Funding secured for new SEES social responsibility initiatives

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) has been awarded funding for four new projects aimed at improving social justice and benefiting the wider community.

Cecilia Medupin has received funding for a project supporting women in environmental sciences, which will focus on promoting a better work-life balance and raising awareness of the impacts of environmental change on women and children.

Helena Herrmann is setting up a project to work with smallholders in Malawi to provide help and training for improving land management. Current estimates suggest a mismatch between fertiliser application rates and region-specific soil nutrient requirements creates a vast, unnecessary gap between potential and realised yields in Malawi - commonly below 50% of what is possible with good land management practices. By organising a free in-country workshop, the team wants to generate a platform for helping farmers in assessing the nutrient requirements of their fields and aims to provide a stepping stone for increasing crop productivity in Southeast Africa.

In a project entitled 'West meets East', Yin Tun and Cathy Walton - with student volunteers from Manchester - will be working closely with local IT and library staff with the aim of bridging IT knowledge at five medical universities across Myanmar.

Simon O'Meara will be running a 'Global Warming in a Bottle' workshop that aims to bring an exciting hands-on experiment to local 11 to 18-year-olds, improving their grasp of global warming so they can better understand both the underlying science and the role of an environmental scientist. The funding will provide equipment for the workshop's experiment, which will allow greater insight into the science of the temperature inside a drinks bottle increasing with carbon dioxide concentration.


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