All SoGE alumni are invited to join us for our departmental programme at Meeting Minds, the alumni weekend in Oxford, on Saturday 16 September 2017: a lecture by Dr Sarah Darby and Dr Philipp Grünewald, and our fifth Herbertson Lunch.

Both these School of Geography and the Environment events are free of charge for SoGE alumni when booking directly through us.

Meeting Minds

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.

What's on? Our departmental programme on Saturday 16 September

Saturday 16 September, 11am-12pm

Smart enough to save the planet?

Dr Sarah Darby, Senior Researcher and Deputy Leader, Energy Programme, Environmental Change Institute; Dr Philipp Grünewald, EPSRC Fellow, Energy Programme, Environmental Change Institute School of Geography and the Environment, Lecture Theatre.

Dr Philipp Grünewald and Dr Sarah Darby

Smart meters will be rolled out to every household across the UK by 2020. They will reduce electricity consumption and revolutionise the way we engage with energy. Or will they? Sarah Darby and Philipp Grünewald have been looking at the meter from both sides - the user-end and the grid. They will explain why smart meters might not be smart enough, and what else might be needed.

Prof A J Herbertson

Saturday 16 September, 12-1.30pm

Herbertson Lunch for SoGE Alumni

School of Geography and the Environment, Herbertson Room

Following Dr Sarah Darby and Dr Philipp Grünewald's lecture (11am-12pm), all alumni of the School of Geography and the Environment are invited to our fifth Herbertson Lunch. 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.

Other Alumni Weekend sessions you might enjoy:

  • Friday 15 September | 4-5pm
    Towards a green economy (p10)
    Professor Cameron Hepburn, Professor of Environmental Economics, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
  • Friday 15 September | 4-5pm
    What are the challenges facing the continued existence of wildlife? (p11)
    Professor E J Milner-Gulland, Tasso Leventis Professor of Biodiversity; Susan Canney, Research Associate, Department of Zoology
  • Saturday 16 September | 2.30-3.30pm
    New ways of seeing the world: a social geographer's perspective (p24)
    Professor Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Human Geography, School of Geography and the Environment
  • Saturday 16 September | 2.30-3.30pm
    Shrinking Cities: China's hidden urban geography (p 26)
    Dr Vlad Mykhnenko, Associate Professor of Sustainable Urban Development, Department of Continuing Education

Browse the full Alumni Weekend programme for more details and to see the wealth of talks, tours, workshops and social activities on offer.

Booking for our SoGE Alumni Weekend events is now open until 6 September. Both events are free of charge for all SoGE alumni. Booking password: Mackinder 1899.

Book for SoGE events now

If you would like to attend any other Alumni Weekend sessions please register centrally through the University's Alumni Office.

Any questions?

SoGE's Alumni Relations Officer
+44 (0)1865 285073

Alumni Weekend team


The School of Geography and the Environment is in the Oxford University Centre for the Environment / Dyson Perrins building, which can be found on the corner of Hinshelwood Road and South Park Road in the University Science Area.