESCO expert Professor Barry Gilbertson in a series of talks on the environmental and cultural importance of The Flow Country. Organised by a consortium of leading conservation bodies, the ‘Full Flow’ events will take place in Lairg, Thurso and Inverness, with Iain’s contribution emphasizing the importance of the UK’s largest terrestrial carbon store in the context Scotland’s climate emergency. Read more about the project online.

Wednesday 3 July

Plymouth Investors Group

The SEI’s ‘Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab’ will hold a joint evening event with local property investors around the theme of energy efficiency. In the context of the City’s climate emergency plans, Iain will highlight the SEI’s expertise for communicating and visualising climate and energy concerns and its current projects on energy and low-carbon issues, and Justin from Plymouth City Council will present the city’s ambitious energy efficiency plans.

Tuesday 2 July

Teacher’s Seismic Hub

As part of the United Downs Deep Geothermal Power project in west Cornwall, Iain is joining Lucy Cotton from Geoscience Ltd and Paul Denton from the British Geological Survey’s ‘Seismology for Schools’ project to deliver a set of curriculum-based talks on earthquakes to local schools. The activity is part of the SEI’s wider research on the social perceptions and public engagement aspects of this leading UK renewable energy project. You can read more about our independent research on the website.


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