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Freshwater research challenges sought for the FRESH CDT

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📥  FRESH CDT

In September 2017, the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Freshwater Biosciences and Sustainability (FRESH CDT) was awarded (£2M) to the GW4 Water Security Alliance, together with its partners BGS and CEH. The FRESH CDT is now starting up, with the most important task to recruit students for the first cohort, coming in in October 2018.

The FRESH CDT will deliver 12 studentships will be available in the first round, including 3 for Bath. We will start advertising projects on 1 January 2018.

Our proposal considered the full process of co-designing and co-creating the PhDs with you our stakeholder community, via a series of engagement workshops. However, timing is against us for the Oct 2018 cohort intake as other institutions are already advertising potential projects. While PhD studentships will only commence in October 2018, we hope to start advertising potential projects by the end of year.

We are looking for projects in four themes:

  1. Quantify and manage emerging risks to freshwaters that stem from changing patterns in behaviours, demography, governance or climate
  2. Develop and test next generation tools for assessing and monitoring ecosystems and ecosystem services
  3. Tackle extinction and impairment in freshwater ecosystems
  4. Create integrated solutions to manage ecosystem service sustainability for people and ecosystems

We think this CDT and its research opportunities are of interest to many organisations and companies in the water field. We would be very much interested to engage with you on research in the abovementioned areas.

  • We would be grateful if you could please suggest one or several research challenge questions (maximum 5-10 lines) that you consider relevant to your organisation. All will be circulated to our community of more than 200 water researchers and we will facilitate them in getting back to you to start refining any potential research project.
  • Could you also please provide any potential co-supervisors from your organisation and/or the most appropriate contact for us to liaise with.

All projects will have to be submitted for approval to the FRESH CDT panel before the 1st January 2018.

For more information, contact Jan Hofman or the FRESH team in Cardiff.

 

Sources, fluxes and biological effects of microplastics in freshwater ecosystems

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📥  GW4, Water Security Alliance

You are invited to attend a one-day workshop of lightning talks, breakout sessions and networking, hosted by the GW4 Water Security Alliance at Cardiff University.

The aim of the day is to draw on evidence available from marine systems as well as emerging evidence of microplastics in freshwaters and to gauge support for a possible submission to the NERC SPAG for community support on this subject.

Confirmed speakers include Richard Thompson (Plymouth University), Tamara Galloway (University of Exeter), Charles Tyler (University of Exeter), Isabelle Durance (Cardiff University), Alice Horton (CEH), Fred Windsor (Cardiff university) and Katie Whitlock (Environment Agency).

The event is free and travel expenses for staff across GW4 will be reimbursed.

When: Tuesday 13th November 2017 between 10am and 3pm

Where: University of Cardiff

Contact: Register for the event

 

Smart Water Workshop

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📥  GW4, Water Security Alliance

You are invited to join the GW4 Water Security Alliance for a half-day community-building workshop exploring smart water technology and how related engineering solutions can help make our water systems and cities smarter, for improved quality of life.

Confirmed speakers include: Dr Michele Romano (United Utilities), Dr Ivan Stoianov (Imperial College London) and Prof. Zoran Kapelan (Head of Water and Environment Group, University of Exeter).

The event is free and travel expenses for staff across GW4 will be reimbursed.

When: Tuesday 24th October 2017 between 10am and 3pm

Where: The Upper Lounge, Reed Hall, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter (Building No. 14 on the Campus Map)

Contact: To register please contact Debbie Ford

 

WISE CDT overview in Water Active

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📥  Water Active, WISE CDT

Dr Tom Arnot, a Co-Director, provides an overview of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Water Informatics: Science and Engineering (WISE) in the latest issue of Water Active. The Centre is a newly funded and innovative research venture between the GW4 alliance universities: University of Bath, University of Bristol, Cardiff University and the University of Exeter. It has been created to meet the growing need for engineers and scientists capable of working at the interface of traditionally separate informatics, science and engineering disciplines, in order to manage the water cycle effectively and sustainably.

Water Active is the UK's leading water industry monthly magazine and has the highest number of readers in the water industry. This article continues the monthly series of features by researchers in the Water Innovation and Research Centre at the University of Bath (WIRC @ Bath).

Read the full article written by Dr Tom Arnot on page 14 in the June issue.

 

Researchers to use algae to clean up mine water

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📥  Waste water collection and treatment

We can announce today that our researchers are part of a ground breaking GW4 research project that aims to clean up water from a Cornish tin mine, using algae to harvest the precious heavy metals and produce biofuel at the same time.

mine-waterGW4 is the South West Research Alliance that brings together the South West and Wales’ four leading, research-intensive universities: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.

Researchers from all four universities, in collaboration with Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) are now working with the Coal Authority and Veolia to take untreated mine water samples from Wheal Jane tin mine in Cornwall into the laboratory and grow algae in them. The research will explore whether algae is effective in removing materials such as arsenic and cadmium from the mine water.

Researchers will then look to convert the algae into a solid from which it’s expected that precious heavy metals can be extracted and recycled for use in the electronics industry. The remaining solid waste will then be used to make biofuels.

You can read more about this project here: http://www.bath.ac.uk/research/news/2014/12/05/mine-water-clean-up/