LEC Seminar Online: Professor Alberto Montanari "The new mission of geosciences in an age of pandemics and beyond"

Wednesday 10 June 2020, 1:00pm to 1:45pm


Open to

All Lancaster University (non-partner) students, Alumni, Applicants, External Organisations, Postgraduates, Prospective Undergraduate Students, Public, Staff, Undergraduates


Registration not required - just turn up

Event Details

For the first time Professor Montanari, President of the European Geosciences Union, will present his thoughts on the new mission for geosciences under the current global emergency due to the pandemic. If and how do the scientific priorities need to be revised? How may geosciences evolve to contribute to global recovery?

Geoscience aims to address key environmental challenges that are relevant to society. Some of these challenges, such as climate change, overexploitation of water resources and the water-food-energy nexus, have a global dimension. Recently science at large has been profoundly impacted by COVID-19. The tragedy of coronavirus, with more than 400, 000 deaths to date,is going to broadly change our lifestyle, including research avenues and the way we organize and manage scientific activities. Science will also be pivotal to ensuring a prompt recovery from the pandemic and transforming this crisis into an opportunity.

Working for a brighter future is the most appropriate way to honour the memory of those who lost their life. In particular, I believe the expertise of geoscientists can support a synergetic approach to mitigating the risk of global crises. Strategies and actions to support economic recovery of countries during COVID-19 and beyond may also contribute to reducing the hazard and impact of other global threats that geoscientists are currently investigating.To reach this goal, we have to look at our research targets and organize our scientific activities with a new vision. The current crisis has created a window of opportunity to increase public trust in science and improve wider interaction between scientists and policy makers in general. In this talk we will discuss the conditions, strategies and attitude that may help geoscientists to achieve this target.

Professor Alberto Montanari is the current President of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) and Professor of Hydrology and Water Engineering at the University of Bologna, Italy.

Alberto will be introduced by Lancaster's Prof John Quinton, Executive Editor of the EGU’s Copernicus journal SOIL.

Joining the seminar

This seminar was recorded with a live online audience Wed 10th June 2020.

It is now available to view on our YouTube channel: LEC Seminar Online 2020-06-10 - Prof Alberto Montanari.


  • 13:00 (BST) Welcome and introduction
  • 20 minute presentation from our speaker
  • Speaker takes questions from our virtual audience submitted through the text "Chat" function
  • Videos uploaded onto Lancaster Environment Centre's YouTube channel for later viewing

You can also join the conversation on Twitter: #LECSeminar.

Contact Details

Name Dr Ali Birkett