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Early careers, fine sediment and hydroecology: Supporting Good Ecological Status through research

Workshop for PhD students and early career researchers
Environment Agency, Reading. 27 July 2017

Erosion, transport and deposition of fine sediment (organic and inorganic particles <2mm in diameter) are fundamental processes in the hydrogeomorphic cycle, and river systems require a constant supply in order to function. However, excessive sediment delivery can cause serious deleterious effects to aquatic systems both in suspension and by deposition. This is one of the leading causes for failure to meet Good Ecological Status as set out by the EU Water Framework Directive.

The aim of this workshop will be to help PhD students and early career researchers to ensure that their work can have a direct impact on the achievement of Good Ecological Status. To register visit before 16 June 2017. There is a nominal fee of £10 for registration.

09:30    Registration and coffee
10:00    Introductions
10:30    Angela Gurnell (Queen Mary University of London). Title: Plants as River Engineers
11:15    Iwan Jones (Queen Mary University of London). Title: TBC
12:00    Lunch (provided)
12:45    John Murray-Bligh & Judy England (Environment Agency). Title: TBC
13:30    Q&As
14:00    Workshop:
•    Generating a research question
•    Deciding on study design and methodology
•    Making an impact; supporting Good Ecological Status

For more information
Martin Wilkes, Coventry University (
Morwenna Mackenzie, Coventry University (
Kate Mathers, Loughborough University (

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