NRN-LCEE Cluster Fellows and Students attend International Conferences

Recently, some of our researchers were awarded bursaries to present their work at international conferences. Below is a brief summary of their experiences. 

Dr Yangang Xing, Ser Cymru Fellow at Cardiff University as part of the Plants & Architecture Cluster, presented his research paper “Growing mycelium blocks as building insulation materials” at the 2nd International Conference on Energy Engineering and Environmental Protection, held 20-22 Nov 2017 in Sanya, China. The conference was attended by around 80 scientists from international universities and provided an opportunity to network with different researchers working in energy engineering and environmental protection. Yangang benefited from the discussions and feedback on his own research and in particular explored opportunities for collaboration in the materials sciences and indoor environments. As a result, the conference organising committee has invited Yangang to present a keynote speech at the 3rd International Conference in late 2018.

Mollie Duggan-Edwards, PhD student at Bangor University as part of the Resilcoast Cluster, attended the 25th Coastal Ecology Workshop at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. The Costal Ecology Workshop is an annual event that brings together researchers working on all aspects of coastal ecology and was a fantastic opportunity for Mollie to share her results and discuss ideas for future projects.

"Although participants were predominantly early career researchers, there were also a number of established researchers, including Tjeerd Bouma (Resilcoast partner at NIOZ) and Johan Van de Koppel. It was an honour to present my work in front of him, and to see him present. Coastal ecologists from all over Europe attend the workshop, including the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the UK. There were also participants from China, which was a great way to learn about Asian wetlands and establish international links" said Mollie about the event. 

The workshop also included a tour of the Research Institute and facilities in Yerseke, Zeeland and attendees got to see some of the ‘famous’ (in the coastal ecology world) experimental equipment, including the 18m long flume and climate chambers.

At the end of the workshop, Mollie, her Fellow Resilcoast PhD student Davide de Battisti (Swansea University) and PhD student Elwyn Sharps (Bangor University & RSPB) announced that they would be hosting the 2018 Coastal Ecology Workshop in North Wales.

Publication date: 14 March 2018