Happy birthday Foundation - a celebration meeting of the first year
The Devonshire Building, an architectural gem at the heart of the Newcastle University campus with an innovative rainwater recovery system, was last week the venue for the first year celebration of the Enviresearch Foundation.
The Foundation was launched at the end of 2014 to support research into sustainable chemical safety and agriculture and promote science education to all, in particular, school aged children.
All four recipients of the Enviresearch Foundation Travel Award attended and presented both the research they undertook with their awards and to give some great stories about their experience of visiting a foreign research group. Some highlights included:
- the wonderful, functioning urban greenhouse that Elisa and Mohammad visited in Spain;
- the shock that Badruddeen had when faced with a 130 page laboratory health and safety manual written in Italian before starting his laboratory studies on extracting pollutants from sediments;
- and the courage and commitment of Ailsa to overcome injury and delays to make the best use of her opportunity to visit some leading researchers in the field of agricultural ecology in Sweden to develop a policy tool for use in land management.
Not only will the research being done by the recipients of the award lead to improved understanding of the agriculture and chemical industries in which we work, but also provide innovative ways to improve yield and potentially mitigate for those substances of concern in the environment.
The meeting was also an opportunity for the launch of the awards for the coming year:
- Enviresearch Travel Award 2016
- Community Foundation Awards 2016
Badruddeen Sani delivering his presentation on his research into the sorption of magnetic biochars conducted in Milan, Italy.
Dr Ailsa McKenzie talking about land-sparing vs. land-sharing: can we manage land to both optimise food production as well as maintain biodiversity and ecosystem function?
Dr Mohammad Royapoor talking animatedly about climatic fluxes in the urban greenhouse he visited with support from the Enviresearch Travel Award at the HQ of the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology in Barcelona.
Dr Elisa Lopez-Capel outlining her options for the management of plant solid waste from urban greenhouses.