Latest Blogs

  • Geological research under extreme conditions: an expedition to Antarctica

    Dr Yani Najman joined 40 other scientists from around the world on an international expedition to research how climate change is affecting the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

  • Top tips on how to get your research in front of UK policy makers

    Innovation fellow Zoe Detko is inspired by a Parliamentary training session for young researchers, suggesting ways you can input your science into the policy making process

  • Society must de-energise as well as de-carbonise

    Professor Gordon Walker, co-director of the Demand Centre, argues that de-carbonising the energy system is vital, but it is not enough on its own to realise a just energy transition. De-energising has an equally important part to play.   

  • Volunteering as an endangered species monitor in South Africa

    Biological Sciences student Jenny Mitchell used a university scholarship to fund a volunteer trip to South Africa, monitoring wild dogs and other animals.

  • Getting under the surface of ‘Geoengineering’

    Dr Nils Markusson urges policy makers to look beyond the simplistic definitions and classifications of climate changing technologies to understand better the risks involved.

  • How ‘The Kigali amendment’ will help us all stay a little cooler

    Professor Nigel Paul, who was at the meeting which agreed the recent Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, explains why it will make such a difference  

  • Forget the FTSE 500: the Arctic is the real barometer of global risk

    Humans are naturally risk-averse. We try to avoid disaster zones, and don’t like to fly when there appear to be mechanical problems or heavy fog. However, often information about risk is incomplete, and sometimes we don’t even know the risks we’re taking until after the event. Even for thrill-seekers, identifying and managing risk is a prudent approach.

  • From Lancaster to Antarctica, via Amazonia

    Dr Amy Valach describes her journey from studying an Ecology degree at Lancaster University to becoming a research scientist working in Antarctica for the British Antarctic Survey.

  • Science on an ice shelf - working in Antarctica

    Dr Amy Valach, who recently finished a PhD in Environmental Science at Lancaster University, writes about her work as a research scientist at the Halley Research Station. Earlier this year she featured on a BBC Horizon programme about Halley, called “Ice Station”.

  • Save our soils!

    Soils are in a bad way and the Government is doing little to help - indeed its policies are making the problems worse, writes Professor John Quinton, welcoming the hard hitting report on soil health, published recently by MPs.