University of Leicester academics speak in Parliament

Posted by ap507 at Nov 25, 2014 11:55 AM |
University of Leicester academics speak in Parliament

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 25 November 2014

Two academics from the University of Leicester are to present their research in Parliament for the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) today (25 November).

A number of academics from the University have already presented on a wide range of topics this year, from employment to cancer prevention.

Those currently scheduled to present are Professor Paul Monks from the Department of Chemistry and Professor Mike Lovell from the Department of Geology around the scientific issues posed by unconventional gas extraction, also known as Fracking.

Previous presenters have discussed employment relations and the recession and a joined up approach to cancer prevention.

Professor Lovell said: “Unconventional gas reservoirs, such as shale gas, are very different to conventional gas reservoirs, and it is important we understand why and how they differ from conventional resources. Our research aims to contribute innovative and independent science, encouraging and enabling better communication and informed debate.”

Professor Monks said: “Separation of science and policy is important, there is a clear need to develop science to understand the technology challenges and impacts of fracking. We at Leicester are developing science for the responsible management of the environment.”

New science insights and needs will be discussed with parliamentarians on unconventional reservoirs. 

The IPT is an independent charity that provides a platform for Parliament and UK businesses to engage with one another. It aims to engage, educate and inform in order to create lasting relationships and facilitate the exchange of ideas.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for research, Professor Kevin Schürer said: “The need to communicate research outcomes effectively to non-academic audiences, as well as to apply research as appropriate in policy, cultural, societal and economic terms, is increasingly important.

“In this regard the IPT provides an excellent forum and opportunity to facilitate this by bringing key individuals from the worlds of industry and policy-making together with leading researchers.”


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For more information contact Professor Paul Monks at

To find out more about the Industry and Parliament Trust:

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