The University of Nottingham and the British Geological Society (BGS) have joined forces to develop a new Centre for Environmental Geochemistry (CEG).
The CEG will focus on geochemistry in research, training and teaching around reconstructing past environmental and climate change, and biogeochemical nutrient and pollutant cycling in soils for agriculture development and food security.
There are also ambitions to develop the use of geochemical tools for research into the sub-surface with questions related to how fluids move through rocks and change their geochemistry, which is particularly associated with water resource protection, shale gas extraction and radioactive waste.
The new centre, opening on 1 April 2014, will combine the strengths of the BGS and the University and will be run by the newly appointed Director — Professor Melanie Leng.
The CEG is one of numerous projects which the University will be collaborating on with the BGS, thanks to the recent signing of a new agreement which will mean new research and training developments will be carried out between the two organisations.
An advisory board has been put together to oversee the developments which will deepen the current relationship between the University and the BGS, enabling the two organisations to build on current collaborations and press forward with world-changing new research in the future.
BGS and the University have been collaborating for several years, and in 2010 co-established the Nottingham Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage which comprises over 40 researchers, academics and PhD students from the University and the BGS, who undertake research in all areas of carbon capture.
The two organisations have also recently joined forces to co-create and co-deliver a new undergraduate course commencing in October 2014, training the next generation of environmental scientists.
Professor Saul Tendler, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at The University of Nottingham said “I am really delighted to see this key collaboration go from strength to strength, building on our collaboration on carbon capture and storage. The new Centre takes advantage of excellent research at both the University and BGS; it will tackle major contemporary issues such as water protection and shale gas extraction. Through our new strategic partnership we very much hope to develop further collaborations to enhance the links between BGS and the University.”
John Ludden, Executive Director at the BGS said “I’m very pleased to see this important initiative with The University of Nottingham. It underlines a longer term development of geoscience research and teaching and the development of a strong relationship with The University on the BGS Keyworth Campus”.