Coal tip management is justifiably a highly emotive subject in Wales following the Aberfan tragedy in October 1966. While some historical reclamation work has been undertaken over the past 50 years, the demise of the coal industry has left a legacy of disused tips with no legal obligations placed on their owners. Now EP Wales is hosting an event to ask what can be done about Coal Tip Safety in Wales. Join us live on Zoom on 20th Sept to find out more.
Meet the new Director of Environment Platform Wales: Andy Schofield who joins the team following a career in fisheries, conservation, land management and water quality. His appointment follows two years managing the GW4 Water Security Alliance. Read more about him here, including his hopes for the platform, his passion for Bridgend Hockey Club…and Finn, his rather energetic Labrador!
EP Wales Director Dr Jennifer Geroni has this month served her last week as EPW Director, after almost three years leading the platform and its membership community. Jenny helped to formulate and deliver EP Wales’ thematic conferences and supported community members to collaborate on funding bids and a number of workshops, consultation events and sandpits at membership institutions….
EP Wales caught up with Brian Royson Mayne, Chair of the Chartered Institute for Wastes Management, Wales ahead of his appearance at the All Wales Virtual Careers Fair. Brian reveals all about the CIWM, his ‘plan B’ dream career, what’s helped him through lockdown this last year…and his enthusiasm for extremely spicy chili peppers.
Speaking ahead of the first ‘All Wales Virtual Careers Fair’ on Monday March 1st, science communicator/presenter Huw James and Forbes Under 30 finalist Jessica Leigh Jones MBE have underlined how students emerging into the job market can gain a competative advantage by blending career passions, being agile and viewing their future careers as ‘jungle gyms’ rather than traditional career ladders.
All Wales Virtual Careers Fair – exhibitors and grads/students wanted! Environment Platform Wales has been working with other Welsh University Careers Services and UK’s student employability experts GTi group to deliver an ‘All Wales Virtual Careers Fair’ on March 1st (10am-3pm) and bookings for this event are open for employers and students. It’s a great way…
Large-scale Welsh businesses, micro-employers and organisations are being encouraged to join the first pan-Wales careers fair which is being co-produced by all Welsh universities and HEIs. Working together for the first time in partnership with GTI, the virtual fair will promote a range of opportunities, graduate schemes and pathways into employment open to students and graduates.
As part of our work to support the next generation of environmental professionals in Wales, Environment Platform Wales (EP Wales) is producing a series of bite-sized talks focused on careers and skills development. The guest podcast series feature early career environmental professionals from across the public, private and third sectors. Review the shows and enter a draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher in time for Christmas.
Register your interest to join us on Feb 16th 2021 for another live webinar marking International Year of Plant Health. Plants are the source of the oxygen we breathe, the food we eat, and ultimately of all life on earth. Despite their importance, we do not pay enough attention to keeping them healthy. The United Nations declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The event was intended to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, original programmes and partner events were postponed or cancelled, but EP Wales is shining a light on this important work and bringing some important discussion to the table through a Welsh lens.
Environment Platform Wales hosted a special ‘In:conversation’ webinar as part of Welsh Gvernment’s Wales Climate Week fringe programme. We welcomed special guest panellists from Cardiff University, University of Hull and Welsh Water to talk through their respective research areas before touching on both adaptations, mitigation, food standards, the circular economy and re-framing the climate debate using cultural learnings. Watch the panellists on catch up here.
Ahead of the ‘Resilience in the Welsh Uplands – an evidence perspective’ conference 14-18th September we catch up with Aberystwyth’s Reader in Upland Agroecosystems. Meet long-term collaborator, EP Wales steering committee member and Aberystwyth IBERS staff member Mariecia Fraser, who shares the highlights of her work with Pwllpeiran Upland Research Centre, her future hopes for the Welsh uplands and the wonders of mixed grazing.
Students from Cardiff University are celebrating following their successful submission to NERC’s COVID-19 Recovery Hackathon. The Hackathon called for environmental researchers, health and social science experts and data specialists to join an urgent sprint earlier this summer. Joshua Moore, Lucy Henley and Timothy Ostler from Cardiff’s prestigious School of Mathematics won the competition, we catch up with them to ask about their work and plans for the future.
As part of our Upland Voices project, we meet Barbara Jones, who has dedicated her life to monitoring and protecting the elusive Snowdon Lily. Only found on the steepest, most remote rocky outlets in Snowdonia – the alpine plant grows in only six locations. Facing freezing conditions, icy fingers and bruises is just part of the territory for Barabra, who leads the charge to montitor the plants at a number of microsites in Snowdonia. Despite being retired and the restrictions of Covid-19 on progress this year, Barabra is more determined than ever to bridge the communication gap between conservation and recreation.
As part of our Upland voices project, Mid Wales beef and sheep farmer Hywel Morgan shares the story of his family farm ar Esgairllaethdy at the foot of the Black Mountains. In this article, he outlines his concerns and worries for the future of farming and what it’s like to be a farmer in Wales in 2020. In the run-up to our Resilience in the Welsh Uplands confererence in September, we’re shining a light on seldom-heard voices currently living and working in the Welsh Uplands. Why not get involved and share your story, too?
Read more for our May news update from the team at Environment Platform Wales to find out about our fully digital conference exerience for Environment Evidence 2020 (Resilience in the Welsh uplands), how you submit a late abstract and get involved in the online event, about our Welsh Uplands photography competition & prizes as well as all latest news, information and opportunities for members and subscribers.
We meet the Aberystwyth University research chair on a mission to change the way we see, understand and react to landscape-based data. The digital data bank could change the way we legislate for, build on and use the land around us. Environment Platform Wales caught up with the professor during a flying visit to Cardiff with his research team.
As part of Environment Platform Wales’ first national conference specialising in Marine Evidence, we catch up with Kat Route-Stephens, Specialist Advisor to Natural Resources Wales on Marine Industries and Energy. We meet Kat to see what makes her tick and what she’ll be discussing at her session at the Marine Evidence (Wales) conference.