SusSEd 3 - Marta Crispo & Harry Wright: Black Carbon & Soil-less Farming

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Western Bank

Sheffield

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The Sustainability Skills & Education (SusSEd) series is a collection of engaging and interactive lunchtime talks, designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed to bring about a more sustainable world. Delivered by academics and PhD scholars from the Grantham Centre for Sustainable futures, these sessions will cover different aspects of sustainability, and will be held between February 4th and March 5th, 12:10-1pm. This year the talks will focus on Soil and the World Beneath Our Feet. Whether you're pushing to develop the skills needed to make a real difference or just want to hear more about what sustainability entails, everyone is welcome at our free sessions!

Marta Crispo: The bright side of black carbon in urban environments

Air pollution is a hot topic at the moment, with the effects it has on our health widely publicised. However it is not only our lungs that suffer as the environment around us does too. In this talk Marta Crispo, PhD researcher and Grantham scholar, will give an introduction into the importance of soil and the ecosystem services it provides. She will also share her research into the influences of black carbon on urban soil properties, food and biofuels. Black carbon is a carbonaceous material produced from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and biomass as well as the product of weathering of graphite.

Harry Wright: Flexible Polyurethane foam as a synthetic growing substrate

Hydroponic or soil-less cultivation techniques are used to grow high value horticultural crops globally and have had good success in areas where soil health is poor. Current substrates used for these techniques have several drawbacks including high energy use during production and difficulties with waste disposal.
Polyurethane foams meet many of the requirements of being a successful growing substrate and many of the properties of the foam can be varied by changing its chemical composition. These foams can also be reacted at ambient temperatures and are recyclable helping reduce the environmental impact of hydroponic growing techniques. In this talk Harry Wright, PhD researcher and Grantham Scholar, will share some of his own work supporting displaced people; "I will be going through some of our work so far on optimising a foam for use as a growing media, as well as some work that has been done in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, using waste mattresses as a growing media to teach hydroponic techniques.".

Please note booking your place for these talks is not strictly necessary, but it will help the organisers greatly and allow you to avoid disappointment should the venue become full. Thank you.

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United Kingdom

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