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The birth of an idea

Dr Alastair with a group of researchers

Prof. Alastair Martin shares his personal journey as a chemical engineer into RECIRCULATE, and how the idea of “safe digestate” is coming to life through the project. Roughly half of the world population- those of us who are lucky enough to live with water sufficiency- probably don’t fully appreciated how completely reliant we all are […]

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Science communication: You sabi say nobi evri bodi sabi speak did oyibo, Yen nyinaa enka brofo!

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In recognition of International Mother Language Day, Nigel Paul reflects on the experience of the RECIRCULATE team in addressing the challenge of science communication to stakeholders in their own language. Over recent months RECIRCULATE and its sister-projects have highlighted several “International days” relevant to our projects, and there are more to come. 8th March is […]

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A “Woman In Research”, and much more

A glimpse in to the lives of two RECIRCULATE women, and in to how RECIRCULATE is relevant to the lives of women across Africa Being a woman, a wife and a mother in Nigeria is a tough job. It comes with a lot of hard work and the need to balance different requirements and expectations. […]

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2020 Annual Meeting goes virtual

Photo montage 2020 virtual meeting

The RECIRCULATE 2020 Annual meeting, originally scheduled to be hosted by the University of Benin, Nigeria, was conducted as a series of online events due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Each of the RECIRCULATE research workpackage teams and the project administrative team produced recorded updates detailing activity in the last 12 months. The ACTUATE project also […]

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Turning Waste into Energy & Safe Fertilizer in Nigeria

Composite image of waste, digesters, compost and tomatoes

RECIRCULATE research at UniBEN explores new approaches to biogas production and the circular water economy The vital role of energy supply in the development of any nation is recognised by “Affordable and Clean Energy” being one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG7).  It is easy to equate ‘energy’ with access to electricity, and […]

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Spotlight interview – Professor Christopher Emokaro

Christopher Emokaro

Professor Christopher Emokaro is Professor of Agricultural Economics and Commonwealth Professional Fellow from the University of Benin. He has been Assistant Dean of Agriculture (2011-2014) and Head, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension Services (2013 – 2015). Also, Principal Research Fellow at LAPO Institute of Microfinance and Enterprise Development (2018 – 2019, on Sabbatical Leave […]

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Spotlight interview – Dr Felly Mugizi Tusiime

Felly Mugizi Tusiime

Dr Felly Mugizi Tusiime is a Biodiversity and Environmental Management specialist, with PhD in Environmental Management from Makerere University Uganda and University of Oslo, Norway; a joint Master of Science in Botany from Makerere University Uganda and Imperial College London UK, and a Bachelor of Science (Botany zoology) degree from Makerere University. She has 17 […]

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Waste not, want not

Lancaster & University of Benin research team in the lab

Research unlocking the potential use of organic “waste” for energy production and sustainable food production in West Africa  “Waste” is never going to be the most headline-catching topic is it?  Perhaps you would rather be reading about more high-profile topics with more obvious links to the sustainable development goals (SDGs)? Human health is on everyone’s […]

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The Acid Test

AD lab reactors

Research to develop anaerobic digestion systems to produce sustainable energy and a safe fertilizer for use in sustainable food production.   Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a naturally occurring microbial process combined with carefully designed engineering to convert human, agricultural and other organic wastes efficiently into biogas for use as a fuel. For instance, commercial AD systems use on–site industrial organic waste to generate heat and power. Other dedicated waste treatment units use […]

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Interdisciplinary research delivering “joined-up” solutions to multiple sustainable development goals

Victoria at work in the lab

Working together to find new strategies to eliminate human pathogens in organic wastes through low–energy cost anaerobic digestion.  Waste management is a major global challenge. In Sub-Saharan African countries such as Nigeria and Ghana, inadequate waste management systems pose significant risks both to human health and to the environment. The handling and disposal of human […]

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