International conference attendance for NRN-LCEE Fellows and students

The NRN-LCEE encourages its Fellows and PhD students to present at international conferences. Recently one of our Fellows and one of our PhD students received grants to participate in two conferences:

Resilcoast PhD student Davide De Battisti (Swansea University) presented a poster at the European Coorporation in Science and Technology (COST) Action Meeting on linking below-ground biodiversity and ecosystem function in European forests, which took place in Prague in October 2016.

“The COST action meeting was a very profitable one for me. I received feedback on my work and, most importantly, laid the foundations for new collaborations and opportunities. My poster attracted the attention of Prof. Matty Berg, from the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, who works in a similar field. We discussed my research extensively, both during the poster session and dinner, and spoke about the possibility for collaboration next year. I was invited to visit his laboratory in May and we are keeping in touch by email, building the base for collaboration during the next field season.  

Furthermore, I had the opportunity to speak with several plant physiology experts, who gave me useful insights into which types of physiological analyses to use as my research project develops. Overall this meeting was very successful for me.”


The AGU poster hall - lots of posters, all replaced every day for 5 days!The AGU poster hall - lots of posters, all replaced every day for 5 days!

Geo-Carb-Cymru Fellow Dr Davide Gamboa (British Geological Survey - Wales) attended the Autumn Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco. He presented a a poster in a session specifically focused on carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects and experiments in Europe.

“My poster focused on a potential geological unit for CO2 storage on the East Irish Sea Basin. The conference also included other sessions on CCS on a myriad of topics, ranging from natural CO2 reservoirs to storage studies in saline aquifers and enhanced recovery of oil and gas, multi-scale studies ranging from seismic scale (my main area of expertise) through to small microscopic scales and much more.

Attending the AGU is to be exposed to such a wide breadth of scientific work – with about 25,000 participants and thousands of presentations. The days quickly filled up attending talks and posters on marine geology and basin analysis – topics that are closely related to CCS and crucial for understanding the evolution of offshore areas where major storage sites occur. I was particularly interested in work on a type of ‘geo-battery’ that would use CO2 injection and production for electricity production cycles, in work on faults and CO2 leakage and in presentations on basin-wide assessment studies in various margins.

All in all, it was a great opportunity to make my work in Geo-Carb-Cymru known to a wider audience, many from completely distinct scientific branches under the umbrella of Geosciences. This was probably the most enjoyable conference I have been to and I will surely consider attending in following years."

Publication date: 24 February 2017