The Thomas Hardye School Science Department has invited scientists from various organisations to contribute to a range of displays, competitions and interactive activities, to add to those provided by DASP schools and Kingston Maurward College, for it’s annual Family Festival of Science.
The University will be there hosting two activities; ‘Identify Animals’, teaching forensic archaeology techniques, and Dr Genoveva Esteban’s ‘Microscope Madness’, opening up the hidden world of aquatic life in ponds, rivers and lakes (financially supported by the Society of Biology).
The Festival takes place on Saturday 11th October 2014 between 1 and 5 pm, is suitable for all ages, with open access, free entry and light refreshments available.
You can find the full line up here and we hope to see you there!
Dr Roger Herbert from the Faculty of Science and Technology has been successfully awarded Fusion Investment Funding for the Bio-Beach project, in collaboration with Bournemouth Borough Council’s Coastal Activity Park.
The project will see academics from the Faculty of Science and Technology combining their ecological and engineering knowledge in order to pump-prime research on sustainable coastal development and improve public engagement in the marine environment. The team (made up of Dr Roger Herbert, Dr Bob Eves, Dr Ben Thomas, Dr Rick Stafford, Dr Genoveva Esteban, Dr Luciana Esteves & Ben Thornes) will be designing, making and installing novel structures to selected groynes and other structures on Boscombe Beach to provide refugia for marine organisms and to fulfil a variety of research aims.
Potentially, these structures will transform the groynes into intertidal reefs, with features designed to increase biodiversity; extending the intertidal range of marine organisms up the beach for the public to see. Next month we will be working with the AspireBU team and two local schools, Avonbourne School and Harewood College, who will be getting involved with the project. They will be designing and making their own structures to increase biodiversity on the groynes and will be monitoring their creations after installation to see how many organisms have colonised them.
Emma Jenkins (Archaeology), Genoveva Esteban and Ian Chapman (Environmental Sciences) joined other researchers for the “Meet the Scientists” event at Thomas Hardye School (Dorchester) to celebrate the National Science & Engineering Week (NSEW) – a ten-day national programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK aimed at people of all ages to celebrate science, engineering and technology and its importance in our lives. 450 Year 9 and Year 10 students talked to the 30 scientists that came from across the country, representing a wide variety of science disciplines to speed-network with students and inspire them with their knowledge and enthusiasm. NSEW 2014 takes place from 14 – 23 March, it is coordinated by the British Science Association and is funded by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
The new Faculty of Science and Technology has started the new year welcoming three new Erasmus students through the TECHNO 1 and 2 (Erasmus Mundus Partnership) and the Erasmus Practicals placements, respectively. Two of them are being hosted by Dr Genoveva Esteban, Conservation Ecology and Environmental Science Group: Hai Luu, from Tra Vinh University, Tra Vinh province in Vietnam has a Techno 2 studentship until mid June; Sara Giménez, from University Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, has a placement studentship for three months. Hai and Sara are working with Genoveva on unicellular organisms from freshwater habitats and from soils; these microscopic organisms can be used in the assessment and monitoring of water and soil quality. Hai says: “TECHNO project brought me a great opportunity to study in an advanced education environment. Also, I am really interested in research on single-celled organisms and hope to learn from Dr Genoveva Esteban’s experience”. Sara adds “This opportunity allows me to meet some fantastic people and get unique experiences, and on top of this I am getting fascinating scientific knowledge”.
The persons in charge of TECHNO 1 and TECHNO 2 at BU are Dr Demetra Andreou (Lecturer in Environmental Science), Dr Emilie Hardouin (Associate Lecturer in Conservation Genetics) and Mrs Heather Cashin (Senior Programme Administrator).
From left to right, Sara Giménez, Genoveva Esteban and Hai Luu at East Stoke Fen Nature Reserve near Wareham.
Santander Mobility Network Fusion Funds allowed me to visit King Juan Carlos University (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, URJC) in Madrid, Spain, a few weeks ago. After being hit by the parvovirus 24hr after arriving in Madrid I finally managed to pull myself together and visit Dr Marcos Mendez at the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation, who had arranged for me to meet the Head of the Department, the Head of the Postgraduate School, some academics and undergraduate students. I introduced them to (and left them with several hard copies of) BU’s Summer Schools and our Master’s courses; we also discussed placement opportunities for BU and URJC students. One of them (from URJC) will be visiting us in the New Year funded by Erasmus placement funds. Academics at URJC Department of Biodiversity and Conservation are extremely keen in receiving BU students to work on the wealth of terrestrial and aquatic conservation projects that are running in the Department.
Overall, it was a very productive visit and we now are exploring funding opportunities to develop further this collaboration. If you know of any student looking for a placement, URJC can offer a great opportunity… in the wonderful town of Madrid. Drop me an email (Genoveva Esteban, School of Applied Sciences – firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will get it organised.
This edited footage was not obtained from an aquarium but from rocks near Bournemouth Pier in Poole Bay during the summer of 2013. GoPro cameras attached to a weighted framework were deployed to depths of between 3-8m. Fish and invertebrates are attracted to bait fixed to a pole extended in front of the camera – a technique known as Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV). The method is particularly suited to areas where conventional traps or mobile nets are excluded, such as in protected areas or where obstacles create hazards for SCUBA divers. The data collected will be compared with video obtained from Boscombe Artificial Surf Reef and other sites within the Bay.
How many species can you identify?
This research carried out by Bournemouth University is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Watch in 1080p HD for best results.
Find more over on the Poole & Purbeck Portal.
To celebrate the Society of Biology’s Biology Week 2013 (12th-18th October) Dr Genoveva Esteban from Applied Sciences helped the Thomas Hardye School (Dorchester) honour the work of pioneering evolutionist Alfred Russel Wallace 100 years after his death. Genoveva’s popular “Microscope Madness” joined the activities offered by Butterfly Conservation, Dorset Wildlife Trust, the Jurassic Coast and Thomas Hardye School staff.
Dr Esteban's 'Microscope Madness'
The event had the privilege of having some of the bird skins housed at the Dorset County Museum that were collected by Wallace himself. More than 300 people attended the event, from toddlers to octogenarians, including c 200 children from 28 schools, from Weymouth to Blandford, Parkstone to Bridport – all showing boundless enthusiasm for the activities and challenges in front of them.
On the 8th of June University staff, students and members of the public descended on Poole Park to host a BioBlitz – an intense, yet most importantly fun, period of biological surveying which attempts to record all of the living species within a designated area in 24 hours.
Dr Pippa Gillingham helps identify insects
The event was a huge success with over 230 different species recorded on land, air and water across Poole, Baiter and Whitecliff Parks – so this is a big thank you to all of you who came down and took part and made the event a success.
The records have been collated and are being sent directly to key regional stakeholders. They are also available for download here and you can also find them and much more over on the Poole & Purbeck Portal.
The Poole and Purbeck Portal, the new fusion-funded online community from the School of Applied Sciences is now live! The Portal creates a showcase to disseminate research, from both our academics and our students, to the wider community. Jobs, placements and research opportunities can also be found on the Portal – watch our promotional video below then sign up and contribute your knowledge today!
Dr Jan Wiener from DEC Psychology will be giving a thought-provoking seminar entitled “From Foraging to Wayfinding: Human Navigation Strategies in Real and Virtual Environments”.
11am Wednesday 24th April in CAG02
All are welcome to attend – refreshments will be provided.
The new scientific community brought to you by the School of Applied Sciences is now online.
Watch the promotional video now and sign up today to engage the public with your research!
The Poole and Purbeck Portal is a new inter-school collaboration between the School of Applied Sciences, the Media School and the National Centre for Computer Animation – made possible by the Fusion Investment Fund.
The Portal will be launching in February, creating a shop window to showcase excellence in research from both our Academics, and our Students – further cementing BU’s leadership in the region. The Portal will engage the key stakeholders in the area; and work with the local community to provide the answers to the big questions relating to the regions rich natural environment, heritage and future.
Through the engagement of key stakeholders, new partnerships will emerge – students will benefit from work placements, research projects, and potentially graduate employment. The university will benefit from these new collaborations by, for example, increased consultancy projects.
The Portal itself was constructed within the ethos of the Fusion Fund – 2nd year media students were recruited to design and build the website, Red Balloon & the VFX Hub were commissioned to create a film-integrated animation promotional video, opening up cross collaborative streams across the University.