Science and Policy: How can we make our research policy relevant?

  By Helen Brooks, Second Year PhD in Geography What are the real world applications of your research? Just one of those questions that, as researchers, many of us get asked only too often. For some, the immediate relevance is obvious, but for others, less so. In recent years, there has been a real drive …

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Engaging with Science Policy: What does a House of Commons select committee do?

By Victoria Honour 2nd year PhD The Halls of Power. Westminster. Whitehall. Parliament. The Houses. Democracy… Before this Spring I read the news on BBC, knew the names of some senior MPs, and skim read a manifesto before voting. I would have classed myself as having a standard level of political interest. Ultimately, I was …

Smash and Grab: Two Men’s Attempt at Fieldwork in Iceland.

By Euan Mutch In a world where the power of nature is misunderstood, and rocks don’t collect themselves. Two clueless igneous geologists must travel to the mysterious land of fire and ice to unravel the hidden secrets of the mantle. They must scale mountains, ford ferocious torrents, fight the elements and evade local law enforcement …

Hawaiian Horoscope: Readings from the Ion Probe

By Lois Salem, 3rd year PhD I look at the chemistry of crystals and their melt inclusions to understand how the mantle melts, how different processes affect the melt such as crystallisation, exsolution, diffusion and mixing, and model their chemical signature to inform our understanding of how and why volcanoes erupt. In particular my PhD …

A Baptism by Fire – Volcano Seismology Fieldwork in Iceland

Written by Jenny Woods To most I imagine Iceland needs little introduction. Found on the mid-Atlantic ridge above a hot spot, dominated by volcanic processes as tectonic plates diverge, it is a land of geological extremes. My first encounter with its wonders was just over a year ago, when began what I hope will be …