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Dr Dave Rothery on volcanoes and more at ASE Conference

27 December 2011

Dr Dave Rothery on volcanoes and more at ASE Conference

Dr Dave Rothery will give the EARTH ESTA/ESEU Keynote Lecture at the ASE Annual Conference in Liverpool in January.

He will talk about dealing with volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis in broadcast news, covering his experiences on BBC, ITN, Sky News, Al Jazeera and Talk Sport, among others.

He has been a Senior Lecturer in the Open University Department of Earth Sciences since 1994, and before that was a Lecturer there. During 1999-2004 he was Director of Teaching and Geosciences Programme Director. Dave has also been Leader of the IAVCEI Commission on Remote Sensing, and in 2005 was appointed to the PPARC Solar System Advisory Panel and the BepiColombo Oversight Committee.

In May 2006 he was appointed UK Lead Scientist on Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer, which is the only UK Principal Investigator instrument on BepiColombo, the European Space Agency mission to Mercury to be launched in 2014.

Dave chairs ESA's Mercury Surface and Composition Working Group. He is also a member of the Science Advisory Panel for C1XS , the X-ray spectrometer on Chandrayaan-1 (launched 22 Oct 2008).

In 2006-7 Dave Rothery served on the ESSC/ESF Ad Hoc Group on Definition of a science-driven European scenario for space exploration. His research interests centre on the study of volcanic activity by means of remote sensing, and volcanology and geoscience in general on other planets.

Currently Dave Rothery is an 'expert' contributing to the BBC-Open University co-produced science series Bang Goes the Theory. He has been the Academic Consultant on various other Open University broadcast projects, notably Journeys from the Centre of the Earth, Stardate, and Beginners' Guide to the Cosmos - on some of which he has also appeared.

He has also appeared on BBC TV and radio news, ITN, Channel 4 news, Sky TV News, Al Jazeera English News, The South Bank Show, and various BBC Radio 4, 5 and World Service science magazine programmes, usually in connection with planetary science, volcanoes or earthquakes. Dave has also been a guest several times on The Sky at Night.

Hear him speak on Thursday 5 January from 11.30 – 12.30 in the Chemistry Building.