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A conversation on James Hutton: the man and his legacy with Alan McKirdy

Public event
1 September 2022, 4:00-6:30 pm
at the James Hutton Institute, Craigiebucker, Aberdeen, AB15 8QH
for public, industry and scientists

Alan McKirdy was formerly Head of Knowledge and Information Management at Scottish Natural Heritage. He has written, and contributed to, many books on geology and related subjects.

The James Hutton Institute and the Scottish Geology Trust are proud to host A conversation on James Hutton: the man and his legacy with Alan McKirdy at the James Hutton Institute, Craigiebucker, Aberdeen on 1st September 2022, 1600 – 1830 hours. Chaired by Clare Bond, University of Aberdeen.

Given the wide-ranging impact that James Hutton’s thinking has had on the world, little is known about this key figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, yet his findings reset the world view on the Earth’s processes and is regarded as the foundation of modern geology and made possible other major theories such as continental drift and the theory of evolution.

Join us at the 2022 Scottish Geology Festival launch event for an exploration into Scotland’s fascinating geological past, present and future with Alan McKirdy as he discusses James Hutton’s work and his legacy of challenging conventional thinking which underpins the work of the James Hutton Institute today.

Alan McKirdy was formerly Head of Knowledge and Information Management at Scottish Natural Heritage. He has written, and contributed to, many books on geology and related subjects.

The event will be held in-person at the James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen AB15 8QH. Organised in partnership between the James Hutton Institute and the Scottish Geology Trust. Please note that this event will be recorded for internal use by the James Hutton Institute only.

Booking required - £5 tickets, free to SGT members and staff of the James Hutton Institute.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.