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EI Seminars

The Environmental Intelligence Seminar Series is a joint initiative of the CDT and the Exeter Environmental Intelligence Research Network. The  series of weekly seminars showcases EI research across all disciplines at the University of Exeter and provides a platform for external organisations to share their interests in EI with our community. 

Term 1

Date No. Contributor Content Location Time
Thu Oct 6th 1.1 Student Panel A panel of CDT students will each present their work and take part in a chaired discussion.
Building One:  Constantine Leventis Room 15:00-16:30 
Thu Oct 13th 1.2

Dan Bebber and Mohsin Raza

'Climate change, biotic yield gaps and disease pressure in cereal crops.' Harrison 170  15:00-16:30 
Thu Oct 20th 1.3 Benno Simmons 'Biodiversity, data science and AI.' Queens LT6/1 15:00-16:30 
Thu Oct 27th 1.4 Regan Early 'Why do species live where they do?' Queens LT6/1  15:00-16:30 
Fri Nov 4th 1.5 Jim Haywood 'From volcanoes and wildfires through to geoengineering: the wide-ranging role of aerosoles in the climate system.' Laver LT6 13:00-14:30

Thu Nov 10th


Main talk from Max Falkenberg followed by a short talk from Ben Dennes

Max - 'Climate polarisation during COP on Twitter.'

Ben - 'Facebook Advertising and misinformation during COP27: A report from the Climate War Room.'

Queens LT6/1 15:00-16:30

Thu Nov 17th

1.7 Hugh Williamson 'Responsible Plant Data Linkage.' Harrison 102  15:00-16:30 

Thu Nov 24th


Ute Schuster


'Marine carbon biogeochemistry under climate change.' 

Building One: Pearson Room




Thu Dec 1st 1.9 Jennifer Catto 'High impact weather in a changing climate.' Harrison 102 15:00-16:30 
Thu Dec 8th 1.10 Anna Harper 'Using emulators of carbon cycle models to predict ecosystem services.' Building One:  Pearson Room 15:00-16:30

Wed Dec 14th

1.11 Georgie Bennett and Kyle Roskilly 'SENSUM: Smart SENSing of landscapes Undergoing hazardous hydrogeomorphic Movement.' Physics 124


Term 2

Main contributors lined up for Term 2 include:

  • Keith Challis, Remote Sensing Coordinator - External, National Trust
  • Joel Freedman, Head of Innovation Services - External, Satellite Applications Catapult
  • Peter Melville-Shreeve, Lecturer in Engineering & Entrepreneurship 
  • Tim Lenton, Director Global Systems Institute (GSI)
  • James Dyke, Assistant Director Global Systems Institute
  • Catherine Butler, Senior Lecturer Education & Research
  • Peter Challenor, Professor in Mathematics and Statistics and PI on the Excalibur EXA-UQ project
  • Ben Lambert, Senior Lecturer, mathematician, statistician and epidemiologist 
  • Cedric Mesnage, Turing-Exeter Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Term 2 EI Seminars will have an improved format, the first hour will cover talks and the last 30 minutes will be for discussion.

A main contributor will speak for 30-40 minutes followed by a second contributor, drawn from our EI CDT PhD student community, who will speak for 10-12 minutes.


Date No. Contributors Content Location Time
Thu Jan 19th 2.1

Peter Challenor

Josh Redmond (PhD Student)

Peter - 'Decision making with uncertain models.'             

Josh - 'Using Diffusion Models for Remote Sensing Anonymisation.'                      

Physics 124 14:30-16:00 
Thu Feb 2nd 2.2

Ben Lambert

Alice Wells (PhD Student)

Ben - 'Using statistics to understand the epidemology of mosquito-borne diseases.'

Alice - 'The Raikoke Eruption: including ash in model simulations reveals improved agreement to observations.'

Laver LT6  14:30-16:00  
Thu Feb 9th 2.3

Catherine Butler

Sara Sjosten - (PhD Student)


Catherine - 'Social science concepts for environmentally sustainable transitions – tools for critical thinking'

Sara - 'Modeling biotic-abiotic ecosystem feedbacks in deep time'.

Laver LT6 14:30-16:00 
Thu Feb 16th 2.4

Joel Freedman

Frederica Poznansky (PhD Student)

Joel - TBC 

Frederica - TBC

Laver LT6 14:30-16:00 

Thu Feb 23rd


Cedric Mesnage

TBC - (PhD Student)

Cedric - 'Project Darwin : Species identification accuracy optimisation with automated copy-pasting for camera-trap images.'


Laver LT6  14:30-16:00 

Thu Mar 2nd


Tim Lenton

Chris Kerry (PhD Student)

Tim - ‘Positive tipping points to avoid climate tipping points.’ 

Chris - TBC

Laver LT3 14:30-16:00 
Thu Mar 9th 2.7

James Dyke

Guy Lomax (PhD Student)

James - TBC

Guy - TBC 

Laver LT6  14:30-16:00 
Thu Mar 16th 2.8


Margaret Bolton (PhD Student)


Margaret - TBC 

Laver LT6  14:30-16:00 
Thu Mar 23rd 2.9

Keith Challis

Arthur Vandervoort (PhD Student)

Keith - TBC

Arthur - TBC

Laver LT6  14:30-16:00 

Thu Mar 30th


Peter Melville-Shreeve

Ned Westwood (PhD Student)

Peter - 'From Loggers to Levers: When will the internet of things help manage stormwater overflows and reduce flood risk?'

Ned - TBC

Laver LT6 


Term 3

Main contributors lined up for Term 3 include:

  • Rachel Franklin, Professor of Geographical Anaylsis, Newcastle University (External)
  • Stevienna de Saille, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Sheffield (External)
  • Ute Schuster, Associate Professor in Physical Geography


Date No. Contributors Content Location Time
Thu May 4th 3.1 TBC TBC                                                Laver LT6 14:30-16:00
Thu May 11th 3.2 TBC TBC Laver LT6 14:30-16:00
Thu May 18th 3.3 TBC TBC Laver LT6 14:30-16:00
Thu May 25th 3.4 TBC TBC Laver LT6 14:30-16:00
Thu June 1st 3.5 TBC TBC Laver LT6 14:30-16:00
Thu Jun 8th 3.6 TBC TBC Laver LT6 14:30-16:00
Thu June 15th 3.7 TBC TBC Laver LT6 14:30-16:00