Doors Open Days 2020 at the Lyell Centre, Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 September

Staff from the British Geological Survey and Heriot-Watt University who work at the Lyell Centre are offering free, online tours and talks as part of the annual Doors Open Days weekend in Edinburgh. All of this is virtual and accessed online from this webpage.

Lyell Centre Marine Operations

The Lyell Centre carries out world-leading research in land and marine conservation, geology and geoscience. We hope you enjoy learning about some of the work that goes on in the Lyell Centre from our experts and find out how it contributes to understanding our Earth.

Our videos and webinars can all be accessed below. Please choose from the following list and watch as many as you like! All are available at any point during the weekend, with the exception of the magnetic pole webinar which is live at 11am on Saturday 26 September.

Introduction to Lyell Centre research

  • Short interviews with Dr Tracy Shimmield (Director of the Lyell Centre); Prof Tom Wagner (Professor Earth System Science) and Prof Michael Kaiser (Professor of Fisheries Conservation) – hear about some of the interesting projects we work on.

Behind the scenes tours

  • Tour of the Marine Operations area
  • Tour of the Core Store
  • Tour around a lander



Webinar (live) with Q&A afterwards - ‘How the Earth’s field is created and why the North magnetic pole moves!’ with Ciaran Beggan, Geophysicist.

11 - 11.45am Saturday 26 September. Register in advance.

Webinar (prerecorded) - ‘Drilling into 1000oC magma in Krafla, Iceland’ with Professor John Ludden CBE, Bicentennial Research Professor (Environmental Governance and Diplomacy)

Presentation (prerecorded) - ‘What is happening with oxygen in the ocean?' with Associate Professor Dr Babette Hoogakker and team

If you have any comments, feedback or suggestions you would like to share with us after you have watched any of these videos and webinars please email Thank you.

Doors Open Days weekends are coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust. . They run throughout Scotland every September as part of European Heritage Days. For more information see or