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Exploring ancient ecosystems through time

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  • Event
    Academia & Research
  • From: May 25, 06:00 PM
    To: May 25, 07:30 PM


  • Step into ancient landscapes with award-winning palaeobiologist Thomas Halliday as he guides us through a captivating series of immersive explorations.
  • In this talk, you’ll Immerse yourself in a series of ancient landscapes, from the mammoth steppe of Ice Age Alaska to the lush rainforests of Eocene Antarctica adorned with colonies of giant penguins and the moonlit terrain of Ediacaran Australia.
  • Traverse the birthplace of humanity as Thomas unveils the Earth's extraordinary history. Experience the roaring cascade of the highest waterfall ever known, witness life's resurgence post-asteroid impact, and observe the dawn of the mammal age.
  • By exploring the fossil records of our ancient world, we'll delve into the minutiae of nature's interconnections. Thomas will intricately weave science and storytelling, building a vibrant picture of our past – whether it's the hue of a beetle's shell, the rhythmic flight of the pterosaur or the lingering scent of sulphur in the air.
  • Join us on an ancient odyssey from the comfort of our Theatre, where the details of our Earth's past will come to life like never before. You'll come away with a greater appreciation of Earth’s past and an enriched understanding of the rich tapestry of the fossil record that informs this knowledge.
  • Copies of Halliday's latest book 'Otherlands' will be available for purchase after this lecture.
  • This Ri event is brought to you by Undaunted, a partnership between the Royal Institution and Imperial College London to combat the causes and effects of climate change through clean-tech innovation.

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May 25, 06:00PM

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  • 10% discount in Ri Cafe

  • A group pension scheme based on a matched contribution of up to 7% of salary

  • Opportunity for hybrid working where business need allows

  • Annual leave entitlement of 25 days, plus all public holidays

  • Enhanced sickness, maternity, paternity and adoption pay