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UC Connect: Why on earth would you drill into a magma chamber?

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Presented by: Associate Professor Ben Kennedy

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Magma is humanity’s final frontier. We have been to the moon, to the deepest oceans, but we have never ventured into a magma chamber.

In this upcoming UC Connect public lecture – Why on earth would you drill into a magma chamber? Award-winning educator University of Canterbury volcanologistAssociate Professor Ben Kennedy will encourage the audience to explore with him the different paths magma can take to the surface and the consequences.

“Technology has advanced in recent years allowing us to do experiments with magma that give us snapshots of the processes that occur during magma’s journey to the surface,” he says.

“These processes define whether magma becomes a sustainable energy source or produces potentially catastrophic eruptions. The only way to learn more is to drill into magma chamber in Iceland and build an open window into that chamber where scientists can observe and experiment on magma in its natural habitat.”

Associate Professor Ben Kennedy, of the UC College of Science’sGeological Sciences department, recently won the University of Canterbury’s highest award for tertiary teaching excellence, the UC Teaching Medal. An expert in Physical Volcanology, Associate Professor Kennedy says his research and teaching are “driven by a love of volcanoes and fuelled by experiments and projects that are fun, exciting and important to society”.

His research takes him around New Zealand and the world to volcanic hotspots, including Chile, Iceland, Vanuatu and Hawaii, to “work out why volcanoes erupt in various different ways”.

Associate Professor Kennedy has previously won a UC Teaching Award and an Ako Aotearoa National Sustained Tertiary Teaching Excellence award for sustained excellence. Over the last decade, he has developed an outstanding track record of teaching excellence and of effective and wide-ranging teaching leadership at UC and beyond. In addition to inspiring students in his undergraduate classes, Associate Professor Kennedy has supervised 21 doctoral (PhD) students, 26 masters students and three honours students.

UC Connect public talk: Why on earth would you drill into a magma chamber? Presented by University of Canterbury volcanologist Associate Professor Ben Kennedy, 7pm – 8pm, Wednesday 9 October – C-Block lecture theatre C1, University of Canterbury’s Ilam campus, Christchurch. Register to attend free.

Registration Opens 30 August 2019.

Early bird registration will commence four weeks out from lecture date and will be available until all places are full. A second allocation of tickets will be available 10 days prior to the lecture. If you do not manage to register, you are welcome to arrive on the day and wait for all available seats to be released five minutes prior to the lecture commencing.

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