The BGS geomagnetism team is involved with the British Science Festival this year. We are excited to participate in two events taking place on Wednesday 5th September.
These events are free but you are advised to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment! The audience level is aimed at everyone regardless of science background. Do come along to find out more about how the Earth's magnetic field is generated and what effect the Sun has on the Earth's magnetic field and our technology.
Hosted by The Geological Society of London
Wednesday 5th September 13:00 - 15:00
While they may seem like fixed points, the North and South poles are constantly 'wandering'. Join Kathy Whaler (University of Edinburgh) to explore how the Earth's magnetic field is generated. Conall Mac Niocaill (University of Oxford) explains how the magnetic field has helped uncover some of the most fundamental principles of Earth science. Finally, Ciaran Beggan (British Geological Survey) considers when the next reversal could be, and what its effects might be on the Earth.
Hosted by The British Geological Survey
Wednesday 5th September 15:30 - 17:30
With the Sun reaching its 11-year peak of activity come along and discuss what's happening to the Sun, what effects this has in space and what can we expect to happen on Earth? Will we be able to see the Northern Lights more clearly or will the lights go out? Drs Lucie Green (University College London), Jim Wild (University of Lancaster) and Alan Thomson (British Geological Survey) will discuss this space weather hazard and its implications for modern technological societies.
The British Science Festival is Europe’s largest event of its kind and is being delivered by the British Science Association, alongside local hosts, TechFest-SetPoint and the University of Aberdeen. The theme is ‘Energising Minds’ and this will be explored through a range of topical issues.
For more information please contact Sarah Nice at the BGS Press Office.