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Planet Earth Lecture


Part of The School of GeoSciences annual Planet Earth Distinguished Lecture Series.

The School of GeoSciences has an established annual Planet Earth Distinguished Lecture Series where an internationally renowned natural or social scientist is invited to Edinburgh for a two-day visit to deliver a number of activities inspiring academics, professionals within the field of geosciences, students, and the local community.

This year Prof Penny Holliday will be delivering the lecture on Wednesday 18 March at Dynamic Earth. The lecture is suitable for local High Schools and the general public and includes an exhibition showcasing marine research at University of Edinburgh.


  • Geosciences Researchers Exhibition
  • Public Lecture by Prof Penny Holliday
  • Visit to the Dynamic Earth galleries
  • Drinks reception sponsored by Geosciences Research Support

Penny Holliday, National Oceanography Centre, Senior Scientist

Associate Head of Marine Physics and Ocean Climate. Penny is a physical oceanographer and her research has focused on the circulation and variability of the subpolar North Atlantic, and the role of the ocean in our changing climate. She has participated in 21 seagoing expeditions, several as Chief Scientist. Penny leads the Ocean Circulation and Processes team at the NOC, and is the UK principal investigator for an international programme researching the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation strength, variability and mechanisms (OSNAP). She holds the role of Science Coordinator for CLASS, a world-leading UK Atlantic science programme supporting national and global strategic needs. She supervises graduate students and coordinates a UK early career scientist fellowship scheme to fund access to berths on research expeditions and visits to research centres.

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