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 will be 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, and this event provides an opportunity to learn from the experts, including leading scientists and engineers, about how it contributes to understanding the Earth.

Join us and take a look around the Lyell Centre, from the comfort of your armchair!

The following will be available over the Doors Open Days weekend. You will be able to choose from the following list and watch as many as you would like.

Introduction to the Lyell Centre

  • 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.)

Behind the scenes tours - available any time over this weekend.

  • 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
    (Please note that this will also be available after this time slot but will not be live).
  • Webinar (prerecorded) - ‘Drilling into 1000oC magma in Krafla, Iceland’ with Professor John Ludden CBE, Bicentennial Research Professor (Environmental Governance and Diplomacy)
  • Webinar (prerecorded) - ‘What is happening with oxygen in the ocean?' with Associate Professor Dr Babette Hoogakker

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