RAS/COMET Discussion Meeting to celebrate the career of Professor Barry Parsons

Date: 13th – 14th September 2018

Location: Earth Sciences Department, University of Oxford

Registration deadline: 3rd September 2018

Registration website 

The work of Barry Parsons (Professor of Geodesy and Geophysics, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford) has centred upon the applications of geodesy and geodynamics to understanding the thermal and mechanical behaviour of the earth, earthquakes and tectonics. Over the course of his career, Barry has been behind scientific advances in at least three areas: marine geophysics, mantle convection and continental tectonics, and his observations, physical models, and insights have been used by researchers all over the world.
To celebrate Barry’s 70th birthday, the meeting will bring together colleagues, collaborators, students past and present, and the wider community to focus on ongoing research in the areas of oceans and continents, geophysical geodesy and earthquake science.

A full agenda will follow, but confirmed speakers include John Sclater (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), Claude Jaupart (IPG Paris), Anny Cazenave (LEGOS), Peter Molnar (University of Colorado), Peizhen Zhang (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Marion Thomas (ENS, Paris) and Juliet Biggs (University of Bristol).


Thursday 13 September

16:30 Public lecture ‘Earthquakes from Space’, University Museum
19:30 Informal Dinner, St Cross College

Friday 14 September

09:30-17:30 Discussion Meeting, Department of Earth Sciences
17:30-18:30 Drinks Reception, Department of Earth Sciences
19:30 Dinner at Exeter College


To book your place, please register via the Oxford University Store

Registration fees

Thursday 13 September
Public Lecture ‘Earthquakes from Space’ – free
Standard delegate dinner at St Cross College – £25.00
Student delegate dinner at St Cross College – free

Friday 14 September
Standard delegate (Symposium, Drinks Reception & Dinner)-£55.00
Student delegate (Symposium, Drinks Reception & Dinner)-free
Guest Dinner Only ticket (Drinks Reception & Dinner)-£50.00

Additional information

Suggested accommodation

University Club

University Rooms

Holywell B&B

Rewley House

North Oxford B&B 

Cotswold Lodge Hotel

Travelling to Oxford

General directions

Department of Earth Sciences

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

St Cross College

Exeter College