Current programme (for schools)

Upcoming events

Moving online: Coronavirus pandemic impacts planned events***

Please register for the events by clicking links below when they appear. We encourage students to register individually, so that we can send amendments directly by e-mail.

Draft current programme for 2020-21

**Online options**

Fully conscious that teachers have found it difficult to provide alternative arrangements for fieldwork and practical geography exercises, we have decided to offer two event after February half-term to support your learning. Geographers with experience at the research front end will reveal some of their practices, and also suggest ways this might be translated to things you can do locally or using openly available datasets.

Upcoming event

Tues 9th March 2021 7-8.30 pm
Mapping the geographies of Covid

**Click here for Zoom meeting at 1900 h 9th March 2021**

Geography of Covid - data, apps and debate

Geography of Covid – data, apps and debate

Prof. Rich Harris (School of Geographical Sciences, Univ. of Bristol – website ) will focus on a fundamental concept in geographical studies — spatial (or geographical) variation and using maps to reveal it.

Rich will focus on the the geographies of Covid in English towns and cities, and the evidence that some neighbourhoods have been harder hit than others. Is this just bad luck or can it be linked to the characteristics of those neighbourhoods, such as their ethnic composition? If it can, then why? (Ethnicity cannot cause a Covid infection, can it?)

Using freely available data from, and introducing a data dashboard at, he will ask what makes a good visualisation of spatial pattern, explore what is happening in the towns and cities, and suggest data sources that may shed light on the characteristics of your neighbourhood or city.

Past event

Tuesday March 2nd 2021 7-8.30 pm
Blooming algae: microbes and ice sheets

algae on surface of Greenland ice sheet

algae on surface of Greenland ice sheet (photo: Jen McCutcheon)

Dr. Chris Williamson (Lecturer in Polar Microbiology at the School of Geographical Sciences, Univ. of Bristol – website) will describe how life in its smallest microbial forms can impact stability of the worlds largest ice sheets. Chris’ research looks at how the adaptations of microscope algae to life in extreme cryo-environments scales up to influence the physical and chemical characteristics of the systems at the regional scale, with global implications.

In this lecture, Chris will discuss the steps needed to undertake this research across the cryosphere, his major findings and how we can learn about similar microbes in our own backyard.
There will also be an opportunity to discuss your own plans for field work in physical geography – a challenge for everybody at the moment.

Information below applies to ‘in person’ event.

When permitted, lectures, conferences and competitions will be held at the Peel Lecture Theatre School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, BS8 1SS. A nominal fee of £2/lecture is charged for Autumn lectures (room booking and support of additional events). Lectures, competition, conference are most suitable for post-16 students and teachers. Worldwise Quiz is for Yr10-11.