Workshop Meeting in Munich

Members of DISPERSE held a working meeting at the Ludwig Maximilians University Department of Earth and Environmental Science on 29–30 January, 2015.

The meeting was convened by Geoffrey King to discuss the results of recent work in the Kenyan Rift and plans for future work, and was hosted by Professor Anke Friedrich, Head of the Munich Department. Other participants in the meeting were Geoff Bailey, Matthew Bennett and Sally Reynolds (Bournemouth University), Simon Kübler (Munich), and Peter Owenga (KALRO – Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation – formerly KARI).

Geoff Bailey gave a brief overview of the DISPERSE project and the relationship of the Arabian and Red Sea research to the wider project agenda, Simon Kübler summarised the results of the most recent field research on edaphics, tectonics and large-mammal migration in the Kenyan Rift, and Matthew Bennett outlined the aims of the newly established Institute for Studies in Landscape and Human Evolution (ISLHE) at Bournemouth University, and the potential for international collaboration. Discussion focussed on plans for publication of the current results, and funding of future fieldwork and PhD training for Peter Owenga.

Photograph shows (L to R) Simon Kübler, Geoff Bailey, Matthew Bennett, Sally Reynolds, Peter Owenga, Anke Friedrich, Geoffrey King