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Geography Postgraduate Symposium 2011

Posted on 29/09/2011

Natalie Russell

When organising this year’s Geography Postgraduate Symposium there was a point to prove, that Geography is definitely not just colouring in, and with such a diverse range of topics on display from our current PhD students, our job was an easy one. 

The symposium acts as part of the induction programme for new postgraduate students in the department.  Organised by current members of the postgraduate community (Natalie Russell and Mia Hunt), the aim of the symposium is for students to gain experience by presenting their research to staff and postgraduates from a wide range of research interests.

This year’s Symposium took place on Wednesday 21st September and proved to be one of the most successful in recent years, highlighting not only the variety of topics on offer to researchers in the department, but also the quality of research being undertaken.  More than 50 postgraduate students and members of staff attended the event where 12 speakers discussed research spanning both human and physical geography research areas.  Subjects ranged from the evolution of the wolf, boycott movements, geography in poetry, dating techniques in quaternary science, sustainability of the business traveller and much, much more.

New postgraduate students in the department, commented that “the range of topics covered by PhD students in the department is far greater than we ever realised.  It was such an interesting day, all of the speakers were really professional, we really enjoyed it!”

Many people played a part in the smooth running and organisation of the day and those that deserve particular thanks include Karen Oliver and Liz Hamilton for administrative assistance, Alice Christie for financial and logistical support, and Klaus Dodds for his continuing support of the event.  Our gratitude also extends to all of the speakers, without whom the day would not have been able to take place, and finally Dave from the Happy Man for providing an excellent barbecue and quality ales, which supported a well enjoyed evening social.

Natalie Russell

Physical Geography PhD Student


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