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Iceland volcano travel chaos to come under lecture spotlight


20 April 2011

A volcanic eruption which disrupted international flights for weeks last year will be the focus of a university public lecture.

Glyndŵr University’s Graduate School will play host to a talk from Professor Nick Petford, an expert in vulcanology and Vice-Chancellor of Northampton University.

The event will explore the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in southern Iceland, looking at the environmental and economic impact it had.

Members of the public are invited to go along to the university’s Catrin Finch Centre on Wednesday, May 4 to hear about Prof Petford’s research, which led to him presenting the Channel Four documentary The Volcano that Stopped Britain (Click here to view the documentary on Channel Four's on-demand service 4oD).

Dr Peter Heard, Executive Director of Glyndŵr University’s Graduate School said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming Prof Petford, and are extremely grateful to him for agreeing to share his vast experience and insight on this fascinating subject.

“The Icelandic eruption had a huge short-term impact on travel plans, but we are only beginning to understand its lasting effects, which Prof Petford will illuminate.

“This will be the first public lecture arranged by the Graduate School, and reflects our growing standing as a community of researchers and commitment to wider engagement with the public.”

The talk, titled The 2010 Icelandic Eruption - Geophysical, Environmental and Economic Impacts, will be held from 6pm at the Catrin Finch Centre on Glyndŵr University’s Wrexham campus.

To book email or call 01978 293 356.

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