Smart and sustainable cities in the era of big data - Dr Philip James

Spatial big data, generated from in-situ sensors, connected autonomous vehicles, phones and people has the potential to revolutionise the way we understand and make decisions in our cities. 

Why geographers should join the rebellion - Zion Lights

The 55th Annual Tyneside Geographical Society Lecture will be presented by Zion Lights from Extinction Rebellion. 

Radical sustainability in cities: thinking outside the box - Dr Richard Armitage and Dr Mike Hardman

This talk will explore some radical solutions to enhancing urban sustainability through the creation of more greenspace and the development of urban agriculture. 

Conserving wild coffee in Ethiopia’s Montare Forest - Professor Adrian Wood

This talk explores how Huddersfield researchers have helped communities come to manage their forests sustainably and maintain resources unique to Ethiopia. 

Women’s resistance to large scale gold-mining in Latin America - Dr Katy Jenkins

Drawing on qualitative feminist research with women anti-mining activists in Latin America, this presentation explores the concept of ‘development’ through the lens of large-scale resource extraction.

Nature-based approaches to managing flood risk - Professor Colin Brown

Colin will discuss some of the prospects and pitfalls in using nature-based approaches to manage flood risk. 

Did the Earth move? Dr Stuart Edwards

This presentation looks at how geospatial scientists and engineers employ modern technologies in an attempt to monitor earth processes with a view to developing effective early warning systems.

The four Standedge Tunnels - Trevor Ellis

Trevor is a boat chaperone in the Standedge Canal Tunnel and will consider the history of the canal railway tunnels together with the impact of their construction.

Three sides of the same coin - Gavin Aarvold

Between 1992 and 2009 Gavin worked as an International Election Observer at over thirty elections. He will outline the background to international observation missions and then outline his role in three countries.

Dealing with disease: evaluating responses in the developing world - Dr Gill Miller

This talk explores the challenges facing global and local stakeholders in dealing with disease in the developing world. 

Veolia energy recovery facility field visit

A walking tour of Veolia’s state-of-the-art recycling and energy recovery facility. 

Africa's forgotten frontiers: the Sahel - Reza Pakravan

Taking the audience on a breathtaking journey across the continent, filmmaker Reza Pakravan will share stories of the tense frontiers, enduring traditions and ordinary people living where climate change has hit hardest: the Sahel. 

Ponds and carbon: is small beautiful or dangerous? Dr Mike Jeffries

This talk will explore the possibilities and perils of how ponds fit in the carbon cycle.

The historical background to Boko Haram - John Hare OBE

John's talk will place the current conflict in northern Nigeria in its historical context.