Sustainable Futures Internal Showcase Event
On Wednesday, 8th June 2021, The University of Manchester internally launched Sustainable Futures with a showcase event.
The Sustainable Futures Internal Showcase Launch, which took place on Tuesday, 8 June 2021, brought together academics with an interest in sustainability from across The University of Manchester to deliver a series of 'lightning style presentations'. 20 researchers, selected by an interdisciplinary team of academics following a call for abstracts, shared details of their work in this field in the Sustainable Futures challenge areas:
- Resilient futures: fulfilling societal functions in the face of accumulating and disruptive environmental change at various scales, while ensuring our natural environments are protected, restored and sustained.
- Resourceful futures: providing for human needs in ways that sustainably manage finite resources and recover value from, rather than lose, materials into the environment.
- Net-zero futures: delivering rapid emissions reductions and enhancing our ability to remove and store carbon.
- Healthy futures: managing risks to humans and ecosystems and realising the benefits of transitioning to an environmentally sustainable future.
- Inclusive and prosperous futures: delivering environmental sustainability through a just transition that enables communities to thrive.
Each researcher had five minutes to briefly discuss their area of research, including recent updates and calls for collaboration/support. Please find the running order, including researcher faculty and presentation title, below:
- Professor Nigel Hooper, Associate Vice-President for Research – Welcome and introduction
- Dr Nafhesa Ali, Faculty of Humanities – Towards Inclusive Environmental Sustainability (TIES)
- Dr Jenna Ashton, Faculty of Humanities – Arts, Communities and Resilience: Empowering people within climate justice-action-policy work
- Dr Joe Ravetz, Faculty of Humanities – Building a Collaboratorium for ‘collective sustainability intelligence’: a global experimental zone
- Dr Neil Dixon, Faculty of Science and Engineering – Bio-based solutions for bioremediation
- Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid, Faculty of Science and Engineering – Circular Economy: Always environmentally sustainable?
- Professor Arthur Garforth, Faculty of Science and Engineering – Chemical Recycling of Problematic Medical Plastics
- Professor Bruce Grieve, Faculty of Science and Engineering – Energy production and Transport, Agriculture - the greatest contributor to emissions and carbon footprint
- Professor Julien Harou, Faculty of Science and Engineering – Digital design platforms for resilient, secure, low-carbon multi-actor resource systems
- Mr David Jones, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – “Greener operations” James Lind Alliance Priority-Setting Partnership
- Professor Richard Kingston, Faculty of Humanities – The NERC Digital Solutions Hub
- Dr Sarah Mander, Faculty of Science and Engineering – Industrial clusters as protective spaces: supporting the deployment of CCUS in the UK
- Professor Allan Matthews, Faculty of Science and Engineering – The EPSRC NetworkPlus in Digitalised Surface Manufacturing: Taking the Coatings Sector into the Digitalised Age
- Professor Michael P. Shaver, Faculty of Science and Engineering – Sustainable Plastics vs Sustainable Systems
- Professor Matthew Paterson, Faculty of Humanities – Working with politics for net zero futures
- Dr Christina Picken, Faculty of Science and Engineering – Lather, rinse, degrade: Designing biodegradable alternatives for body care formulations
- Dr Aled Roberts, Faculty of Science and Engineering – Touch wood: enzyme immobilisation on wood-derived cellulose scaffolds for flow biocatalysis
- Dr Holly Shiels, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health – Air pollution and the heart
- Professor Kevin Taylor, Faculty of Science and Engineering – The Earth's subsurface role in net-zero solutions
- Dr Andrew Welfle, Faculty of Science and Engineering – Net Zero Futures: Bioenergy as a Mechanism for Achieving Climate Change Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals
For those unable to attend the event, you can stream presentations on-demand on YouTube.