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The 2018 Research Experience Placements

Investigating the relationship between tree root biomass and soil hydraulic properties across soil types Based: Bangor University Project objectives: Increased frequency of flood events and a failure of hard-engineered solutions to prevent damage to infrastructure from extreme events has resulted in a surge of interest in natural approaches to flood risk management. Afforestation of the […]

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Special Issue in European Journal of Soil Science

A European Journal of Soil Science, STARS special issue, is being planed. Having formally launched the proposal at the STARS conference in January, editors Phil Haygarth, Guy Kirk and Davey Jones are currently compiling a list of provisional paper titles. Although time is short, it is not too late to submit suggestions. Volunteer papers comprised […]

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In Conversation: Thoughts on the STARS 2019 Conference

How does soil science link to future global challenges? Read this conversation between Harry and Alex, members of the third and second STARS cohort respectively, as they reflect on the first STARS CDT conference held recently. At this key time for STARS, we are at maximum capacity.  Students and supervisors were present from all 4 cohorts at the […]

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STARS legacy post advertised

This exciting new post has been established to help coordinate our varied outputs, providing a lasting legacy of resources developed by the STARS CDT, to support soil scientists and the wider community into the future. This is an exciting time for STARS, we are at peak capacity, with all student cohorts active and lots going […]

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2 scientists, 1 subject, 70 years apart

In honour of Johnny Johnston’s 90th birthday, a conversation about soil science has been recorded between Johnny and Emily Masters-Clark at Rothamsted. Both Johnny and Emily work on soil fertility, listen to the conversation to see how the focus has changed over the years. https://www.facebook.com/Rothamsted/videos/295154434372927/

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Successful Policy Placement with FSA

STARS student Heather Ruscoe has recently finished a 3-month placement at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Westminster. The position was based within the Private Office (PO) team who assist both the Chief Executive and Chair of the board. The purpose of the placement was to help with general tasks of PO but mainly to […]

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Dust to Dust: Redesigning Urban Life in Healthy Soils

Since the autumn of 2017, STARS PhD Researcher Dan Evans (Lancaster University) has co-led an international sustainable urban design ideas competition, charrette and exhibition called: ‘Dust to Dust: Redesigning Urban Life in Healthy Soils’. Dust to Dust began as an urban design ideas competition. Multidisciplinary and multi-sectorial teams were encouraged to develop solutions about how […]

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Piecing together the puzzle

In May, we reported that Alex Williams, had been accepted on the National PhD Training Programme in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Research. Read his full report on the experience here. The Medical Research Foundation invested £2.85m in the programme placing interdisciplinary research at its core. Alex shared a week in Bristol with over a hundred researchers working […]

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EGU Call for Abstracts

The EGU General Assembly 2019 is taking place in Vienna between the 7th and 12th April next year. The meeting brings together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting. A fantastic opportunity for learning, networking and developing further collaborations. STARS cohort 2 students are not only attending the conference, but a subset are […]

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REMEDIATE Conference 2018

Jack Lort reports on presenting at the REMEDIATE Conference in Belfast recently. I had the pleasure to attend the REMEDIATE conference at Queens University Belfast which ran on the 19th and 20th September 2018. REMEDIATE is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Initial Training Network for “improved decision-making in contaminated land site investigation and risk assessment”. The attendees […]

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