NRN-LCEE Cluster Fellows and Students Attend International Conferences

Recently, 3 Fellows and 2 PhD Students were awarded a bursary to present their work at international conferences. Below is a brief summary of their experiences. 

Diana Waldron, a PhD student within the Plants and Architecture Cluster (Cardiff University) attended the Diana Waldron speaking at the Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) International Conference 2017Diana Waldron speaking at the Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) International Conference 2017Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) International Conference 2017 from 3 to 5 July in Edinburgh, Scotland. Here is what she had to say about her experience:

“Besides 250 presentations by speakers from around the world, this conference offered an opportunity to network and to learn about sustainable design. Many of the sessions ran in parallel, and I delivered a well-attended oral presentation in the “Adapting to Climate Change” forum, entitled “Vertical Farms: Historic Development, Current State and Future Directions”.

I made a number of interesting contacts. One of them was Professor Mark Gillott, from the School of Engineering at Nottingham University, who has expertise in sustainable building design and renewable energy. This event was a great opportunity to meet with him and discuss his work in this area, as well as in the area of vertical farms.

Furthermore, I had the chance to discuss research with a number of other delegates, such as Professor Francisco Javier Novegil-Gonzalez, working on resiliency in Latin-America and Linda Toledo from De Montfort University in Leicester, working on energy and sustainable development. Overall this was a fantastic opportunity to network with a number of academics. I believe these contacts will help me in the near future with the development of my research."

Dr Jordi Pages speaking at the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, USADr Jordi Pages speaking at the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, USADr. Jordi Pages, a Research Fellow on the Resilcoast Cluster (Bangor University) attended the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, USA from 6 to 11 August.

More than 3000 scientists gathered in Portland, Oregon, to discuss their latest ecological findings. The theme of this year’s annual meeting was ‘Linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a changing world’. Jordi gave a talk on plant-soil-herbivore interactions in salt marsh ecosystems.

Dr. Andreas Foskolos a Research Fellow on the Cleaner Cows Cluster (Aberystwyth University) attended the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) 2017 meeting in Tallinn, Estonia from 28 August to 1 September. Andreas presented work conducted within the Cleaner Cows Cluster on two posters: The first was about the use of high sugar grasses to reduce the environmental impact of dairy cattle. The second was on potential effects of climate change on heat stress incidence and milk production of dairy cattle in the UK (a collaboration with the University of Leeds and Scotland’s Rural University). Here Andreas tells more about his experience:

“I received encouraging feedback on both posters and most visitors pointed out the importance of looking at more factors than just heat stress in climate change scenarios, especially climate-change effects on feed composition.

Besides the opportunity to communicate our efforts to a wider European and international audience, I had the opportunity to meet several colleagues and to discuss potential for future collaboration. The most important person I met was Prof Arsenos from the Veterinary faculty of Aristotle, University of Thessaloniki. Prof Arsenos is currently leading the H2020 project iSAGE (Innovation for sustainable sheep and goat production in Europe) and we discussed the potential to collaborate on our research results and future grant proposals.” 

Tim Ebdon, a PhD Student on the Quotient Cluster (Cardiff University) attended the 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC) in Cork, Ireland from 28 to 31 August2017. Tim recounts:

“Attending this conference was a valuable experience for me, providing an opportunity to present my work in an oral presentation entitled:  Modelling the effect of turbulent length scale on the wake of tidal stream turbines. This allowed me to show some of the work the Quotient Cluster has been carrying out, and to gain feedback from the international research community. It also sparked discussions and allowed me to exchange ideas and suggestions with other researchers working in the same area.

EWTEC is a conference broad in scope, covering all aspects of wave and tidal energy production. This diversity of interests led to me making important contacts with people carrying out field measurements – something that could prove valuable as validation for my research, as well as opening up other areas where the models which I research could be applied. Of particular interest were presentations by Merel Verbeek from the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, who presented findings based on wake measurements behind turbines sited in a storm surge barrier. Gregory Payne from the University of Strathclyde, presented work on measured fluctuations in power and loading on a model tidal turbine in a flume – a potentially new and interesting area to which my work could be applied.”

Dr. Diego Moya, a Research Fellow on the Multi-Land Cluster (Aberystwyth University) attended the Joint Seminar of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) Sub-Networks, on production systems and nutrition of sheep and goats, in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain from 3 to 5 October 2017.

Diego presented a poster on Multi-Land research on the effect of intake levels on rumen fermentation, digestibility, methane emissions and behaviour. The poster attracted the attention of different attendees, such as Dr Giger-Reverdin (INRA) and Dr Martin García (EEZ-CSIC). Diego had the opportunity to be introduced to different research projects highly relevant to his research, such as the Live Regen Farming Project: This investigates the implementation of regenerative practices (direct sowing with perennial species and legumes combined with grazing management) and measures their impact, combining laboratory and field methodologies accessible for farmers and technicians.

Publication date: 29 November 2017