Herdman Symposium

The programme for the prestigious Herdman Symposium to be held at Liverpool University on 22nd February is below.

The invited speakers use cutting edge research techniques to probe Earth’s climate. They will take us on a journey through geological time and explain how their latest findings inform on our understanding of climate in the past and what this means for the future of our planet.

9.30 Arrival [Coffee and Soft Drinks Available]
10.00 Welcome by Megan Udy (Herdman Society President), Alice
Glover and Harriet Williams (Herdman Symposium Secretaries) and
Janine Kavanagh (Staff Rep.)
10.05 Professor Bridget Wade (UCL): “What can sea floor
sediments tell us about past ocean productivity and climate?”
10.50 Coffee Break
11.20 Professor Laura Robinson (Bristol): “Using deep sea corals
to understand the last deglaciation”
12.05 Dr Chris Stevenson (Liverpool): “Abrupt climate change in
the Cenozoic: A vision for our future?”
13.00 Lunch
13:45 Dr Katrien Van Landeghem (Bangor): “Using sound waves
to investigate how ice streams retreat”
14.30 Coffee Break
15.00 Professor Mark Maslin (UCL): “The Human Planet: How we caused the Anthropocene”
15.45 Dr Will Hutchison (St Andrews): “Unlocking geological archives to understand volcanic impacts on climate and society”
16.30 Final Remarks & Wine Reception

The event costs £15 and booking needs to be made in advance before 15th February. Link to purchase tickets is below.

Event Reminder – Climate Change Debate/Discussion

Wednesday 12th February

Starts 19:30

Location: Harvey Davies Room, Braithwaite Institute, Braithwaite, CA12 5RY

The purpose of the meeting is to explore the scientific evidence for and against the significance of anthropogenically induced climate change.
After thirty-minute contributions from two speakers there will be time for members of the audience to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.


Ashley Francis
Managing Director, Earthworks Environment & Resources Ltd
Ashley is a geophysicist and geostatistician whose 35-year career has encompassed world-wide experience of exploration, development and production geophysics. He has also consulted to the nuclear and engineering sectors on subsurface description and uncertainty.
Ashley will talk about the implausibility and inconsistency of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change science case and strong evidence indicating how natural trends have either been ignored or conflated.

Terry Sloan
Emeritus Professor of Physics, Lancaster University
Terry is a particle physicist with an interest in the science of global warming. He gave an optional course for physics undergraduates on global warming which formed the basis of an online book ‘Introductory climate science: global warming explained’ published in 2016. He has published papers on the possible links between cosmic rays, cloud formation and climate change.
Terry will talk about the physics of the greenhouse gases and why our increased use of fossil fuels will lead to global warming and ultimately a change to the climate.

Given that both speakers have an interest in the role that cosmic ray input might have on   the natural variability of the climate, this subject, even if it is not covered in their talks, is  very likely to be raised during the discussion session.

Event Reminder – From small rockfalls to entire mountainside collapses

Wednesday 8th January

Winter Lecture by Dr Dunning, Newcastle University

Starts 19:30 – Please arrive and be seated before the presentation is due to start.

Location: Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Castle Street, Carlisle CA3 8TP

Dr. Dunning from Newcastle University will talk about rockfalls and their significance in the landscape.   He was monitory the Rock of Tremaine at Castle Rock before its spectacular fall last winter and will include this in his talk which promises to be very interesting.

This is a joint meeting with Carlisle Natural History Society in the very comfortable lecture theatre at Tullie House and everyone is most welcome.

The Devonshire Road (Castle car park) car park next to the Castle closes at 8pm. Parking needs to be around the Tullie House roads or in one of the other car parks that remain open in the evenings e.g. West Walls car park.