Science guest lecture: Professor Hilary Downes on Volcanoes: How, when, where?

Course Dates: 02/10/20
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online

Hilary Downes, Professor of Geochemistry, Birkbeck, University of London, helps us to understand why volcanic actvity occurs in different parts of the Earth.

Prof Downes’s work in geological sciences has included research into volcanic deposits in Canada and France as well as studies of fragments of the Earth's mantle ("xenoliths") which are brought to the surface in volcanic eruptions. Now Professor of Geochemistry in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Birkbeck, she also works in the study of meteorites in collaboration with colleagues at the Natural History Museum and NASA.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


What is the course about?

The lecture focuses on why volcanic activity occurs in different parts of the Earth.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The lecture will cover aspects of the location of volcanoes on tectonic plate boundaries and those that erupt within tectonic plates.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

This lecture will help you understand the relationship between volcanism and plate tectonics, the variety of volcano types, and the hazards they pose for humanity.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The lecture is aimed at a general audience, no previous knowledge is required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

An illustrated lecture, with opportunities for questions.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look out for our Science guest lectures in astronomy, physics and related areas.


Book your place

Course Code: HS211

Fri, eve, 02 Oct - 02 Oct '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £15.00
Senior fee: £15.00
Concession: £15.00

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