Keynote Speakers

Keynote speaker: Professor Iain Stewart

Iain Stewart is Professor of Geoscience Communication at Plymouth University. What that really means is that he is a geologist that spends much of his time writing and talking about our planet – how it works, its volatile history and what all that means for those living on it.

As an academic Earth scientist Iain specialises in recent geological change. After undergraduate studies in Geography and Geology at Strathclyde University (1986) and a PhD in earthquake geology at Bristol University (1990), he lectured Earth sciences at Brunel University in west London until 2002. During that time his research focused on uncovering the geological traces of ancient earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis and understanding how these past events can help us address future natural disaster threats. Much of that work focused on the Mediterranean region and spanned historical times, which led to his first solo television series Journeys From The Centre of The Earth.

Today, Iain juggles his normal teaching and admin duties at Plymouth University’s School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, with a hectic mix of filming, public talks, school visits. Squeezed in there is still a bit of research, though these days it’s as much on geoscience communication as geohazards. He serves on the scientific board of UNESCO’s International Geoscience Programme and is passionate about promoting geoscience across the world. But as Patron of the English Riviera GeoPark, much of his time remains spent amid the fabulous geology and landscape of Britain’s south-west corner.

Keynote speaker: Sverre Planke

9:30 am, Day 2

Sverre Planke, CEO of Volcanic Basin Petroleum Research as (VBPR) and Professor II at the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED), University of Oslo, Norway. Geoscientist with research focus on the structure and processes of volcanic rifted margins and volcanic basins based on integrated geological, geophysical and theoretical methods. Co-founder of VBPR (1999; and P-Cable 3D Seismic (2007; Sverre holds a B.Sc. in geological engineering (1985) and a M.Sc. in geophysics (1987), both from the University of Utah, and a Ph.D. in geology (1993) from the University of Oslo. His research has been published in scientific papers (85), multi-client industry reports (26), patents (3), and geological field guides (16) (for details, see; search on Planke).


Keynote speaker: Amit Bhandari

3:45pm, Day 2

Amit has worked in the business media and financial markets for over a decade. He started his career with Economic  Times,  where he tracked the energy sector. He was a part of the start up team of ET Now, the business news channel. Amit  was  responsible for setting up India Reality Research, a new research outfit within CLSA India, a stock broking firm. He  has  also worked with Deccan Chronicle Group as the business editor for their general dailies. He holds an Masters in Business Administration from IIM- Ahmedabad and a Bachelors degree in Technology from IT-BHU.