Monthly talks in Cambridge

All talks (unless specified otherwise) are at 7.30 pm (doors open 7.00 pm). Everyone welcome, free to CGS members, £3 for non members.

Monday 14th January 2019

“Ediacaran microfossils”  Peter Adamson, PhD student, Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge

More information on the fossils of this enigmatic time, a period that is a ‘hot topic’ in evolutionary research.

Tuesday 5th February 2019 Joint talk with Friends of Sedgwick

Birdwatching through geological time See Field Palaeobiology Lab
Talk by Dr Daniel Field, new University of Cambridge Lecturer.

NB held in the Tilley Lecture Room at the Department of Earth Sciences, Downing Site, Cambridge CB2 3EQ. The doors to the department (under the stairway of the Sedgwick Museum) will be opened at 6.15pm for tea/coffee, and the talk will start promptly at 7pm. Please try not to be late, in spite of Cambridge traffic congestion, because the doors have to be locked at 7pm. Cars may be parked on the Downing Site during these events. The entrance for cars is from Tennis Court Road, opposite the back entrance to Pembroke College, through the “Visitor’s” barrier gate taking a paper ticket. Identify yourself as attending a “Friends of the Sedgwick Museum” event, if requested by security. After the talk, cars must leave using the exit barrier at the other (Downing College) end of the site. Donations invited £2 if FOS or CGS member, £3 others.

Monday 11th February 2019

“Close encounters of the third (geological) kind….”  Steve Thompson, Exploration Geologist, Cambridge

The geology of Sao Tome & Principe, islands in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. Learn about the Cameroon Volcanic Line, the Pico do Cão Grande, and other features of this archipelago that forms the second smallest state in Africa.

Monday 11th March 2019

The explosive history of the Galapagos Archipelago  Matthew Gleeson, PhD student, Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge

The Galapagos Archipelago is one of the most volcanically active regions in the world with eruptions occurring approximately every 2-3 years. This volcanic activity is spread over a large geographical area resulting in a wide range of magmatic processes, which will be explored in this talk.

Bartolome, Galapagos - Wildlife Travel

Monday 8th April 2019

“Monster Jurassic Fish  Jamie Jordan, Fossils Galore, March

GeoWeek 4th – 12th May 2019

Look out for news of events including a ‘gentle’ walk on the Fen Edge Trail.

Monday 13th May 2019

“Rapid erosion in the Arctic impacts the modern cycling of atmospheric carbon-dioxide”
Dr Emily Stevenson from the Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge

Monday 10th June 2019

Basalt, Beasts and Béates – geological (and other) stories from the Haute-Loire in the Massif Central”
Martin Evans, Cambridgeshire Geological Society

The Massif Central is Europe’s largest volcanic region and the Haute-Loire department’s geology is rich and varied, including several different forms of (extinct!) volcano and other igneous extrusion. The talk will provide an overview of the key features, including setting Haute-Loire’s geology within that of the Massif Central overall. It will also make mention of notable aspects of Haute-Loire’s human history in this remote and wild part of France, such as the havoc wreaked in the mid-18th century by the terrifying Bête du Gévaudan, the remarkable community support services provided from the 17th to the 20th century by the women known as Béates, and the internationally-recognised protection of refugees during WWII. Martin has travelled extensively in the Haute Loire for many years.

For more information on our talks programme please contact our Programme Secretary Franziska Norman on

Friends Meeting House

Friends Meeting House

91 – 93 Hartington Grove,

If possible please use the Hall car park otherwise please park in Coleridge Road or Hartington Grove towards Hills Road.

Please note the Meeting House is on the north side of Hartington Grove (shown as Quaker Meeting)

Cambridge Natural History Society’s 100th “Conversazione” exhibition

Friday 12th April (1-6pm) and Saturday13th April (10am to 5pm) 2019.

Department of Zoology, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (go through the archway opposite Tennis Court Road, turn right and it’s next to the David Attenborough Building and Zoology Museum)

This is a great opportunity for everyone to explore and appreciate wonders of the natural world by enjoying an exhibiting by many local natural history organisations (including CGS) and individuals running both local and international projects. Admission free!

More info  Photos from last year’s exhibition can be seen here

CNHS are also staging a concert on March 30 with the Cambridge Concert Orchestra with the theme of “Exploring the Natural World” at 7:30pm at the Wesley Centre, Christ’s Pieces.  Tickets 10 pounds. More info

Friends of the Sedgwick Museum

The Friends organise a series of lectures in Cambridge (doors open, 6.15 pm for 7.00 pm in the Department of Earth Sciences)  during autumn and winter and field trips during the spring and summer. They also organise overseas field trip in the UK and overseass. More information

Upcoming Friends of Sedgwick events

Tuesday 12th February 2019

Glacial Mars: Ice and Water on the Red Planet 

Talk by Frances Butcher, PhD student, Open University. Doors open at 6.15pm for 7pm.

Tuesday 26th February 2019

Two legs or four? How did reptiles evolve into dinosaurs? 

Talk by Luke Grinham, PhD student, University of Cambridge. Doors open at 6.15pm for 7pm.

Geo-East Events

Saturday 23rd November 2019

Conference: ‘Jurassic East’

Venue: Aurora Innovation Centre, British Antarctic Survey, Madingley Road, Cambridge. Full details will be available early 2019

Courses at the Institute of Continuing Education of University of Cambridge

The ICE holds many interesting courses, at Madingley Hall near Cambridge, including some on geology, local landscape, evolution and archaeology.

Rocks, minerals and fossils: an introduction to geology June 2019

Fossils and the history of life May 2019

Evolution: unravelling the meaning of life April to June 2019 – online

Other Talks

For details of many other talks and societies in the Cambridge area see the CONDUIT publication issued by the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. It gives contact details for the many organisations working to promote interest in history, particularly that of Cambridgeshire. The latest issue of CONDUIT can be downloaded from their website.


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