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Educational guest speaker for schools

School talks from an experienced guest speaker

Guest speaker giving talks for schools David is a school classroom guest speaker offering a range of illustrated educational talks for schools and colleges that help enhance subject teaching, entertain, or provoke deeper thinking on an issue. David is well placed to see the educational value of his talks, and to extract the key points. David can provide school talks on a variety of travel, environmental, and geographical themes, bringing together ideas gleaned from a wide range of experiences. He has been used often for enrichment days and can also provide an assembly talk which includes slides that also act as a taster for the talks later in the day.


Keeping costs down, and getting value for money

David will often be able to visit a school while he is in the area for another speaking engagement, thereby significantly reducing travel expenses. As travel is usually the most time consuming and expensive part of a school visit, David's attitude is that once he is there he should be used as much as possible. The King Edward VI school, for example, used David to deliver talks throughout the school day on Montserrat, Iceland, Pompeii, climate change, volcanoes, and ocean floor research. Harrow School, and the Royal Masonic School for Girls, used David to deliver an abbreviated version of his Montserrat talk to four geography classes as part of their curriculum studies, before giving a whole school talk in the evening.

A selection of insightful geographical talks for schools

Antarctica: a continent for science

Antarctic environmental science has loomed large in David's professional life. Ozone depletion, climate change and plate tectonics have all given up secrets to scientists studying in one of the harshest environments in the world. Recently returned from Antarctica, he explores it with world class environmental scientists and explores why it is so important to our understanding of the planet and what the future might hold.

Iceland and plate tectonics

Iceland is a fantastic natural laboratory where exciting earth processes can be observed. Using his experience as an Icelandic guide, coupled with his geology background, David shows what the country can teach us about modern plate tectonic and volcanic processes.

Surviving volcanic Montserrat

In 1995 David was catching bats and snakes on a conservation project when the volcano started erupting and evacuations were declared. This talk gives insights into how science fieldwork is conducted (and the difficulties and sampling strategies), the initial social impacts on the population, as well as looking at how geographers assess volcanoes and produce hazard maps to help with the evacuations that David witnessed.

Return to Montserrat: reclaiming paradise

Sixteen years after he witnessed the first eruptions that turned the island upside down, David returned to see how the island has changed. The people are still just as friendly but the airport and the capital are now destroyed and two thirds of the island is now an exclusion zone. This has caused a huge upheaval in life and society and in this talk David shares his insights into the impacts and adaptations. (As featured on Radio 4's 'Excess Baggage' travel programme)

Exploring the Pacific sea floor ('The ship with a hole in it')

David accompanied an expedition in the Pacific on the marine research ship JOIDES Resolution. This is part of the international program that started in 1968 to explore the seafloor. It has contributed to a greater understanding of plate tectonics and climate change. Come on board and learn what it's like to conduct scientific research in one of the most difficult environments in the world.

Vesuvius: past and future eruptions

Using his expertise as a guide to Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius, David looks at why the area is so volcanically active, the impacts and adaptations of past eruptions, and the plans for evacuating the most volcanically dangerous area in the world when Vesuvius next erupts. David uses his knowledge of other volcanic areas to provide additional insights.

A selection of environmental talks for schools

As an experienced university environmental science lecturer, David tackles important issues in a topical and entertaining way, fusing a deep subject knowledge with practical examples based on his travels.

Our Energy Future

His most popular environmental talk, receiving rave reviews. It looks at how we satisfy our needs for energy, what goes wrong when we fail, sustainability, and what are the ethical and moral dilemmas involved.

Climate change

David has university lectured on environmental issues for many years. His climate change talk examines impacts, measuring environmental change, and how evidence is collected and interpreted. The fascinating detective work of proxy data gathering is also looked at.

The End of Nature

Is there anywhere on Earth where one can be sure that one is experiencing nature unaltered by our activities? If not, does it matter? In this talk David will explore the idea that nature is no longer an unchanging, absolute entity that is larger than us and will always be there to sustain, console and awe inspire us.

Living with the Environment

To what extent should jobs come before the environment e.g. threatened species? Does a concern for the environment damage a national economy or enhance it? This talk looks at how we place a value on the environment.

Expeditions

As the university expeditions advisor for the Royal Geographical Society, David advised countless expeditions, helping to ensure they raised funds, were safe, and achieved their objectives. He wrote an expedition planning guide for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, and the latest edition is available via his expedition planning page. He has been a leader on two expeditions for the British (Schools) Exploring Society.

One of the most appreciated speakers for schools

"Many thanks for an exceptionally stimulating and enriching day. The talks were first class. I particularly enjoyed being taken on the Antarctic and Montserrat journeys! See you back here in the future."
Kevin Richards, Head of Geography, Marlborough College
"David's visit to Balshaw's High School was invaluable to the Key Stage 4 pupils he presented to on the subject of Montserrat. They were genuinely inspired by his stories, insights and wide ranging coverage of issues affecting the island as a result of the eruptions. David's professionalism, wit and in depth knowledge of his subject were appreciated by the pupils who were lucky enough to attend the day talks, but also by members of the public who came to the evening lecture. A fantastic day, something I would happily repeat every year!"
Mrs M Brierley, Curriculum Leader for Geography, Balshaw's CE High School
"David inspired our Year 8 and 9 pupils with his vivid account of life in the bush in Botswana. Our pupils now know how to survive close encounters with elephants, hyenas and lions and what a struggle it is for survival in an arid environment. This talk fitted in so perfectly with the work the pupils are currently covering on sustainability and conservation issues. David's account of his experiences in his recent expedition to Antarctica in 2013 were shared so knowledgeably with our A-level Geographers. The horrific smell of penguin guano, the ice carved landscapes and the evidence for climate change gripped the student's imaginations. David then delivered a hugely thought provoking lecture to the Sixth form on our energy future, a topic that is incredibly useful for physics, economics, general studies and Geography students. The climax of the day was the evening lecture to parents and pupils on the volcanic eruption on Montserrat . The audience was enthralled and entertained by David's hilarious stories of tree frog and snake capture as he explained the biodiversity work he was involved in when the volcano erupted. His account of the impacts of the eruption and the responses to the disaster was truly memorable. David is a wonderful speaker who manages to pitch the talk so cleverly to his audience so that every age group were thoroughly engrossed. We very much hope that David will be able to revisit Westholme School in the future."
Caroline Buckley, Head of Geography, Westholme School
"I am writing to thank you once again for the outstanding talk you gave here on The Grand Canyon. Many students have commented on the lecture since last Tuesday - they clearly found it as inspiring and exhilarating as I did. Your commentary really brought home the uniqueness of the place. Your use of anecdotes and humour was greatly appreciated by us all, and I thought one of the most important features of the talk was the invitation to consider the broader environmental issues."
John Allinson, Senior Master and Head of Sixth Form, Leighton Park School
“David Edwards' lectures on Montserrat and Antarctica were thoroughly enjoyable and brought to life both through fantastic photographs and film clips and his humorous and educational style. I would recommend David without hesitation if you are looking to inspire your students about the world."
Dr Liz Brown, Chair of the York and District Branch of the Geographical Association and Head of Geography at Bootham School, York
“Many thanks for an excellent day of lectures at all levels. We very much appreciated your clear, good humoured and detailed presentations and your conversation and stories.”
Kevin Richards, Head of Geography, Marlborough College


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