Earth Sciences Outreach and Widening Participation

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If you are interested in a Key Stage 4 Inspire Roadshow for your school please complete an expression of interest form. If you would like further information please contact the Faculty of Science Outreach mailbox -

The School of Earth Sciences has a wide variety of outreach and WP activities that are currently run, including:

  • Volcanology (How volcanoes work; living with the threat of volcanoes; using drones to study volcanic risk)
  • Palaeontology and Dinosaurs (Bristol Dinosaur Project; Dinosaur Colour; How prehistoric animals moved/ate/flew; the origin and early evolution of life)
  • Geophysics (Does fracking cause earthquakes?; seismic hazards; earthquakes on Mars and the Insight space mission)
  • Deep Earth and Planets (How did the Solar System/Earth form; where do our natural resources come from)
  • Palaeoclimate and climate change (past and future climate... from ice ages to hothouse climate to future climate and adaptation)
  • Environmental (including plastics, how rock becomes soil, where do coral reefs occur and more)
  • NASA Insight Mission to Mars (our resident NASA geophysicist gives talks on the Insight mission, including using a seismometer)
  • Mars and Meteorites
  • The polar regions 

The School of Earth Sciences also has many interdisciplinary links:

Maths: Modelling volcanic risk and hazards; the fluid dynamics of ash clouds/lava flows/lahar flows

Physics: The physics of seismic events on Earth and on Mars; the physics of Titan's atmosphere.

Chemistry: Using Chemistry to study the formation of the solar system or past climate or the evolution of life;  environmental contamination; the chemical composition of our planet and other planets.

Biology: All things palaeobiology and evolution.


KS3 or 4 Fuego Volcano workshop -an interactive session that includes looking at the Fuego volcano in Guatemala and a DME.  A fantastic case study of factors that affect hazard risk, primary and secondary impacts and immediate and long-term responses to this tectonic hazard.  It also addresses why people continue to live in areas at risk from a hazard.

Earth Sciences has many cross-curricular links and provides opportunities for students who are currently studying a wide variety of subjects including (but not limited to) Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Biology to develop their scientific understanding.

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