Science & Technology

Looking Inside Volcanoes

Professor Christopher Aiden-Lee Jackson
Wednesday, 22 June 2022 - 7:00pm

Note: This is a rescheduled event.


Volcanoes are big, hot, loud, and scary.  Because of this, we know little of their internal structure or underlying 'plumbing system', despite them representing a global natural hazard.

In this talk, Professor Jackson will show how new 3D seismic imaging techniques - essentially X-ray scanning of the Earth - can be used to illuminate the structure of volcanoes and the evolution of their underlying 'hot rocks'.

Professor Jackson is passionate about communicating science to the public and was one of the Royal Institution Christmas lecturers in 2020 for the series ‘Planet Earth – a user’s guide’, focussing on how we can achieve a sustainable future.  He has also appeared in ‘Expedition Volcano’ a BBC2 series with a team of international volcanologists visiting two of the world’s most volatile and spectacular volcanoes – in DRC and Rwanda.  He has recently released a very well-received Audible podcast ‘The Grown Up’s Guide to Planet Earth’.  He is keen to inspire young people in science, particularly from under-represented groups, aiming for a future geoscience community that is far more diverse and inclusive. 


About the speaker

Professor Chris Jackson is Chair in Sustainable Geoscience at the University of Manchester, a member of the Basins Research Group.  He studied for his BSc and PhD, on Rift Basin Development, at the University of Manchester. He worked in the energy industry for NorskHydro (now Equinor) and spent 16 years at Imperial College, London.  Chris works in the general area of sedimentary basin analysis.  When not studying rocks, Chris gives geoscience lectures to the public and in schools, having appeared on several, Earth Science-focused, television productions and podcasts.  Chris is engaged in efforts to improve equality, diversity, and inclusivity in Higher Education.

Image credit: photo of Volcano de Fuego in Guatemala by Alain Bonnardeaux on Unsplash       



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