See you at Paddle Round the Pier 2018

It looks like it’s going to be a glorious weekend for this year’s Paddle Round the Pier; the largest beach festival in Europe. And our university is proud to be one of the sponsors. 

There’ll be a University of Brighton lecture theatre at the event, hosting a number of talks, including some familiar faces from our school. Come along and see Dr James Ebdon and Dr Diogo Gomes Da Silva at 11am on Saturday who’ll be talking “Bugs, Beaches and Belly Aches – a microbiologists eye-view on recreational water quality”, and Dr Kirsten Jenkins who will be discussing the potential for renewable energy transition in her talk “as strong as the sea: renewable energy potential on the South Coast”.

Come along and join in the fun from water, street and urban sports to live music and more. Paddle Round the Pier 2018 is happening this weekend, 7 and 8 July, on Hove Lawns. See you there!

Exploring Environmental Challenges

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Young students will be allowed to build water filters, investigate the structure of rocks, measure the quality of the air they breathe and even build their own glacier.

The hands-on experiences are being offered by University of Brighton scientists at the South of England Showground this week.

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Undergrad research shows impact of microplastic on mussels

Microplastics were present in all of 188 mussel samples in the River Ouse, a new study by Megan Fitzpatrick, a final year Geography BA(Hons)  student here at the University of Brighton.

Megan, who is in her final year, undertook the field research for her dissertation project. And along with Dr Corina Ciocan gave her expert view of the microplastic polution problem in a BBC South East news item.

She described the results of her work as “very shocking” and warned about the dangers facing humans who eat Sussex shellfish.

Megan carried out her investigation at Piddinghoe in the Lewes district, a site known for its poor water quality.

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National award for our school

A commitment to promote the careers of women has won the University of Brighton’s School of Environment and Technology (SET) a national award.

SET has received a Bronze Award from the Equality Challenge Unit’s Athena SWAN Charter which was established in 2005 to encourage efforts to advance women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.

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Ecosystems are being degraded at an alarming rate

Professor Andrew Church, Professor of Geography and Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), was part of the global team of 50 environmental experts who launched four regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services that cover the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Africa, as well as Europe and Central Asia

 

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Undergraduate Ellie’s research opportunity

Undergraduate Geography BSc (Hons) student Ellie Crabbe (currently on placement at GE Aviation) had the fantastic opportunity of joining lecturer Dr Annie Ockelford on a research trip to the Cascades National Park in America over the summer.

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