Bourne Grammar School hosted a presentation by Professor Iain Stewart, Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute at the University of Plymouth.
Professor Stewart is presenter of geography-based BBC documentaries such as Volcano Live, Earth: The Power of the Planet, and Planet Oil, which was attended by staff and students from 10 schools in Bourne, Peterborough, Stamford, Spalding, Market Deeping, Oundle and Gainsborough.
The event was the inaugural lecture of the Geolincs network.
Professor Stewart delivered a fascinating and inspirational talk titled ‘Un-natural Hazards’, in which he discussed how human populations exacerbate the risk posed by disasters such as landslides, volcanoes and earthquakes. The audience was reminded how important geography is as a discipline that bridges the gap between understanding the science behind natural events, as well as appreciating the views and actions of local populations when they occur.
Geolincs was initially set up by Bourne Grammar School’s Geography teacher, Aidan Hesslewood for geography educators in the region to share ideas about the changing landscape of geography education.
It is now branching out and seeks to support the young geographers of the region too. Earlier this year the school’s geography department was recognised by the Geographical Association as a centre of excellence on a national scale.
For more information about Bourne Grammar School visit www.bourne-grammar.lincs.sch.uk.