SEED stands for Speedy Expertise, Exchange and Discussion. The format is simple: a series of short, TED-style talks aimed at bringing together researchers and students from across the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE).
On Thursday 15 January 2015, over 120 members of SoGE gathered in the Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre to listen to a series of exciting speedy talks. The leaders of the School's three research institutes and five research clusters provided overviews of their units' structure and objectives, and each was followed by a brilliant 'research highlights' talk given by a nominated researcher.
We were fascinated to see that Lasers in the Jungle can be used to map the Amazon basin in three dimensions. The Bunker and the Camp highlighted the ways in which the usage and meaning of a building shift over time, and our perceptions of drought were challenged in Mapping Drought Knowledges in the UK. We were plunged into the southern African interior several millennia ago during Deserts, Mega-Lakes and Ancient Humans, and learned that modelling Dust Emission Mechanisms in the Sahara is effectively Emission: Impossible. We were confronted with the conflicting impacts of Transport Biofuels and came to appreciate that Sustainable Finance does indeed boost business performance. Finally, we were taken on a brilliant journey exploring the links between Water Security and Global Change.
Photos from the event are available on the School's Flickr channel.
A playlist of all the talks is now available on our YouTube channel, or you can watch each video by clicking on the links below:
|Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Conservation research cluster|
Prof Yadvinder Malhi
|Lasers in the jungle|
Dr Alexander Shenkin
|Climate Systems and Policy research cluster|
Dr Sebastian Engelstaedter
|Dust emission mechanisms in the Sahara|
Dr Ian Ashpole
|Landscape Dynamics research cluster|
Dr Richard Bailey
|Deserts, mega-lakes and ancient humans|
Dr Sallie Burrough
|Technological Natures: Materialities, Mobilities, Politics research cluster|
Dr Fiona McConnell
|The bunker and the camp|
Dr Ian Klinke
|Transformations: Economy, Society and Place research cluster|
Dr Tim Schwanen
|Mapping drought knowledges in the UK|
Dr Catharina Landström
|Environmental Change Institute|
Prof Myles Allen
|Water security and global change|
Dr Simon Dadson
|Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment|
Dr Alex Money
Dr Michael Viehs
|Transport Studies Unit|
Dr Jennie Middleton
Dr James Palmer
The SEED event was rounded off with a buzzing crowd chatting over drinks and food. Our intention is to start bridging our disciplines and to spark collaborations, so the high turnout was a great boost for this fun and engaging series. The next SEED event is already in the works, so get ready for more excitement to come!