09/09/22 9 September 2022 -
Dr Louise Slater
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Louise Slater honoured with 2022 AGU Hydrologic Sciences Early Career Award Each year, the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) Honors and Recognition programme recognises individuals for meritorious work or service toward the advancement and promotion of discovery and solution science. These individuals, in various career stages, represent some of the most innovative minds in their disciplines. The 2022 awards, announced this week, honour Louise Slater for her outstanding contribution to hydrology.
08/09/21 8 September 2021 -
Dr Louise Slater
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Dr Louise Slater awarded UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship Dr Louise Slater is one of eight Oxford University academics who have been awarded significant financial funding from the UKRI 'Future Leaders Fellowships scheme' that was created to help develop the next wave of world-class research and innovation leaders in academia and business.
10/06/21 10 June 2021 -
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Enhancing urban life and heritage: Nature-based solutions in the city 'Nature' is currently widely considered a threat to built heritage. But a new paper from Oxford, by renowned heritage expert Professor Heather Viles and colleague Dr Martin Coombes, maintains that both the real and perceived risks can be overcome and nature-based solutions (NbS) adapted to bring the benefits of nature into urban heritage environments.
27/05/21 27 May 2021 -
Image: Health workers explaining about Covid-19 from yurt to yurt
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Pastoralist-to-Pastoralist discussion on Covid-19 Pastoralists from Asia and Africa led a unique international discussion on April 19, 2021. This inspiring event brought together pastoralists from Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Mongolia and Tanzania to talk about their lives, herding and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The 'Covid-19 and Pastoralists - International Virtual Forum' was the first effort to foster pastoral debate and engagement across continents, and was organised by Drs Troy Sternberg and Ariell Ahearn.
24/07/20 24 July 2020 -
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Immediate action needed to stem the flow of plastic into the ocean, finds report A new analysis by The Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ, in collaboration with the University of Oxford, the University of Leeds, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Common Seas, found that the annual flow of plastic into the ocean could nearly triple by 2040. The release of this report coincides with the publication of 'Evaluating Scenarios Toward Zero Plastic Pollution', in the journal Science and co-authored by Richard Bailey (Professor of Environmental Systems).
18/05/20 18 May 2020 -
Prof Heather Viles
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Professor Heather Viles honoured with prestigious award by the Royal Geographical Society Professor Heather Viles has been awarded the Royal Geographical Society's prestigious Founder's Medal for her excellence in establishing the field of biogeomorphology.
09/03/20 9 March 2020 -
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OxRBL celebrates British Science Week in new series of blog posts Each day this week, you can read a new blog post published by the Oxford Resilient Buildings and Landscapes Lab (OxRBL). The articles will look at who OxRBL are, what they do, and the challenges they face in using science to conserve heritage.
21/01/20 21 January 2020 -
screenshot from the Finding the Heads video
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Finding the Heads: Oxford's mystery statues Central Oxford is guarded by statues of 17 unknown figures. What is the history behind the mysterious Oxford heads, scattered across the city? Professor Heather Viles and Dr Katrin Wilhelm explore who they are and how they came to be here, in this short video.
08/01/20 8 Jan 2020 -
Homo erectus skull (c) stockdevil/adobestock
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First human ancestors to leave Africa died out in Java, scientists say Professor Richard Bailey has worked on a project dating Homo erectus bones found on the Indonesian island of Java. The team's findings, published in Nature, confirm that Homo erectus - one of the most successful human ancestors and the first to walk fully upright - roamed the planet for 1.8m years
24/09/19 24 Sep 2019 -
Photo by Audrius Sutkus on Unsplash
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Mongolian mining boom threatens traditional herding For six millennia, Mongolian herders adapted to water and pasture scarcity but the rapid rise in mineral extraction means their adaptive strategies are being threatened by resource extraction. Dr Troy Sternberg and recent DPhil graduate Jerome Mayaud explore whether herding can survive mining in Mongolia in The Conversation.
18/06/19 18 June 2019 -
copyright History of Science Museum
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New, diverse sculptures added to iconic stone heads on Broad Street The 'Tomorrow's Oxford Heads' art installation was commissioned and organised in collaboration between the History of Science Museum and the School of Geography and the Environment, and was supported by the University's Diversity Fund and the Van Houten Fund.
03/05/19 5 May 2019 -
Oxford Stone Heads
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Oxford's Stone Heads: History and Mysteries 350 years of heritage will be explored through three generations of Broad Street's famous sculptures, in a new display opening on Saturday 4 May at the Weston Library. The exhibit, reconstructing the history of the heads right up to present day and showcasing heritage science, is the culmination of over 5 years' of SoGE research.
23/04/19 23 April 2019 -
Dr Jian Peng wins 2019 Remote Sensing Young Investigator Award
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Dr Jian Peng wins 2019 Remote Sensing Young Investigator Award Dr Jian Peng has won the 2019 Remote Sensing Young Investigator Award for his outstanding research on exploring the teleconnection between hydrological variability and climate oscillations based on satellite observations.
19/03/2019 19 March 2019 -
Ghent, Belgium
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New Oxford-Belgium network launched for heritage science and conservation The Belgian Federal Scientific Policy Office will fund a two-year initiative focused on fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange between the University of Oxford and several Belgian organisations. The network will enable expert meetings and knowledge exchange placements in both countries. Additionally, it will coordinate an international Summer School on heritage science and stone conservation in Ghent in August 2019.
30/01/2019 30 January 2019 -
Auto rickshaw in Bangalore
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Raising awareness of Botswana's hidden heritage Dr Sallie Burrough and Professor David Thomas together with Dr Sarah Mohulatshipi from the University of Botswana spent two weeks talking to community leaders, school children and local guides in the Makadikgadi region of Botswana. Through community meetings, school talks and open lectures they directly reached over 1000 members of the public, telling the remarkable story of Kalahari megalakes and the stone age people of the Makgadikgadi salt pans.
21/11/2018 21 November 2018 -
Photo of stone head in front of Museum of History of Science, Broad Street Oxford / Adobe stock
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Oxford University calls for artists to reimagine the stone icons of Broad Street A team of scientists from the School of Geography and the Environment have been learning about the history of the Broad Street heads - exploring the Bodleian's archival records, hunting for missing heads from the past, and testing the old stone to inform conservation efforts - however what does the future hold for these Oxford icons?
20/11/2018 20 November 2018 -
Photo by Scott Orr
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The mystery of the decaying "Emperors" It is hoped that a visit to the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Rutherford Appleton Lab will help scientists understand why the second generation of Sheldonian Emperors' heads decayed so rapidly. DPhil researcher Scott Orr explains his research, investigating stone samples using a specialist neutron instrument.
16/08/2018 16 August 2018 -
Namib Desert Adobe Stock image
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The Sounds of the Namib Desert Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson presents a journey in sound from dawn to dusk in southern Africa's Namib Desert and talks to Professor Dave Thomas about his experiences working in these desert lands. "If you climb up dunes on a clear day... and if you stay there long enough you, can see aspects of the world changing around you. They are absolutely spectacular places to be."
19/04/2018 19 April 2018 -
Photo of Dr Troy Sternberg of the School of Geography and the Environment
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How to ensure a sustainable future for the largest landlocked country in the world? Al-Farabi Kazakh National University and The School of Geography and the Environment have co-organised an international conference on 'Arid Lands: Environmental and social sustainability' in an attempt to understand the sustainability challenges facing Kazakhstan.
05/03/2018 5 March 2018 -
Photo by buntyworthy-AdobeStock, Creative Commons Licence
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The hunt to find Oxford's retired Emperor Heads DPhil researcher Scott Allan Orr talks to BBC Oxford about the department's efforts find and study all 27 of the Sheldonian's 'retired' Emperor Heads. Understanding how the figures have eroded over time will help improve conservation efforts for similar carvings, he said.
13/02/2018 13 February 2018 -
Photo by Richard/flickr, Creative Commons Licence
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Head hunters sought Professor Heather Viles appeals for information about Oxford's missing historical stone heads, which formally adorned the Sheldonian Theatre between 1669 and 1972. "The whereabouts of many heads from the earlier generations are known, but some have disappeared. We're on a mission to find them."
09/02/2018 9 February 2018 -
Photo by Lommes/wikimedia, [CC share alike 4.0 international]
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Possible impacts of China's "Silk Road" SoGE research is cited by the New Statesman, in an article that explores the potential environmental impacts of China's Belt and Road Initiative. Both Dr Troy Sternberg's paper, and a WWF-HSBC report that ECI-researchers contributed to, impress the need for urgent environmental impact assessment and monitoring.