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Drop, cover, hold on ... advice in the event of an earthquake!


The East London branch of the Geographical Association held its autumn term event for teachers and sixth formers on Wednesday 23rd November.

We welcomed Dr Lizzie Day, Teaching Fellow in Geophysics from Imperial College London for a lecture on tectonics. Over 150 sixth formers and teachers from London schools attended the event.

Dr Day’s research has concentrated on using seismic waves to study the Earth’s deep interior, linking these seismic observations of the Earth’s mantle and core to processes occurring deep within our planet. Her expertise and enthusiasm made light work of cutting through the complex geophysics to enrich our subject knowledge and stretch and challenge us with new vocabulary and clear lines of enquiry into the science behind tectonics.

In geography A Level the focus is on the hazard posed by tectonics and Dr Day offered plenty of useful insights on the importance of scale, location, indirect effects and the importance and challenge of early warning systems to add to our understanding of the complexities of how risk plays out in different places.

“It is so important for students to think beyond the A Level syllabus and enrich their subject knowledge – it really helps them to keep their learning fire burning” said Kate Amis, Widening Participation Officer in the School of Geography who organised the event. “This type of event is a great chance to experience a university style lecture and learn in a different way, with a different peer group so it is a useful transition experience before coming to university. It’s great to see so many enthusiastic young geographers and dedicated teachers taking part in these events” she added.

Our next event for sixth formers is the spring lecture on 8 February 2017 on Urban Space with Dr Regan Koch of QMUL Geography.

  • For information on all our school events please see our teachers pages



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