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Our Dynamic Earth: Where on Earth are We? – an Introduction to Geomatics

Holmes Lectures for 10- to 14-year-olds

Date/Time: 26th January 2017, 17:00 - 18:00

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

If you had to draw a map of where you are right now, what would you draw? What information would you include on your map? Buildings, roads, coastlines and place names are just some of the information you might use.  Would you draw a bird’s eye view? Or something in 3D? Would you draw something showing a big area? Or small? There is a whole science to understanding where we are on the planet and how we share and present this information.

In this session we will look at some of the key information we need to make accurate maps – it all starts with measuring the shape of our planet and how it is changing … it’s probably changing more than you think. From GPS to Ordnance Survey maps, from satellite pictures to coordinates, this lecture will change the way you see the world around you.

This year’s Holmes Lectures are being delivered by the University’s Geoscience and Geomatics research groups. Both groups carry out world class research that spans technological, human and natural systems. Whether they are investigating the smallest living organisms, or considering the entire shape of the Earth, the work of these groups has greater impact on our everyday lives than many people realise.

To register for free places, email the Public Lectures office or telephone 0191 208 6093. 

About John H Holmes and the lectures 

Born in Newcastle in 1857, John H Holmes was one of the great pioneers of the development of electrical engineering. He started the firm of J H Holmes in 1883 and opened a new factory in Portland Road in 1887.

Holmes introduced the earliest electric lighting plant, drives for printing presses, train lighting sets, and portable ships’ searchlights which enabled the Suez Canal to be navigated by night for the first time.

Holmes invented the original knife-switch, and his first experimental model is preserved the Discovery Museum in Newcastle. He produced his first dynamos in 1884 and one of these, which worked for 25 years in Ireland, is also in the museum. 

The annual John H Holmes lectures first took place at Newcastle University in 1937. They have covered a wide range of topics including sustainability, Forensic science, medical physics, chemistry and sports science.