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News from the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Reading Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:46:45 +0000
  • Meet our #UoRWomen!
    To mark International Women’s Day this year, we asked some of our brilliant staff to answer a few questions about their research, their career highlights, and their inspirations. Read on for a selection… Dr Macarena L. Cárdenas Research/teaching specialisation Paleoecology What made you choose this area? I am interested in the environment and particularly on […]

  • Congratulations to GES PhD students Anna Freeman and Rebecca Emerton for winning prizes in the 2016 Graduate School Research Image competition and Graduate School Research Poster competitions respectively. Anna Freeman Congratulations to GES PhD student Anna Freeman (supervisor Andrew Wade), who won First Prize in the Graduate School Research Image competition 2016, for her entry ‘Big world […]
  • Special Issue on Resilience in the rural Andes co-edited by Dr Giuseppe Feola
    The Andes present an ideal learning space to draw lessons on existing and emerging resilience challenges and opportunities. Andean people and societies have co-evolved with the unique high-mountain contexts in which they live, sometimes in altitudes of more than 3800 m. Although historical achievements including irrigation systems, domestication of cameloids (llama and alpaca) and crop […]
  • Professor Mike Goodman on the benefits – and drawbacks – of celebrity activism
    Professor Mike Goodman has been quoted by the Christian Science monitor in a recent article examining celebrity activism after Leonardo DiCaprio participated in a White House discussion on climate change. Research suggests that when people are exposed to a celebrity endorsing a cause, their main takeaway may not be the message itself but rather a desire to do […]
  • Street science comes to Oxford city centre this June
    Our very own Sarah Duddigan will be participating in this year’s Soapbox Science event on Saturday June 18th, talking about ‘What can a tea bag tell you about soil?’. Read on for more info about this brilliant free event… Over 160 female scientists will take their science to the streets of 13 UK cities across […]
  • GES Field Classes 2016!
    Over the Easter break more than 100 students and staff from the Geography & Environmental Science department set off to explore Berlin, Naples or Crete for their annual field classes. Topics discussed ranged from the social production of history, contested urban space and the ‘transition’ movement in Berlin; exploring the volcanic activity near Mount Vesuvius; […]
  • Reading student visits Madagascar with WaterAid and Scouts to help get water for all
    UK Scout Jack Abrey, a first-year Geography student at Reading University, has recently embarked on an adventure with a difference – travelling to Madagascar with international charity WaterAid to help improve access to clean water and safe toilets across the country. WaterAid works with the Scout Movement in Madagascar to campaign for water and toilets […]
  • Dr Shovonlal Roy delivers talk on ‘Space – the final frontier for biodiversity monitoring’
    Last week, GES lecturer Dr Shovonlal Roy delivered an invited talk at the International Symposium “Space – the final frontier for biodiversity monitoring?” held at the Zoological Society of London. The symposium brought together “leading experts in biodiversity monitoring and satellite remote sensing to discuss ways to better capitalise on this technology to monitor biological diversity globally”, […]
  • SAGES receives Silver Athena SWAN Award
    The School of Archaeology, Geography & Environmental Science has been successful in receiving the Silver Athena SWAN award, given by the Equality Challenge Unit. Athena SWAN was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to tackling gender inequality in higher education. It has traditionally covered science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines, but […]
  • Global Flood Awareness System Open Event on May 4th
    Professor Hannah Cloke and Dr Liz Stephens, in collaboration with the Walker Institute, are hosting an afternoon event to showcase the University’s work in developing and supporting flood forecasting capabilities globally. It is open to all University staff and students, plus participants from other organisations who are interested in flood forecasting. The Open Event will […]



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