The ESRs have already had multiple opportunities to interact and collaborate with the industrial sector, developing networks and exporting their knowledge. The first summer school was held at Queen’s University Belfast, over four days in June. The theme of the week was ‘Site Investigation, Sampling Strategies, and Risk Assessment’ and included two visits to Belfast City Council sites undergoing remediation. Neha, our international ESR at the University of Turin, originally from India, described her experience as “a valuable opportunity for future collaborations” and “a good way to develop close friendships”.
If you look forward to hearing about their study outcomes, next on the REMEDIATE calendar is the 14th International Conference on “Sustainable use and management of soil, sediment and water resources”, 26–30 June 2017 in Lyon, France.
Outside of my research, I volunteer for the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemists’ Community Fund (working name of the Benevolent Fund). Through this I was recently invited to become a member of the RSC’s Analytical Division in East Anglia and have already received a lot of positive support from fellow members. I believe it will be really relevant for me to engage with people that have been in the field for longer than I have and would definitely recommend other Royal Society of Chemistry members get involved with their local networks.
Finally, thanks to Soapbox Science selecting me as a speaker, I will have the chance to take part in the Milton Keynes event on Saturday 29 July 12 – 3 pm. Soapbox Science aims to promote the visibility of women in science, and challenge public (and academic) perceptions of who a scientist is. It is a fantastic event to be involved with and will involve training on public speaking, social media and blogs, plus of course spreading our love for research and science stories.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 643087.
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