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Calling all Leicester alumni: Homecoming 2011 is two weeks away

Calling all Leicester alumni: Homecoming 2011 is two weeks away

Posted by mjs76 at Jun 15, 2011 12:45 PM |

Alumni event on 2 July offers plenty to see and do.

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Shoe study and shop research reap rewards

Shoe study and shop research reap rewards

Posted by mjs76 at Jun 08, 2011 03:25 PM |

Graduates from our Centre for English Local History have had their work recognised.

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Leicester Launched Into a New Era of Space Research

Earth Satellite ViewLaunched in January 2011, the University’s new €3.5m Space Research Centre is leading the development of new methods for research and for addressing disaster relief following landslides and floods. This includes climate change monitoring, protection of tropical rainforests, lake water quality measuring and coastal erosion.

The University of Leicester was chosen to lead the project as it is a world leader for space research and satellite monitoring and is internationally recognised for its cutting edge research training in remote sensing.

The new European Centre of Excellence in Earth Observation Research Training, GIONET, will develop better methods for monitoring climate change, environmental disasters and land cover change.

Coordinator of the project, Professor Heiko Balzter, Head of the Department of Geography, commented:

“GIONET will lead to better satellite monitoring methods to control tropical deforestation, help people affected by natural disasters and adapt to climate change.”

Funded by European Commission, Framework Programme 7 and Marie Curie Programme, GIONET is a collaboration between international partners from the private and public sector:

·         University of Leicester (Coordinator)

·         Infoterra UK Ltd.

·         Gamma Remote Sensing AG, Switzerland

·         Institute of Geodesy and Cartography, Warsaw, Poland

·         Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena, Germany

·         Balaton Limnological Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

·         German Aerospace Research Establishment

·         DEFiNiENS AG, Germany

·         Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Ispra, Italy

·         ITT Visual Information Solutions Ltd., UK

·         SpectoNatura, UK


Researchers widen response to the world’s environmental problems

University researchers are devising practical ways for people to change their lives in response to environmental change and natural catastrophes such as the floods in Pakistan.

The new research centre at the University of Leicester will form the nucleus for academics in a range of subjects to develop practical technologies and policy initiatives that aim to make a real impact on people’s lives.

Climate change is an important element, but the research focus is now shifting to consider wider environmental issues such as changes in the way land is used.

The University of Leicester is currently working with the University of Kabul, Department of Earth Sciences on anMike Petterson Group institutional strengthening project funded by the British Council. 

The centre’s head Mike Petterson, Professor of Applied and Environmental Geology at Leicester, says he expects the impact of the research will reach far beyond producing rigorous academic papers.

“This sort of research has got to go way beyond that. It's got to make a difference in the real world, affecting policy, the way we do things, and assisting industry and the knowledge economy.”

(From left to right: Sangar Safy, GIS specialist, Ms Gulghutai Waizi, British Council, Mrs Julia Cave Smith, British Council, Professor Mike Petterson, Department of Geology, Professor Ghafoori, Head of Department of Environment and Disaster Management).

He said decision makers increasingly are looking to researchers for practical solutions. As an academic example, the unit might study events in Pakistan to produce recommendations for future disaster management. It may look at the interaction between disturbance in meteorological systems, lower level monsoon air masses, and the topography of the Karakoram - the mountain range spanning the borders between Pakistan, India and China . 

“We might then develop a set of warning tools that would give people and planners time to respond to an impending emergency and make recommendations on where it is unsafe to build,” Professor Petterson said.

“We would build up a body of data to add to the anecdotal evidence on environmental change, and then feed all of that into new policy options,” he added.

A key feature of the new centre is that it will draw on the expertise of academics from various fields in a flexible way, building teams as required. The rationale is that many of the greatest advances in science occur when teams of scientists work together in new and unconventional ways across traditional discipline boundaries.


A fistful of awards: Corporate Affairs Division triumphs in Leeds

A fistful of awards: Corporate Affairs Division triumphs in Leeds

Posted by mjs76 at May 27, 2011 01:55 PM |

Leicester picked up no fewer than five awards last night at the 2011 Heist Awards for Education Marketing.

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Leicester graduates in the news: Martin Bugelli

Leicester graduates in the news: Martin Bugelli

Posted by mjs76 at May 05, 2011 02:07 PM |

Gozo (“for all the latest Gozo and Malta news”) reports that Martin Bugelli has been appointed as the European Commission’s new Head of Representation in Malta.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu to receive honorary degree

Archbishop Desmond Tutu to receive honorary degree

Posted by pt91 at Apr 27, 2011 03:58 PM |

Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and internationally renowned as a campaigner for peace and justice, Archbishop Tutu will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in the University of Leicester’s summer graduation ceremonies this year.

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