Postgraduate

  • Clay Scientists of the world, unite!

    The 16th International Clays Conference (16ICC) began in the beautiful surroundings of the Carmen de los Martires, Granada, on a very balmy Sunday evening in July. This being my first major conference, I was unsure what to expect. Being the...

  • The Paris Agreement will succeed without the USA

    Alastair Marsh believes the USA’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is a reminder that populous, industrialising countries deserve more attention. To twist a common saying, there’s no USA in team. The USA has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement – an...

  • Live from the HIVE

    Some days experimental research is just adding data points to a developing time series but other days mark a turning point. Today is such a day Walls built; Mortar cured; Cavities closed; Time to turn on the taps! Well not...

  • The importance of being pretentious - Part Two

    In Part One of this entry, I argued how more pretentiousness could lead to better engagement between scientists and non-scientists. In Part Two, I’ll use myself as a guinea pig to give an example of how this might work in...

  • The Destruction of Memory

    Why is architectural heritage targeted in war? And what can we do to protect it? Based on the book by architecture critic Robert Bevan, The Destruction of Memory reveals the destruction wrought by instances of cultural genocide across the world. Through exploring contemporary struggles, including the...

  • Passive House For All

    The 2017 international Passive House conference was set against a backdrop of reducing carbon emissions in Europe and the need to divest from fossil fuels to meet both national and local targets. Energy efficiency is key to this and passive...

  • Drilling into polyurethane foam

    Continuing my investigation into the properties of both low and high density polyurethane foams and their suitability for 3D printing, the drilling resistance of test specimens was measured. Interfaces are a crucial element in 3D printing and the aim of...

  • The shed – a short essay on architecture and society

    Think the shed hasn't made its mark on architecture and society? Think again... Introduction A large proportion of talk from us researchers is about the value of our research, why it’s cool and how it could help sort out a lot of...