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EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria 17-22nd April 2016
This year’s EGU General Assembly hosted 4,863 oral and 10,320 poster presentations, across 619 unique scientific sessions. Hydro Nation Scholar, Aaron Neill had a poster presentation titled ‘Long-term spatio-temporal patterns and controls of faecal contamination risk in an agricultural catchment’.
Scotland the Hydro Nation 'Road trip' May 2016
In May 2016, eight Hydro Nation scholars took to the road with the Hydro Nation staff team to explore the pressures and competing demands on, and the ecosystem services provided by, our water resource in Scotland. During the road trip, we considered how benefits and conflicts can be maximised through water resource management and contribute to the Hydro Nation Strategy. From a highland distillery to a lowland flood defence scheme, visits to a wide range of field sites allowed discussion with those implementing water policies on the ground, alongside those developing water policies. Site visits covered contrasting issues and pressures, including land use, flooding, industry, marine and restoration. Many thanks to the scholars for their enthusiasm and excellent final presentations which summarised the week’s learning on water pressures, policies and futures and approaches to water management.
Hydro Nation Scholars first year training programme Spring 2016
As in previous years, the scholars in the first year of study for their doctorate attended introductory sessions with Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Scottish Water and the Water Industry Commission for Scotland to learn about how these organisations operate and to share how their PhD topics aim to address aspects of the Hydro Nation agenda.
World Water Day Hydro Nation Scholars panel 22nd March 2016
It was great to see many of the Hydro Nation Scholars in attendance at ‘World Water Day 2016 – Water and Sustainability: A Hydro Nation Approach’ on 22nd March 2016 at the University of Dundee. Our thanks to the four scholars, Ruby, Bas, Juan Carlos and Nandan, who formed the third panel of the day, giving speed talks on their PhD topics and providing their perspectives on the themes discussed during this cross-disciplinary event.
Scholars visit Scottish Parliament February 2016
The 2016 cohort of Hydro Nation Scholars enjoyed a visit to Scottish Parliament in February to learn about the process of law making and to sit in on First Minister’s question time. The scholars also met Jon Rathjen, team leader of the Water Industry Team in Scottish Government to learn about the Scottish Water Industry and Hydro Nation agenda, and to discuss how their PhD topics compliment the Hydro Nation Strategy.