Date - Thu 25 May 2017
Time - 6.00 pm
Cost - Free
Disabled access? - Yes
Venue - The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS
Dr Mike Wood, Reader in Applied Ecology at University of Salford, tells us about his research project on the wildlife in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
In our 50th anniversary year, the 3rd annual 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, tells us about his research project on the wildlife in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, which won the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Research Project of the Year award in 2016 and has attracted worldwide acclaim.
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 study of wildlife within the Exclusion Zone.
In his lecture ‘Life in the shadow of Chernobyl’ Dr Wood 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.
After the talk, you will also have the opportunity to explore the Exclusion Zone for yourself using cutting edge virtual reality technology.This is a special opportunity to join us for a fascinating lecture and catch up with the latest news from your university during our 50th anniversary year, as well as network with your fellow alumni over drinks and canapes in the apt surroundings of the Royal Institution, home of the UK’s flagship science series, ‘The Christmas Lectures’.