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Welcome to March's issue of Down to Earth, the monthly e-bulletin from the Sustainable Earth Institute (SEI). 

If you want to find out more about anything mentioned in this e-bulletin, or have an article for consideration, please contact us

The deadline for submissions for the April e-bulletin is Monday 24 April 2017.
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Photography competition: Local focus, global challenges
Deadline: 31 March 2017

Enter the SEI's sustainability photography competition and have the chance to win £100! Open to all. Find out more including entry details on the website.
Categories
  • Sustainable Plymouth
  • Sustainable South West
Themes within these categories include but are not limited to food, health and wellbeing, education, clean air and water, energy, and growth.
Prizes
  • Student winner: £100 photography voucher
  • Staff winner: £100 photography voucher
  • Public winner: £100 photography voucher and 2 free places at Sustainable Earth 2017
Images from Sustainable Earth 2016
Free public talk from Sir Tim Smit, Eden Project (20 April 2017)

Sir Tim Smit, KBE, from the Eden project will be giving a talk on how 'In the theatre of science, the story teller is king'. 
Booking essential
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Save the date: Sustainable Earth 2017
29 and 30 June, Plymouth University

If you are interested in profiling your sustainability research or initiative and connecting with like-minded people then this forum is for you! Booking will open soon. Find out more
Featured researcher: Janet Richardson
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To celebrate NHS Sustainability Day on 23 March, our featured researcher is Professor Janet Richardson. Janet is a Professor of Health Service Research within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Janet has been a member of numerous editorial boards including the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Research, Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine (New Zealand) and the National Library for Health Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Find out more about her work
News
Images from Sustainable Earth 2016
Students create unique camping experience on Dartington estate
Read more
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Study examines causes of earthquakes originating deep below earth’s surface
Read more
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Experts contribute to showcase of meteorites under the microscope
Read more
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Research paper: Using the Arts for Food Research and Dialogue
Read more
PhD studentships

Can behavioural sciences help reduce land-based waste entering the oceans?
Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 24 March 2017 
Further information on this studentship


Emerging Contaminant Behaviour and Ecotoxicity in Aquatic Systems
Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017
Further information on this studentship


Development of IP25 and IPSO25 as organic geochemical proxies for Arctic and Antarctic sea ice
Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017
Further information on this studentship


Tracking the eruptive history of the most active volcano in the Eastern Caribbean: Soufriere, St Vincent
Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017
Further information on this studentship


Environmental change and volcanism across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary
Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017
Further information on this studentship


Effective, sustainable, river restoration? Monitoring the dynamics of gravels added to upland rivers to offset aquatic habitat loss
Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017
Further information on this studentship


Outburst floods: their past and future role in shaping Iceland’s landscape
Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017
Further information on this studentship


Life and death in the deep biosphere
Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017
Further information on this studentship


In situ measurement of trace elements in environmental samples by portable XRF
Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017
Further information on this studentship


Tracing the methane cycle in peats using bacteriohopanepolyols
Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017
Further information on this studentship


Middle to late Miocene palaeoceanography of the Indian Ocean using benthic foraminifera and geochemistry
Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017
Further information on this studentship


Tectonic and climatic controls on Quaternary fluvial landscape development in NW Africa
Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017
Further information on this studentship


Metal mine remediation – biogeochemical methods for acid mine drainage
Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017
Further information on this studentship


Microplastic pollution in catchment and river systems
Deadline for application: 12 noon (UK time) on 30 April 2017
Further information on this studentship

Plymouth University events
Sustainability Education Research Seminar Series
  • 28 March 2017: Leading Innovation in Sustainability Education through a Co-operative Inquiry
  • 3 May 2017: International Perspectives on Education for Sustainable Development in Business and Economics – China and the UK
Using molecular fossils to reconstruct temperature and biogeochemical change in greenhouse climates
29 March 2017
Room 018, Rolle Building, Plymouth University

Innovation in Pedagogy Café 
Brought to you by the Centre for Sustainable Futures.

12 April 2017: Introducing systems thinking in teaching and learning 
7 June 2017: Sustainability and internationalisation – intercultural communication  

From Another Place
31 March - 10 April 2017
1st Floor, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

In the theatre of Science - the storyteller is king
20 April 2017, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University


Sir Tim Smit, KBE, will outline The Eden Project’s ambitious plans to roll out similar biosphere education initiatives across the globe.

South West Marine Ecosystems Conference
21 April 2017, Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University
UK preview of the NurSusTOOLKIT
2 May 2017, 1.00pm - 4.30pm
Room 605, Rolle Building, Plymouth University

An innovative approach to education for sustainable development with a specific focus on nursing and midwifery.
Booking essential
Current Trends in Nanotoxicology: Implications for environmental and human health
1 - 2 June 2017, Plymouth University
This mini symposium aims to update our current knowledge in the field of nanotoxicology
SAVE THE DATE
Sustainable Earth 2017

29 and 30 June 2017, Rolle Marquee, Plymouth University
Booking will open soon


Sustainable Earth 2017 offers the opportunity for researchers, businesses, community groups and individuals to come together to hear inspirational speakers and join in with creative workshops designed to spark ideas and encourage collaborations to tackle global challenges.

The themes for this event are based on the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF). GCRF is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. Find out more.

BALANCE-UNBALANCE 2017: A Sense of Place
[Arts + Sciences x Technology = Environment / Responsibility]
21 - 23 August 2017, Plymouth University

The 6th edition of the BunB conference will be held from August 21 to 23 of 2017 in Plymouth, UK. Produced by i-DAT in collaboration with the Sustainable Earth Institute and Art and Sound at Plymouth University, BunB17 is being produced in collaboration with the North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Beaford Arts and Fulldome UK.
External events
EAUC Annual Conference - Global Goals: Local Action
Lancaster University, 28 - 30 March 2017
World Symposium on Sustainability Science and Research
5 - 7 April 2017, Manchester, UK
Ninth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses 
21 – 22 April 2017, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

Professor Alison Anderson from Plymouth University is a Plenary speaker.
Feeding our Future 
4 May 2017, Innovations Centre, Exeter
Open University Energy & Environment: Fostering Inclusive Innovation, LMICs
Thu, 25 May 2017, 10:00 – Fri, 26 May 2017, 16:00
Library, IL Suite, The Open University
Transformations 2017: Transformations in Practice
30 August - 1 September 2017
Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR), University of Dundee, Scotland, UK
Research funding

India-UK water quality partnership
Natural Environment Research Council, GB
This aims to improve water quality in India by providing a better understanding of the sources and fate of pollutants and by supporting the development of management strategies and technologies to reduce pollution levels.
Maximum award: £450,000 Closing date: 30 Mar 17
Find out more

Increasing resilience to natural hazards in earthquake-prone and volcanic regions – knowledge exchange fellowship
Natural Environment Research Council, GB

Maximum award: £70,000 Closing date: 27 Apr 17
Find out more
Call for Open Knowledge Exchange (KE) Fellowships
Natural Environment Research Council, GB
  • Closing date on Je-S: 16:00 on 27 April 2017
  • Interview dates: 13 & 14 June 2017 in Birmingham
Find out more
Industrial CASE studentships
Natural Environment Research Council, GB
This promotes collaboration between the research community and the end users of research. Each studentship is worth up to £84,392 over maximum 4 years. 
Maximum award: £84,392 Closing date: 06 Jul 17 (recurring)
Find out more
Environmental science impact programme
Natural Environment Research Council, GB
These enable research organisations to collaborate with business, policy bodies and other actors that contribute to the economic development specific to their location, in order to deliver significant regional impact from NERC environmental science. 
Maximum award: Not known Closing date: 22 Jun 17
Find out more

 
APESP pump-priming awards 
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, GB 
These provide short-term pump-priming for new collaborations between BBSRC-funded research groups in the UK and Brazilian research groups in São Paulo state. 
Maximum award: £35,000 Closing date: None 
Find out more
Research project grants
Leverhulme Trust, GB
Award amount max: £500,000 Closing date: No deadline
Find out more  
Grants for projects under £1,500
Douglas Bomford Trust, GB
Award amount max: £1,500 Closing date: No deadline
Find out more
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