Join us for the Loddon Observatory Showcase 2019

We are hosting the Loddon Observatory Showcase 2019 on 27 September from 12:30 to 16:00, in Meadow Suite, University of Reading.

This is an opportunity to meet people, learn and share information about ongoing projects in the Loddon catchment around the integrated themes of Water, Environment, Food, Climate, Governance and Heritage with Reading University staff and students and External Partners. Anyone and everyone with an interest is welcome to join as a presenter or participant.

The event will include:

Poster session, sci-comm activities and lunch – 12:30 to 13:30

  • Sci-comm activities include: Draw me a river, badge my research and LEGO landscapes!

Lightening talks 13:30 to 13:45

13:45 to 15:00 – Short presentations

15:00 to 15:15 – Plenary talk

Saving the planet one burp at a time; ruminant meat, milk, and greenhouse gas mitigation – Prof. Chris Reynolds

15:15 – Panel discussion: ‘Do we need to change what we eat or how food is produced to save the planet?’

Confirmed panellists on sustainable agriculture for food, climate, water and biodiversity:

  • Dr Deepa Senapathi – NERC Knowledge exchange fellow, School of Agriculture Policy and Development, University of Reading
  • Prof. Chris Reynolds – Professor of Animal & Dairy Science, School of Agriculture Policy and Development, University of Reading
  • Dr Tristan Quaife – Associate Professor of Carbon Cycle Science, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading
  • Becky Willson – Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit
  • Richard Gantlett – Farmer, Yatesbury House Farm

16:00 – Finish

FULL PROGRAMME AND ABSTRACT BOOK

Bring your smart phone or other device to take part in the interactive ‘ask the audience’ part of the discussion

Registration is free and open until 23 September.  Lunch included. Parking is available if needed. Accessible by public transport.

Calls for abstracts are now closed. Please contact loddon@reading.ac.uk if you have any questions.

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Join us for the Loddon Observatory Showcase 2018

We are hosting the Loddon Observatory Showcase 2018 on 25 September from 12:30 to 4:00pm. This is an opportunity to meet people, learn and share information about ongoing projects in the Loddon catchment around the integrated themes of Water, Environment, Food, Climate, Governance and Heritage with Reading University staff and students and External Partners. Anyone and everyone with an interest is welcome to join as a presenter or participant.

  • 12:30-14:30: Networking and poster lunch. Poster abstracts invited.
  • 14:30-15:00: 3-5min ‘madness’ presentations. Abstracts invited.
  • 15:00-16:00: Oral presentations. Abstracts invited.

NB: For abstracts, we are asking for a short summary 100-150 words that outlines the work and will be included in the Showcase Programme.

Registration is Free and open until 14 September.  Lunch included. Parking is available.

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Posters and networking session will include:

  • Chance to see and talk with the people behind some amazing projects carried out by Research Staff, Loddon Catchment Consultancy and Dissertation Students
  • Pop up display of historic images and information from MERL archives in and around the Loddon catchment area
  • Your chance to contribute to the development of the Loddon Observatory Research Strategy and shape what we work on for the next 5-10 years

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Anne Verhoef (Geography & Environmental Science, University of Reading), on monitoring and prediction of pasture quality and productivity from satellites, a project undertaken at the University’s Shinfield Farm.
  • Jessica Ponting (Geography & Environmental Science, University of Reading), on her PhD project investigating the fate of potentially toxic elements in periodically flooded soils at the Loddon Floodplain Platform.
  • Alister Leggatt (Affinity Water) and Amanda Ingham (Arcadian Farm Advice) on their Payment for Ecosystem Services project, developed to incentivise farmers as producers of clean water in catchments at risk of diffuse pollution upstream of drinking water pumping stations.

Loddon Observatory Showcase 2016

Date: 22nd July 2016, 15:00-17:00

Location: Sorby Room, Wager Building, University of Reading

Organised by: Joanna Clark, University of Reading.  Funded by University of Reading Faculty Teaching & Learning Fund.

 

Thanks to everyone who attended the poster networking event to showcase student work from 2015-16.  Posters presented below.

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Farming, Woodlands & Water

Date: 19 April 2016, 11-14:00:00

Location: School of Agriculture, University of Reading

Purpose: Loddon Woodlands Demonstration Project to support farmers, food production and water management

BASIS accredited 3 CPD points

Background

Agriculture is an important part of the UK economy supporting national food security. Land used for food production can also deliver other benefits for people, like improved drinking water quality and flood protection, when managed in an appropriate way.

There has been a lot of talk recently about how targeted woodland planting could help improve water quality and reduce flood risk by reducing diffuse pollution and surface runoff. Despite growing interest, progress is hampered by a lack of case-study examples where measurements have been made to demonstrate the effectiveness of woodland measures in lowland areas of southeast England.  As we all know, the countryside is not the same across the UK, and what works in one area might not work in another because of differences in farming systems, soils, slopes and weather conditions.

Real data is needed to provide reliable evidence to help farmers make decisions about Read more