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Discover Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences – Friday, 30 June

Pollution affects the health of us all; whether it is in the air we breathe, the water we drink or in the land upon which we live. Have you ever wondered about the sources of pollution? Or how pollution is monitored to try and protect us from detrimental exposure?

This joint physical geography and environmental sciences discover day looks at the topic of pollution and how our students investigate air, water and soil pollution. We’ll also look at one of the most significant environmental debates in modern times: nuclear science.

The day will be a hands-on experience starting with brief introductory talks on physical geography and environmental sciences, followed by practical tasks in the University’s state-of-the-art laboratories. Plus, you’ll get the chance to quiz our current students on what they enjoy most about their course and the type of careers they hope to enter.

Manchester is a great place to study physical geography and environmental sciences; as well as having industry-standard laboratory facilities, the city itself is an excellent case study of balancing urban development with environmental impact.

Provisional programme

(Please note this programme is subject to change.)

9.30am Arrival, registration and refreshments
10.00am Welcome and introduction to the day
10.10am Introduction to Physical Geography and the courses available at The University of Manchester
10.30am Introduction to Environmental Sciences and the courses available at The University of Manchester
10.50am Group splits into two and moves to labs

Group A – Physical Geography taster session:

1. Biological monitoring of water quality using macroinvertebrates
2. Micro-plastics: detecting a hidden environmental contaminant

Group B – Environmental Sciences taster session:

1. Air pollution: measuring the quality of air in urban environments and identifying sources
2. Nuclear environmental science

12.30–1.30pm Lunch and a chance to ask questions to academics and student ambassadors

Group B – Physical Geography taster session:

Programme as above

Group A – Environmental Sciences taster session

Programme as above

2.55pm How to find out more (including dates of next open days)
3.00pm Close

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