Bangor Science Festival 2014
This week’s programme features the paper-munching microbes that are turning landfill into biofuels; an undersea sand dune the size of a twelve-storey building; Anglesey’s Antarctic origins; and how we can harness peat bogs to combat flooding and climate change. What draws these different areas of scientific research together is the 2014 Bangor Science Festival.
Adam meets some of the scientists whose work is being showcased at the Festival. Dr. James McDonald from Bangor University’s School of Biology is giving a talk entitled ‘Marvellous Microbes’. He tells Adam about his work on bacterial enzymes and how we can harness them. We also meet two geologists: Dr. Katrien van Landeghem who’s investigating giant undersea sand dunes and the ice sheets which swept across the British Isles in the last ice age; and Angela Honey from GeoMôn, the Anglesey Geopark, who’s leading walks on the Anglesey coast as part of the Festival.
And we hear from wetlands expert Dr. Christian Dunn. He’s recreated a peat bog on the roof of Bangor University’s science building and he tells Science Café producer Jeremy Grange about the importance of peatlands in preventing flooding and climate change.
Bangor Science Festival, which is part of National Science and Engineering Week 2014, runs from 14th – 23rd March.