Annual London Alumni Lecture 2017

 

Mike Wood
 

Life in the shadow of Chernobyl, Dr Mike Wood

 

Date: Thursday 25 May 2017

Time: 18.00 – 20.30

Venue: The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS

 

This year our London alumni lecture transports you to the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, as Dr Mike Wood, Reader in Applied Ecology at University of Salford and world-renowned radioecologist, tells us about his award-winning research project on the wildlife in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. This is a special opportunity to join us in our 50th anniversary year and catch up with the latest news from your university, as well as network with your fellow alumni over drinks and canapes in the apt surroundings the Royal Institute, home of the UK’s flagship science series, ‘The Christmas Lectures’.

 

About Dr Wood

Dr Wood currently leads a ground-breaking 5-year research programme on the wildlife of Chernobyl, which has attracted considerable international interest. In 2013, Dr Wood was awarded the ‘Jack Martin Prize’ for outstanding academic excellence in radiation protection and in 2016 he was recipient of the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Research Project of the Year award for his research on the wildlife of Chernobyl. His research in the area has also helped to develop the UK and international environmental radiation protection systems

 

About the lecture

'Life in the shadow of Chernobyl'

 

On 26th April 1986 a fire at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant led to the world’s worst nuclear disaster.  People were forced to permanently leave the area due to the high levels of radioactive contamination in the environment, but the wildlife remain.  Dr Wood leads a team of scientists to undertake a 5-year NERC-funded study of wildlife within the Exclusion Zone.  He will take you on a journey through this environment, introduce you to some of the animals that live there and explain how his team’s findings are challenging some recent publications on the effects of radiation on Chernobyl wildlife. 

 

Dr Wood has also been working with virtual reality developers at Salford to produce ‘Virtual Chernobyl’.  After his talk, you will have the opportunity to use this cutting-edge technology to explore the Exclusion Zone for yourselves.

 

To Register

If you would like to attend this event please register below.  

 

If you have any queries please contact us at alumni@salford.ac.uk, or via 0161 295 4265.

 

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This year our London alumni lecture transports you to the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster, as Dr Mike Wood, Reader in Applied Ecology at University of Salford and world-renowned radioecologist, tells us about his award-winning research project on the wildlife in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
25 May 2017 at 18:00