Thursday 22nd June 2017, 6.30PM to 8.30PM

Is the Holocene over? Have we entered a new geological epoch where humans are now the strongest force acting on the Earth and its ecosystems? And if so does this change how we think about the past and the present, does it disrupt our ideas of progress or help us deal with the future?

There are a very limited number of free tickets available. If you would like to bring pupils from your school please book now:


Anthropocene Europe

Pre-lecture readings

As an introduction to the science Dr Philip Pogge von Strandmann recommends:

Dr Randall has provided us with his chapter from The Politics of Globality since 1945: Assembling the planet. NB this is a challenging read.

Also look at the websites of Dr Philip Pogge von Strandmann & Dr Elizabeth Graham (see links below). 



Dr Maria Carvalho, LSE, a member of the policy team for the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & Environment (GRI), focusing on energy and climate policies for the EU (including implications of Brexit), along with North American policy engagement.


Dr Philip Pogge von Strandmann, UCL, Reader in Isotope Geochemistry, specialises in using “non-traditional” isotope geochemistry to examine Earth’s present and past biogeochemical cycling. He has just launched the website which examines past climate change and its implications for today.


Dr Samuel Randalls, UCL, Lecturer in Geography. His research has examined the historical emergence of climate change debates and he also explores how businesses deal with environmental risks from the 19th century to today, particularly related to weather and climate.


Dr Elizabeth Graham, UCL, Professor of Mesoamerican Archaeology. She has been doing archaeology in Belize since 1973. Her most recent sites are Lamanai and Marco Gonzalez on Ambergris Caye. Both sites have continuous occupation through the so-called ‘Maya collapse’. She is working now on how soils form from ancient man-made deposits, and she will be talking about this. 

About the Series

The Extension Lecture Series is a programme of lectures organised by the Bonas MacFarlane Academy for Sixth Form students. The series explores current developments that will shape your generation’s future lives.

The debates are led by top academics, and take place live in London. All Academy students are invited to attend the live lectures. Recordings are made available afterwards for those who cannot attend.

For students enrolled in Academy programmes, the lectures are followed by seminars led by academics, where you will be able to develop your thinking through discussions with fellow students and your seminar tutor.


For 2017 all lectures are held at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London.

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