Invited Speakers and Industrial Partners


We are happy to announce that our keynote speakers are:


Dr Drew Purves (Deepmind)

Dr Drew Purves is a researcher in ecological and environmental modelling, based at Google DeepMind in London and an Honorary Reader in the Centre for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (CBER) at UCL. His keynote talk will discuss the impact of intelligence on ecosystems and interactions within complex systems:

“The intelligence of plants, animals and other organisms is rarely discussed within the context of ecology and biogeosciences. I will discuss a variety of theoretical and anecdotal examples of how intelligence may affect dynamics of ecosystems, from the micro to the global scale, with a focus on how intelligence may affect stability and robustness in the face of human perturbations.”


Prof. Jenni Barclay (UEA)

Prof. Jenni Barclay is a Professor of Volcanology at the University of East Anglia, and Principal Investigator on the ESRC-NERC-funded interdisciplinary STREVA Project (Strengthening Resilience to Volcanic Hazards). Whilst her varied and interdisciplinary career involves many aspects of research in volcanology, her talk will discuss the impact of volcanic hazards, the communication of geohazards, and science in general, through novel methods of communication to reduce the risk posed from active volcanoes.

More Alike than Different: Scientists as Storytellers

This talk will explore the way in which scientists in general, but volcanologists in particular talk about and describe the work they do around volcanoes, and how it relates to ‘popular’ narratives of erupting volcanoes. Does this tell us something important about how we equip ourselves to deal with uncertainty and a changing environment?


Dynamic Earth will be hosting four workshops across the two days, covering a variety of interests, from data management to writing successful proposals.

Slides from the workshops can be downloaded here.

12th September

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NPL - Writing Successful Proposals and Attracting Investors

The funding landscape is forever changing, especially in the current political climate of uncertainty. Building the right skills and having the tools to promote your research and demonstrate its impact is crucial if you want to attract investment in your current or future projects.

 The workshop is designed to address some of the major issues and how to overcome them by understanding your target audience, drafting the right messages and presenting in a way that will make your project stand out and attractive to investors.

The workshop will be run by Leah Chapman. Leah is the University Liaison Managers and Postgraduate Institute for Measurement Science Manger for the National Physical Laboratory. Leah’s career has been focused on communication and building relationships with others, including funders, policy makers, academics and businesses large and small.

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UCL Careers - Making the Leap: How Researchers find Non-Academic Jobs

This workshop will start by looking at what researchers do if they move away from academic research before examining the methods others have used to find and secure a new role, and the challenges that may be encountered. There will be several practical activities that will require the active participation of all attendees.

This session will be of particular benefit to those who are at an early stage of planning a possible transition to a non-academic role.

By attending this workshop you will:

Network with other attendees in order to share knowledge of occupations, job sectors and possible challenges and opportunities

  • Gain a wider awareness of the range of occupations entered into by doctoral graduates through career destinations surveys

  • Know where, and how, to obtain in-depth occupational knowledge to help with new career research and selection

  • Enhance your awareness of the methods used to uncover employment opportunities and gain valuable advice from UCL Doctoral Graduate alumni on how to make a successful transition

  • Reflect on what areas may interest you personally and what steps you might need to; clarify your targets, enhance your chances of finding and securing the right role.

Note: Prior to this workshop we ask you to investigate and identify at least one role beyond academic research entered into by someone who used to work in your research discipline: what does that role involve and what steps they may have taken to secure it. You will be asked to share this information with other participants at the end of the workshop (note: we do not expect you to share any personal details of people you may know outside academia).

13th September


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The ability to confidently and passionately share scientific research with a public audience is an increasing important and valuable skill for scientists today.  In this session you will learn some of the key skills to help you share your work in a way that is engaging, fun and accessible to a non-scientific audience.

We will cover the origins of science communication and the different forms it can take.  Following that we will explore the different kinds of audiences you may find yourself interacting with, the importance of key messages and structure when presenting your work, the use of technical jargon, body language and voice and how to use social media effectively to share your research.

This workshop will be led by Alastair Hendry. Alistair is a Science Communicator within the Exhibitions, Learning and Outreach department at the Natural History Museum, London. Alistair is a passionate science communicator and regularly engages with the public outreach events at the Museum and is a frequent host of the Nature Live discussions with Museum researchers.


UCL - Writing a PhD

To get a PhD you have to write a PhD thesis. So how do you write one? This session will look at the PhD as a literary form –that is, a genre of writing having its own structures, narrative devices, styles of expression and modes of argument –geared to the goal of persuading a key audience (PhD examiners) that the work in question merits the award of a PhD.

Partners & Sponsors

We are very grateful for the NERC DTPs for funding this event, and for additional support from DataTree and the Fishmonger’s Company of London.