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Research Development Fund

The Research Development Fund was available through an open call until end March 2017, to support initiatives contribting towards teh development of the Welsh research capacity. Funding was available for workshops, events or other activities with the aim to support new collaborative research developments and/ or to expand opportunities for knowledge transfer and engagegement with stakeholders and industry. An overview of funded projects is provided below. Several activities funded through the RDF are still to take place in 2017 and 2018.

Funded projects

Global variation in saltmarsh biodiversity and ecosystem services. Meeting.

Dr. John Griffin (Swansea University); Dr. Martin Skov (Bangor University)

Location: Swansea University
Date: tbc in January 2018

Facilitating collaborative research opportunities between the National Parks and academic institutions across Wales. Conference.

Dr. Emma Hayhurst, Dr. David Lee (University of South Wales); Prof. Mike Bruford (Cardiff University); Dr. Geraint Coles (University of Wales - Trinity St. David); Dr. Kate Spiller (Swansea University); Dr. Paul Sinnadurai (Brecon Beacons National Park).

Location: Maesycwmmer
Date: 13 September 2017

Resolving scale discrepancies in evaluation of sustainable intensification pathways for dairy and beef farms. Workshop.

Dr. Dave Styles, Dr. James Gibbons, Dr. Alejandra González-Mejía, Dr. Rob Brook, Prof. Dave Chadwick, Dr. Helen Taft, Dr. Eilidh Forster (Bangor University); Dr. Andreas Foskolos, Dr. Jon Moorby (Aberystwyth University); Prof. Bridget Emmett (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology - Bangor).

Location: TBC
Date: September 2017

Renewable Generation in the Future Energy Mix (REMIX)

Dr. Peter Robins, Dr. Matt Lewis, Dr. Simon Neill (Bangor University); Prof. Nick Jenkins, Dr. Meysam Qadrdan, Dr. Reza Ahmadian (Cardiff University); Dr. Phil Coker, Dr. Daniel Drew (University of Reading); Dr. Emily Wallace, Dr. Nicolas Fournier (The UK Met Office); David Lenaghan, Aled Rowlands, Caroline Kluyver (The National Grid).

Location: Cardiff (meeting 1), Warwick (meeting 2)
Date: Summer 2017

Vertical Farming in Wales – Opportunities and challenges of co-location. Workshop.

Dr. Peter Wootton-Beard (Aberystwyth University), Dr Yangang Xing, Dr Amy Ellison, Diana Waldron (Cardiff University); Dr. Tim Patterson (University of South Wales); Jose Constantino, Susie Abson (Welsh Government), Grow-Up Farms Ltd, Pontus Aqua Ltd.

Location: Cardiff (Venue TBC)
Date: TBC in June 2017

Developing circular economy solutions using algae to reduce agricultural nitrate pollution and develop new feed products. Workshop.

Dr. Carole Llewellyn, Prof. Sonia Consuegra (Swansea University); Dr. William Stiles (Aberystwyth University); Dr. David Styles (Bangor University).

Location: Swansea (Venue TBC)
Date: TBC in October 2017

Redesigning Resilience: Ancient remedies for modern problems. Workshop.

Dr. Rowena Jenkins (Cardiff Metropolitan University); Dr. Geertje van Keulen, Dr. Thomas Powell (Swansea University); Dr. Matthew Lewis, Dr. Stephanie Wilson (Bangor University); Dr. Rhys Dafydd Jones (Aberystwyth University); Dr. Diana Luft (University of Wales) and Dr. Owain Roberts (National Library Wales).

Location: TBC
Date: TBC in 2017

Autonomous Learning from Big Data for Green Transportation. Workshop.

Dr. Changjing Shang, Prof. Qiang Shen, Dr. Xiang Li (Aberystwyth University); Dr. Steven Stockaert (Cardiff University); Dr. Shang-ming Zhou (Swansea University); Prof. Qingfu Zhang (University of Essex) and Prof. Fei Chao (Xiamen University, China).

Location: Cardiff (venue TBC)
Date: 6-8 September 2017

From Mice to Livestock: Exploring the potential of the gut-microbiome-brain axis regulation in animal production. Symposium

Prof. Jamie Newbold, Dr. Diego Moya, Dr. Sebastian McBride (Aberystwyth University); Dr. Dominic Dwyer (Cardiff University); Dr. Mark Holton (Swansea University) and Prof. John Parkinson (Bangor University).

Location: Aberystwyth University
Date: 24-25 April 2017
Further Information (PDF) or visit the registration page

Future Estuaries Workshop

Dr. Matt Lewis, Dr. Peter Robins (Bangor University), Dr. Fai Fung (UK MetOffice), Prof. Jim Freer (Bristol University), Prof. Tom Coulthard (University of Hull)

Location: Marine Centre Wales, Menai Bridge, Bangor University
Date: Spring 2017

IIGLOOS: Interactions at the interface of glaciology, oceanography and sea ice. Workshop

Dr. Yueng-Djern Lenn (Bangor University), Prof. Adrian Luckman (Swansea University), Dr. Tom Holt (Aberystwyth University) and Dr. Ed Blockley (UK MetOffice)

Location: Marine Centre Wales, Menai Bridge, Bangor University
Date: 28-30 September 2016
Further Information

Copy of event report

Proposal Writing Workshops for Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowships

Dr. Anne Howells (Aberystwyth University), Bangor University, Cardiff University

Location: 2 Workshops to be held in South Wales (Cardiff University) and North Wales (Aberystwyth or Bangor University)
Date: 4-5 July (Cardiff), 9-10 August (Bangor)
Further Information

Copy of event report

Future Energy Systems: from ‘Smart Grids to Smart Living’

Prof. Phil Jones (Cardiff University), Prof. Alan Guwy (University of South Wales), Dr. Ian Masters, Prof Stuart Irvine (Swansea University), Prof. Phil Bowen (Cardiff University) and Prof. Iain Donnison (Aberystwyth University)

Location: Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Date: 7 July 2016
Further Information

Copy of event report

Sensors and sensing technologies for effective land management: production agriculture and the environment

Prof. Dave Chadwick (Bangor University), Prof. Jamie Newbold (Aberystwyth University), Prof. Rory Wilson (Swansea University) and Prof. Bridget Emmett (CEH Bangor)

Location: Henfaes Research Centre, Bangor University
Date: 29 June 2016
Further Information: PDF copies of all workshop presentations are available here

Copy of event report


Two-Day workshop on Tidal Lagoon Research

A series of plenary presentations and breakout round-table discussions on: 1) Resource characterisation; 2) Representing lagoons in ocean models; 3) Optimisation; and 4) Short and long term impacts of tidal lagoons (power plants).
Dr. Simon Neill (Bangor University), Prof. Dominic Reeve (Swansea University) and Dr. Reza Ahmadian (Cardiff University)

Location: Marine Centre Wales, Menai Bridge, Bangor University
Date: 17-18 May 2016
News item on the event:

Copy of event report


Building New Bridges for Low Carbon Energy

A one-day symposium on CO2 Sequestration and Low Carbon Strategies for the Production of Fuels and Chemicals
Dr. Enrico Andreoli (Swansea University), Dr. Sankar Meenakshisundaram (Cardiff University) and Dr. Gordon Allison (Aberystwyth University)
Location: Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI), Swansea University Bay Campus
Date: 4 February 2016
News item on the event:

Copy of event report


Apps for Water Quality Monitoring workshop

A preliminary meeting to discuss how mobile phone apps could be used to improve our understanding of water quality, with particular reference to the Welsh environment
Dr. Liz Bagshaw (Cardiff University), Dr. Nathalie Fenner (Bangor), Prof. Jack Cosby (CEH Bangor), Prof. Mike Hutchins (CEH Wallingford) and Simon Browning (Westcountry Rivers Trust)
Location: Cardiff University
Date: Friday 29 January 2016


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