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Freshwater research challenges sought for the FRESH CDT

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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.


Fellowship Success

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📥  Coastal and ocean engineering, Water, Environment and Infrastructure Resilience, Wessex Water

Two members of staff at the University of Bath have recently been awarded Fellowships from NERC.

Dr. Ilaria Prosdocimi from the Department of Mathematical Sciences has been awarded a Industrial Innovation Fellowship with a project titled "Developing Innovative Flood Frequency Estimation for a Resilient nation (DIFFER)". ​ The project aims at developing innovative statistical methods to estimate flood risk across the UK based on existing but under-utilised records, with a special focus on the identification of possible increases in flood frequencies in the recent years. The project will rely on the collaboration with governmental and industry partners.

Dr. Danielle Wain from the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering has been awarded a Industrial Mobility Fellowship with a project titled "Stirring things up: Do surface mixers in drinking water reservoirs improve water quality?". The project will focus on turbidity in raw water and will be a combined field and modelling project on Durleigh Reservoir with Wessex Water.