This true-color image shows North and South America as they would appear from space 35,000 km (22,000 miles) above the Earth.
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Oxford Earth Day 2024: Planet vs. Plastics

27 Apr 2024
Public open-door events
Martin Wood Complex, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU
Knowledge of physics?
No, knowledge of physics not required
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This Earth Day, join us to hear about latest research into the interactions between humans and the planet. 

Talks and hands-on stall will cover topics as diverse as earthquake-proof building to the transition to net zero. There will also be a panel discussion on the theme of 'Planet vs. Plastics' where you can submit your questions to scientists who study these issues and hear what they do day-to-day.

This event is organised jointly by Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry, Biology, Geography and Engineering.

Event format 

We will have a selection of hands-on stalls for you to explore, and for those of you who want more detailed information about the work we do at Oxford, there will be a series of short talks and a panel discussion in our lecture theatre. When you register for the event, you can select one of the following options:

  • Session 1: Talk (drop-in tickets available) and stalls (full booked)
  • Session 2: Stalls only (first-come, first-served drop-in tickets available) 

Who is the event for?

The event is open to curious adults, teenagers and children (age 6+ years). All children must be accompanied by an adult. The talks are recommended for age 14+ years.

Event times 

Session 1 

  • 2:00 - 2.55pm: Stalls open to explore (fully booked)
  • 3.00 - 4.30pm: Talks and panel in the lecture theatre on the topic of 'Planet vs. Plastics' 

Session 2

  • 3.00 - 4.00pm: Stalls open to explore

Talk titles and stalls

Some of the topics that will be included:

  • Good vs bad plastics
  • Wastewater pollution
  • Plastic pollution in the oceans 
  • Chaotic weather patters 
  • Climate models 
  • Exploring past climates

Who is this event for?

The event is aimed at curious adults, teenagers and children (hands-on activities recommended for age 6+ years). Session 1 has been designed to give adults and teenagers more time to explore the topics through short talks and a panel discussion with our researchers.

How to register 

There are no more pre-booked tickets available, however there is some capacity for people to attend on the door for the following times:

  • Session 1: Talks only (full capacity for stalls) -  arrive for 3.00pm - end 4.30pm)
  • Session 2: Stalls only - 3.00 - 4.00pm (last entry 3.45pm)

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