School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

Geography Centenary Programme - Activities and Events

The Institute of Geography, the University of Edinburgh and our Alumni around the world are planning a number of activities to celebrate our Centenary. Key events include:
  • a Centenary Drinks Reception, in the presence of the University Principal, was held in the Playfair Library Hall, Friday 19 September 2008, 6:30pm. Photos can be viewed here .

  • an Alumni Geography Open-Day Reunion on Saturday 20 September 2008, including lectures on our research in human geography and physical geography, a 'Geography Now and Then' Lecture, a chance to look around Geography and to look again at your Dissertation. Attended by 125 alumni and friends, the day was wonderfully successful.

  • two talks, designed to highlight the relevance of geography to contemporary life - the first by Nicholas Crane, the geographical writer of Coast fame, on Thursday 5 February 2009 and the second by Michael Palin, the traveller and geographical writer, on Friday 13 March 2008. For information on times, venues and booking details click here .

  • an exhibition produced by current geography students and staff and including objects from the Geography Archive (on display in the entrance foyer to Geography).

  • class reunions: several anniversary reunions are in hand or being proposed. We would be delighted to learn of other classes initiating their own reunions.

  • a centenary edition of Scottish Geographical Journal with thirteen essays on aspects of geography at Edinburgh (this will be published as Volume 124 (1& 2), 2008).

  • a short series of geographical films in association with Filmhouse Ltd.

  • a photographic exhibition of pictures submitted by students and staff (winners to go on display in the Coffee Room, Geography).

The Geography Centenary Committee welcomes the involvement of Alumni in the organisation of events currently being planned and in the initiation of additional activities for the Centenary year. Anyone wishing to be involved or having suggestions about events and/or additional class reunions is invited to contact Cathy Campbell( in the first instance.

We look forward to hearing from you and to working together to make the Centenary a truly memorable year.