Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Prominent Geologist Stuart Monro shares his 'Life on the Rocks'.

Professor Stuart Monro, a celebrated geologist, science communicator and currently Scientific Director of Our Dynamic Earth, will be giving a presentation in Dumfries, Galashiels, Ayr and Helensburgh between the 25th and 28th February as part of this seasons Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s Inspiring People talks programme.

Stuart was instrumental in establishing Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, the science centre and visitor attraction opened in 1999, that aims to give a better public understanding of the processes that have shaped the earth.

Stuart Monro at Siccar Point in Berwickshire, famous for its geology.

In this talk, Stuart explores, as part of a personal journey, the evidence from various parts of the world for what we call plate tectonics, a scientific theory which describes the large scale motions of Earth's lithosphere or, for those of us without a science degree, the rigid outermost shell of a rocky planet. Although seemingly complicated Stuart is passionate about bringing science and understanding to the masses so this is a talk that all can enjoy.

The Dumfries talk has been kindly sponsored by Magnox Energy Solutions www.magnoxsites.co.uk.

Stuart also holds and has held numerous high profile scientific roles including President of the Royal Scottish Society of Arts, President of the Westmorland Geological Society and of the Edinburgh Geological Society. He has been co-Convenor of the Scottish Earth Science Education Forum since 2003, a voluntary group he helped establish to support a greater understanding of earth sciences in Scottish schools and colleges. In 2003 he was also appointed by Scottish Ministers to serve on the Scottish Science Advisory Council, a national forum which provides strategic advice to the Scottish Government on scientific issues.

Stuart’s presentation will take place at 7.30pm on the following evenings:
Dumfries: Monday 25th February in the Easterbrook Hall, The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries, DG1 4TA. 
Borders: Tuesday 26th February in Scottish Borders Campus, Nether Road, Galashiels, TD1 3HE
Ayr: Wednesday 27th February in Council Chambers, Ayr Town Hall Sandgate Ayr Ayrshire KA7 1DA
Helensburgh: Thursday 28th February in Victoria Halls, Sinclair St,  Helensburgh, G84 8TU

Tickets are £8 for adults, free for under 18s, students and RSGS members. Tickets are available on the night from the venue. To find out more about the RSGS visit www.rsgs.org.

(These talks replaced the advertised talk by Mikael Strandberg.)