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Behind-the-Scenes @ Silwood Park

Wednesday 13th May 2015 @ 14:00


Prof. Vincent Savolainen
Deputy Head, Department of Life Sciences

Due to the low demand for coach travel to this event, we will not be running this option. Bookings can only be taken now if you will be organising your own transport.

Silwood Park, Imperial's postgraduate campus set in a 100 ha parkland near Ascot, is one of Britain’s foremost centres for research and teaching in ecology, evolution, and conservation.

Imperial College acquired Silwood Park and Ashurst in 1947 as a Field Station to provide a site for research and teaching in those aspects of Biology not well suited for the main London campus. Since 1947, the College's activities at Silwood Park have gained a global reputation for excellence.

Being at the forefront of international research within the life sciences Silwood Park has excellent scientific facilities plus unrivalled opportunities for fieldwork afforded by its extensive grounds. Students are exposed to a world-class research environment, attend seminars by leading international researchers and trained in state-of-the-art research techniques.

The timetable for this Behind-the-scenes is as follows:

14.00 - Arrive at Silwood Park. Welcome and introduction to the campus by Professor Vincent Savolainen in CPB Common Room

14.30 - Tour of the campus with emeritus Professor Mick Crawley

16.00 - Behind the scenes: 4 groups to visit either a) Mouse project b) Mesocosm experiments c) Microbiology lab – bacteria and genomics or d) OneZoom Tree of Life Explorer

17.00 - Drinks and a chance to continue the conversations with our hosts

18.15 - 18.30 Departure.

Be aware that there will be an amount of walking around the site.

Research at Silwood Park has expanded from an initial focus on entomology and pest management through ground breaking work on theoretical ecology to the campuses current broad research protfolio under the auspices of the Faculty of Life Sciences.

In 2013 the Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment Initiative was launched at Silwood Park. This exciting new multi-discipline programme brings together natural scientists, engineers, mathematicians, medics, economists, social scientists, policy makers and other stakeholders from multiple sectors and countries to work on integrated research programmes.
Working across scales and combining theory, observation and manipulative experimentation the Grand Challenges Initiative aims to develop fundamental science and design innovative solutions to tackle some of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world.

Silwood is also the home of the OPAL project, led by Imperial since its inception in 2007.  During the first phase of the project, it was the home of the OPAL Climate Change Research Centre, the OPAL Air Centre and the OPAL Soil Centre.

Venue: Silwood Park, Ascot, Berkshire

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