British Science Week Virtual Event 5–14th March. Join Genoveva Esteban and Katie Thompson from the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences for our virtual event this British Science Week. We have lots of activities for you, your family, and friends to get involved in; everyone is welcome! From wildlife colouring sheets to a live talk with the The Linnean Society of London, there is something for everyone. All details can be found on our event website: https://bubsw.squarespace.com/. If you have any questions, please email me on email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you there!
Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council, in partnership with the South African National Research Foundation, will be holding a three day workshop on the above theme in the premises of the Oceanographic Research Institute, uShaka Marine World in Durban South Africa, on 19-21 June 2018. The workshop is being coordinated by Dr Luciana Esteves (Bournemouth University, UK), Prof Trevor Hill (University of KwaZulu-Natal, SA), Bronwyn Goble (Oceanographic Research Institute, SA) and Katie Smyth (University of Hull, UK) and will have contributions from leading researchers from the UK and SA (Prof Mike Elliot, Prof Andrew Cooper, Dr Ursula Scharler and Dr Louis Celliers). We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK or South Africa to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Newton Researcher Links programme. The application form, with more details on the initiative, is attached and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadline of 16th March 2018. The successful applicants will be notified by 23rd March 2018.
Coastal and estuarine ecosystems worldwide are under pressure from population growth, urbanisation and other land-based and marine activities. In the United Kingdom (UK) and South Africa (SA), coastal areas greatly contribute to the local and national economy by supporting key urban centres and industries (tourism, fisheries, ports). Climate change tends to exacerbate existing problems, including but not limited to flooding, erosion, water quality and resource availability, which can have implications on environmental quality, food production, water supply and human health. Ecosystem-based management (EBM) has emerged as an integrated approach for the sustainable management of the trade-offs between socioeconomic development and nature conservation. EBM requires a transdisciplinary understanding of the natural system, nature-human interactions, and how they change through time. The workshop will bring together researchers from SA and the UK to discuss how they can collaborate to support EBM through the development of long-lasting UK-SA collaboration and government-research partnerships. The workshop aims to attract researchers from the social and natural sciences to create the required combination of expertise to co-construct, advance and share knowledge to support estuarine and coastal EBM. The integration of scientific and practical knowledge will be facilitated by the participation of NGOs and government practitioners.
Activities will include a mix of scientific and technical discussions to stimulate capacity building opportunities through mentorship and sharing of experiences and knowledge. The workshop will focus on: identifying skills and knowledge required to enable research on EBM; the dissemination of good practice for the development of collaborative research (including equity and diversity in multicultural teams); and sharing information concerning funding opportunities. A key objective is to create long-lasting cross-sector (government-research) and UK-SA collaboration that facilitates research impact on policy and decision-making (i.e. to improve environmental health in estuaries and coasts and related economy). It is envisaged that participants, mentors and coordinators will identify opportunities for visiting fellowships, co-supervision and mobility of postgraduate students and stimulate the creation of formal training/degrees in SA universities in collaboration with UK researchers and SA practitioners.
Download the application form here:
According to an annual UK wildlife survey carried out by the BBC Gardener’s World Magazine, there has been a decline in hedgehog sightings across the country. 51 percent of the 2600 participants did not see any hedgehogs in 2016, compared to 48 percent in 2014. The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) stated that one of the major components contributing towards hedgehog decline in the UK is habitat loss and fragmentation, an ever increasing problem in urban environments.
So, what can be done to save the hedgehog? There are several actions people can take to help hedgehogs thrive again. Creating a wild corner in the garden, letting grass grow tall and encouraging the growth of native plants such as Meadow Foxtail, Cock’s-foot and Ox Eye Daisy will encourage insect life and with it hedgehogs. Breaking down barriers presented by gardens by making small holes at the bottom of fences helps hedgehogs to travel in between gardens, and leaving extra food such as meat-based pet food, mealworms or raisins will encourage hedgehogs, and this is particularly important during cold winter months when invertebrate prey is scarce.
Image credit: Gillian Day
When: Tuesday 7 February
Where: Café Boscanova, 650 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth, BH1 4BP
How well can you hang a picture frame? – Dr Sharon Docherty, Bournemouth University
Our environment is full of information that allows our brain to make decisions about whether or not we are in an upright position. How we interpret this upright position (vertical) is based on the combination of signals our brain receives from the visual (eyes) and vestibular (inner ear) systems as well as muscles and joints throughout our body (proprioception).
This talk will outline what we know about how vertical is perceived in different age groups and also how it can be affected by clinical conditions such as neck pain and diabetes
The post holder will provide expert input to the level 1 (Desk Based Assessment), level 2 (Survey) and level 3 (Intervention) aspects of the WMP and will plan and participate in on-site work, potentially at remote locations worldwide for extended periods.
Location: Purbeck Estate. Studland, Dorset
As a member of the Purbeck Countryside team, your role as our Coastal Change Engagement Officer will be the key point of contact regarding coastal and climate change issues. You will engage with local communities, other stakeholders and media representatives providing them with reactive and proactive communications keeping them up to date with our work, and involving them where possible in decision making.
The purpose of the role is to manage the development of the Acoustics business line and to provide management of the Acoustics team and equipment. You will market, tender, monitor export licences and assist project managers on all acoustic projects. In addition you will continue relationships with a comprehensive client-base through conferences and meetings to promote our marine acoustic services.
This job helps to ensure that the marine environment and natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained and enhanced in the present and for the future. The successful applicant will do this by providing expert advice and guidance on the management of the maritime environment, particularly in relation to marine industries to Welsh Government, UK Government, NRW management and staff
Location: Newquay, Cornwall
The Youth Engagement Officer will work within the Your Shore Beach Ranger Project team to engage with a diverse range of young people (16-24) and to provide exciting and innovative training programmes to both develop their personal skills, and also encourage engagement with their local Marine Conservation Groups.
Cafe Scientifique is a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.
On 6 December join us for our exciting talk: ‘Would you have your genome sequenced?’
Café Scientifique for December will explore how analysis of people’s genes can help scientists and doctors understand more about diagnosing and treating conditions such as cancer and rare diseases.
Events are run every first Tuesday of the month from 7.30pm – 9pm with doors open from 7.00pm at Café Boscanova (650 Chistchurch Road, BH1 4BP)
To read about the upcoming event please visit: https://research.bournemouth.ac.uk/cafe-scientifique/upcoming-events-at-cafe-scientifique/
The New Forest is widely recognised to be of international importance for wildlife. At the same time, the ecosystems of the New Forest provide many benefits to people, including recreation, rearing of livestock, timber production and clean water. This system has always been dynamic, and in many ways it has been resilient to environmental change. But how is the Forest changing at the moment? And how might it change in future, given current concerns about climate change? This conference will explore these issues, by presenting the results of recent research into the ecology and dynamics of the New Forest, focusing both on wildlife and the benefits provided by ecosystems to people, and the impacts of climate change. The afternoon session will include a discussion panel that will reflect on the papers presented, in which attendees are encouraged to participate.
Date: Thursday 25 October 2016
Time: 9.30am – 5pm
Venue: Lyndhurst Community Centre, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY
If you would like to register for this conference please follow this link. The deadline for registration is the 12th October 2016.
The provisional programme for the day is as follows:
09:30 – 10:30 Registration (with refreshments)
10:30 – 10:40 Welcome from New Forest Centre & New Forest Knowledge project
10:40 – 13:00 Session 1
10:40 – 11:00 Prof. Adrian Newton, Bournemouth University: “Impacts of environmental change on New Forest woodlands”
11:00 – 11:20 Paul Evans, Bournemouth University: “Ecological implications of beech dieback in the New Forest”
11:20 – 11:40 Dr Elena Cantarello, Bournemouth University: “Resilience of New Forest woodlands to disturbance”
11:40 – 12:00 Arjan Gosal, Bournemouth University: “Dynamics of ecosystem services in the New Forest”
12:00 – 12:20 Alexander Lovegrove, Bournemouth University: “Is condition assessment suitable for adaptive management? Results from New Forest bogs and heaths”
12:20 – 12:40 Dr Becky Spake, University of Southampton: “Similar biodiversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi in ancient and inclosure woodlands”
12:40 – 13:00 Discussion
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 15:50 Session 2
14:00 – 14:20 Prof. Russell Wynn and Marcus Ward, Wild New Forest: “Winners and losers: monitoring the changing fauna of the New Forest”
14:20 – 14:40 Dr Duncan Ray, Forest Research: “Projected impacts of climate change on New Forest woodlands”
14:40 – 15:00 Dr Chris Short, University of Gloucestershire: “Climate change and resilience: a collective problem solving approach”.
15:00 – 15:40 Emma McIntosh, University of Oxford: “Towards systematic conservation planning in the New Forest”
15:40 – 15:50 Discussion
15:50 – 16:15 Tea / coffee break
16:15 – 17:15 Session 3
Panel discussion, featuring representatives of local organisations including the New Forest National Park Authority,the Forestry Commission, the New Forest Verderers, the New Forest Association, etc.]
For all enquiries, please email Kath Walker: email@example.com
June 25th and 26th, 9 a.m.
Over this weekend you will be looking at the line of World War II anti-tank cylinders which form part of a Grade II listed group of defences. These defences were hastily erected in 1940 as the open and flat expanse of Pegwell Bay was seen as vulnerable to invasion. There will be classroom session where you will learn more about the site from Kent military historian Ron Stillwell, look at the CITiZAN project as a whole and the recording methods we’ll be using before taking a guided walk of the site and recording the cylinders and associated features at the northern end of the line.
The itinerary for the weekend is as follows:
Saturday 25 June
9.00am – 1.00pm: Classroom session at Cliffesend Village Hall
After tea, coffee and biscuits and introductions there’ll be presentations on CITiZAN and the history of the site. We’ll then look at the different recording methods CITiZAN uses and have a practice run of the scale planning skills we’ll need on Sunday. At 12.45 we’ll break for lunch (bring sandwiches, but we’ll provide tea, coffee, squash and more biscuits) and have an informal question and answer session
13.00 – 15.00: Field session
We’ll drive to Pegwell Bay Country Park car park and walk to the site in Stonelees Nature Reserve (c 500m). CITiZAN will cover parking costs, and has room in our minibus for those that need a lift.We’ll then carry out a walkover survey of the site thenfill in recording sheets and take photographs of the anti-tank cylinders and associated features. There’ll be c 15 minutes at the end of the session for questions and answers.
Sunday 26 June
10.00 – 15.00 Field session
Meet at Pegwell Bay Country Park car park and walk to the site in Stonelees Nature Reserve. CITiZAN will cover parking costs. We have room in our minibus for those that need a lift – we’ll be leaving from Ramsgate at 9.30. On site recording of the anti-tank cylinders and associated features to produce a scale plan and elevation drawings. Debrief with a questions/answer session and discussion about follow up work on the site and along the Thanet coastline. We’ll have a break c.12.30 for a picnic lunch: please bring sandwiches; we’ll provide squash and biscuits.
All attendees will recieve an attendance certificate and a CITiZAN edition Archaeology Skills passport
To sign up and for more details contact Lara at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07718 570384
Archaeology: From Dig to Lab and Beyond
Starts June 20th.
Join us at the University of Reading as we chart the progress of an archaeological excavation from dig to lab and beyond on this free online course.
Take a virtual field trip to the Vale of Pewsey
We’ll be showing you around our field school – a month-long excavation at the Vale of Pewsey, which is a relatively untouched site compared to its world-famous neighbours, Stonehenge and Avebury.
The Vale of Pewsey is an archaeological treasure chest and the jewel of its crown is Marden. Built around 2,400 BC, Marden is the largest henge in the country and one of Britain’s most important but least understood prehistoric monuments.
Every object has a tale to tell and we’ll investigate how archaeologists paint a vivid picture of what life was like in Neolithic times through the astounding assortment of discoveries made in this beautiful part of England.
No prior experience of archaeology is needed. This course is designed for anyone interested in studying an archaeology degree at university. However, anyone with an enthusiastic interest in archaeology is very welcome to join us too.
Marden Henge is the third ‘super-henge’ in Wiltshire, alongside Stonehenge and Avebury. In July 2016 there is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about prehistory and these enigmatic henges before a visit to see the site being excavated by archaeologists from the University of Reading.
Available on selected dates from 7 July – 24 July (excluding Fridays).
If you are interesting in bringing a group of 8 or more, then please contact us to see how we can help.
A specialist Archaeology tour which starts by exploring the award-winning galleries of the Wiltshire Museum. The Museum will also have a special exhibition about the excavations at Marden Henge featuring some of the finds from previous seasons.
After lunch there will be a guided tour of the excavations – with a chance to see archaeologists in action and to find out about the latest discoveries.
10.30 – Visit Wiltshire Museum, tea/coffee served on arrival. Museum specialist tour
12pm – Lunch at the Museum or a local pub
1.30pm – Depart for the archaeological site at Marden Henge with a member of Wiltshire Museum staff (duration 2 hours).
Book your place for “Excavating a Neolithic Henge” using our Yapsody event booking service (https://wiltshiremuseum.yapsody.com/event/index/30785?ref=elink)