Herbertson Lunch and lecture programme

All SoGE alumni are invited to join us for our departmental programme at Meeting Minds, the Alumni Weekend in Oxford, on Saturday 19 September 2015: our third Herbertson Lunch, tours of the Radcliffe Meteorological Station and lectures by Dr Friederike Otto and Dr John Ingram. All School of Geography and the Environment events are free of charge to Geography alumni.

The University's annual flagship event for old members showcases the best and brightest of Oxford - past, present and future - through a series of lectures, panel discussions, tours, workshops and social activities, and we are proud to contribute to this exciting programme.

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Alumni Weekend team

+44 (0)1865 288061

SoGE's Alumni Relations Officer

+44 (0)1865 285073

Meeting Minds - Alumni Weekend in Oxford

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What's on? Our departmental programme on Saturday 19 September

10am - 11.15am

Tour of the Radcliffe Meteorological Station - SOLD OUT

Amy Creese and Callum Munday, Radcliffe Meteorological Observers

Green Templeton College

Amy and Callum at the Radcliffe Meteorological Station

The Radcliffe Meteorological Station was founded in 1776 and has been scientifically managed by the School of Geography since 1935. This year we are celebrating 200 years of continuous rainfall and temperature records - the longest for any one site in England. Join the Observers Amy Creese and Callum Munday for a guided tour of the Station. The Meteorological Station is situated in the garden of Green Templeton College, beside the old observatory building. Unfortunately, we won't have access to the top of the Engineering building, where some other measurements are being taken, due to building works. But we are delighted to be able to offer you an extended tour programme at Green Templeton College instead, including an exhibition of historical weather records of the Station and a climb up the Observatory Tower with equally rewarding views of the city and Port Meadow.

There will be two groups of 10 for this tour, leaving from Green Templeton College Lodge.

Please note that visitors who are in any doubt of their physical ability (narrow stair case with 98 stairs, no or only one handrail), or who suffer from vertigo or panic symptoms are advised not to go up to the top room of the Observatory. For safety reasons the College has determined that children under the age of 12 will not be allowed into the tower room. Please contact us if you require any further information.


Dr Friederike Otto

11.45am - 1pm

Wild Weather: Is Climate Change Already Taking its Toll?

Dr Friederike Otto, Scientific Coordinator, climateprediction.net

School of Geography and the Environment, Lecture Theatre

Was the UK's 2013/14 winter - identified by Oxford's Radcliffe Meteorological Station as the wettest in 250 years - partly attributable to climate change? Oxford runs climateprediction.net, the world's largest climate modelling experiment, which Dr Friederike Otto and colleagues have used for their pioneering Probabilistic Event Attribution (PEA). Dr Otto will explain how PEA enables us to test for the human fingerprint in extreme weather events. Proof of such causal connections could make climate change more real and immediate for all of us.


1pm - 2.30pm

Prof A J Herbertson

Herbertson Lunch for Alumni of the School of Geography and the Environment

School of Geography and the Environment, Herbertson Room

Following Dr Friederike Otto's lecture (p19), all alumni of the School of Geography and the Environment are invited to our third Herbertson Lunch, held at the School's new home on South Parks Road. Come and join us for drinks and sandwiches, learn more about the School's research and teaching and meet fellow alumni, as well as recent graduates, who will receive prizes for their academic achievements. We will also especially remember the patron of our lunch, Professor A J Herbertson, who died 100 years ago this year.

Contribution: 5


Dr John Ingram

2.30pm - 3.45pm

Food Security and Environmental Change: Sustainability Metrics for the Two-way Street

Dr John Ingram, Food Systems Programme Leader, Environmental Change Institute

This lecture discusses the two-way interactions between human activities related to food security (in the context of the 'food system'), and environmental change (in the context of 'planetary boundaries'). It will also introduce some of the impacts of crossing these boundaries for food security and the factors that determine consumption patterns that have led to what is currently around 1 billion people hungry, 2 billion nutrient-deficient and 2.5 billion overfed. Sustainability metrics as related to environmental, social and business aspects will be discussed in relation to their relevance to different stages of the food chain, and the varying 'world views' of the varied food system actors.

Other Alumni Weekend sessions you might enjoy:

  • Livability or Gentrification? Making Cities Great Places to Live (p4) | Fri 18 Sept, 2.30-3.45pm | Dr Idalina Baptista, Associate Professor in Urban Anthropology, Department for Continuing Education
  • TOUR: Victorian Industrial Buildings of Oxford: A guided walking tour (p6) | Fri 18 Sept, 2.30-3.45pm | Liz Wooley
  • Theories of Potential and the Creation of Inequality in Education (p10) | Fri 18 Sept, 6.30-7.30pm | Professor Danny Dorling (St Peter's), Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography.
  • Walk with Bats in Wytham Woods (p11) | Fri 18 Sept, 7-9.30pm | Dr Danielle Linton, Wytham Bat Project Co-ordinator
  • Science for Conservation: Elephant Tracking, Carnivore Conservation and Penguinology (p14) | Sat 19 Sept, 10-11.15am | Panel discussion
  • Putting Sustainability into Water Engineering (p25) | Sat 19 Sept, 2.30-4pm | Professor Ian Thompson, Department of Engineering Science
  • Global Water Issues: The Jenkin Lecture (p27) | Sat 19 Sept, 4.15-5.30pm | Mark Enzer, Engineering Science alumnus and Group Practice Manager for Water and Environment with Mott MacDonald
  • Ancient Water: A Hiding Place for Life over Planetary Timescales (p28) | Sat 19 Sept, 4.15-5.30pm | Professor Chris Ballantine, Chair of Geochemistry
  • Managing Future Challenges: Insights from the Oxford Martin School (p31) | Sun 20 Sept, 10-11.15am | Professor Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Globalisation and Development
  • Science and Sustainability: Learning from Indigenous Wisdom (p33) | Sun 20 Sept, 11.45-1pm | Professor Joy Hendry (St Antony's, anthropologist, Professor Emerita and Trip Scholar, Oxford Alumni Travellers' Programme
  • Leaving No One Behind? The Challenge for the Sustainable Development Goals (p34) | Sun 20 Sept, 11.45-12.45pm | Dr Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, and Dr Paul Dornan, Senior Policy Officer, Young Lives, Oxford Department of International Development
  • Oxford Alumni Travellers' Lunch (p35) | Sun 20 Sept, 1-2.30pm | Thaikhun Restaurant, 36 George Street

Browse the full Alumni Weekend programme for more details and to see the wealth of talks, tours, workshops and social activities on offer. If you'd prefer a hard copy of the brochure, please contact the University Alumni Office (+44 (0)1865 288061 or by email: ).