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Into the Blue - CEH science goes on tour to Manchester!

Last week scientists from across the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology took part in NERC’s ‘Into the Blue’ public engagement and networking event held at Manchester Airport Runway Visitors Park.

Thousands of members of the public, of all ages, visited during the week of 25-29 October 2016. Three evening stakeholder events were also held for the wider NERC community from business, politics, and academia.

Presentation to the Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee at Westminster

Presentation to the Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee at Westminster

Professor Andrew Johnson of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) presented to the UK’s Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee earlier this week in London.

The Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee (HSAC) provides expert advice on how to protect the environment, and human health via the environment, from potentially hazardous substances and articles, including nanomaterials. It provides advice to officials and UK Ministers, including Ministers in the Devolved Administrations.

The most viewed CEH news stories & blog posts of 2015

To round off the year, an insight into the CEH news stories and blog posts you were reading the most in 2015 (in reverse order):

Our top 5 most viewed news stories (in reverse order)

5: Free app will help track UK’s dragonflies 
The launch of ‘iRecord Dragonflies’, a new app to help monitor the UK’s dragonflies and damselflies.

Introducing the International Year of Soils

2015 is the International Year of Soils and throughout the year we’ll be highlighting CEH research on soils. To kick off I’ve been speaking to staff working on two of our key soil science projects. Here’s what they had to say:

Dr David Robinson is based at our Bangor site in north Wales. He’s worked extensively on soil physics and soil monitoring, and his career has taken him all over the world, starting at CEH’s site in Wallingford in the 1990s and completing a PhD and then working in Israel, the USA and the West Indies, before returning to CEH in 2009.

Can environmentally-friendly farming also be productive?

Professor James Bullock of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is one of the speakers at this week's 2015 Oxford Farming Conference, held at the Oxford University Examination Schools from 6-8 January. Prof Bullock took part in the Smart Farming session, presenting research into agri-environment schemes, including the CEH-led Hillesden Farm project.

The most viewed CEH news stories & blog posts of 2014

To round off the year, a little insight into the CEH news stories and blog posts you were reading the most in 2014 (in reverse order):

Top 10 most viewed news stories:

10: Notable persistent floodplain inundation - January 2014 Hydrological Summary for the UK
The year got off to a very wet start.

9: Adult vendace, Britain’s rarest freshwater fish, found in Bassenthwaite Lake
Good news in the late summer for British wildlife

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