School of GeoSciences

Public Lecture · 26 January 2018

50 years since Plate Tectonics: why do people still die in earthquakes?




Friday 26 January 2018

Doors open at 6PM  


National Museum of Scotland (Lothian Street entrance)





James Jackson, Professor of Active Tectonics and former Head of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge.


50 years since Plate Tectonics: why do people still die in earthquakes?


In the 50 years since the discovery of Plate Tectonics there have been huge advances in understanding how our planet works, and an extraordinary growth in observational capability: we can now monitor from space places moving on the Earth’s surface more slowly than our fingernails grow.  We now understand much better where and why earthquakes occur, but the Earth’s population is becoming ever more vulnerable to earthquakes, especially in the great earthquake-and-mountain belt stretching from the Mediterranean to China.  This lecture will examine the reasons for this, showing how geology and human behaviour have worked together to concentrate populations in the most dangerous places.


Time Description  Place - National Museum of Scotland
6-7PM Poster Session South Hall
7-8PM Public Lecture with Q&A Auditorium
8-9PM Drinks reception & networking Events Space




Photography & Filming

This event may be photographed and/or recorded for promotional or recruitment materials for the University or University approved third parties.