Date: Wednesday 5th November, 2014. 6pm - 7pm
Venue: University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB. Room OL2.
Free car parking available on site
As part of its inauguration, the Derbyshire Geographical Association invite you to its first open lecture:
Dr Nick Middleton, St Anne's College, University of Oxford.
DESERTS: Their use and abuse
Deserts are remarkable places. Typified by aridity and extremes of temperature they can be harsh and hostile or spectacularly beautiful. Many also have a long history of successful human occupation. Drawing on personal experience in many of the world's arid lands, particularly the Gobi and Atacama deserts, Nick Middleton delves into these unique landscapes and highlights the good, the bad and the ugly of how people use them.
The lecture is free to Derbyshire GA branch members and a voluntary donation of £1 per person for this launch event will be sought on the night.
More about Dr Nick Middleton:
Nick is a prominent geographer and environmental consultant who has published 19 books and more than 250 articles in journals, magazines and newspapers. His books have been translated into 10 languages and his television programmes are broadcast all over the world.
Nick is also a prolific travel writer and draws his material from his travels through more than 90 countries, on a variety of missions. His travelogues include The Last Disco in Outer Mongolia (Phoenix, 1992), Kalashnikovs and Zombie Cucumbers: Travels in Mozambique (Phoenix, 1994), Travels as a Brussels Scout (Phoenix, 1997), Ice Tea and Elvis: A Saunter through the Southern States (Phoenix, 2000). In 2002, he won the Royal Geographical Society's Ness Award in recognition of widening the public enthusiasm for geography through his travel writing.
His most recent travelogues - Going to Extremes (Pan, 2003), Surviving Extremes (Pan, 2004) and Extremes along the Silk Road (J Murray, 2006) - were written in association with three four-part television documentaries broadcast by Channel 4 in the UK and National Geographic Channel in most other parts of the world. The Going to Extreme series explores the world's hottest, coldest, wettest and driest inhabited places. In the follow up series, Surviving Extremes Nick investigates how four traditional communities adapt to life in harsh environments: the Inuit in northern Greenland, the Congo's Biaka pygmies, the Tubu of the Ténéré Desert and the Kombai of Papua. Silk Routes is a string of similar adventures among traditional societies across Central Asia.
Nick Middleton also works for the Economist Intelligence Unit as an economic and political analyst on the Horn of Africa. A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), Nick was elected to the Council of the RGS/IBG and to membership of the Expeditions and Fieldwork committee in 2009 for 3 years. He has worked as a consultant to several United Nations agencies, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), as well as the World Conservation Union (IUCN), the EU and WWF.
Nick is very active in popularizing geography and environmental science. His name is well known to UK geography students as the author of the Environment Today column in the A-level magazine Geography Review.
So we can appropriately plan for this event, please fill out the booking form below if you are attending. Please let us know estimated numbers if bringing a group.
For more information about this event contact Ryan O'Riordan.
Tel: 01332 591671