• LCA,  PhDinterview,  phdtalk

    #13 Louise: Combating and valorising food waste

    How can food waste be reduced and food production become more sustainable? Louise is a PhD student at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU). She examines ways to combat food waste where possible and how to valorise it where necessary. Department & Group: Department of Energy and Technology Supervisors: Mattias Eriksson (main supervisor), Ingrid Strid, and Pedro Brancoli Dissertation title (as for now ๐Ÿ˜€) Environmental assessment of food waste recovery and valorisation of food by-products Topic – in brief Sustainable food systems and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) How can we produce more food from the resources we already have? And how can we decrease the environmental impacts of food…

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    #12 Mark: Presentation skills

    What does it mean to be a presenter and how can we feel better about being one? Mark is a consultant at and co-owner of Global Denmark, a company that offers proofreading and editing of English texts and that coaches people in becoming better at communicating – be it in presentations or in writing. What is a presentation? A piece of communication, where the presenter is the leader. Consider yourself as a leader, when preparing for and giving presentations. What is best for the audience? Think of your audience, when preparing a presentation: What is relevant for them to know?Make sure you know what you are responsible for – this…

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    #11: Courtney: Becoming a Twitter Savvy Scientist

    How to use Twitter to grow your scientific network, learn something new and have fun on the way? Courtneyโ€™s motivation to use Twitter Getting in touch with the scientific community beyond her own lab and project Getting new ideas, learn about latest papers Getting started: Passive engagement, see what other people tweet about Figure out whether that is something you would also like to tweet about – or maybe not and define the person you would like to be on twitter Start tweeting about events you attend. That might feel less scary than providing content from scratch – this may calm your nerves and might make you realise that itโ€™s…

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    #10 Louis: Soil microbial responses to land use change

    How do changes in land use and plant community affect the activity of soil microbes and their carbon use efficiency? Louis is a PhD student at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU). He conducts field experiments to see how microbial communities in the soil respond to changes in plant communities in terms of their activity and carbon turn-over. Department & Group: Department of Soil and Environment, Group of Nutrient Cycling, SLU Supervisors: Anke M. Herrmann, Johanna Wetterlind, Martin Weih, Stefano Manzoni, Naoise Nunan Dissertation title (as for now ๐Ÿ˜€) Responses of microbial physiology to changes in land management: a bioenergetics approach Topic – in brief Testing whether changes in…

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    #9 Catarina: Orchard manure fertilisation, vineyards and satellite images

    How can manure replace mineral fertilisers in apple orchards and how can satellite images help improve vineyard fertilisation? Catarina is a PhD student at the University of Lisbon and part of the EU Horizon 2020 project Nutri2Cycle. Department and Section: Instituto Superior de Agronomia University supervisors: Henrique Ribeiro, David Fangueiro and Ricardo Braga Dissertation title (as for now :D) “Valorisation of organic materials and composts for precision fertilisation of orchards and vineyards” Topic – in brief Assessing the impacts of manure fertilisation on apple orchards – in terms of emissions and apple yields. Catarina compares the effects of mineral and manure fertilisation to provide farmers with recommendations on how they…

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    #7 Nelly: Phosphorous fertilisation, plant-availability and use-efficiency

    Nelly is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen. She conducts research on organic and mineral forms of phosphorus fertiliser. She explores its plant-availability and models its fate in the soil to optimise its application. Institute: Department of Geoscience and Natural Ressource Management – Geography Nelly did her PhD at the University of Copenhagen, then went to Australia to do a first postdoc and now returned to Denmark to do a second postdoc. Let’s start with her PhD research Dissertation title: (link) Potential for increasing phosphorus bioavailability of thermally treated sewage sludge using phosphate solubilising fungi Methodology In vitro lab-experiments with different combinations of ashes derived from wastewater sludge…

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    #8 Max: Modelling climate impacts of forest management and wood use scenarios

    (How) can forestry and wood-products contribute to climate change mitigation? Max is a PhD student at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU) and he conducts research on forest management and wood use scenarios with regards to greenhouse gas dynamics with a focus on Sweden. Department & Group: Department of Energy and Technology Supervisors: Per-Anders Hansson, Ragnar Jonsson, Johan Stendahl, & Torun Hammar Dissertation title (as for now ๐Ÿ˜€) Quantification and improvement of forest product climate characteristics from a system perspective Topic – in brief The challenge Climate change increases the pressure on forests in many ways: ‘Natural pressure’ a rise in droughts, forest fires, strong winds and insect outbreaks…

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    #6 Joana: designing organic fertilisers by blending animal manures

    How can mixing different animal manures together enhance their value and increase their ability to replace mineral fertilisers? Joana is a PhD student at the University of Lisbon and she is part of the EU project Nutri2Cycle. Department and Section: Instituto Superior de Agronomia University supervisor: David Fangueiro, Paula Alvarenga and Henrique Ribeiro  Dissertation title: Blending of raw and treated manure to produce bio-based fertiliser Topic – in brief The challenge: manure is rather unpredictable in terms of its fertiliser value whereas farmers can be quite sure about effects and usefulness of mineral fertilisers the nutrient ratio in manures is suboptimal for plant growth: if one applies according to nitrogen,…

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    #5 Clara: Biochars & ashes as bio-based fertilisers

    How to enhance the plant availability of phosphorus of biowaste-derived biochars and ashes? Clara is a Marie-Curie PhD student at the University of Copenhagen and part of the EU project FertiCycle. She conducts research on biochars and ashes and on how to increase their fertiliser value. Department and Section: Department of Plant and Environmental Science, Soil Fertility Group 1st supervisor: Dorette Mรผller-Stรถver 2nd supervisor: Lars Stoumann Jensen Dissertation title (as for now :D) Enhancement of plant phosphorus availability from biowaste biochars and ashes Topic – in brief Bio-based fertilisers : Enhancing the phosphorous availability from biochar and ashes What is biochar? Similar to coal production: Organic compounds are heated up…

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    #3 Soner Candas: Optimisation of renewable energy systems

    How can computer-based modelling help optimise the integration of renewable energy? Soner is research assistant and PhD student at the Technical University Munich. He conducts research on possible future energy systems and looks at ways of optimizing the transition towards renewable energy sources. Institute: Chair of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems Faculty: School of Engineering and Design Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Hamacher Dissertation title (as for now :D) Development of a communal energy planning tool with multi-scale coupling Topic – in brief Optimization of renewable energy systems: How can different renewable energy source, like solar and wind energy, and storage technologies, like batteries, be organized and used in the most…