Women in environmental science, unite!

The first Women in Environmental Science (WiES) workshop was hosted by the University of Manchester last 13th of June. Dozens of attendants participated in this event; a vast majority of them were women, although the event did not discriminate any gender. Moreover, women from all sorts of environmentally-related backgrounds participated, from academy to industry. There were three main presenters: Dr Cathy Hollis, from our school … Continue reading Women in environmental science, unite!

ASM Microbe 2018

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to attend the ASM Microbe 2018 Conference from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), held in Atlanta, USA. Atlanta is an astonishing city well known for being the centre for entertainment in the South. The city is full of diverse museums such as the Atlanta History Centre, the Centre for Civil and Human Rights and the Martin … Continue reading ASM Microbe 2018

Community Festival 2018 – Life at the Extremes

On Saturday 16th June 2018, the University of Manchester hosted its annual Community festival. This was a fun filled event where we show cased all of our exciting research to the local community. A team of people from the Geomicrobiology research group ran a ‘Life at the Extremes’ stall located in Manchester museum. Earth is home to many different life forms. Humans require very specific … Continue reading Community Festival 2018 – Life at the Extremes

Microbes can retard the transport of radioactive nickel in nuclear waste disposal groundwaters

The formation of the alkaline cellulose degradation product isosaccharinic acid (ISA) that can form during the disposal of Intermediate Level radioactive Waste (ILW) has been known for a while. This chelating ligand raises concerns, as it can form strong, water-soluble complexes with a range of radionuclides, including Ni(II), Am(III), Eu(III), Np(IV), Th(IV), U(VI) and U(IV). Recent research focused on removal of ISA via biodegradation by … Continue reading Microbes can retard the transport of radioactive nickel in nuclear waste disposal groundwaters

Greater Manchester Green Summit

On Wednesday 21st March I had the chance to attended Andy Burnham’s Greater Manchester Green Summit at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. This was a fantastic opportunity to engage with stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds in discussions focused on setting a new environmental vision for Greater Manchester. The summit was opened by Andy Burnham and his welcome was followed by four presentations from key … Continue reading Greater Manchester Green Summit

Visiting the ALS synchrotron in Berkeley, California

In mid March, a Geomicro crew took a flight to the “Golden State”of the USA. My colleagues, Sul and Dawn, and I travelled to the Bay Area to visit the Advance Light Source (ALS), a synchrotron facility in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in Berkeley, California. This was my second visit to a synchrotron, after having the opportunity to visit Diamond Light Source in UK … Continue reading Visiting the ALS synchrotron in Berkeley, California

Science meets policy makers at a snowy Houses of Parliament

Dr Laura Newsome from our Geomicro Research Group recently had the opportunity to present her work for the CoG3 project at the Houses of Parliament. The meeting was hosted by the All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) on International Mining on behalf of the NERC SoS Mineral Resources consortium. Here is a link to a review she has written for the SoS Mineral Resources Blog: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/sosMinerals/blogs/housesOfParliament.htmlContinue reading Science meets policy makers at a snowy Houses of Parliament