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100 treasures of Bangor University

Visitors to Storiel, Gwynedd’s museum and art gallery can enjoy a new exhibition, 100 treasures of Bangor University, displayed in a case in the reception area. This case highlights Bangor University collections and a new exhibition is programmed for every six months.

Publication date: 18 December 2018

110 years of Forestry teaching @ Bangor

Bangor's Forestry department celebrated it's 110th anniversary at the weekend. Events included a field trip, a dinner and a reception in Thoday building. There was a display of the history of the department in photos, a quiz and a tree planting. Weather couldn't have been better. Thanks to all who attended, and supported the events.

Publication date: 23 June 2014

£12m EU backed bio-refining research and innovation project gets the ‘green’ light

A new £12 million investment in Wales’ ‘green’ economy has been announced by Welsh Government Finance and Government Business Minister, Jane Hutt  recently.

Publication date: 14 December 2015

£1.85m study to investigate microbes “hitch-hiking” on marine plastics

Experts at Bangor University are working with the Universities of Stirling and Warwick on a new £1.85 million project investigating how marine plastics transport bacteria and viruses – and the impact that may have on human health.

The scientists are aiming to understand how plastics act as vehicles, with the potential to spread pathogens within coastal zones, or even from country to country, and how that affects health.

Publication date: 13 December 2018

2015 NSS Results - Bangor has been ranked 1st in the UK for Forestry and achieved 100% for overall student satisfaction for the 2nd year running!

Publication date: 12 August 2015

2017 NSS success for SENRGy!

The release of the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS) results has seen great success for the School of Environment Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy). The School achieved a hugely impressive 94% overall satisfaction score; in a number of the school’s undergraduate subject areas achieved satisfaction scores that are amongst the best in the UK. 

Publication date: 15 August 2017

2017 Tropical Forestry Study Tour in Ghana

In July 2017, the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography organised a two-week study tour in Ghana for students enrolled on the distance learning MSc Tropical Forestry programme at Bangor University. Students came from 13 different countries and the group was hosted by the Forestry Institute of Ghana. 

Publication date: 8 September 2017

27th Annual Young Scientists Symposium School of Chemistry, Bangor University

Publication date: 21 January 2013

28 March - Plant Conservation in the UK Overseas Territories

Dr Colin Clubbe. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Fri March 28th 1pm – 2pm Edward-Jones lecture room Thoday Building

Publication date: 12 March 2014

£4.9 million pounds to train new generation of environmental scientists

Bangor University is poised to train a new generation of environmental scientists equipped to tackle the challenges of a planet under pressure, under a £4.9 million initiative which has been funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Publication date: 6 November 2013

£5m EU funding boost for Bangor University

A world-leading scientific facility will be developed at Bangor University following a £5m EU funding boost the Energy and Rural Affairs Secretary, Lesley Griffiths, announced today [18.01.18].

The funding will help create the Centre for Environmental Biotechnology, which will position the University at the cutting edge of research into how natural materials can be utilised within industrial products and processes.

The investment will enable the University to work on major research and development projects with global businesses in sectors including life sciences, pharmaceutical, energy and manufacturing.

Publication date: 18 January 2018

£7m research programme into water, food and energy provision

The first five research projects to be funded through the Welsh Governments’ £7m Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment are announced in Cardiff today (Thursday 26 March).

Publication date: 25 March 2015

A BEACON of light for the green economy

Bangor University is a partner in a newly announced £20m programme to boost the green economy by helping business in West Wales and the Valleys develop new technologies to turn locally grown plant crops into commercial products, announced by Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones AM, at the Senedd. [Tuesday, 15 February).

Publication date: 15 February 2011

Access All Areas at the 2015 Hidden Worlds exhibition

‘Hidden worlds’  the flagship event at Bangor University’s Science Festival, which runs 13-22 March 2015, is offering even more hands on activities and demonstrations in this the Festival’s fifth year.

Publication date: 11 March 2015

Access to Masters Scholarships available

A limited number of funded places are available for students interested in studying MA/MSc Sustainable Environmental Management (Welsh Medium) at the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography from September 2012.

Publication date: 13 March 2012

Addressing Food Poverty

Three members of staff at Bangor University attended the inaugural meeting of The North Wales Food Poverty Alliance (NWFPA) in The OpTIC Centre St Asaph recently. 

The North Wales Food Poverty Alliance NWFP is a round table of multi-sector organisations chaired by Flintshire County Council, which aims to address the multiple challenges of food poverty in North Wales.

Publication date: 7 December 2018

Advanced Training Partnership Awarded

A partnership between the College of Natural Sciences (CNS), Bangor University, the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Aberystwyth University, and the National Institute for Agricultural Botany (NAIB) has been awarded a prestigious Advanced Training Partnership (ATP) by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Publication date: 23 March 2012

Affluent countries contribute less to wildlife conservation than the rest of the world

Some countries are more committed to conservation than others, a new Bangor University research collaboration has found.

In partnership with Panthera, the only organisation dedicated to protecting wild cats, researchers from Bangor University assessed how much, or little, individual countries contribute to protecting the world’s wildlife. By comparison to the more affluent, developed world, biodiversity is a higher priority in poorer areas such as Africa, whose countries contribute more to conservation than any other region.

Publication date: 5 May 2017

A Flexible Route to Getting Your Chemistry Degree - The OpenPlus entry route

Bangor University and the Open University have formed a partnership to create a flexible way for you to obtain a Chemistry degree.

Publication date: 22 August 2012

A green revolution needn’t be dull with sustainable sequins!

With sequins remaining ‘on-trend’ in the world of ‘fast fashion’, one small company is hoping to add a little light of brilliance and sustainability by developing a biodegradable sequin.

Fast fashion is often criticised for increasing the amount of material sent to landfill. The craze for sequins only serves to add a literal ‘layer’ of unrecyclable plastic into that mix.

One company is hoping to change all that however. Rachel Clowes established The Sustainable Sequin Company a year ago to provide the fashion industry with a sustainable sequin.

Rachel is currently using recycled plastic to provide off the shelf and custom-made sequins of various shapes and sizes. Rachel’s recycled plastic sequins are the first step towards her goal of developing a compostable sequin, which when used on a biodegradable material, could see the whole garment degrading naturally once sent to landfill.

Rachel has turned to experts at Bangor University and has asked them to throw their considerable experience behind her challenge.

Publication date: 10 September 2019

Agricultural Student of the Year Graduates

A Bangor University student graduating this week will never forget the amazing feeling of receiving his degree results.

Publication date: 12 July 2013

Agroforestry can help the UK meet climate change commitments without cutting livestock numbers

Some 12m hectares of the UK is currently covered by agricultural grasslands which support a national lamb and beef industry worth approximately £3.7 billion. However, proposals have been made that this landscape should undergo radical changes to aid the country’s climate change commitments. A controversial government advisory report recently produced by the independent Committee on Climate Change calls for UK lamb and beef production to be reduced by up to 50%. It claims that by replacing grazing land with forestry the UK will be able to substantially decrease its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.T

his article by Charlotte Pritchard, PhD Researcher, at the School of Natural Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 7 December 2018

Agroforestry students travel to Indonesia

Staff and students from Bangor University travelled to East Kalimantan, Indonesia, as part of a field course on the MSc Agroforestry programme. The field course was organised with the support of the Forest Fruits and Rural Nutrition (FFRAN) project, a joint initiative between Mulawarman University and Bangor University, that aims to determine the role that under-utilised tropical forest fruits could play in alleviating rural childhood malnutrition. FFRAN is a British Council Institutional Links project under the Newton Fund.

Publication date: 10 June 2018

A little bit of Brazil in Wales

The 'Science Without Borders' scheme has enabled a group of students from Brazil to study at Bangor this year. Samanta Bedow, who has been at Bangor since September, has started a summer placement with the National Trust at nearby Plas Newydd. Should be a nice summer, congratulations to all our SwB students, send us some pictures of where you are this summer!

Publication date: 26 June 2014

Alliance to strengthen forestry research in Wales

Two organisations with long records of expertise in forestry education and research will be collaborating more closely with the move of Forest Research’s Welsh office to Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, which is the home of forestry in the University.

Publication date: 19 May 2016

All Wales and West Microbiology meeting

Dr Martina Lahmann invited to speak at Swansea University

Publication date: 18 September 2012

A Local Food Charter for Gwynedd and Anglesey

Bangor University is co-operating with two local authorities by hosting a high level workshop for the Local Services Management Board of Gwynedd and Môn and local food sector representatives including local food businesses.

Publication date: 4 June 2013

Aloha Hawai'i : one Geography student's professional placement adventure

Publication date: 18 January 2016

Alumnus launches daredevil cliff camping service

A head for heights is not a pre-requisite for studying at Bangor University, however this specific trait has enabled a School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, Devonshire born alumnus to turn his passion into a successful, one of its kind business opportunity.

Publication date: 20 April 2015

Ambergris: how to tell if you've struck gold with 'whale vomit' or stumbled upon sewage

This article by Vera Thoss, Lecturer in Chemistry, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

When walking along the beach, some objects might seem unusual because they are neither pebble nor shell nor seaweed. They can be covered with a soft white layer that looks a bit like cotton wool. They may appear hard or waxy, and sometimes have objects trapped within. And a smell that has been described as “a cross between squid and farmyard manure”. Dogs with their keen sense of smell often find these objects first.

Publication date: 15 April 2016

Analysis of long-term satellite data reveals the dynamic changes of water bodies over large areas of China

New research published today in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences reports that the abundance of water bodies >1 km2 in China are up to 1.5 times greater than previous estimates. 

Publication date: 3 December 2019

A new scientific framework to plan the conservation of dry forests in tropical America

Dry forests in Latin America are amongst the world’s most threatened tropical forests.  Less than 10% of their original extent remains in many countries, much less than many rain forests such as Amazonia that remains approximately 80% intact.  Dry forests were the cradle of pre-Colombian civilisation in Latin America, and the source of globally important crops such as maize, beans, peanuts and tomato, but despite this and their widespread destruction, they have been long-overlooked by scientists and conservationists.

Publication date: 23 September 2016

An innovative project to create an educative package about community energy in Wales

A brand new educative resource about community energy was trialled amongst pupils in Dyffryn Ogwen Secondary School, Bethesda on Wednesday the 12th of July. The cartoon novel ‘Tick-Tock: A graphic novel about energy, ownership and community’ was developed by Sioned Hâf and Angharad Penrhyn Jones, as a part of an initiative to raise awareness of the community energy sector in Wales. This online graphic novel follows in the footsteps of Gwenno, the main character of the story, as she questions the present energy system and discovers the potential of community energy in contributing towards her villages’ long-term future sustainability.

Publication date: 13 July 2017

Are electric fences really the best way to solve human-elephant land conflicts?

Conflict between humans and elephants has reached a crisis point in Kenya. As the elephants have begun to regularly raid farms in search of food, it has become not uncommon for local people to attack and kill them in retaliation. Between 2013 and 2016, 1,700 crop raiding incidents, 40 human deaths and 300 injuries caused by wildlife were reported in the Kajiado district alone.

This article by Liudmila Osipova, PhD Researcher, Bangor University is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 12 October 2018

A renowned north Wales' Professor has highlighted the importance of Wales’ wetlands as part of World Wetlands Day

Professor Chris Freeman from Bangor University has thrown his support behind the event aimed and at raising the awareness of wetlands across the globe.

Publication date: 31 January 2014

Are people ‘rolling the dice’ when it comes to food safety?

A new study, conducted by a team of UK based researchers involving The University of Manchester, Bangor University and the University of Liverpool, known as the ENIGMA Project, has revealed the levels of bad behaviours in UK kitchens which increase the public’s risk of getting food poisoning.

Publication date: 29 June 2017

A 'sapphire rush' has sent at least 45,000 miners into Madagascar's protected rainforests

This article  by Julia P G Jones, Professor of Conservation Science, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

The rainforests of Didy in eastern Madagascar usually ring with the calls of the indri, the island’s largest lemur. There is a different noise now: the chopping of trees, digging of gravel, and cheers of encouragement from the thousands of illegal miners who have flooded to these forests since sapphires were discovered in late September.

Publication date: 21 November 2016

As seen on TV!

A carnivorous plant described in a recent episode of BBC2’s Wonders of the Monsoon can be seen at Treborth Botanic Garden and is thought to be the only one on Wales and one of only a few samples in the UK.

Publication date: 28 October 2014

At Royal Command

Two Bangor University academics have  recently received royal invitations to take part in important and influential events.

Publication date: 3 June 2016

Autumn brings its spectacular treats

A tree trunk in the woods at Treborth Botanic Garden, part of Bangor University,  has erupted in a profusion of the most amazing array of honey fungus.

Publication date: 10 October 2013

Autumnwatch viewers to learn about the Sea Trout

Autumnwatch viewers across the UK will learn about a project that’s hoping to improve  the situation for the sewin or sea trout, on the programme to be broadcast on Thursday 18 November (BBC 2 21.30pm 18.11.10).

Publication date: 17 November 2010

A very special award for Dr Sophie Williams

A lecturer from the School of School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography received a special award from Bangor University students. On Friday 29th April, Dr Sophie Williams entered, to rapturous applause, a room packed with her students, colleagues, family and friends. On her first trip out of hospital for ten months she was at the University to receive an award for her incredible contribution to teaching.

Publication date: 10 May 2016

Award recognises excellent work from SENRGy student.

Mary Crossland from Wimbourne, Dorset, and based in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy)has won the Tilhill Forestry Phil Johnson Memorial Award for Best Silviculture Student 2015/16 with the highest mark for the DDL-4202 Silviculture module achieved by an MSc student in the 2015/16 academic year. 

Publication date: 19 May 2016

Award winning geography lecturers!

Publication date: 20 June 2014

Bang Goes the Theory comes to Bangor!

Following the recent furore over horse meat contamination in other meats, BBC’s popular science show, Bang Goes the Theory (on BBC 2 Wales at 18.30on Tuesday 9 April 2013/ Monday 8 April 19..30 BBC One not in regions) looks at how new DNA techniques can be used to identify the fish on your plate.

Publication date: 4 April 2013

Bangor academic features on Bear Grylls’ new TV series

A Bangor University academic has been providing her expertise for adventurer Bear Grylls’ new TV series.

Publication date: 21 September 2015

Bangor academic gives expert evidence to House of Commons on St David’s Day

A Bangor academic is presenting evidence to the House of Commons today on the security of mineral supplies to the UK today (1 March 2018). Professor Barrie Johnson of the University’s School of Biological Sciences is an internationally leading expert on using biological methods for mineral extraction.

His contribution to today’s Committee is based on his contribution to a major UK research project investigating solutions for the recovery of cobalt. This Natural Environment Research Council funded project is aiming to increase the UK's exploration, mining and recovery of cobalt, a metal of great strategic and economic importance.

Publication date: 1 March 2018

Bangor Alumna wins Gold at RHS Show

A BSc Hons Agricultural Botany alumna recently took part in the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show at BBC Gardeners’ World live and won a Gold Medal.

Publication date: 3 July 2015

Bangor appears in UK Top 10 League Tables

Bangor University is among the top 10 universities in the UK for six subjects taught at the university according to the Complete University Guide for 2019.

The University appears third in the Wales University table, coming equal 62nd overall in the first free-to access complete ranking of all the UKs universities.

Publication date: 25 April 2018

Bangor at the Ynys Môn National Eisteddfod

As the major provider of Welsh medium higher education, Bangor University is particularly active again in this year’s National Eisteddfod in Anglesey.

Full details and news about the University’s activities at the Eisteddfod is available on the University’s website at:

Publication date: 2 August 2017

Bangor Chemistry @ EUChemS 2018

Working under the guidance of Dr Leigh Jones, chemistry PhD students Mari Slater-Parry and Baba Fugu Mohammed, recently attended the 7th EuChemS chemistry congress at the ACC in Liverpool (26th-30thAugust, 2018). 

Publication date: 18 September 2018

Bangor foresters at Buckingham Palace

Bangor foresters Sarah Ellis and James Walmsley were privileged to attend a royal Garden Party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace recently, as a result of their work with the small charity Woodland Heritage.  The foresters spent much of their afternoon exploring the extensive gardens, a 40-acre oasis in the centre of London and host to an impressive collection of specimen trees.  They also enjoyed glimpses of members of the Royal family, including Her Royal Highness the Queen and His Royal Highness, Prince Harry.

Publication date: 5 June 2019

Bangor foresters head to the Italian Alps

Forestry graduates and students from Bangor University experienced high quality alpine forestrt managements when they  visited the Piedmont region of Italy as part of a  recent foreign study tour.

Publication date: 1 July 2019

Bangor foresters in Westminister

Five Bangor University foresters were privileged to be invited to join other students, forestry professionals, Members of Parliament and forest industry representatives and experts to mark the  recent launch of a national Confor #TheFutureIsForestry competition.

Publication date: 28 June 2019

Bangor Forestry Students Celebrate the International Day of Forests

Globally, forests cover one-third of the Earth’s land mass, and support the livelihoods of around 1.6 billion people.More than 80% of land-based animals, plants and insects are found in forests and they also protect watersheds and provide us with clean air and water.United Nations International Day of Forests, now in its second year, aims to promote awareness of the importance of all types of forest.

Publication date: 21 March 2014

Bangor graduates make a difference on World Challenge project

Two Bangor graduates are working on an environmental project in Madagascar, shortlisted for the World Challenge, a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grassroots level.

Publication date: 9 November 2010

Bangor Graduates Take On The Fringe

This summer four Bangor University graduates are taking an original sketch show to the Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Festival!

Publication date: 31 July 2013

Bangor Host Alumni Event at the Agroforestry World Conference 2014

Bangor University recently hosted an alumni event for graduates of the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGY), at the World Congress on Agroforestry in Delhi ( Attendees came from all over the World, including Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Mali, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Mexico and Brazil. Dr's Fergus Sinclair and Rob Brook, and Graduate Teaching Assistant James Brockington met alumni during a cocktail reception and were representing SENRGY at the Congress with posters and an oral presentation on their latest research. Alan Heinze and  Martha Ataa-Asantewaa, who studied for their MSc in Agroforestry at Bangor in 2013 also presented their research at the Congress.

Publication date: 17 February 2014

Bangor Lecturer wins 2012 Peter Savill Award

Dr Christine Chalan, Head of the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, has been awarded the 2012 Peter Savill Award. The prize, which is awarded each year by the Woodland Heritage, is to recognise the contribution of an individual who has significantly benefited British Forestry, in this case for Forestry Education.

Publication date: 16 March 2012

Bangor led project covered by Science

A Bangor- Unversity led European Union funded research project developing techniques to assist in the fight against illegal fishing and to preserve fish stocks is covered in the Magazine Science.

Publication date: 17 December 2010

Bangor offers fifteen international Forestry distance learning Scholarships thanks to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

Publication date: 20 February 2012

Bangor offers ten new international Forestry distance learning Scholarships thanks to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

Staff at Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) are delighted to announce that the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) have agreed to fund 10 places for scholars from developing commonwealth countries to study on the MSc Forestry (distance learning) course.  The scholarship will include international tuition fees, plus a travel scholarship to enable scholars to attend a field course in 2012 or 2013.

Publication date: 26 January 2011

Bangor Professor appears on The One Show

You’ll be spellbound by this fabulous film about 'love' on the shore and a 'seabed seductress' which was broadcast on popular BBC One programme The One Show recently. Prof Simon Webster  of the School of Natural Sciences explained to Miranda Krestovnikoff how the females of a common crab species that we find on our sea shores, attract a male and gains some protection into the bargain!

The film is seven minutes into the programme and is available here for 29 days.

Publication date: 19 September 2019

Bangor Professor works with Bear Grylls

A Bangor University Professor provided his expertise for the opening episode of adventurer Bear Grylls’ new three-part TV series, Britain’s Biggest Adventures with Bear Grylls.

Publication date: 16 September 2015

Bangor Researcher presents at the World Congress on Agroforestry

SENRGy staff are currently at the World Congress on Agroforestry. James Brockington discussed his MSc dissertation research to a global audience in Delhi.

Publication date: 13 February 2014

Bangor researchers & students plan to get to the bottom of how new fish species are evolving in a Tanzanian crater lake

Charles Darwin called it the mystery of mysteries: how do new species arise? We understand a lot more now than we did in Darwin’s time, of course. But only with the advent of cheap large-scale DNA sequencing have we had a hope to understand how the process works at the most fundamental level.

Professor George Turner from Bangor University has been awarded a £250k grant from the Leverhulme Trust to study fishes from a tiny lake formed in a volcanic crater in Tanzania.

Publication date: 23 October 2014

Bangor researcher to teach chemistry in Africa

A Bangor University research assistant will shortly embark on a once in a lifetime trip to Africa to teach chemistry.

Publication date: 13 August 2013

Bangor research featured in the Spring Issue of Chartered Forester magazine

Articles by Professor John Healeyand Genevieve Agabafrom Bangor University feature in the recent Spring 2018 Issue of the Chartered Forester magazine published by the Institute of Chartered Foresters.

Publication date: 11 April 2018

Bangor's Biomedical Science Degree Amongst The Best In the UK

The renowned Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) has for the third time in succession announced the award of a further five-year accreditation to Bangor University’s BSc program in Biomedical Science at the University’s School of Biological Sciences.

Publication date: 26 July 2013

Bangor science project shortlisted for EU award

BREAD4PLA, a green science and technology project in which Bangor University’s research played a significant role, has been shortlisted as one of the best 25 LIFE Environment Projects delivered in 2015.

Publication date: 20 May 2016

Bangor science project shortlisted for second EU award

BREAD4PLA, a green science and technology project in which Bangor University’s research played a significant role, has been shortlisted in the ''Green Awards'' as one of the best LIFE Environment Projects of the last 25 years.

Publication date: 28 April 2017

Bangor science project wins EU award

BREAD4PLA, a green science and technology project in which Bangor University’s research played a significant role, has been awarded one of the two ''Green Awards'' as one of the best LIFE Environment Projects of the last 25 years.

Publication date: 19 June 2017

Bangor scientists contribute to efforts to reduce environmental destruction and poverty in Madagascar

Bangor University is leading research investigating how poverty is closely tied to the state of the environment in countries such as Madagascar. The research project which aims to help understand the linkages between poverty and the destruction of tropical rainforest brings together scientists from Madagascar, the UK, the USA and the Netherlands.

Publication date: 26 November 2013

Bangor scientists contribute to global conservation review.

Conservation scientists at Bangor University have contributed data to the latest comprehensive conservation assessment of the world’s vertebrates.

Publication date: 28 October 2010

Bangor scientists investigate how best to ask difficult questions

Asking people whether they are involved in an illegal activity is difficult as those involved may not wish to incriminate themselves. Managing natural resources often depends upon influencing people’s behaviour; including discouraging illegal activities such as killing protected species. However, targeting interventions is difficult as rule-breakers may not wish to identify themselves. Scientists at Bangor University’s School of the Environment, Natural Resources and Geography used a technique designed for investigating sensitive behaviours to estimate the proportion of South African farmers killing carnivores on their land. They found that nearly 20% of farmers have killed leopards within the last year; a worryingly high figure given that this species is declining in much of its range.

Publication date: 1 August 2011

Bangor scientists sign letter to humanity

Bangor University scientists are among the 15,364 scientists from 184 countries world-wide who have signed a ‘warning letter’ to humanity about the dire situation that we face.

Publication date: 17 November 2017

Bangor scientists strengthen Russian links to fight climate change

Scientists from North Wales have attended a ground-breaking climate change seminar in Siberia.

Two scientists from Bangor University were invited by the British Consulate in Russia to talk about their environmental research.

Publication date: 15 January 2020

Bangor’s elite athletes awarded Sports Scholarships

Every year, Bangor University supports students with sporting ability by offering a number of Sports Scholarships for students studying for a degree in any subject area.

Publication date: 10 December 2015

Bangor’s elite athletes awarded Sports Scholarships

Every year, Bangor University supports students with sporting ability by offering a number of Sports Scholarships for students studying for a degree in any subject area.

Publication date: 9 December 2016

Bangor’s elite athletes awarded Sports Scholarships

Every year, Bangor University supports students with sporting ability by offering a number of Sports Scholarships for students studying for a degree in any subject area. These Sports Scholarships are awarded to recognise and support sporting excellence and achievement. They are aimed at helping talented and high performance students to combine their academic study and sporting performance to assist them in achieving their full potential.

Publication date: 13 January 2015

Bangor’s Expertise helps win Gold at Chelsea

Bangor University's Botanic Garden Curator, Natalie Chivers spent the whole of last week up to her elbows in soil as she was part of the planting-scheme design team for the Montessori St Nicholas Garden at the Chelsea Flower show.  Natalie spent the week planting all the carefully selected blooms for this Garden which has won the coveted Chelsea Gold award.

Publication date: 24 May 2019

Bangor’s expertise in ‘world-changing’ technology

An area of  research in which Bangor University is a world leader, is described by this month’s (December) issue of Scientific American as one of ten ‘world-changing ideas’.

Publication date: 16 December 2011

Bangor’s Forestry Department Celebrate 110th anniversary this year

News has been picked up by the Daily Post this week

Publication date: 27 March 2014

Bangor’s Students square up for further University Challenge round

Bangor University appears in the  second round in the 50th anniversary series of TV’s most challenging quiz show; University Challenge on BBC 2 Wales at 8.00 pm on Monday 28 January 2013.

Publication date: 22 January 2013

Bangor’s Students Union nominated for seven Awards

Bangor University’s very active Students’ Union has been shortlisted for no less than seven Awards in the Annual NUS Wales Awards this year.

An independent panel of judges narrowed more than 80 nominations to a shortlist for this year’s Awards. The Union itself is shortlisted for the ‘Higher Education Students’ Union of the Year’ while Students Union members have been shortlisted for a range of Awards. Rhys Dart, Director, Bangor Students’ Union is nominated for the Simpson-King Students’ Union Staff Member of the Year. Chair of the Geographical Society, who are nominated for Club or Society of the Year, Chris Bibby also finds himself nominated for the Endsleigh Student of the Year. Two Bangor students are among four shortlisted for the Course Rep of the Year: Martyn Curzey, of the School of Chemistry and Marta Napodano, representing fellow students at the School of English. Bangor University’s Geographical Society has been shortlisted for Club or Society of the Year, and Katherine Young, writing for the Welsh student paper, Y Llef, for the Student Journalist of the Year.

Publication date: 8 March 2013

Bangor Student Awarded Tilhill Phil Johnson Memorial Award for Best Silviculture Student

Publication date: 2 October 2015

Bangor Student Finalists in Climate Week Awards 2013

Andy O’Callaghan, a second year Marine Science/ Zoology student at Bangor University has been names a finalist in the upcoming Climate Week Awards 2013.

Publication date: 4 March 2013

Bangor student graduates with ‘dream degree’

A passionate urban conservationist graduated from Bangor University with his “dream degree” this week. Former Sparsholt College student, Macauly Gatenby, 22, from Portsmouth graduated with a BSc Zoology with Conservation degree after studying at the University’s School of Biological Sciences.

Publication date: 14 July 2016

Bangor student takes on a North American climbing challenge

First year Geography student, Will Hardy will be taking his love of climbing to a next level this summer as he plans to go on a month-long climbing expedition.

Publication date: 19 April 2012

Bangor Student Wins Welsh Agriculture Student of the Year for second year in succession

A Bangor University student is to receive the Richard Phillips Agricultural Student of the Year Award, presented annually at the Royal Welsh Show to the best agricultural student studying in Wales.

Twenty-three year old Holly Pratt will receive the Award on the Monday of the Show (2.20pm 21.7.14), the second year in succession that a Bangor student is receiving the Award.

Publication date: 19 June 2014

Bangor top for student satisfaction and highest for forestry in latest league table

The publication of the 2017 Complete University Guide provides yet further recognition of the quality of the teaching and learning at Bangor University in the subject area of “Agriculture and Forestry”.

Publication date: 6 May 2016

Bangor Uni. Students’ Union: One Minute Garden wins Green Impact Award

Student Unions from across the UK have been performing and filming eco-stunts to spread sustainability ideas, in a quest to win this year’s Green Impact Communications Challenge Award.

This year they were set the task of producing a one-minute film of an environmental themed public stunt, shot in one take, real time.

Publication date: 4 June 2014

Bangor University academic invited to international panel on animal by-products disposal

Dr Prysor Williams from the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography has just returned from an international symposium in Detroit, USA, focussed on discussing all aspects of animal by-product disposal. During the conference, he presented two papers on the research work being undertaken at Bangor University on a novel system of storing livestock carcasses prior to disposal, called Bioreduction.

Publication date: 31 May 2012

Bangor University Alumnus honoured with top geographical prize

The Royal Geographical Society has awarded one of its Royal Medals to a Bangor University Alumnus for his work in agricultural development.

Publication date: 12 May 2017

Bangor University and Waitrose branch out into green packaging

A collaborative project led by the BioComposites Centre at Bangor University, in partnership  with Aberystwyth University and Waitrose was on show at the Waitrose Menai Bridge store  recently.

Publication date: 20 November 2014

Bangor University awards three ‘Women in Science’ scholarships

Bangor University has awarded its ‘Women in Science’ scholarships to three outstanding female students: Emily Louise Dunn, Emily O’Regan and Kathryn Howard. All three were undergraduate students at Bangor and graduated with First Class Honours in July 2016. The scholarships, which cover the full course fees, will enable the talented and enthusiastic students to continue their studies and are now enrolled in postgraduate research courses at Bangor.

Publication date: 3 January 2017

Bangor University becomes LEAF’s ninth Innovation Centre: a centre of excellence for sustainable farming

A new LEAF Innovation Centre is being launched today ( June 29 2016) by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), the leading organisation promoting sustainable farming.   Bangor University becomes the latest site to join LEAF’s network of Innovation Centres.  It will showcase sustainable farming methods, particularly in the area of lowland and upland livestock systems, and support the development and promotion of sustainable farming through Integrated Farm Management.

Publication date: 29 June 2016

Bangor University begins research in Virtual Joint Centres with Brazil and China to improve nitrogen use in agriculture

Agriculture faces a pressing problem: the need to provide food security for a burgeoning population whilst safeguarding the environment. Whilst the use of fertiliser nitrogen has helped in increasing food production, this has been at the expense of the environment, especially in rapidly developing countries such as China and Brazil.

Publication date: 3 June 2016

Bangor University brings significant European research funding to north Wales

Research funding worth nearing £10 million has been levied by Bangor University researchers from the European Union research funding programme, and the University expects to improve on this results in the new European research and innovation programme.

Forty-two major pan-European research projects led by Bangor University academics were successfully funded, against stiff competition in FP7, the 7th Research Framework Programme of the European Commission, which ran from 2007 to 2013.

Publication date: 10 December 2014

Bangor University celebrates 110 years of Forestry teaching

One of the oldest “forestry universities” in the UK – and the first to offer a degree in forestry – is celebrating 110 years of forestry teaching.  Over that time Bangor University has awarded forestry degrees to students from more than 100 countries, and today 60 undergraduate and 100 postgraduate MSc students are studying on forestry courses run by its School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography.  Bangor’s international research profile and vibrant research culture in forestry mean that 50% of the School’s research students are working in the areas of forestry, agroforestry and wood science.

Publication date: 13 March 2014

Bangor University contributes to ‘Buildings as Power Stations’ technology

Bangor University’s School of Chemistry is contributing to a research project which could put Wales at the forefront of global renewable energy technology.

Publication date: 12 November 2012

Bangor University graduate presents for the BBC Natural History Unit

Dr Ross Piper, 37, who studied Zoology and Animal Ecology at Bangor University, recently returned from a six week expedition in Burma, during which he was working as a presenter for the BBC Natural History Unit. The three-part series will be broadcast on Friday November 29th on BBC2 at 9pm.

Publication date: 14 November 2013

Bangor University Graduate Scoops a Top UK Award

A Bangor University graduate recently picked up a prestigious ‘Best Student Award’ by The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF). Joseph White, 21, from Aldershot, Hampshire graduated recently with a BSc Forestry degree, and was presented with the prize at his graduation ceremony by Antony Griffiths, who represented the ICF.

Publication date: 13 August 2013

Bangor University graduate wins Nobel Prize

Bangor University graduate Professor Robert Edwards FRS has been awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Medicine.

Publication date: 4 October 2010

Bangor University Graduation Day 2017

As you may already be aware, the School of the Environment, Natural Resources and Geography Graduation Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, 18th July 2017 at 3pm in the Main Arts Building.

Publication date: 23 June 2017

Bangor University helps develop conservation science teaching in Bangladesh and Ghana

Academics at Bangor University are working with colleagues from Bangladesh and Ghana to increase and improve the teaching of conservation science in these two biodiversity rich countries. The British Council has funded a capacity building project which allows exchanges between students, researchers and staff from Universities in Bangladesh, Ghana and Bangor. Three staff from Khulna University and Rajshahi University in Bangladesh, and Accra University in Ghana, are currently in Bangor taking an MSC module in conservation biology and working with staff in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography to develop conservation biology curricula for their own universities.

Publication date: 2 December 2010

Bangor University helps government of Madagascar develop a strategy to tackle bushmeat hunting

Bushmeat hunting-the hunting of wild animals for food, is recognised as a major conservation issue across much of the tropics. However until recently the threat this poses to Madagascar’s wildlife, including its famous lemurs, was not wildly recognised.

Publication date: 30 May 2012

Bangor University hosts a successful alumni event at the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry in Montpellier, France

On Monday the 20th May 2019, with support from the International Education Centre, staff from the School of Natural Sciences (SNS) hosted an event at the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry in Montpellier, France.  Bangor University has a large number of international students and makes efforts to keep in touch with alumni wherever they are in the world. At the hotel Oceania, staff, alumni, current and prospective students shared stories, networked and learned about recent developments at Bangor University as well as far beyond. 

Publication date: 12 June 2019

Bangor University hosts its first Polar Symposium

A ‘Polar Symposium’ being held this week-end (Saturday 8 December) is the first of its kind to be held at Bangor University.

The 'Bangor Polar Symposium' at the School of Ocean Sciences has been jointly organized by the UK Polar Network and the Endeavour Society, a Bangor University student society focussing on ocean sciences.

Publication date: 7 December 2012

Bangor University hosts training event for local business

Local companies that work across chemistry, life sciences and material sciences  came to Bangor University recently to attend the first training event  of the Wales Ireland Network for Scientific Skills (WINSS) held for local SMEs.

Publication date: 8 October 2012

Bangor University: learning and growing with Woodland Heritage

Two leading forestry experts return to Bangor University on Tuesday, 15th March at 7.30pm to speak to Bangor Forestry Students Association (BFSA) about their exciting and varied career paths to-date, as well as about the many links between Bangor University and the charity Woodland Heritage.

Publication date: 4 March 2016

Bangor University lecturer honoured for contribution to education in botanic gardens

Dr Sophie Williams, a lecturer in conservation at Bangor University, has been awarded the Marsh Christian Award for Education in Botanic Gardens.

Publication date: 23 October 2015

Bangor University maintains leadership position in Student Satisfaction

Bangor University again leads Welsh universities in the most recent measure of student satisfaction, and is among the top 10 of the UK’s best non-specialist universities, the traditional institutions who offer a broad range of subjects. 

Publication date: 12 August 2015

Bangor University Open Days to empower the next generation of scientists

The College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Bangor University is aiming to set the record straight on the so-called ‘snowflake’ generation by putting out a call for students determined to make a difference to the world’s problems.

A recent survey* revealed 85% of young people, far from being the over-sensitive souls portrayed in the media, feel empowered to tackle issues like global warming, rising sea levels and widespread pollution.

Publication date: 4 October 2019

Bangor University promotes agroforestry to combat land degradation in Uganda

Bangor University recently held a training course in Eastern Uganda, in collaboration with The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the National Forestry Resources Research Institute (NaFORRI). MSc Forestry students (including SUTROFOR scholars and a distance learning Commonwealth Scholarship Commission scholar) from the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography attended the course alongside researchers from partner institutes in Uganda and Burundi. The aim of the training was to equip researchers with the skills they need to collect and analyse local knowledge of trees and understand drivers of tree cover/landuse change. The results from further research in the area will feed into an Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) funded project called ‘Trees for Food Security’ ( Two Bangor MSc Sustainable Tropical Forestry students (Mussie Tesfamicheal and Cecilia Kwateng Yeboah) are now conducting their fieldwork under the project and will present their results back to project partners in Nairobi at ICRAF Headquarters in June.

Publication date: 25 March 2014

Bangor University ranked 7th in the UK for Agri-tech research

Bangor University was ranked 7th in the UK, and 1st in Wales, for the impact of its agri-tech research publications in the recent landmark review for the UK Government, “Encouraging a British Invention Revolution: Sir Andrew Witty’s Review of Universities and Growth”.

Publication date: 5 February 2014

Bangor University rated Gold

Bangor University has been awarded the Gold standard in the UK Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework, and is the only University in Wales to achieve this standard.

The framework assesses universities against a range of criteria and is part of the UK government’s plans for raising standards in higher education. It also gives students more information so that they can make the most informed decisions when deciding which university to attend.

Publication date: 22 June 2017

Bangor University Research Excellence Awards 2016

Bangor University is to highlight and celebrate the high standard of research at the University in a new Research Excellence Awards event to be held for the first time this December, and has just announced the Awards Shortlists.

The inaugural Awards will shine a spotlight on some of the University’s outstanding research teams and individuals.

The winners will be announced at an Awards dinner in Pontio on 5th December 2016.

Publication date: 26 October 2016

Bangor University research is set to assist newly protected species

We know that trade and transport of ivory is strictly controlled to safeguard the elephants, and that other animal by-products such as the use of rhino horn is also controlled in an attempt to clamp down on the poaching and illegal trade which affects some of our most threatened species.

The list extends beyond those charismatic species that we’re probably all familiar with.

The organisation responsible for regulating and monitoring trade in wildlife products is the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), to which 183 countries are signatories.

Another group of species, the devil rays, has now joined that list following a recent CITES meeting, and as of today (4 April 2017) the new regulations will be implemented. One Bangor University student is to play a part in the safeguarding of the devil ray and the already protected manta ray.

Publication date: 4 April 2017

Bangor University rewards outstanding impact from its research and enterprise activities

Projects which have benefited local and global communities were rewarded as Bangor University held its third annual Impact and Innovation Awards on the 3rd December 2015.

Publication date: 4 December 2015

Bangor University rewards staff for achieving Research Excellence

A new Research Excellence Awards event has just been held at Bangor University to celebrate the high standard of research at the University.

Publication date: 6 December 2016

Bangor University scientist receives honorary doctorate from Chilean university

Dr Shaun Russell, Director of Bangor University’s Treborth Botanic Garden, was awarded a ‘doctor honoris causa’ at a ceremony at the Universidad de Magallanes (UMAG)  recently.

UMAG is located in the city of Punta Arenas on the Straits of Magellan in southern Chile. Dr Russell has been conducting botanical research work in the region for the past 16 years. Tierra del Fuego is a global diversity hotspot for mosses and liverworts, which are classed as bryophytes and Dr Russell’s work on these small but ecologically important plants, contributed directly to the creation of the UNESCO “Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve” there in 2005.

Publication date: 24 January 2019

Bangor University scientists take part in world-wide ocean health check

Scientists at Bangor University will be joining forces with marine scientists across the world on 21 June to take part in an ambitious global research project – Ocean Sampling Day.

80% of all life on Earth comes from the World Ocean which covers more than 70% of the Earth surface. Marine microorganisms are responsible for a smooth functioning of global elements’ cycles, however less than 1 % of them are known.  The School of Biological Sciences will join 150 research organisations from Iceland to Anatartica and from Moorea (French Polynesia) to South Africa to study and health check the world’s oceans.

Publication date: 18 June 2014

Bangor University seals reputation for wetland science excellence

International award and groundbreaking new course confirms Bangor University as world leader in wetland science.

One of Bangor University's top academics has scooped a major scientific prize the same week as he launches a UK-first course.

Publication date: 16 July 2013

Bangor University set for another busy National Eisteddfod week at Llanrwst

Bangor University is proud to be taking part again this year at the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst.

As well as contributing to activities the on the Maes, there will also be buzz on the University's stand again this year.

Publication date: 1 August 2019

Bangor University shows knowledge can travel from children to adults

A new study by Bangor scientists shows that environmental education can positively influence the knowledge and attitudes of children.  The paper, published in the journal Animal Conservation, also shows that knowledge gained by children about lemur conservation can be transferred to their parents

Publication date: 14 August 2014

Bangor University social event in Zambia for past and present students

Dr Fergus Sinclair, Senior Lecturer in Agroforestry in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) at Bangor University and Science Domain Leader at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), recently hosted a cocktail party for Bangor University alumni and current students in Copperbelt Region of Zambia.

Publication date: 16 December 2015

Bangor University social events in Ghana and Uganda for past and present students

SENRGy staff recently hosted two successful events for Bangor University alumni and current and prospective students in Ghana and Uganda. 

Publication date: 17 August 2015

Bangor University’s Peer Guides thanked as one receives Award

Around 500 Bangor University students have been congratulated and awarded certificates in thanks for the vital role they have been playing in supporting their fellow students.

Bangor University runs one of the oldest and largest ‘Peer Guiding Schemes’ in any UK university. The trained ‘Peer Guides’ play a vital role in assisting new students to settle in to university life, helping with everything from  the practicalities of moving in and finding their way around university, to  assisting in supporting students in adapting to university life and signposting them to further  information and support when necessary.

Publication date: 21 April 2016

Bangor University’s Prof John Witcombe receives prestigious award

Prof John Witcombe, Professorial Fellow in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, received his award as Development Agriculturalist of the Year for 2014 from the Tropical Agriculture Association recently.

Publication date: 19 December 2014

Bangor University’s satisfied students

Bangor University continues to rise in popularity among its students. The University again retains its place at 14th in the UK and is second in Wales in a new university experience survey (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016).

Publication date: 17 March 2016

Bangor University’s School of Biological Sciences has again been ranked as the best in Wales by students

The School held on to the top spot following the results of the National Student Survey, a poll of around half a million graduating students from universities across the UK.

Publication date: 19 August 2015

Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography is contributing to reclaiming and transforming degraded land in Indonesia

In a partnership between Universities and commercial organisations both in Indonesia and the UK, Bangor University has been successful in securing a £10,000 grant from the British Council Indonesia to seed-fund research projects that will help return disused former mining sites into productive land.

Publication date: 24 April 2014

Bangor University’s Students’ Union put Bangor on the map at the annual NUS Wales Awards.

Bangor Students' Union not only won the Course Rep of the Year and Union Staff Member of the Year categories at the annual NUS Wales Awards this year but were also highly commended in the Union of the Year category.

Publication date: 21 March 2013

Bangor University student features on popular television show

A Bangor University student will feature as the ‘student of the month’ on the popular rural affairs programme, ‘Ffermio’. Huw Davies is in his 3rd year studying for a BSc in Agriculture, Conservation & Environment (ACE) in the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography, and will discuss how he combines his degree with his duties on the family farm near Llangefni, Anglesey.

Publication date: 16 November 2012

Bangor University student reaches semi-finals of national business competition

forestry student from Bangor University has reached the semi-finals of a national business competition run by a charity that supports student and graduate entrepreneurs. Jemima Letts, 21, has been shortlisted in the Tata Social Impact category for her business Tree Sparks, a social enterprise aiming to ignite conversation within 15-19 year olds about environmental awareness, as well as highlight that jobs within the environmental sector are viable for young people.

Publication date: 11 October 2018

Bangor University students awarded prestigious Drapers’ Company medals

Bangor University students were presented with the Drapers’ Medals recently. The Drapers’ Company is one of the historic Livery Companies of the City of London, and now a philanthropic organization. The Drapers’ Company kindly donates two medals each year to be awarded to outstanding postgraduate students.

Publication date: 22 February 2016

Bangor University Students Demonstrating Excellent Employability

The annual Employability Celebration evening was held recently to congratulate and showcase Bangor University students who have taken part in the Bangor Employability Award and demonstrated exceptional commitment to developing their employability through extra- and co-curricular activities whilst at University.

Publication date: 8 May 2015

Bangor University students organise a fund-raising event celebrating the biodiversity and culture of Madagascar

Have you ever wanted a chance to get ‘up close and personal’ with Madagascar’s incredible lemurs? Have you ever wondered what Malagasy food is like? Have you been inspired by nature documentaries to do something to support conservation of Madagascar’s unique wildlife? On the 27th April, a special event at the National Zoo of Wales in Colwyn Bay, organised by staff and students from Bangor University, will give you the chance to do all three.

Publication date: 12 April 2013

Bangor University students to take part in community tree plant for BBC’s The One Show

Bangor University students will be rolling up their sleeves in front of BBC’s The One Show cameras to help the Maes y Pant community group in Gresford (near Wrexham) to help transform a former quarry into a biodiverse community resource.

Publication date: 16 November 2012

Bangor University Student successes in LifeStart challenges

Two Bangor University students have been successful in recent ‘LifeStart Challenges’, winning substantial sums of money and valuable experiences.

Bangor University is one of only 12 universities taking part in LifeStart – a new challenge platform developed by Virgin StartUp. LifeStart aims to help students find their edge and achieve greater career and financial success by helping them learn critical enterprise and financial skills through participation in prize-winning Challenges.

Publication date: 10 April 2018

Bangor University student takes local business from strength to strength

Whilst most of us would find running a business challenging, a Bangor University student also studied for her degree at the same time. Rebecca Orford, 21, from Llanfairpwll, graduated with a BSc Environmental Conservation degree this week.

Publication date: 12 July 2013

Bangor University subjects join elite in world table

Newly published analysis of the latest influential QS World University Rankings, which saw Bangor University soar to 411th position worldwide, now provides further information on rankings for different subject areas among the world’s best universities.

Six subjects and one subject area taught at Bangor University feature among the world’s elite universities in this year’s release of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, with Agriculture and Forestry appearing in the top 100 institutions worldwide who teach the subject and rising from among last year’s 200 top Universities.

Publication date: 8 March 2017

Bangor University subjects make the grade in world table

Newly published analysis of the 2016 edition of the influential QS World University Rankings, which saw Bangor University soar 60 places to 411th position worldwide, now provides further information on rankings for different subject areas among the world’s best universities.

Publication date: 23 March 2016

Bangor University supporting beaver reintroductions for World Wetlands Day

Bangor University has thrown its support behind the reintroduction of beavers in Wales to mark World Wetlands Day (2.2.18).

Scientists from the university are calling for more support of the Welsh Beaver Project which aims to bring back the iconic animal to the country.

Publication date: 2 February 2018

Bangor University to assist in training future soil scientists

Bangor University is to play a crucial role in training scientists of the future who will improve our understanding of soils, which are key to tackling many of today’s global challenges, including food, water and energy security.

Publication date: 14 October 2014

Bangor University to reward outstanding impact from its research and enterprise activities

Twelve projects at Bangor University have been shortlisted for the University’s third annual Impact and Innovation Awards 2015, supported by Santander Universities.

These prestigious awards at Bangor University recognise and celebrate the recent impact that the University’s research, innovation and enterprise activities have on the wider economy and society. This year, the University is also introducing a new award category, Outstanding Contribution to Wales, to recognise activities that have led to impact of national significance in Wales.

Publication date: 27 November 2015

Bangor University Venom Day attracts world-leading experts

Toxin enthusiasts from around the globe gathered in North Wales for an annual event organised by Bangor University students.

Leading academics, world experts and a TV star joined over a hundred people for the unique Venom Day conference in Bangor to discuss toxicology and venomous species.

Publication date: 10 January 2019

Bangor University welcomes opportunity to work with nuclear training providers

Bangor University has welcomed Horizon Nuclear Power’s recent announcement of a partnership with Tecnatom, a global nuclear training services provider, as it looks to grow the future operational workforce for its Wylfa Newydd nuclear new-build project on Anglesey, North Wales.

Publication date: 21 July 2017

Bangor University wetland scientists star in BBC show

Wetland scientists from Bangor University have featured in a BBC show on one of Wales’ most important habitats.


Two members of the Bangor Wetlands Group at the  School of Biological Sciences appeared on BBC Radio Wales’ popular Science Café series.

Publication date: 30 September 2015

Bangor weightlifters bring home the gold

Bangor University students secured podium positions at the British University and College Weightlifting Championships which took place at St Mary’s University, Twickenham recently.

Publication date: 25 April 2018

Bangor Welcomes Coleg Cymraeg Posts and Provision

Once again this year, the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol has funded more lecturers to teach in various fields at universities across Wales.

Publication date: 14 September 2015

BA Student Hannah Greig tells us about her summerwork at AmeriCamp

Publication date: 8 October 2014

Be amazed at Brambell Natural History Museum, Bangor University

Bangor University’s Brambell Natural History Museum, will be open to the public on Saturday, 4th November as part of the Welsh Museums Festival.  The theme of the day is ‘Animals in Welsh Mythology’. Using specimens from the Museum as inspiration, workshops on drawing from specimens to create imaginative collages, prints, narrative and illustrations with be held with artist Jŵls Williams.

Publication date: 1 November 2017

Best UK radiography course tops University league table

Bangor University is listed as the best place to study Radiography according to the Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016. Bangor‘s Radiography students also had the best graduate prospects of any UK radiography graduates and the University was listed 3rd for radiography entry standards.

Bangor University also appears among the top 10 UK universities for a further five subjects. In addition to Radiography, these are Celtic Studies (Welsh) (2nd), Social Policy (2nd), Agriculture & Forestry (7th),Creative Writing (8th) and Education (10th).

Publication date: 28 September 2015

Best wishes to Steve as he carries the Olympic Flame today

Steve Barnard, an MSc student at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences is running with the London 2012 Olympic Torch in Morecambe on July 22.

Publication date: 22 June 2012

Bigger, more intensive dairy farms may also mean bigger milk footprints

A new study published in Global Change Biology challenges the idea that the trend towards larger, more intensive dairy farms mitigates climate change by shrinking the carbon footprint of milk production. A team of animal nutrition experts and environmental modellers from Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities looked beyond the farm-system boundaries of typical carbon footprint studies to account for indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emission consequences considering changes to dairy feed production and to beef farms that may compete with dairy farms for grassland.

Publication date: 29 September 2017

Biological Sciences Alumnus pens best-selling book

A Bangor University alumnus recalls a heart-thumping account of surviving the sinking of a fishing boat in the waters of Antarctica in his best-selling book, Last Man Off.

Publication date: 16 December 2014

Biomedical Science PhD student wins the Carl Singer Foundation Prize

The Carl Singer Foundation, which supports scientific education in the field of yeast genetics, organized for the first time a special presentation session at the recent British Yeast Group meeting.


This high profile scientific conference took place between the 7th and 9th of April 2014 at Exeter University. Thirteen students from across the United Kingdom were selected based on the quality of their submitted abstract to present their research work.


The winner of the top prize for the best presentation was Mrs Jessica Fletcher from the School of Biological Science at Bangor University. Jessica, who is also a post-graduate teaching assistant in Biomedical Science, researches how a novel variant of the oncogene Chk2 affects the ability of cells to responds to DNA damage.

Publication date: 6 June 2014

Biotechnology for green Pesticides

Bangor University in conjunction with Almac Group and Hockley International have been awarded a grant to develop an organic natural based pesticide. The work will be carried out at the University’s College of Natural Sciences (CNS) and Almac’s laboratories based in Northern Ireland commencing in September.

Publication date: 22 July 2014

Bird-brained? Not at all: Reed Warblers reveal a magnetic map

We all marvel at those mammals, birds and insects who migrate long distances, and at their innate ability to reach a destination thousands of miles away.

Scientists are still trying to unravel all the mechanisms involved. Now, one group of scientists believe that they have revealed one system being used by some migrating birds, and it reveals a fascinating ‘world-map’ that many of us would marvel at.

Publication date: 17 August 2017

Birthday Honours reward Bangor academics

Four individuals connected with Bangor University featured in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Publication date: 13 June 2011

Blazing a new trail into the forestry profession

Bangor student Jim Wright who is studying MSc Forestry (distance learning), currently registered on the programme at Bangor University, started the course in order to change career, after working in a variety of different industries. 

Publication date: 3 December 2019

Bloomageddon: seven clever ways bluebells win the woodland turf war

The appearance of vivid bluebell carpets in British woodlands is a sure and spectacular sign of spring. Bluebells – Hyacinthoides non-scripta (L.) Chouard ex Rothm – are Britain’s favourite wildflower and particularly fine carpets attract visitors to well-known sites such as Kew Gardens in London and Coed Cefn in Powys, Wales.

This article by Vera Thoss, Lecturer in Chemistry, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

Publication date: 10 April 2017

Botswana is humanity's ancestral home, claims major study – well, actually …

A study claims the first humans lived in a wetland around what is now northern Botswana. 

A recent paper in the prestigious journal Nature claims to show that modern humans originated about 200,000 years ago in the region around northern Botswana. For a scientist like myself who studies human origins, this is exciting news. If correct, this paper would suggest that we finally know where our species comes from.

But there are actually several reasons why I and some of my colleagues are not entirely convinced. In fact, there’s good reason to believe that our species doesn’t even have a single origin.

This article by Isabelle Catherine Winder, Lecturer in Zoology, is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 31 October 2019

Brewing Sustainable Craft Beer in Wales

Recent market research has shown that alcohol consumption in Britain has fallen by 18% since 2004. The beer sector has also seen a decline in demand but within this sector, the Society of Independent Brewers has reported a steady growth amongst its members. The number of breweries in Britain is at a 70 year high with a total of over 1800 established independent breweries in 2015. There is no sign of the sector growth slowing and the demand for locally produced beer continues.

Publication date: 12 December 2017

Brexit's impact on farming policy will take Britain back to the 1920s – but that's not necessarily a bad thing

Not much regarding Brexit is clear. But one thing we do know is that the UK’s decision to leave the EU has triggered proposals to implement the most significant changes to agricultural policy since it joined the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in 1973.

This article by David Arnott, PhD Researcher at the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 3 July 2017

Bringing Bangor’s buzz to the Bay

Again this year, staff from Bangor University are contributing their expertise to a number of  core and fringe events at this year’s National Eisteddfod, which is being held in Cardiff between 30-11 August.

Publication date: 3 August 2018

British Ecology Society Awards Bangor Lecturer

A lecturer at Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography has been awarded the prestigious British Ecological Society’s Founders’ Prize for 2014.

Publication date: 16 December 2014

British gardeners can now grow really tasty, outdoor-grown tomatoes

From next year, British gardeners will be able to buy blight- resistant tomato plants that will grow outside. Developed in conjunction with Bangor University, the tomatoes are far better than any previously available.

Publication date: 16 December 2014

British power stations are burning wood from US forests – to meet renewables targets

Last year, 6m tonnes of “wood pellets” harvested from forests in Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Virginia were shipped across the Atlantic, to be burnt in renewable “biomass” power plants. This was almost double the 2013 figure – the US “wood pellet” industry is booming.

This article by David Styles, Lecturer in Carbon Footprinting, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 19 February 2016

Britta gains First in Cancer Biology

A hard working student has graduated with a First Class Honours degree after a memorable three years at Bangor University.

Publication date: 12 July 2013

Broadcaster Miranda Krestovnikoff presents ‘A whistle-stop tour around the coast’

TV presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff is to give ‘A whistle-stop tour around the coast’ at a special public lecture in Bangor University on Wednesday, 31 January at 5.30pm in Pontio Lecture Room 5.  The lecture is free and all are welcome, but tickets are required.  They can be booked through the Pontio website or by calling the Box Office on 01248 382828.

Publication date: 4 January 2018

BSc Geography degree receives accreditation

The School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGY) are pleased to announce that its BSc Geography degree has been accredited by the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES), which is part of the Institution of Environmental Sciences.

Publication date: 21 June 2012

Bursaries for Post Graduate Students

NFU Mutual is once again offering the Centenary Award for postgraduate students in agriculture..
The award gives annual bursaries to pay up to 75% of course fees for selected post graduate students in agriculture (Masters or PhD).

Publication date: 3 February 2014

Business on Anglesey (BOA) offer bursary to SENRGy Research Students.

BOA is a network of SMEs who are based in Anglesey. They would like to provide a £3,000 bursary to a PhD student whose research will be of benefit to Anglesey's environment, economic or community development.

Publication date: 11 March 2013

Butterflys, professional placement and a set of great new skills

Publication date: 12 February 2016

CALIN – New Life Science Innovation Network for Welsh and Irish businesses launched

Bangor University’s School of Chemistry is delighted to contribute to a newly launched life-sciences network.

The new €11.96M EU-funded Ireland-Wales life science network was given the green light by Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford.

Publication date: 28 November 2016

Calls for control as Asian Toads set to wreak havoc in Madagascar

Despite knowing how damaging the introduced cane toad was to Australian native wildlife, it seems that we humans have done it again.

Unless swift control measures can be taken, a non-native toad is set to cause havoc in Madagascar, home of many unique species found only on the island.

Publication date: 4 June 2018

Can African smallholders farm themselves out of poverty?

A great deal of research on agriculture in Africa is organised around the premise that intensification can take smallholder farmers out of poverty. The emphasis in programming often focuses on technologies that increase farm productivity and management practices that go along with them.

Yet the returns of such technologies are not often evaluated within a whole-farm context. And – critically – the returns for smallholders with very little available land have not received sufficient attention.

This article by David HarrisSchool of Natural SciencesJordan ChamberlinInternational Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and Kai MauschWorld Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 11 December 2019

Cancer Cells do it the “quick-and-dirty way”

The hallmark of cancer is uncontrolled cell growth directed by a cell cycle engine gone into overdrive. The centrepiece of this engine is the enzyme Cdc2 kinase. While Cdc2 kinase is tightly regulated in normal cells, this control is lost in cancer cells.

Cutting-edge research conducted at Bangor University in the North West Cancer Research Institute discovered now that hyperactive Cdc2 kinase not only forces cells into uncontrolled growth but also reprograms the repair of broken chromosomes.

Publication date: 10 June 2014

Cancer Exhibition at the National Eisteddfod Science & Technology Exhibition

As one of the main sponsors of the Eisteddfod Science & Technology Pavilion, Bangor University is taking a lead in getting children and adults involved in the show. The University  has a range of activities at the Exhibition through the week- covering everything from science for the youngest children, with the very popular Fflach Bangor show- to health themes,  including cancer research,  the food we eat and how to check for our ‘vital signs’ as well as revealing a little about how our brains work.

Publication date: 2 August 2013

Can efforts to conserve biodiversity by big industry help or harm local people?

When a large industrial development, such as a mine, is going to have an unavoidable impact on biodiversity, the company may invest in protecting (or even creating) habitat elsewhere to compensate

Publication date: 4 January 2017

Can National Parks benefit both people and wildlife?

National Parks, Nature Reserves and other protected areas have existed in some form since the 19th century and now cover some 13% of the global land area, but we don’t fully understand the impact on human populations of devoting such large areas of land to wildlife conservation. A systematic review of the evidence published today (28 October 2013 in Journal Environmental Evidence) suggests that there can be both positive and negative impacts when protected areas are established, but our understanding of how more win-win outcomes for both people and nature can be achieved is limited.

Publication date: 28 October 2013

Can plants replace oil derived compounds?

With the ever increasing price of oil and the global depletion of fossil fuel supplies, Bangor University is responding by pioneering research into the extraction of useful compounds from everyday plants. It is hoped that this work will provide the next generation of bio-products and fuels, and perhaps even reduce our dependence on oil.

Publication date: 4 September 2012

Can we use eDNA as an ‘environmental magnifying-glass’?

An innovative idea submitted by Bangor University has been selected as one of eight projects selected within four “idea” areas to be funded by the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) new “Highlight Topic” research funding stream.

Based on their research, the scientific community were invited to subject project areas which would place environmental science at the heart of the sustainable management of the planet.

“Environmental DNA: a tool for 21st century ecology”, the new idea suggested by Bangor University in collaboration with other academics and stakeholders, was among around 150 submissions. The successful project will assess how we can use new genetic techniques to measure biodiversity.

Publication date: 2 November 2015

Capturing nature’s wealth to reduce poverty

Researchers from Bangor University will lead a £2 million project to investigate whether international schemes that pay people in low income countries to protect globally important habitats can reduce poverty.

Publication date: 4 June 2013

CARIAD to meet Desmond Tutu

Publication date: 23 October 2012

Catching the light with the Rainbow Nation

During September a team of scientists from Bangor and Swansea Universities and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) ran scientific outreach workshops, for children of all ages, in Durban and Mafikeng, South Africa. The event, Catching the Light with the Rainbow Nation, was an extremely ambitious project with the aim of increasing the popularity and understanding of chemistry in South Africa.

Publication date: 25 October 2013

Catfish study reveals importance of being ‘similar but different’

A group of armoured catfishes abundant in small rivers and streams across South America are not all they appear- in fact communities are far more diverse and complex than previously suspected.

A new multidisciplinary study, reported in Nature (6.1.11), has enabled evolutionary biologists at Bangor University to establish for the first time that many Corydoras catfish that live together in the same rivers actually mimic each other’s colour patterns.

Publication date: 6 January 2011

Cattle feed or biogas? Bangor study reveals important environmental trade-offs for biogas production on dairy farms

There is increasing interest in on-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) in the UK to manage animal manures and food waste, and to generate renewable electricity and heat via combustion of biogas.

Publication date: 4 August 2014

Caught in the wire: The rise of border security fences forces reconsideration of wildlife conservation strategies in Eurasia

Between 25,000 and 30,000 kilometres of wire fences and walls surround many countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. These are killing wildlife that becomes entangled and act as a barrier to wildlife movements, cutting species off from important seasonal habitats. The long-term consequences are a lower viability of wildlife populations, and a reduction in their ability to respond to climate change. This situation forces a re-think of transboundary conservation strategies.

Publication date: 23 June 2016

CEBC provides gold standard for evidence review!

Prof. Andrew Pullin, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation (CEBC) based in SENRGY, was invited to present the Centre’s work on systematic review and evidence synthesis to Defra’s Strategic Network Evidence Group at their meeting ‘Evidence Reviews and Communicating Evidence Quality’ in London on 5th November 2014.

Publication date: 12 November 2014

CEBC systematic review presented at World Parks Congress

The findings of a groundbreaking CEE Systematic Review of evidence on the ‘Human wellbeing impacts of terrestrial protected areas’ was presented at a special session during the World Parks Congress held in Sydney, Australia on 15th November.

Publication date: 20 November 2014

CEBC used as the model for the establishment of a new centre for Evidence-Based Environmental Management (EviEM) in Sweden.

The Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation (CEBC) has been used as the model for the establishment of a new centre for Evidence-Based Environmental Management (EviEM) in Sweden. CEBC Director, Prof. Andrew Pullin comments on this exciting development in the EviEM Annual Report.

Publication date: 11 March 2013

Celebrating Excellence amongst first year students

Award-winning first year students have had their achievements recognized at a prize giving ceremony.

The annual Bangor University Entrance Scholarship Presentation evening saw prizes totalling £138,000 awarded to some of the University’s brightest first year students.

Publication date: 27 November 2014

Celebrating triumph against the odds at House of Lords

A Bangor University student who has received a helping hand from the Helena Kennedy Foundation took part in a special celebration at the House of Lords recently.

Publication date: 3 April 2014

Changing cattle fields to forests

Changing cattle fields to forests is a cheap way of tackling climate change and saving species threatened with extinction, new research published in the journal Nature Climate Change has found.

Researchers carried out a survey of carbon stocks, biodiversity and economic values from one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems, the western Andes of Colombia.

Publication date: 29 April 2014

Changing the use of agricultural land could massively reduce greenhouse gas emissions

A Bangor University academic has contributed to a new study which provides a radical and important new perspective on how to address the UK’s climate change commitments. The research has found making farmland more productive could increase the amount of food it produces and bring about significant reductions in the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Publication date: 4 January 2016

Chefs and home cooks are rolling the dice on food safety

Encouraging anyone to honestly answer an embarrassing question is no easy task – not least when it might affect their job.

For our new research project, we wanted to know whether chefs in a range of restaurants and eateries, from fast food venues and local cafes to famous city bistros and award-winning restaurants, were undertaking “unsafe” food practices.

This article  by Paul Cross, Senior Lecturer in the Environment, School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography Bangor University and Dan Rigby, Professor, Environmental Economics, University of Manchester was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 3 July 2017

Chemistry awards its high achievers

First year students were awarded for their hard work today when they were presented with the First Year Chemistry Achievement Awards.

Publication date: 22 August 2012

Chemistry in-vacuo: Suck it and See

Publication date: 15 October 2015

Chemistry student helping to raise awareness of autism

Bangor University student is raising awareness about autism and Asperger’s during Autism Awareness Month.

Daniel Jones, from Holyhead , a second year chemistry degree student, has a form of the condition and has used his experiences to help prospective students on the Get Ready for University YouTube channel.

Publication date: 15 April 2016

Chemistry student questions MPs on the future of science

MChem student Niall Marsay, was at the Houses of Parliament yesterday as part of the Voices of the Future programme, questioning MP’s on the future of science.  

Publication date: 16 March 2017

Chemistry success for local graduate

A former Ysgol Tryfan student is delighted to be graduating after three years of hard work this week.

Publication date: 19 July 2013

Chris Coleman visits Bangor University to receive Honour

Chis Coleman, Wales’ national football team manager joins Bangor Business School graduating students to receive an Honorary Fellowship, marking Wales’ outstanding achievement at Euro 2016, when the national team reached the semi-finals in an historic and memorable campaign.

Publication date: 17 July 2017

Climate change effect on release of CO2 from peat far greater than assumed

Drought causes peat to release far more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than has previously been realised.

Publication date: 21 November 2011

Climate-changing carbon loss from mangroves preventable - say Bangor scientists

The release of dangerous amounts of greenhouse gases from mangrove swamps could be halted, claim scientists.

A team of researchers, led by Bangor University, say they have the potential to stop climate-changing amounts of gases, such as carbon dioxide, from leaving tropical mangroves if they are damaged or cut-down.

Publication date: 9 June 2016

CodiSTEM (25/10/18)

Over 600 school pupils from North Wales attended the Codi STEM event held at Coleg Llandrillo (Grwp Llandrillo Menai) on Thursday, 25thOctober 2018.

Publication date: 30 October 2018

Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol appoints student Ambassadors at Bangor University

Three Bangor University students have been recruited as Ambassadors by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol with the aim of encouraging more prospective students to study part of their degree courses through Welsh.

Publication date: 7 January 2016

Come and share a Welsh Business Breakfast Boost at the Anglesey Show.

Businesses and individuals working in the food and drinks sector can learn about a new innovative collaboration that supports ‘buying local’ and how this can advantage their local economy at a Business Boost event at the Anglesey Show on Wednesday, August 14th.

A series of businesses will discuss opportunities arising from supporting short food supply chains from producers and procurement perspectives in North Wales. These will be presented by Bangor University at the Menter Môn Tent at the Anglesey Show from 9.00-11.00am.

Publication date: 7 August 2019

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission funds 10 MSc Tropical Forestry scholarships at Bangor University

Following an extremely competitive bidding process against other top UK universities, Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) has been awarded 10 scholarships for its MSc Tropical Forestry (distance-learning) beginning in September 2016.

Publication date: 10 March 2016

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission supports 15 MSc Tropical Forestry (distance learning) Scholarships

Publication date: 4 March 2014

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission supports 15 MSc Tropical Forestry (distance learning) Scholarships

Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) is delighted to announce that the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) have agreed to fund a further 15 places for scholars from developing commonwealth countries to study on our MSc Tropical Forestry (distance learning) course. 

Publication date: 4 March 2014

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission supports 15 MSc Tropical Forestry (distance learning) Scholarships

Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) is delighted to announce that the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) have agreed to fund up to 15 places for scholars from developing commonwealth countries to study on the recently launched MSc Tropical Forestry (distance learning) course.

Publication date: 1 March 2013

Conservation scientists call for global strategy to halt threatened animal extinctions

Aiming to stop the looming extinction of large wild-animal species across the globe, a group of international conservation scientists has issued a call for actions to halt further declines.

Publication date: 28 July 2016

Conservation through religion? Scientists confirm that sacred natural sites confer biodiversity advantage

Sacred natural sites (SNS) are found all over the world. They are thought to play an important role in conservation but until recently there was little systematic investigation of this claim. Now, new research published in the journal Biological Conservation by an international and multidisciplinary team, led by the University of Ioannina and including Bangor University, has shown that there is a notable conservation benefit to SNS. The researchers of the project, known as THALIS-SAGE, chose for their study the region of Epirus, in north-western Greece, that is host to numerous sacred groves protected through religion for hundreds of years.

Publication date: 20 April 2018

Cool new uses for Wool

Ever wondered how sheep survive on those cold, wet hills? Their wool has amazing insulation properties to keep them warm, and man has taken advantage of their fleece for millennia. But to keep things cool?

Research scientists at Bangor University’s BioComposites Centre have now helped to further reveal the amazing properties of wool as a cold chain insulation material, to prove its performance in new and valuable applications.

Publication date: 18 January 2016

Could wild mangoes solve the world's chocolate crisis?

This Article by Sayma AkhterBangor UniversityMorag McDonaldBangor University, and Ray Marriott,Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Theobroma, the genus to which cacao, or “cocoa” as we know it, belongs, translates from the Latin as “food of the gods”. Ask any serious chocoholic and they would agree that this is an apt name to be used in relation to the sweet treat that many worldwide enjoy.

Publication date: 21 October 2016

Could willow be the answer to better lamb growth?

New research has shown willow trees could be used to optimise production in lambs because it has particularly high concentrations of cobalt and zinc. 

Publication date: 8 January 2020

Could willow be the answer to better lamb growth?

A Woodland Trust media release

New research has shown willow trees could be used to optimise production in lambs because it has particularly high concentrations of cobalt and zinc.

The study sampled leaves from three native deciduous species – willow, alder and oak – from three sites across the UK and analysed their mineral, energy and protein content.

Publication date: 24 January 2020

Cultivating Chinese orchids could conserve wild species

Asking people who want to buy orchids about their preferences when choosing which plants to buy has revealed that many unknowingly buy wild, possibly endangered orchids, when they would be just as happy to buy commercially grown plants that meet their preferences for colour and price.

Publication date: 25 May 2018

Current distance learners meet Bangor alumni in Ghana

On the 1st July 2017, with support from the International Education Centre, staff from the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) hosted an event at the Consir Executive Lodge in Accra for Ghanaian alumni, current distance learning students, and prospective students to share experiences, network and to hear about what Bangor University has to offer.

Publication date: 26 July 2017

Cutting-edge Bangor University Spin-Out company opened by Minister

Julie James, Minister for Skills and Science officially opened Suprex, a cutting-edge technology company and joint venture between Bangor University and Phytovation Ltd recently (Monday 10th October).

Publication date: 11 October 2016

Cutting Edge Green Technology Launched at Bangor

A new testing facility, unique in the UK in terms of scale and operational flexibility was launched at Bangor University’s BioComposites Centre recently.

Publication date: 16 January 2013

Cynhadledd rhad ac am ddim: CREU A CHYFLEU LLE

Publication date: 14 January 2016

Daffodils for St David’s Day

The national flower of Wales has found a new role this St David’s Day (Friday 1 March) – helping scientists to better understand the value of plant extracts as an alternative to antibiotics in animal feed.

Researchers from Bangor University and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have teamed up to investigate the effects of daffodil extracts as natural antimicrobials on the digestive systems of cattle and sheep.

Publication date: 1 March 2019

“Darwin’s puddle” shows how new species can emerge without geographic separation

Cichlid fish from a tiny volcanic crater have been caught in the act of sympatric speciation

Can new species really evolve if there is no physical boundary to drive genetic separation? Physical and genomic evidence from the 700-metre wide volcanic crater Lake Massoko appears to have caught the process in the act.

Publication date: 18 December 2015

David Miller Travel Bursary Award

The David Miller Travel Bursary Award aims to give two young plant scientists or horticulturists the opportunity of overseas travel in connection with their horticultural careers.

Publication date: 4 February 2015

Defining 'evidence'

This week Prof Andrew Pullin, from the Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation in the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography, attended a Roundtable Meeting in the Houses of Parliament to discuss the definition of evidence in Parliament

Publication date: 23 October 2015

DeLPHE (British Council) link contributes to Agroforestry in Ethiopia

Dr Zebene Asfaw, Senior Lecturer in Agroforestry from Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources, Hawassa University, Ethiopia, has returned to Bangor University after 22 years to meet with current staff and students from the School of Environment Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) at the conclusion of a a three year collaborative project between the respective institutions.

Publication date: 9 August 2012

Developing new long-range micro backpacks for bees

A project to develop a new means of tracking bees in the landscape is progressing well according to scientists at Bangor University. 

An ecologist and a microsystems engineer are working together to develop micro-backpacks for bees that will enable the bees to be followed by small drones as they fly from plant to plant. 

This will enable scientists to learn more about where the bees collect nectar and what might be affecting their numbers.  

Publication date: 29 August 2017

Did human hunting activities alone drive great auks’ extinction?

eLife news release

New insight on the extinction history of a flightless seabird that vanished from the shores of the North Atlantic during the 19th century has been published today in eLife.

The findings suggest that intense hunting by humans could have caused the rapid extinction of the great auk, showing how even species that exist in large and widespread populations can be vulnerable to exploitation

Publication date: 26 November 2019

Disappearing rice fields threaten more global warming

All over China, a huge change has been taking place without any of us noticing. Rice paddies have been (and are being) converted at an astonishing rate into aquaculture ponds to produce more protein for the worlds growing populations. This change risks creating an unexpected impact on global warming.

International researchers, including Prof Chris Freeman from Bangor University, have found conversion of paddy fields to aquaculture is releasing massive amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere. 

Publication date: 4 March 2019

Distinguished alumni Professor John Porter awarded Bangor University Honorary Fellowship

The graduation ceremonies at Bangor University celebrate the great achievements of hundreds of students each year.  They also provide an opportunity to recognise the achievements of individuals who have made a distinguished contribution to their chosen field of endeavour, through the award of an Honorary Fellowship.  

Publication date: 27 July 2016

Distinguished Bangor Alumnus leaves generous legacy to Agricultural Botany

John Trevor Williams (PhD Agricultural Botany, 1962) made an enormous contribution towards conserving the genes of the world’s food crops and has now ensured his legacy goes even further by leaving a £75,000 bequest to support Agricultural Botany at Bangor University.

Publication date: 8 March 2018

DNA analysis finds that type of grass pollen, not total count, could be important for allergy sufferers

As the winter cold is replaced by warmer temperatures, longer days and an explosion of botanical life, up to 400m people worldwide will develop allergic reactions to airborne pollen from trees, grasses and weeds. Symptoms will range from itchy eyes, congestion and sneezing, to the aggravation of asthma and an associated cost to society that runs into the billions.

This article by Simon Creer, Professor in Molecular Ecology and Georgina Brennan, Postdoctoral Research Officer, at the School on Natural Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 16 April 2019

DNA pinpoints river animals in the here-and-now

New research proves that environmental DNA survives for less than two days in small fast-flowing rivers and so provides highly localised and current information on species composition.  This is crucial new evidence as biologists turn increasingly to new DNA sampling techniques to assess aquatic ecosystem health.

Publication date: 2 February 2018

DNA reveals seasonally shifting populations in an iconic Snowdonia lake

An iconic lake at the foot of Mount Snowdon has played a vital role in improving how lakes and rivers can be monitored in the future.

Llyn Padarn, viewed at the foot of Snowdon by thousands of visitors each year, was the testbed for research that could lead to far more efficient and speedy environmental monitoring of our lakes and rivers, following research by Bangor University and others, published in Nature Communications (coi10.1038/ncomms14087).

Publication date: 31 January 2017

Do nature shows deceive us into thinking our planet is fine?

Research into recent BBC and Netflix nature documentaries suggests that while they increasingly mention threats faced by the natural world, they rarely show the full extent of human-caused environmental destruction

There is overwhelming scientific consensus that nature is being severely affected by humans, the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, and that this has serious impacts. Nature documentaries have sometimes been criticised for failing to show the true extent of this environmental loss. A new study found that while recent high-profile nature documentaries talk more about the threats facing the inspiring natural wonders portrayed, nature is still mostly visually depicted as pristine and untouched, potentially resulting in a sense of complacency among viewers.

Publication date: 17 September 2019

Doors open to Bangor University museum collections

Bangor University’s museum collections will be open to the public as a part of the Open Doors events on Saturday 27 September.

The Open Doors event, led by Cadw, gives the public the opportunity to have a look at some of Gwynedd and Conwy’s historical buildings, gardens and interesting and unusual locations all for free throughout September

Publication date: 17 September 2014

Doors open to Brambell Natural History Museum

There will be an opportunity for the public to visit Brambell Natural History Museum as part of the Open Doors events on Saturday 28 September 2019.

The Open Doors events gives the public the opportunity to have a look at some of Gwynedd and Conwy’s historical buildings, gardens and interesting and unusual locations all for free throughout September.

Publication date: 19 September 2019

Double fish production while preserving biodiversity – can it be done?

Bangor University is involved in new consortium to establish National Aquaculture and Development Centre (NADC) in Tanzania to help tackle poverty and undernutrition. 

Tanzania, perhaps best known for safaris over its vast open plains, has ambitious plans for diminutive freshwater wildlife with enormous, untapped potential.  

Tilapia, second only to carp as the world’s most frequently farmed fish, live in huge numbers in the Great Lakes (Victoria, Tanganyika, Malawi/Nyasa) that cover six percent of the country. The lakes are considered a global biodiversity hotspot – one of only 25 worldwide - due to the hundreds of species of cichlid fish, including some of the 30-odd known subspecies of tilapia that are found in Tanzania.  

However, Tanzanians eat on average only 8kg of fish per year, less than half the international average of 17kg. Around a third of children under five are deficient in iron and vitamin A, contributing to stunting, while about a third of women between 15-49 years old are deficient in iron, vitamin A and iodine. 

Publication date: 11 January 2017

Do you know what’s in your fish fingers? It’s in the genes…

DNA detection tools are revolutionising the way that global fish stocks are being protected and identified.  It is now possible to identify a fish species at any point from the net to a breaded product in the freezer, and these tools are powerful enough to reveal where the fish was caught, or what group of fish it belonged to.

Publication date: 18 July 2016

Dragons are a hit with Kenya alumni!

On the 21st November 2016, with support from the International Education Centre, staff from the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) hosted an event at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)in Nairobi for Kenyan alumni, current and prospective students to share stories, network and to hear about recent developments at Bangor University.

Publication date: 23 November 2016

Dr Anna Croft on how a simple cup of tea can help battle problems of ageing

DO YOU drink tea with milk? Perhaps with lemon? Or maybe you prefer your tea black? Find out tea could potentially make a diffrerence in your life.

Publication date: 22 August 2012

Drapers’ Medals Awarded to outstanding students

Two students at Bangor University have been awarded prestigious Drapers’ Medals recently.

The Medals were awarded by the Drapers’ Company, one of the historic Livery Companies of the City of London, and now a philanthropic organisation. A handful of medals are awarded each year. The Awards are made to outstanding students, based on academic achievement and engagement with the academic community both at the University and internationally, as well as cultural and social contribution through scholarship, impact of research, pastoral support and mentoring.

Publication date: 6 June 2013

Dr Cledwyn Hughes

The School was very saddened to learn of the death of Dr Cledwyn Hughes on the 29th April 2018. A native of Anglesey, ‘Cled’ as he was known by to staff and students, read for a BSc (Hons) Geography and Geology degree at University College Wales, Aberystwyth. 

Publication date: 2 May 2018

Dr Ian Robinson

Dr Ian Robinson, Director of the University’s Centre for Arid Zone Studies (CAZS) between 1993 and 2005, has died aged 72 after a short illness.

Publication date: 25 October 2017

Driving sustainability and efficiency in Pasture-Based Agriculture

The aim of the BBSRC Advanced Training Partnerships is to strengthen specialist scientific skills in strategically important areas for the agri-food industry in the UK, through flexible, postgraduate training.

Publication date: 16 July 2012

Dr Leigh Jones is awarded a fellowship of the HEA for his teaching

Dr Jones has recently become professionally recognised as a Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy) which means that he has met the appropriate standards in teaching and support learning at higher education level under the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).  Congratulations Dr Jones.

Publication date: 26 October 2016

Dr Lynda Yorke features on Bear Grylls’ new TV series

Publication date: 21 September 2015

Dr Lynda Yorke on BBC's Week in Week Out: Holding Back the Floods

On Tuesday 5th November 2013 Dr Lynda Yorke appeared on the BBC's Week In Week Out Welsh investigative series.  The topic was 'Holding Back the Floods'. 

Publication date: 26 February 2014

Dr Martina Lahmann on BBC Radio Science Cafe

Publication date: 8 April 2013

Dr Mike Beckett hosts meeting of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

Dr Mike Beckett, Head of the School of Chemistry, recently hosted the divisional committee meeting of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)

Publication date: 6 August 2014

Dr Paddy Murphy is researching cures for malaria using Welsh Daffodils

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Publication date: 5 September 2016

Dr Peter Holliman's Team at the school of Chemistry are technology partners with the "Buildings as power stations" pilot.


Dr Peter Holliman's Team at the school of Chemistry are technology partners with the "Buildings as power stations" pilot. 

Publication date: 25 October 2012

Dr Prysor Williams receives Award for his outstanding contribution to science through the medium of Welsh

In a special celebration of Welsh medium higher education, a young Academic from Bangor University was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the field of science through the medium of Welsh.

Publication date: 9 March 2017

Dr Sophie Williams inaugurates the Moongate entrance to the new Chinese Garden at Treborth Botanic Garden, Bangor.

During the 2016 summer vacation at Bangor University, Treborth Botanic Garden hosted a visit by Dr Sophie Williams and her partner Robert, with staff from Ysbyty Gwynedd’s High Dependency Unit. Dr Williams (32) is continuing on the road to recovery after contracting the viral brain infection Japanese Encephalitis, while on a research project in southern China during 2015.

Sophie cut the ribbon on the ‘Moongate’ entrance to the Chinese Garden, which is a newly-developed area of Bangor University’s Treborth Botanic Garden facility.

Publication date: 1 November 2016

Drug Delivery workshop at the School of Chemistry

The workshop will be held on the 6th and 7th of August 2015 at The Orton Lecture Theatre, School of Chemistry, Bangor University.

Publication date: 11 March 2015

Dr Vera Thoss paints the mountains blue

Read about Dr Vera Thoss's research activites and her work with wild bluebells.

Publication date: 22 August 2012

Edible crabs won't cope with the effects of climate change on seawater – new study

We are only just beginning to learn how aquatic organisms will respond to climate change, and the effect that this will have on their communities and ecosystems. One way to find out more is to look at whether species will be able to compensate for changes in their environment. Particularly if they can survive any immediate fluctuations in temperature, and reductions in ocean pH brought about by increasing levels of atmospheric CO₂.

This article by Nia Whiteley, Reader in Zoology (Aquatic), at the School of Natural Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 23 October 2018

Eminent Scientist to receive Royal Medal

An eminent British chemist who began his academic career at Bangor University, is one of three leading scientists to receive a Royal Medal this year.

Sir John Meurig Thomas Hon FREng FRS is awarded the 2016 Royal Medal for his pioneering work within catalytic chemistry, in particular on single-site heterogeneous catalysts, which have had a major impact on green chemistry, clean technology and sustainability.

Publication date: 9 August 2016

Enhancing food security in Ethiopia: The role of agroforestry

A short film produced by Bangor University and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has just been released and is available on YouTube.

Publication date: 7 August 2014

Environmental Treble for Bangor University

Bangor University is the ‘greenest’ University in Wales according to People and Planet, the largest student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment.  In the 2012 League published in the Guardian, Bangor topped the League of Welsh Universities and moved from 28th to 19th in the UK wide table. And, at the same time as the League was announced, the University was being awarded Level 5 of the Green Dragon Environmental Standard for its commitment to achieving continual environmental improvement.

Publication date: 31 May 2012

Envision Doctoral Training Programme Launched

‘Envision’ is a new Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by NERC and led by a highly successful group of UK research institutions, will recruit 60 PhD students (12 per year for the next five years commencing January 2014).

Publication date: 14 January 2014

Erasmus Mundus Postgraduate Scholarships - a call for applications!

Postgraduate Scholarships available for UK, EU and Non-EU students studying the Forest and Nature for Society (FONASO) joint doctoral programm and the MSc programme in Sustainable Tropical Forestry (SUTROFOR).

Publication date: 27 September 2012

Erosion of traditional ‘taboos’ threatens Madagascar’s lemurs

Madagascar is world famous for its unique animals, many of which are protected by law, but recent research has demonstrated that illegal hunting of these protected species may be widespread and pose an urgent threat the country’s globally important biodiversity.

Research by a team from Bangor University and the Malagasy organization Madagasikara Voakajy, reported in the online scientific and medical research journal, PLOS ONE  suggests that hunting of protected species in eastern Madagascar is increasing due to rapid social change, as appetites for meat increase and traditional taboos protecting the species, especially lemurs, become less powerful.

Publication date: 15 December 2011

Ethiopian ‘Church Forests’ are a crucial resource deserving of world heritage status

Nearly all of the natural forest cover has been lost in the highlands of Ethiopia, except for small areas of sacred forest surrounding the many individual churches of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Orthodox Church.

The first study to assess the conservation value of these forests has shown that the Ethiopian ‘church forests’, as they are known, play a crucial role in the protection of many species in this global biodiversity hotspot. Although these forests are managed individually, together they form an important network of habitats spread right over the vast area of the central and northern highlands of Ethiopia.

Publication date: 7 March 2016

E-tree with solar leaves heads to Glastonbury

Glastonbury festival-goers will be able to see an e-tree as part of a ‘Hidden wonders of the Woodland’ themed stand at the world-famous festival.

The e-tree, produced by Dr Andy Smith Senior Lecturer in Forestry at Bangor University in conjunction with Nigel Fisher, Conservator of Wytham Woods, and his team at Oxford University,  will be part of the ‘Sex & Bugs & Rock 'n Roll’ road show dreamed up by researchers at Lancaster University and championed by the British Ecological Society as a way of bringing science to the public.

Publication date: 15 June 2017

EU project to support water industry in Wales and Ireland

A £2.5m EU-backed project to improve the long-term sustainability of water supply in Wales and Ireland has been announced by Finance and Government Business Minister, Jane Hutt.

Publication date: 31 March 2016

Exciting new developments at the School of Chemistry…

School of Chemistry successful in securing two significant funding bids.

Publication date: 22 August 2012

Experienced engineer changes tack for a career in the energy sector

A heating engineer with a keen interest in the solar energy market returns to Bangor University this week to receive his MBA Environmental Management degree.

Publication date: 16 July 2015

Expert contributes to UN World Consultation on Aquatic genetic Resources

Professor Gary Carvalho of the University’s School of Biological Sciences was one of 13 world-renowned experts attending a Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations State World Consultation on Aquatic Genetic Resources, at the UN Regional Pacific and Asian FAO Office in Bangkok (28 January-1 February 2013).

Publication date: 5 February 2013

Explosives detection research being conducted at Bangor University

Scientists at the School of Chemistry in Bangor University are working on novel sensor technology which will, it is hoped, soon be trialled in airports.  The group at the School of Chemistry in Bangor is working as part of a European consortium called Nanosecure.  The group consists of 26 partners both academic and industrial all working towards an integrated system which will detect airborne explosives, narcotics, chemical and biological agents.  The system will also be able to decontaminate the air from chemical and bio agents should some be detected.  It will do this by integrating with a building’s air-conditioning units.  One of the partners in this consortium is Schiphol Airport where it is hoped the units will be trialled.

Publication date: 8 November 2010

Extinct Elephant Seal population reveals an evolutionary ‘time-machine’

Genetic diversity within isolated populations can occur quite rapidly in evolutionary terms, according to findings of a paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B (available online 29.1.14

Publication date: 29 January 2014

Fantastic Job Opportunity

Applications are invited for the above fixed term, full time post working in the School of Chemistry.

Publication date: 29 January 2018

Farmer Enterprise Competition 2014 - find the winning formula

Following the success of last year’s Farmer Enterprise Competition, Farming Connect is now working with Bangor University to host the competition for 2014.

Menter a Busnes, which first developed and delivered this innovative competition last spring, is now seeking five new teams of three enthusiastic farmers from across Wales, to compete against each other to produce a profitable pen of lambs grazed on a crop of their choice.

Publication date: 24 March 2014

Farmers' Union of Wales - Higher Education Student Bursary

The Farmers' Union of Wales (FUW) is offering Higher Education Student Bursaries for students who commenced their studies in  2012. The award is aimed at students who are studying agriculture or a land-based subject full-time at University.

Publication date: 3 October 2012

Fieldtrips have to be the best thing about Geography.

Publication date: 13 October 2015

First Class celebration for Clearing student Cyan

A Master of Chemistry student who came to Bangor University through Clearing is graduating this week with a First Class degree. Cyan Abigail Williams from Dunmow in Essex is also celebrating as she has been accepted to pursue a PhD at the University of Cambridge.

Publication date: 17 July 2015

First class degree for Zoology graduate Emilie

Despite facing some criticism about her decision to pursue with her studies, a Bangor University student will be graduating with a first-class degree this week.

Publication date: 24 June 2014

First-class masters for Ryan

A Bangor University student graduates this week after four years of hard work, satisfied with the fact that choosing Bangor was “the best choice” he has ever made. Ryan Doggart, 22, from Belfast graduated with a first-class Masters of Environmental Science degree after four years of study at the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography.

Publication date: 15 July 2015

First-class zoology student graduates

An exceptionally active student with a passion for animals graduated from Bangor University this week. Rebecca Snell, 25, from West Kirby, Wirral graduated with a first-class BSc Zoology with Animal Behaviour degree after three years of study at the School of Biological Sciences.

Publication date: 20 July 2017

First Commonwealth Scholarship Commission student graduates

Grace Mutali is the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography’s first CSC scholar to complete MSc Forestry Distance Learning. She lives in Zambia, from where she has completed the entire course, except for a summer school that she attended in 2012 in Tanzania. She completed her dissertation with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), with whom SENRGy has very close links.

Publication date: 11 July 2014

First count your species- Scientists urge better information before further conservation decisions are made in Australia

Arguments have raged about whether or not dingoes should be culled and how far they are useful in safeguarding threatened smaller fauna, as they prey on the larger cats and foxes.   While the Australian wildlife services are spending thousands on other means of controlling non-native species, without achieving great results, there is evidence that maintaining dingo numbers benefits the smaller mammals.

A paper in the Journal of Applied Ecology (doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12250 published Friday 10 April) urges all the participants in what has been, at times, a heated debate, to lay down their differences and get back into the field to collate the robust data necessary to provide certainty for management action.

Publication date: 9 April 2014

First in her family to graduate thanks role model mum

Zoology graduate Alexandra Harvey from Stroud, Gloucestershire, has become the first person in her family to graduate from university - and has done so with a First Class Honours degree.

Publication date: 17 July 2015

First meeting to develop Wales’ shellfish industry

Shellfish producers, scientists and regulators are meeting at Bangor University today (4 December) for the first workshop to develop a new Shellfish Centre. The centre will deliver the research and innovation needs of the industry and secure sustainable growth of this valuable Welsh sector.

Publication date: 4 December 2018

Five ingenious ways snakes manipulate their bodies to hunt and survive

Do a quick search for “snakes” in the news and you’ll find people terrified, bitten or, sadly, killed by these creatures. Many of us fear their slithering ways and researchers have found evidence which suggests that humans have evolved a tendency to spot snakes more easily than other animals.

But there are more than 3,500 species of snake in the world, and they have been around for 167m years – so they must be doing something right.

This article by Tom Major, PhD candidate in Biological Sciences, Bangor University  was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 7 February 2018

Five ways that natural nanotechnology could inspire human design

Though nanotechnology is portrayed as a fairly recent human invention, nature is actually full of nanoscopic architectures. They underpin the essential functions of a variety of life forms, from bacteria to berries, wasps to whales.

This article by John Thomas Prabhakar, Lecturer of Physical Chemistry (Nanocrystals and Nanoparticles), was originally published on The ConversationRead the original article.

Publication date: 13 August 2018

Flexible and omnipresent Baboons could be at risk

Despite being so commonplace in some regions of Sub-Saharan Africa that baboons can be considered pests to some communities, new research shows that half the six species of baboons present in the region could be at risk by mid-century.

A recent paper in the Journal of Biogeography reveals that baboons, most of which are in the ‘of Least Concern’ category on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, could struggle for survival under future climate conditions.

Publication date: 16 May 2019

Flooding & Climate Change talk links academics, industry & regulatory bodies

Publication date: 3 October 2014

Flushed with success: How the National Trust plans to stop energy going down the drain.

Over the past 18 months the National Trust has spent almost half million pounds at Penrhyn Castle on projects to create sustainable energy and hot water - yet much of this energy goes to waste - simply flushed down the drain.

To combat this the team at Penrhyn Castle, in collaboration with Bangor University and Trinity College Dublin, are embarking on an exciting new heat recovery project to make use of the huge amount of hot water that usually goes, quite literally, to waste.

Publication date: 17 April 2018

Food across the generations

Takeaways, supermarkets, fast foods, runner beans from Kenya and pizza in the freezer. We just can’t do without them today can we? Who can imagine a world without a wide selection of prepared foods? Cast your mind back a couple of generations and this vast choice of food was unimaginable.  On Thursday, 26th February there will be a cross generation community lunch held at Busy Bees café, Penrhyndeudraeth between 12-2 o'clock to discuss the food of yesterday and today.

Publication date: 19 February 2015

Forest conservation approaches must recognise the rights of local people

Until the 1980s, biodiversity conservation in the tropics focused on the “fines and fences” approach: creating protected areas from which local people were forcibly excluded. More recently, conservationists have embraced the notion of “win-win”: a dream world where people and nature thrive side by side.

This article by Sarobidy Rakotonarivo, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Stirling and Neal Hockley, Research Lecturer in Economics & Policy, Bangor University  was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 9 August 2017

Forest researchers from around the world gather in Bangor!

The School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography played host to the annual conference of the Forests, Nature and Society (FONASO) consortium last week.

Publication date: 26 May 2015

forestry@bangor Triumph in National Forestry Student Competition

Bangor Forestry Students Association (BFSA) were awarded £4,000-worth of the latest forestry technology at the recent National Forestry Student Conference, held at Moulton College in October 2017. 

Publication date: 10 November 2017

Forestry careers promoted by Bangor University in The Times.

Publication date: 31 May 2016

Forestry-related postgraduate programmes at Bangor University – new developments for 2015.

Last year, Bangor University celebrated its 110th anniversary of teaching forestry, providing an ideal opportunity to reflect on this legacy and to look ahead at what will be the same, and what will be different over the next century.

Publication date: 12 March 2015

Forestry Student Launches Social Enterprise

A student from Bangor University forced to turn-down her dream work placement because of ongoing health problems has reason to celebrate following the launch of her own eco-awareness business, which aims to enlighten teenagers about environmental issues.

Publication date: 4 June 2018

“For services to tackling poverty abroad and to education in Derby”

Dr Daljit Singh Virk, a Senior Research Fellow at Bangor University is to receive the OBE.

The award recognises the impact of Dr Virk’s scientific contributions as geneticist and plant breeder as well as his leading role in establishing the Sikh faith Akaal Primary School, in Derby in 2015. The free school was established under the Academies Act.

Dr Virk has been at the heart of one of Bangor University’s most impactful research projects, which has contributed to improved food security and livelihoods for millions of households in some of the most impoverished countries.

Publication date: 8 January 2019

Fourth Bangor Science Festival is on the horizon

Planning for the fourth annual Bangor Science Festival is well under way and the 2014 Festival is certainly shaping up.  The Science Festival will be held during National Science and Engineering Week from Friday 14th March and Sunday23rd March 2014.

Publication date: 28 January 2014

Frankincense, given by the Wise Men, could be the latest super ingredient

Frankincense was considered precious enough to be presented by the Wise Men to the baby Jesus, along with gold and myrrh.

It is a natural substance which was greatly valued in the ancient world.

What was it that made frankincense a precious gift fit for a king?

Publication date: 5 January 2016

Free Chemistry Training for Individuals and Companies in Interreg Regions

Individuals and companies in the counties of north and west Wales can access free training in a range of chemistry-related topics at Bangor University over the coming 12 months.

Publication date: 24 July 2013

Free Conference: Creating and Representing Place

Publication date: 14 January 2016

Friends raise tens of thousands of pounds to help Dr Sophie Williams return home

A gin festival, a sponsored climb of Snowdon, specially designed Christmas cards and a hair-shaving event are just some of the many fund-raising activities carried out by friends and family of Sophie Williams in the last few months. The money is needed to make adaptations to Sophie’s home to provide wheel-chair access and space for the carers she needs 24 hours a day.

Sophie, a lecturer in Bangor University, suffered brain injury when on fieldwork in China in 2015. She has limited movement below the neck and depends on a ventilator. The work to her home in Sling, near Tregarth, is expected to cost around £60,000.

Publication date: 17 January 2018

From childcare to caring for our environment, three new Research Fellowships to feed into Assembly business

Bangor University is contributing three out of seven new research fellows, who are joining the National Assembly as part of a programme of shared knowledge between higher education institutions and the Welsh parliament.

The academics from the Schools of Law and Health Sciences and Natural Sciences will be sharing their expertise on vital issues that will feed directly into the work of the Assembly and its committees. This follows on from Bangor University’s participation in the successful pilot scheme

Publication date: 12 February 2019

From Malawi to Bangor: Marshal Papworth scholarship is awarded to an MSc Environmental Forestry student

Wisdom Nyondoh from Malawi is the latest recipient of a scholarship awarded by the Marshal Papworth Fund. He is enrolled on the MSc Environmental Forestry programme and is already taking modules in Silviculture, Natural Resource Management, Forest Ecology and Resources, and Research Planning and Communication.

Publication date: 25 October 2017

Fully funded MBA Environmental Management

Publication date: 6 February 2013

Fully funded PhD studentship - Investigating the impact of shelterbelts and livestock behaviour on landscape hydrology and biogeochemistry

Publication date: 14 July 2015

Ganges river dolphin research published by Bangor student


A new study (7th of May) reveals a method to improve the monitoring of the endangered Ganges river dolphin – one of only four remaining freshwater cetaceans since the Yangtze River dolphin became extinct in 2007.

Publication date: 13 May 2014

Gauging evolutionary adaptation- are our models right?

One challenge facing scientists is to estimate how our environment and the complex web of creatures within it, will respond to changes in their environment due to climate change or other human influences.

Traditionally, scientists have taken and tested single or pairs of ecological ‘drivers’ of change in the environment, elements such as increased temperature, increased CO2 or changes in herbicides or fertilizer, to assess how species will evolve over hundreds of generations.

This lab-based model of evolutionary change is simple compared to the complex environment in which species exist, so one major task for scientists is to understand how well simplified versions of environmental change teach us about more complex ones.

Publication date: 1 September 2017

Geography and Environmental Science at Bangor University climbs 17 places in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide by subject 2018

The School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography are delighted that their Geography and Environmental Science courses have risen 17 places to 23rd in the UK in the latest subject rankings.

Publication date: 29 September 2017

Geography@Bangor Staff Up for Nomination in Student-Led Teaching Awards

Publication date: 4 April 2014

Geography Open Days

We are holding Open Days on the following dates ...

Publication date: 19 February 2014

Geography staff elected to posts on national research committees

Publication date: 13 October 2014

Geography student pitches in to promote north Wales’ first community- owned hydro project

A Bangor University student is helping members of the community at Abergwyngregyn promote the first large community-owned hydroelectricity generating scheme in north Wales.

Publication date: 13 August 2014

Geog Soc is going to the National Awards!

It is a proud week for the School of Environmental, Natural Resources and Geography with the news that the student Geog Soc has been nominated for ‘Society of the Year’ in the NUS Wales National Awards.

Publication date: 4 March 2013

Getting by in Bangor

An increasing number of students are seeking part-time employment during their time at university. Their reason might not be solely to earn money but also to enhance their employability after graduating.

Publication date: 10 March 2015

Giraffes aren’t dangerous – but they will soon be endangered

Dr Matt Hayward, of the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography writing in The Conversation. Read the original article

Publication date: 6 August 2015

Glaciers, sandpits and studying in Norway!

Publication date: 1 February 2016

Glaciers, sediments and a lemming: Dr Yorke’s teaching exchange with Geografi i Bergen

Publication date: 4 July 2014

Global award for Bangor wetland scientist

A Bangor University lecturer has received a top international award for his work on understanding some of the world’s most important habitats.

Prof Chris Freeman from Bangor University was given the prize after receiving nominations from scientists around the world, who praised him as a leader in his field.

Publication date: 13 June 2018

Global decline of large herbivores may lead to an “empty landscape,” scientists say

The decline of the world’s large herbivores, especially in Africa and parts of Asia, is raising the specter of an “empty landscape” in some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Many populations of animals such as rhinoceroses, zebras, camels, elephants and tapirs are diminishing or threatened with extinction in grasslands, savannahs, deserts and forests, scientists say.

Publication date: 2 May 2015

Globally significant work by Bangor graduate to be put to the test

A new global policy, initiated by a Bangor University graduate will be put to the test for the first time, now that a huge iceberg, estimated to be more than a quarter of the size of Wales, has broken free from Antarctica.

Publication date: 19 July 2017

Globetrotting student returns to Bangor to pick up an award

Now travelling the world sourcing sustainable suppliers for Waitrose, a Bangor University postgraduate student returned to Bangor this week to pick up an award for his excellent dissertation.

Publication date: 18 July 2017

Grace Mutali - our first Commonwealth Scholarship Commission MSc Forestry Distance Learning student to graduate!

Grace Mutali is our first CSC scholar to complete MSc Forestry Distance Learning.

Publication date: 20 June 2014

Graduation 2014 Chemistry

This year we had 14 Undergraduate students graduating with first class degrees and 9 with 2i degrees.  Meaning that 40% of our graduating students at the school of chemistry achieved a 1st.  Another impressive statistic is that 100% of our students who graduated with an MChem degree gained a 1st class degree!

Publication date: 16 July 2014

Graduation Profile: Elizabeth Crooks

Publication date: 15 July 2019

Graduation Profile: Emma Watson

Publication date: 19 July 2019

Graduation Profile: Harry Riley

Publication date: 19 July 2019

Graduation Profile - Mohammad Bazil Bin Mohd Shahriman

Publication date: 15 July 2019

Greener but not cleaner? How trees can worsen urban air pollution

John Gallagher, of the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography writing in The Conversation. Read the original article

Publication date: 3 August 2015

Growing oil palm for biofuels can’t save our climate

Growing oil palm to make ‘green’ biofuels in the tropics could be accelerating the effects of climate change, say scientists.

Publication date: 31 January 2013

Growing the Green Economy

Six Welsh businesses are travelling to Ireland this week (3 October) to spread the word about how their green ethos and credentials have helped their business.

The Gwynedd-based companies have been taking part in a green economy project with Bangor University. The Green Innovation Future Technologies Project (GIFT) is working to develop the green economy within Interreg regions in West Wales and Ireland. The project pools relevant expertise at Bangor University’s Business School and School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography and the School of Business and School of Science at Waterford Institute of Technology and University College Dublin’s School of Biology and Environmental Science.

Publication date: 2 October 2013

Guest Lecture from Professor Robert Hoehndorf, KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Publication date: 15 November 2018

Gwnewch y pethau bychain / Do the little things

In advance of St David’s Day, a group of people from around the world, including France, Canada spent their lunch break learning a little bit of Welsh.

Publication date: 28 February 2014

Harvesting environmental data with an app

Cambodia has one of the most rapidly developing economies on earth. The country is moving from a rural to an industrial and urban economy at great speed, but its government is also eager to be sustainable and not to lose valuable reserves of natural resources, in its drive to develop.

New research by social and environmental scientists at Bangor University, (Wales, UK); New York University (USA) and a Cambodian NGO, Keosothea Nou (Society for Community Development, Cambodia), one of 13 new projects funded under the ESRC Transformative research call, will provide an overall snapshot of the country’s environmental resources, and how they are used by different individuals. This information will help the government to develop sustainable policies for the energetic country.

Publication date: 23 October 2018

Have Bangor University researchers helped to solve the chocolate crisis?

Chocoholics around the globe have been aware for the last few years that their favourite sweet treat is under threat. Researchers at Bangor University may have come up with an answer that could help find a solution to the chocolate crisis by using wild mango as a new cocoa butter alternative.

Publication date: 1 September 2016

Help Bring Dr Sophie home – the Story of Draig Beats

Sometime last year, friends of the Bangor University lecturer Sophie Williams wanted to help raise funds to make Sophie’s home ready for her to come home to. Sophie was struck down by Japanese encephalitis three years ago whilst working in China.

They came up with the idea of a one-day festival, Draig Beats, that could involve all the people who wanted to help and more. It was exactly ten years ago that Bangor University students organised the first Botanical Beats to raise awareness of Bangor University’s Treborth Botanic Garden

Publication date: 7 June 2018

Help Bring Dr Sophie home – the Story of Draig Beats

Sometime last year, friends of the Bangor University lecturer Sophie Williams wanted to help raise funds to make Sophie’s home ready for her to come home to. Sophie was struck down by Japanese encephalitis three years ago whilst working in China.

Publication date: 3 June 2018

Helping Ethiopian researchers to improve food security

Publication date: 1 February 2013

Hen harriers and red grouse: Finding common ground in a persistent conflict

A conflict between those working to conserve numbers of hen harriers and those maintaining commercial shooting of red grouse in the English uplands has existed for decades with little sign of progress. Drawing on work conducted in psychology, a new study published recently in the journal People and Nature investigated the underlying values that shooters and conservationists hold that make it so hard to find shared solutions.

Publication date: 21 December 2018

High-Flying Geese take low profile over Himalayas

A study published this week (31 October 2012) in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences has tackled the long-standing problem  of assessing the actual altitude and migration path of Bar-headed geese crossingthe Himalayas using state of the art satellite tracking technology. Scientists from Bangor University and an international team of collaborators recorded highly accurate GPS (Global Positioning System) locations from 42 individual geese as they migrated.

Publication date: 31 October 2012

High flying zoology student graduates

A former Shrewsbury High School Head Girl graduates with a first class degree at Bangor University this week.

Publication date: 10 July 2014

High Sheriff Awards for Voluntary Work

The annual High Sheriff Award ceremony took place at Bangor University recently. The High Sheriff's Award recognises and rewards both individual and group volunteering efforts by Bangor students

Publication date: 16 April 2013

‘High-yield’ farming costs the environment less than previously thought – and could help spare habitats

New findings suggest that more intensive agriculture might be the “least bad” option for feeding the world while saving its species – provided use of such “land-efficient” systems prevents further conversion of wilderness to farmland.

Agriculture that appears to be more eco-friendly but uses more land may actually have greater environmental costs per unit of food than “high-yield” farming that uses less land, a new study has found.

There is mounting evidence that the best way to meet rising food demand while conserving biodiversity is to wring as much food as sustainably possible from the land we do farm, so that more natural habitats can be “spared from the plough”.   

Publication date: 14 September 2018

Historic Medals go under the hammer

Medals belonging to a pioneering Bangor scientist are to go under the hammer at a world leading auction house this week (Thursday 21 July)

Lot 167 and 168 in the Spink Sale of Orders, Decorations, Campaign Medals and Militaria are medals awarded to Dr Harold King, who graduated in Chemistry from Bangor University (then the University College of North Wales) in 1909.

Publication date: 13 July 2016

Hitachi-GE, Imperial and Bangor University developing UK and Welsh BWR expertise

Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd. (Hitachi-GE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Imperial College London and Bangor University, enhancing its commitment to support Welsh and British expertise.

Publication date: 31 October 2016

Holly receives her Richard Phillips Agriculture Student of the Year Award 2014 at The Royal Welsh

At another spectacularly sunny Royal Welsh show Holly finally received her award. Holly has just completed a BSc in agriculture, conservation and environment at the university, and has already started work as assistant agronomist at Eurofins Agroscience Services (East Yorkshire) on its graduate recruitment programme

Publication date: 29 July 2014

Homebuilder gives students a 'real world' take on environmental studies

ENVIRONMENTAL management students at Bangor University have been given an insight into how a major housebuilder uses sustainable techniques to create new communities.

Publication date: 12 November 2015

Housing – or Homes? An Introduction to Co Housing, as it could be applied to Gwynedd

An Introduction to Co-Housing, as it could be applied to Gwynedd is to be the topic of a talk organised by Bangor University and the University Students’ Geography Society.  Housing or Homes? Takes place at 6.00 on Monday November 21 in Room g23 of the University’s Thoday Building on Deiniol Road. The talk is open to all and free.

Publication date: 14 November 2016

How can we communicate all that nature does for us?

As a conservation professor I believe people need to understand why protecting nature matters to them personally. Appealing to human self-interest has generated support for conservation in Switzerland, for example, where the government protects forests partly because they help prevent landslides and avalanches, or among communities in Botswanawhich conserve wildlife partly because of the value of trophy hunting. But this understanding risks being obscured by unhelpful arguments over terminology.

Publication date: 27 April 2018

How climate-friendly is your cup of coffee?

Coffee drinkers are encouraged to buy environmentally-friendly coffee, whether it be certified, organic or shade coffee (grown under the shade of trees that are important habitat for birds), but how effective are these ways of growing coffee at combating climate change?

Publication date: 2 July 2013

How does the crab shed its shell?

Anglers everywhere would probably agree that, in season, there’s no better bait than freshly moulted crab. During the moulting season, nothing else works as successfully, as fish are in a frenzy for the ‘delicacy’ of a soft crab. But we’re unlikely to see a crab losing its shell as we walk along our shoreline.

Publication date: 2 June 2015

How forests recover rapidly on logging roads in the Congo Basin

Large areas of tropical forest worldwide are used for selective logging which requires extensive road networks to access trees harvested for timber. It is well documented that building roads into intact forest can have consequences for forest ecosystems. This is because they lead to fragmentation and facilitate access for people which can lead to long-term forest degradation or deforestation.

This article by John Healey, Professor of Forest Sciences, Bangor University and Fritz Kleinschroth, PhD Graduate and Researcher at CIRAD, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 6 June 2016

How much protection is enough?

Protection of marine areas from fishing increases density and biomass of fish and invertebrates (such as lobster and scallops) finds a systematic review published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Environmental Evidence. The success of a protected area was also dependent on its size and on how it was managed, however even partial protection provides significant ecological  benefits.

Publication date: 28 February 2013

How noise pollution is changing animal behaviour

This article by Dr Graeme Shannon, Lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 17 December 2015

How penguins use bubbles to 'take to the air'

A  suggestion by Bangor University Professor Roger Hughes of the School of Biological Sciences, that bubble trails seen in footage of emperor penguins swimming to the sea surface are produced to reduce drag is published in the November 2012 edition of National Geographic. Roger Hughes's intriguing idea while watching penguins on TV originally led to a research paper revealing just how the penguins could manage this. Collaborators at University College Cork and the Technical University of Denmark showed that ‘lubrication’ provided by tiny air bubbles released from under the feathers could allow penguins to gain enough speed to leap out of the water and onto the ice shelf.

Publication date: 22 October 2012

How the snake got its extra-long body

The fairground freakshows of the past are a testament to our fascination with unusual animals. Given the similarities between most furry, four-legged mammals, it’s not surprising that we often look at the more weird and wonderful members of the animal kingdom and ask questions like “Why does a spider have so many legs?” or “Why are snakes so long?”.

Publication date: 9 August 2016

How the snake got its venom

The venom of advanced snakes is a mixture of dozens of different proteins and is an example of an evolutionary innovation – a novel trait that has arisen in a particular animal group and which has contributed to their success. Understanding how these innovations come about is vital to understanding larger patterns of animal evolution and can shed important light on the genetic basis of differences between species, with clear implications for the effectiveness of treatment of victims of bites by venomous snakes, where venom composition varies both within and between species.

Publication date: 11 August 2014

How to take the pressure off the cost of our water supply

For most people in the developed world, getting access to clean drinking water is as simple as turning on a tap. Would that paying for water were so simple. But when we think about the water we consume, few of us realise that as much as 80% of its cost is associated with electricity use – a figure that’s as high in Britain as in drought-prone California.

This article by John Gallagher, Postdoctoral Researcher, at the School of Environment, Natural Resources & GeographyBangor University was originally published on The Conversation.

Read the original article.

Publication date: 25 September 2015

How we're using ancient DNA to solve the mystery of the missing last great auk skins

On a small island off the coast of Iceland, 173 years ago, a sequence of tragic events took place that would lead to the loss of an iconic bird: the great auk.

This article by Jessica Emma Thomas, PhD Researcher, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 10 July 2017

How your choice of afternoon tipple could help save the rainforest

It’s the season for a cold afternoon ‘gin & tonic’ on ice. We may question the health impact of one too many, but what is the environmental footprint of that classically delicious aperitif? An international team of researchers teamed up with a pioneering distillery manager to answer this question in a study published in the scientific journal Environment International.

Publication date: 10 July 2019

HRH Prince of Wales notes shining example of best practice in sustainable management on expansion of the Cayman Islands Marine Protected Areas

Bangor University working in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy have assisted the Department of the Environment to expand the Marine Parks system in the Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, through projects funded by the DEFRA Darwin Initiative. 

The expansion of Cayman’s existing marine parks was approved by the Cabinet and announced during the visit of His Royal Highness, Prince of Wales, on 28th March.  The Environment Minister indicated that “This expansion will serve to protect our local marine stocks, as well as the crucially important coral reef network surrounding our Islands for generations to come.”

Publication date: 4 April 2019

Human cancer therapies successfully treat tumor-ridden sea turtles

Therapies used to fight human cancers successfully treat genetically similar tumors in sea turtles, a new study shows. In fact, turtles can survive their own tumors and help scientists better understand human cancers.

A disease, known as Fibropapillomatosis, has been rapidly spreading to sea turtles around the world. With the fibropapillomatosis virus come large tumors growing on sea turtles’ bodies and, for some turtles, death.  

Publication date: 7 June 2018

Identical Degrees for Identical Twins

They share the same DNA, the same features, the same love for Snowdonia, and this week, identical twin sisters from Wigan will graduate from Bangor University with identical Degrees.

Publication date: 15 July 2019

Identifying the grass pollen that gets up your nose

Scientists could be a step closer to providing more precise pollen forecasts to the 25% of the UK population who live with either asthma or hay fever. This follows the first results of a major three-year project to analyse airborne grass pollen.

The first year’s findings, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, have shown that it is not just the overall ‘load’ of grass pollen in the air that could cause those particularly bad days for asthma and hay fever sufferers.  Days which see increased asthma attacks or intense hay fever could be related to the release of pollen from particular grass species.

Publication date: 8 April 2019

Identifying the mechanisms that affect changes in snake venoms

Every year, snakebites kill up to 90,000 people, mostly in impoverished, rural tropical areas. This statistic is surprising when one considers that antivenoms are available, however, the truth is that the efficacy of antivenom is largely restricted to the snake species that was used in manufacture, and they are often ineffective in treating snakebite by different, even closely related species.

Writing in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United states of America doi.10.1073/pnas. 1405484111) Dr Nicholas Casewell and Wolfgang Wüster of Bangor University  and colleagues identify the mechanisms by which the variations in venom occurs between related snake species and also the significant variations in venom toxicity that occurs as a result.

Publication date: 10 June 2014

Impact and Innovation at Bangor University

Bangor University has rewarded its finest and most innovative academics at the University’s second annual Impact & Innovation Awards.

These Awards recognise outstanding research and enterprise activities from across the institution, which have succeeded in benefiting the wider economy and society.

Publication date: 11 July 2014

Inspirational Bangor University tutor wins national tutor award

A Bangor University lecturer who reminds her students to phone their families has won a national award.

Human Geography lecturer Siân Pierce, who says she finds people “endlessly fascinating”, has picked up an Inspire! Tutor Award after watching thousands of her students graduate in her more than 20 years.

The awards celebrate the achievements of exceptional tutors and mentors in Wales who have shown outstanding passion and commitment to encourage, support and teach other adult learners to pursue their goals and transform their lives, whether it’s in their community or the workplace.

Publication date: 25 January 2019

Interest in the Agro-ecological Knowledge Toolkit continues to grow: SENRGy staff deliver more training.

SENRGy staff have recently returned from Ethiopia, where, in partnership with ICRAF, they have successfully delivered a training course on the use the AKT5 (Agro-ecological Knowledge Toolkit) to a range of stakeholders, professionals and students.

Publication date: 22 February 2013

International Experience Year in Japan for student Dan

A Conservation & Forest Ecosystems student has recently returned from Japan where he studied for 12 months.

Daniel Forster, 34 from Woodbridge, Suffolk came to Bangor University as a mature student following a career in the Armed Forces. He left school at 16 and joined the Army until his mid-twenties. Daniel then decided to return to full time education and studied Countryside Management at Easton College, Norfolk before commencing his degree in Bangor.

Publication date: 8 October 2014

International funding for environmental policies based on weak evidence

Tropical deforestation contributes to climate change, destroys biodiversity and can harm the interests of local people. Community Forest Management (CFM) has been promoted as providing a potential win-win solution (conserving forests while benefitting local communities) and global funders have invested billions of dollars in CFM programmes in developing countries. A study published this week, however, highlights the lack of evidence upon which such investments are made and calls for improved evidence collection in the future.

Publication date: 28 September 2011

Into Africa ‐ Welsh Sustainable Development

Welsh experts have been sharing their experience with African entrepreneurs in a course on renewable energy and sustainable development. It is hoped that the entrepreneurs will take their experiences from Wales back to Africa to find solutions to the global climate challenge. The 15 participants in the programme were encouraged to develop their own solutions to the African challenge of sustainable development.

Publication date: 4 October 2010

Investigating why oak trees are dying is helping scientists understand how infectious diseases work

British oak trees are under threat from a disease known as Acute Oak Decline. Mainly affecting mature trees, it can kill them within four to five years of symptoms appearing. However, while researchers like myself have been looking into what causes it, and trying to find a way to prevent it, our work has been hindered in part by the fact that we have to follow a set of scientific rules known as Koch’s postulates.

This article by James Doonan, Postdoctoral Research Officer, School of Natural Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 14 January 2019

Is a trend for pink chicken livers making us sick?

People are being warned to take the current trend for ‘pink’ chicken liver recipes with a pinch of salt. Research from Bangor, Manchester and Liverpool universities found that a current trend to serve ‘rare’ chicken livers is potentially exposing the public to the risk of campylobacter food poisoning.

Publication date: 30 August 2016

Is sugar good for us after all?

Is sugar good for us after all?

Scientists attending the COST IB CARB training school for Glycoscience think so. 

Experts in the field of Glycoscience gathered from all over Europe to discuss the science of sugar at Bangor University recently.

Publication date: 21 May 2015

James maps his success after a year down under

After three years of study, and year’s work experienced in New Zealand, a Bangor University student graduated this week amongst lifelong friends.

Publication date: 15 July 2019

Journal edited by Bangor academic ranked #1 in its field

A journal edited by an academic at Bangor University which is an essential resource for all of those interested in the biology, conservation and exploitation of fish has been ranked number one it its field.

Publication date: 3 September 2014

Lab experiments for Ysgol Bodedern pupils participating in Antarctica, Climate Change and Icefish project

Pupils from Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern working on an innovative and exciting climate change project, visited Bangor University to work in the laboratories there as part of their project Antarctica, Climate Change and Icefish.

Scientists from the University’s School of Biological Sciences have been leading the project under a Partnership Grant from The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, and have been working with the pupils since September. The project is introducing pupils to the effects of climate change on marine animals in a part of the world where biodiversity and habitats are especially vulnerable to environmental change. 

Publication date: 10 December 2012

Landfill sites: not just a load of rubbish

Far from being a load of rubbish, landfill sites should be considered one of the great untapped resources in the search for new enzymes for biotechnology, and could fuel more efficient biofuel production.

A new research paper in mSphere (DOI: 10.1128/mSphere.00300-17) by biologists at Bangor and Liverpool universities has for the first time identified the enzymes which degrade natural materials such as paper and clothing in landfill sites.

Publication date: 22 August 2017

Large, violent animal packs impacted the ecosystems of the Pleistocene, team of scientists reports

Dr Matt Hayward, Senior Lecturer in Conservation in the College of Natural Sciences at Bangor University was part of a team that has identified the critical role that large predators play in controlling herbivores in ecosystems.

Publication date: 27 October 2015

Learned Society of Wales appoints four Bangor Fellows

The Learned Society of Wales has this year named four academics from Bangor University among the new Fellows elected to the Society from across the arts, humanities, sciences and public service sectors.  Election to Fellowship is a public recognition of academic excellence, and LSW Fellowship is keenly competed. Fellows are elected following a rigorous examination of their achievements in their relevant fields.

Publication date: 19 April 2018

Lectureship ( Assistant Professorship ) in Forest Science / Forestry

Publication date: 14 July 2015

Lectureship (Assistant Professorship) in Forest Science / Forestry

Publication date: 14 July 2015

Let’s produce really tasty, outdoor-grown tomatoes in Wales and the UK

One not-for-profit organisation, the Sárvári Research Trust, is working with experts at Bangor University to develop new  outdoor-grown tomato crops for horticulturists in the UK. The aim is to develop a commercially viable new strain of hardy tomato that would be resistant to late- blight, the disease or organism that usually spells disaster for any outdoor grown tomato crop. The same organism has caused potato blight that resulted in the Irish potato famine.

Publication date: 10 September 2013

'Life changing' experience for mum

Young mother who left school at 16 says studying at Bangor University has been ‘life changing.’

Publication date: 12 July 2013

Lifelong contribution to fish and fisheries science rewarded

Gary Carvalho, Professor in Zoology at Bangor University has been awarded the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) Beverton Medal for his ground-breaking research and lifelong contribution to fish and fisheries science.

The Beverton Medal the FSBI’s most senior award and highest honour and marks Prof Carvalho as a distinguished scientist. He received the Medal and gave an acceptance speech at the recent FSBI Symposium.

Publication date: 17 July 2018

Life-saving technology one step closer with work from Chemists at Bangor University

A recently published paper outlines the results of a Welsh Government funded research project that takes the world a step closer to swift and easy diagnosis of Tuberculosis (TB).

TB is one of the world's deadliest diseases. Just two years ago, 10.4 million people around the world became sick with TB and there were 1.8 million TB-related deaths worldwide.  In 2015, 35% of HIV deaths were due to co-infection with TB.

Chemists at Bangor University have been working to develop quick and easy to use diagnosis kits that can be used to give an instant result (currently blood samples from the patient have to be sent to a laboratory, which takes far too long). 

Publication date: 18 August 2017

Livelihood projects designed to compensate for the local costs of conservation may not be reaching the right people

Conservation of tropical forests is widely recognised as a good thing: these forests lock up carbon which reduces the effects of climate change, contain biodiversity found nowhere else on earth, and influence local availability of water. However conservation can also have negative impacts on local people. New research shows that compensation schemes introduced to reach the poorest and most vulnerable are not always benefiting those they are meant to help.

Publication date: 27 January 2016

Llew Rees Memorial Prize 2019

The University has awarded its annual award for sporting achievement, the Llew Rees Memorial Prize, to Theo Schoebel, for an exceptional year of domestic and international Karate successes.

Publication date: 7 May 2019

Longest-lived animals reveal climate change secrets

Researchers at Bangor University have used some of the world’s longest-lived animals to look at how the North Atlantic Ocean has affected our climate over the past 1,000 years.

Publication date: 12 June 2012

Love of nature inspires Malaysian student to study in Wales

A prize-winning student graduated from Bangor University this week.

Publication date: 15 July 2014

Lynx reintroduction research wins UK student award

A student whose research made national and international news has been awarded the first UK Masters Student of the Year Award by the FindAPhD website.

Thomas Ovenden, currently a PhD student at the University of Stirling, conducted his MSc in Environmental Forestry at Bangor University. His masters research project was on the potential to reintroduce the Eurasian lynx, a species extinct in Britain for over 1,000 years.

Publication date: 29 July 2019

Madagascar Evening

Students and staff in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography are organising a fund-raising evening to support the conservation work of the Malagasy NGO Madagasikara Voakajy ( with which the School has a really close relationship.

Publication date: 12 April 2013

Madagascar: fear and violence making rainforest conservation more challenging than ever

"People are too afraid to return to the village so they are sleeping in the forest or have left altogether. They have lost their stored grain and all their belongings. I don’t know how they will get by."

These are the words of Riana*, a young woman from Bevoahazo, a tiny village in the eastern rainforests of Madagascar. Bevoahazo sits on the edge of Ranomafana National Park in a UNESCO world heritage site teeming with endangered and endemic species. Security in the area has been deteriorating over the last few years but things have escalated recently.

This article by Julia P G Jones, Professor of Conservation Science at the School of Natural Sciences, is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 5 December 2018

Major Coffee chain’s interest in Biobased and compostable plastic coffee cup lids

With 2.5 billion takeaway coffee cups being used in Britain each year, there are almost as many plastic lids being thrown away.

Scientists are working with industry in to develop a new compostable plastic, which will withstand the hot liquids and can be specially moulded for coffee cup lids.

Publication date: 20 April 2018

Major marine science boost for North Wales

A major £23.6m investment to grow Wales’ growing marine sector by increasing collaborative research projects between business and universities has been announced today (Weds 8th Sept) by Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones.

Bangor University’s SEACAMS (Sustainable Expansion of the Applied Coastal and Marine Sectors) project has been given the go-ahead following EU backing of £12.6m from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Assembly Government. 

Publication date: 8 September 2010

Make a date to discover the world of farming at Henfaes Research Centre

On Sunday 11th June 2017 Henfaes Research Centre (Bangor University’s farm) near Abergwyngregyn (LL33 0LB) is opening its gates to visitors for LEAF Open Farm Sunday to showcase the fascinating world of agricultural research alongside commercial sheep farming.

Publication date: 6 June 2017

Mangrove forests can rebound thanks to climate change – it’s an opportunity we must take

Humans have become adept at destroying natural habitats. Indeed, we’re so good at it we’ve changed the very makeup and climate of our planet. But there may be signs the natural world is fighting back by protecting itself against rising temperatures and changing weather patterns, and we face the tantalising prospect of helping this process.

This article by Christian Dunn, Senior Lecturer in Zoology at the School of Natural Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 20 November 2018

Mark gets ready for world cycling tour

A BANGOR University student is getting ready for a once in a lifetime round the world cycling trip after he graduates this week.

Publication date: 19 July 2013

Massive fish fondly followed Kate

A 70 pound grouper, fondly named Darth Vader, took a shine to a Bangor University student over the summer. Kate Cooper, 18, from Pembroke, Bermuda, volunteered at the Bermuda Aquarium during her summer vacation. The massive fish seemed to be very fond of Kate, following her around like a puppy as she cleaned the inside of the glass in the fish tanks

Publication date: 30 October 2012

Master Forester

A Bangor University student who had a passion for forestry from a very young age and an ongoing quest to implement good forest management graduated this week with an MSc in Forestry with distinction.

Publication date: 15 December 2016

Measuring success of peatland restoration

Bangor University are assisting the National Trust in an ambitious project to restore Wales’s second largest peat upland and a European-designated special conservation area.

A 400 mile network of ditches on the Migneint between Ffestiniog and Llanrwst will over time be filled in to restore the area to its natural state. Cut over centuries to improve drainage and provide more land for farming and grouse shooting, the ditches are possibly contributing to the release of carbon.

Publication date: 7 February 2011

Megadiverse hotspots under threat from logging

Areas currently facing the highest deforestation rates on our planet, have been identified as having been particularly important in the evolutionary history of the ‘megadiverse’ biodiversity of Southeast Asia.

Publication date: 7 August 2014

Merseyside conservationist graduates with pride

Inspired by the sheer beauty of Snowdonia and its surrounding area, a keen conservationist graduates from Bangor University this week. Former Carmel Sixth Form College student, Christopher Glass, 21, from Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, graduated with a first class BSc Geography degree after three years of study at the University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy).

Publication date: 15 July 2015

Micro-hydropower electricity generation could save the water industry millions

New research findings from Bangor University and Trinity College Dublin have highlighted the potential for further cost savings from micro-hydropower. Savings of up to an additional £1m a year in Wales alone could help keep water bills down.

Publication date: 20 August 2015

Microplastic pollution widespread in British lakes and rivers - new study

New research by Bangor University and Friends of the Earth has found microplastic pollution in some of Britain’s most iconic and remote rivers and lakes.

The study, believed to be the first of its kind, looked at ten sites - including lakes in the Lake District, waterways in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, a wetland and Welsh reservoir - and found microplastics in all of them.

Publication date: 7 March 2019

Microscopic marine biodiversity mirrors larger life

Distribution of microscopic plants and animals in our oceans mimics the distribution pattern of larger land-based plants and animals, research reveals.

Publication date: 23 September 2014

Migrating bats use the setting sun

Bats weighing no more than 6 grams, migrating over a thousand miles from the Baltic to Britain, could be the key to revealing how migrating mammals navigate.

We know more about how birds and reptiles and fish navigate than we do about mammals such as whales or wildebeest, but one part of the puzzle is revealed in the latest edition of Current Biology.

Publication date: 12 April 2019

Migrating birds use a magnetic map to travel long distances

Birds have an impressive ability to navigateThey can fly long distances, to places that they may never have visited before, sometimes returning home after months away.

Though there has been a lot of research in this area, scientists are still trying to understand exactly how they manage to find their intended destinations.

This article was by Richard Holland, Senior Lecturer in Animal Cognition, School of Biological Sciences, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 18 August 2017

Mineralogical Society Distinguished Lecturer

Professor Barrie Johnson has been named as Mineralogical Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2014/15 

Publication date: 17 September 2014

Model ‘Electric’ Sheep Helping Researchers Keep Flocks in Fine Fettle

Have you ever thought how a sheep feels when it’s freezing cold or baking hot? And whether an animal’s reaction to the weather affects farm productivity? Two ewes in the fields of north Wales are helping find the answers.  From a distance they look much like other sheep; but their thick fleeces, ear tags and woolly tails hide a hi-tech secret.

Publication date: 1 September 2016

More experiments may help explore what works in conservation

All over the world, countless conservation projects are taking place, attempting to achieve aims from reducing habitat loss, to restoring populations of threatened species. However there is growing awareness that conservationists have not always done a good enough job at evaluating whether the things they do really work. But our new study shows that simply experimenting could change this.

This article by Julia P G Jones, Professor of Conservation Science, School of Natural Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 5 November 2018

Move over smart cities – the Internet of Things is off to the country

Bangor University is about to take the concept of smart cities out of town.  

The Internet of Things - which enables object-to-object communication over the internet and real time data monitoring - has typically been associated with urban environments and until now the countryside has been left out in the cold.

Publication date: 6 February 2015

MSc Tropical Forestry at Bangor University receives a further 10 scholarships from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) has once again been successful in gaining 10 fully-funded scholarships for its MSc Tropical Forestry (distance-learning) beginning in September 2017.

Publication date: 17 March 2017

MSc Tropical Forestry students publish findings from their research in Ghana

A group of MSc Tropical Forestry (distance learning) students from Bangor University have had their research published in a leading scientific publication, the International Forestry Review, the journal of the Commonwealth Forestry Association

Publication date: 11 October 2017

National Student Survey Success

Results from a recent survey rank Bangor in the top 10 universities in the UK for student satisfaction, and top in Wales.

Within the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, Forestry scored 84% student satisfaction with the quality of the course. Other subjects, such as Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences, recorded 86% satisfaction.

Publication date: 14 August 2014

Natural Resources Wales Chief Executive visits 25-year research programme

Dr Emyr Roberts Chief Executive of Natural Resources Wales (NRW) visited Bangor University to present a guest lecture on Natural Resources Wales and opportunities for the integrated management of our natural resources to a gathered audience of students and staff.

Publication date: 12 December 2014

NERC PhD studentship in Zoology

The School of Biological Sciences has a PhD studentship funded by NERC to start in October 2012.

Publication date: 14 March 2012

New article on the University's sustainability agenda

Publication date: 12 December 2012

New Ashoka rice variety brings food security to millions

Around a million smallholders and their families in east and west India are enjoying greater food security thanks to work by researchers at Bangor University in Wales.

Food security is a phrase that’s bandied about, but increasing food security can have real impact on people’s lives, and can come about by different means.

Publication date: 18 December 2015

New blog online

Publication date: 6 December 2012

New blogpost on quinoa

Publication date: 24 January 2013

New blogpost- using Welsh ryegrass to develop sustanable packaging

Publication date: 15 May 2013


Publication date: 11 December 2012

New concept could lead to energy-efficient water supply technology

The water industry, their consumers and the environment could benefit from a new research project to assist the industry to cut its energy bills.

Researchers from Bangor University and Trinity College Dublin have identified a way of using water pressure within the water storage system to generate renewable energy. That energy can then be used by the water industry and sold to the grid.

Publication date: 8 June 2011

New conference on TB diagnosis - 21 June 2013

Supported by the Chemistry Biology Interface Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry

This workshop is aimed to highlight the novel research that is taking place at the interface between biology and chemistry; whilst enhancing the possibilities to network on a regional and international level with regards to the detection of TB.

Publication date: 13 May 2013

New DNA Sequencing reveals hidden communities

Half a bucket full of sand from an unassuming beach in Scotland has revealed a far richer and more complex web of microscopic animals living within the tiny ‘ecosystem’ than have previously been identified.

Publication date: 19 October 2010

New extreme micro-organisms found in Siberian soda lake

Professor Peter Golyshin of the School of Biological Sciences, and expert in environmental genomics of microorganisms is the only UK author and participant in research which has discovered a new class of micro-organisms (archaea) that live in the extreme environment of a Siberian alkaline soda lake. What makes this discovery ground-breaking is that these micro-organisms can convert organic material directly into methane under such extreme conditions.

Publication date: 26 May 2017

New insight into motivation of farmers to plant trees

The research of former Bangor University PhD student Syed Rahman features in a new high-profile blog published by the prestigious Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). 

Publication date: 14 May 2018

New long-range micro backpacks for bees could provide vital information

Harnessing the bee’s own electrical energy is the solution proposed by an exciting new project to create a lightweight and long range bee-tracking device.

Bee populations, our vital crop and fruit pollinators, are in serious decline; their survival faces challenges on several fronts, insecticides and varroa mites to name a few.

Publication date: 14 December 2015

New means of safeguarding world fish stocks proven

Powerful and versatile new genetic tools that will assist in safeguarding both European fish stocks and European consumers is reported in Nature Communications (DOI 10.1038/ncomms1845 22/05/12). The paper reports on the first system proven to identify populations of fish species to a forensic level of validation.

Publication date: 22 May 2012

New more efficient method of sampling biodiversity showcased in major UK estuaries

Two of the UK’s major estuaries have proved to be a successful testing-ground for an effective new method of ‘health-checking’ aquatic biodiversity, which could lead to faster and more efficient sampling for other sites.

“Bio-monitoring” or assessing the impacts of human activities in the natural environment is often achieved by monitoring biological diversity.  Existing methods rely on manual identification, but that takes time, resources and often focuses on larger creatures, that sometimes may not be able to reflect accurately the health of particular habitats.

Publication date: 9 February 2015

New PhD opportunity available to UK/EU Nationals in the MEFGL, Bangor: Defining Management Units in Commercial Fish Species

Find more information here.

Publication date: 30 May 2018

New programme to be launched in Tropical Forestry

An MSc Tropical Forestry by distance learning is to be launched in September 2012. The programme is to be developed and run in collaboration with the prestigious University of Copenhagen.

The part-time course, which will run over three years, may attract scholarship funding and this will be explored fully over the coming months.

Publication date: 21 December 2011

New project to strengthen Costa Rican dairy sector

Staff from SENRGY recently travelled to Costa Rica to commence a research project funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, led by Prof. Dave Chadwick, SENRGY.

Publication date: 5 July 2017

New Research Aims to Revolutionise Pollen Forecasting

A team of researchers are developing a new generation of pollen monitoring which they hope will lead to improved forecasts for thousands of the UK population suffering from summer allergies.

Publication date: 20 October 2015

New research project addresses national priorities in combating the threat of tree diseases

New diseases are posing significant risks to tree health and plant biosecurity.UK Government Research Councils, DEFRA, Forestry Commission and Scottish Government, are together investing £7M to fund seven new projects to help address threats to UK forests, woods and trees.

Bangor University is a partner in one of these projects in collaboration with the Universities of Stirling and Cambridge and the Forest Research agency.  The project titled “Modelling economic impact and strategies to increase resilience against tree disease outbreaks”  will address “the protection and enhancement of public benefits, including biodiversity and ecosystem services (…) building resilience in woodlands, and wider landscapes”, which are the key recommendations that have just been made by the House of Commons’ Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, specifically.  It will also make a substantial contribution the Committee’s call for “long-term research and development work that focuses on preparation for future plant health threats in order to ensure an effective response in the UK”.

Publication date: 26 March 2014

New research shows how nutrient management can improve farm profitability and agricultural impacts on the environment

Large increases in the price of fertiliser and pressure on the agricultural industry to reduce its contribution to water pollution mean that making best use of nutrients has never been more important. This was the focus of research conducted on farms across Conwy by scientists from the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography at Bangor University. The findings have just been published in a leading academic journal, “Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment”.

Publication date: 18 March 2014

New species of viper identified

A group of Bangor University scientists have featured in the National Geographic this weekfollowing their discovery of two new species of snake in Southeast Asia.

Publication date: 29 March 2011

New study models the proposed reintroduction of the Eurasian lynx to Scotland

Experts have used an innovative approach to model the proposed reintroduction of the Eurasian lynx to Scotland.

Researchers used state-of-the-art tools to help identify the most suitable location for lynx reintroduction in Scotland – and how this choice might affect the size of a population and its expansion over subsequent decades. Significantly, they believe their model will inform and enhance decision-making around large carnivore reintroductions worldwide.

Publication date: 29 March 2019

New Training body to support £20BN UK Agri-food industry

A new industry-level food training body will tackle key questions facing the future of farming and the food business.

The AgriFood Training Partnership (AFTP) will combine the complimentary skills and knowledge of six university partners who are internationally recognised leaders in agri-food research and training. The partnership will offer more than 150 courses and workshops in all areas of agricultural production, environmental protection and food manufacture, with related scientific research and development, business and transferable skills. These include online distance learning provided by Aberystwyth and Bangor universities.

Publication date: 24 July 2017

New understanding of venom could open door to more effective antivenoms

New research, which disproves the theory that venom evolved just once in reptiles, could also lead to new medical treatments to counteract snakebite.

Publication date: 15 December 2014

Nitrous oxide from urine patches – it’s no laughing matter!

Commonly known as ‘laughing gas’ and currently used both in anaesthetics and as a ‘legal high’, nitrous oxide (N2O) is a powerful greenhouse gas produced in the soil by micro-organisms, especially so on land grazed by animals.

Publication date: 1 September 2015

North Wales Food & Drink Goes Green with Cynnal Cymru

People from the growing food and drink sector in north Wales, which is an important and expanding sector of the local economy, will gather together on Wednesday 5 July 2017 at Bangor University for Cynnal Cymru’s first all-day ‘shared learning and networking event’. 

Publication date: 8 June 2017

Not so sexy salmon

New research reveals that farmed salmon have smaller ‘jaw hooks’ or ‘kype’- a secondary sexual trait, likened to the antlers of a stag, making them less attractive to females than their wild salmon cousins.

This new finding published in the peer–reviewed science journal Royal Society Open Science, implies that farm-bred salmon are less sexually attractive than their wild brethren, and that despite only being bred in captivity since the 1970’s, within some 12 generations, that they are already diverging from wild salmon.

Publication date: 30 April 2019

NSS success for SENRGy: all subjects in UK top 10 for student satisfaction

The release of the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) results has seen phenomenal success for the School of Environment Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy). 

Publication date: 12 August 2015

Ocean acidification will increase the iodine content of edible seaweeds and their consumers

Evidence is rapidly accumulating that ocean acidification and elevated temperatures will have catastrophic consequences for marine organisms and ecosystems. In fact, it is something we are already witnessing. Coral reefs are bleaching, while snails and other calcifying marine organisms struggle to build their shells, scales and skeletons and juvenile marine animals even struggle to navigate to suitable habitats.

This article by Georgina Brennan, Postdoctoral Research Officer, School of Natural Sciences; Dong Xu, Associate Researcher, Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, and Naihao Ye, Professor, Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 7 December 2018

‘Once in a lifetime’ rainforest research trip

Six days after getting married, lecturer Simon Willcock left his wife for a once in a lifetime trip to a ’lost world’- an isolated rainforest atop a large outcrop of volcanic rock in Mozambique.

A lecturer in Environmental Geography at Bangor University, since his PhD Simon has worked with a network of leading scientists whose interest include the study of remote and undisturbed rainforests.

Publication date: 19 June 2018

One day Workshop: Sensors and sensing technologies for effective land management: production agriculture and the environment

Publication date: 26 April 2016

One of Nature's Weirdest Events explained

One of the most spectacular migrations on earth; that of the Christmas Island Red Crab is among those included in the January 2 episode of Nature's Weirdest Events on BBC2 Wales at 20.00. Prof Simon Webster of the School of Biological Sciences explains the dramatic mass-migration of Christmas Island Red Crab on the programme. Prof Webster has identified the hormone responsible for this amazing migration. (See related research story here

Publication date: 2 January 2013

One small change of words – a giant leap in effectiveness!

Hot on the heals of the dryland systems paper in Food Security comes this paper in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability about a new co-learning paradigm that addresses fine scale variation in context  by embedding research 'in' development.

Publication date: 12 December 2013

Open Day at Brambell Natural History Museum, Bangor University with the Herpetological Society

Bangor University’s Natural History collections housed at Brambell Building will be open to the public on Saturday 16th April between 11am and 3pm.

This will be an opportunity to visit the University’s Natural History Museum, which is not usually accessible to the public, to learn more about the animals and plants on display. There will be a chance to ask questions of the available volunteers, and there will be an activities corner for children of all ages.

Publication date: 12 April 2016

Open Day at Brambell Natural History Museum, with drop in drawing sessions

Bangor University’s Natural History collections housed at Brambell Building will be open to the public on Saturday 14thMay between 11am and 3pm.

Publication date: 4 May 2016

Our Planet is billed as an Attenborough documentary with a difference but it shies away from uncomfortable truths

Over six decades, Sir David Attenborough’s name has become synonymous with high-quality nature documentaries. But while for his latest project, the Netflix series Our Planet, he is once again explaining incredible shots of nature and wildlife – this series is a little different from his past films. Many of his previous smash hits have portrayed the natural world as untouched and perfect, Our Planet is billed as putting the threats facing natural ecosystems front and centre to the narrative. In the opening scenes we are told: “For the first time in human history the stability of nature can no longer be taken for granted.”

This article by Julia P G Jones, Professor of Conservation Science, School of Natural Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 5 April 2019

Packaging our foods without plastic

People worldwide are increasingly concerned by the amount of single use plastic which surrounds our purchases, and in particular our food shopping.

While such wrappings appear unnecessary, many fruit and vegetable producers would argue that packaging perishables ensures that consumers can easily carry away their food. Further, more food reaches the market place undamaged, increasing the food supply and reducing food waste.

The solution lies in developing sustainable food packaging alternatives.

Publication date: 13 November 2019

Paris climate agreement enters into force: international experts respond

The Conversation asked a panel of international experts to give their view on the significance of the agreement coming into force. Among the invited contributors is Professor Julia Jones, Professor of Conservation Science at the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography.

Publication date: 4 November 2016

PhD awaits Samuel

Publication date: 15 July 2014

PhD Opportunities

PhD candidates are sought for the following projects in the School of Biological Sciences. 

Publication date: 19 October 2017

PhD student attends launch of parliamentary report on hunger

A PhD candidate who contributed evidence towards a major parliamentary report on hunger in the UK has attended the London launch of its follow-up document.

Publication date: 17 December 2015

PhD Studentship in Biomedical Sciences

A Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol PhD Studentship in the Biomedical Sciences is available tenable from October 1st 2012. An aim of the scheme is
to enable academics at the start of their career to qualify as credible applicants for Welsh medium academic posts. The emphasis is on researching
for a PhD qualification, but training in learning and teaching is also an essential part of the scheme.

Publication date: 10 March 2012

PhD Studentship in Geochemistry and Catchment Processes (Welsh Medium)

The School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography at Bangor University are offering a PhD studentship in the fields of geochemistry and catchment processes. The project will work with industrial and regulatory partners and local community groups on investigating aquatic chemistry within a polluted river network in a post-indistrial area of North Wales, and identifying appropriate remediation technologies.

Publication date: 24 April 2012

PhD student wins award

ABangor University PhD student has beaten hundreds of candidates to win an award helping break new boundaries in the well-being of livestock.

Publication date: 1 June 2018

PhD student wins prize at International Conference

Bangor University PhD researcher Anita Weissflog has been awarded a prize for the best poster presentation at a prestigious international Conference.

Anita, who is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council through the Envision Doctoral Training Partnership, for her PhD at Bangor University’s School of Natural Sciences, is researching the role of soil fungi on the regrowth of tropical forests after disturbance.

Publication date: 30 August 2019

Phil Harper- Novel Anticancer Prodrugs

Cancer is a disease which can affect anybody worldwide. There approximately 200 different types of cancer which are known to affect humans, including common cancers such as lung cancer and breast cancer and other less common forms such as cancer of the pancreas.

Publication date: 4 February 2015

Phosphorus is vital for life on Earth – and we're running low

Phosphorus is an essential element which is contained in many cellular compounds, such as DNA and the energy carrier ATP. All life needs phosphorus and agricultural yields are improved when phosphorus is added to growing plants and the diet of livestock. Consequently, it is used globally as a fertiliser – and plays an important role in meeting the world’s food requirements.

This article by Vera Thoss, Lecturer in Chemistry at the School of Chemsitry was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 15 March 2017

Pico power protects oldest Welsh Bible

A 431-year-old Welsh Bible is staying warm this winter, following the installation of a small pico hydro turbine by the National Trust at Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant in Snowdonia, which will help manage humidity levels in the 16th-century farmhouse.

Through collaboration with Bangor University and Trinity College, Dublin, the renewable energy scheme is helping the charity protect one of the nation’s most culturally important manuscripts more sustainably, with the Bible dating back to 1588 and one of only 24 known original copies left, it’s housed at the birthplace of its translator, Bishop William Morgan.

Publication date: 22 November 2019

Plants to Products – From Concept to Commercialisation

A half day seminar on product commercialisation and Intellectual Property (IP) rights
Tuesday, 23rd April 2013
Neuadd Reichel, Ffriddoedd Road, Bangor Gwynedd, LL57 2TR
08.30am – 1.00pm
Lunch buffet and refreshments. Parking available

Download more information on the seminar here

Publication date: 8 April 2013

Polymers and the new £5 note

Listen to Dr Hongyun Tai of Bangor University’s School of Chemistry on BBC Radio Wales’ popular science programme, Science Café at 6.30 Tuesday 20 September

Publication date: 16 September 2016

Postgraduate Fair Kindle Winner

When George Yates attended the Postgraduate Courses Fair at the end of November, he wasn’t aware that he was about to have to rethink his Christmas list. George’s registration card was randomly picked from over 350 entries on the day of the Fair, and he became the lucky winner of a brand new Amazon Kindle, which coincidently was at the top of his Christmas wish-list when we met up with him in December.

Publication date: 14 January 2014

Prepare to be amazed by specimen collections at Brambell Natural History Museum

Brambell Natural History Museum, Bangor University will be joining museums from across the country for this year’s Welsh Museums Festival, which will be taking place from 27 October – 4 November.

This wonderful annual event is an opportunity for everyone who lives in Wales, or visiting over the half term, to engage with and explore the fantastic museums we have across Wales.  As ever, this year’s event will have a varied programme of events to cater for all tastes, which include exhibitions, re-enactments and workshops, through to Halloween themed activities.

Publication date: 24 October 2018

Prestigious award recognizes a lifetime's work for Bangor University Professor John Witcombe

Prof. John Witcombe, Professorial Fellow in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, has been selected as Development Agriculturalist of the Year for 2014 by the Tropical Agriculture Association

John’s award, the TAA’s most prestigious, recognised a lifetime’s work in agriculture for development, and particularly his contribution to participatory plant breeding.

Publication date: 22 October 2014

Prestigious International Fellowship for promising young researcher

A post-doctoral researcher at Bangor University’s School of Natural Sciences, has been awarded a prestigious  European Commission Horizon2020 funded Marie Sklodowska Curie Global Fellowship.

The fellowship, which allows for international mobility and knowledge exchange will enable Dr Karina Marsden of Bethesda to spend two years working in The University of Melbourne, Australia, before returning to Bangor University for the final year of her research project.  It was awarded following a successful joint application by Bangor and Melbourne universities.

Publication date: 15 October 2018

Prestigious Lecture Award to Prof Johnson

Professor Barrie Johnson of the College of Natural Sciences joins a prestigious list of internationally renowned scientist invited to present the UK Mineralogical Society’s Hallimond Lecture.

Prof Johnson is the only academic from Wales to have presented the lecture in the 46 years since its inception, and was nominated and selected by a panel for the Honour. His lecture will be published in due course in the Society’s Journal.

Publication date: 14 August 2017

Prestigious scholarships awarded for MSc Tropical Forestry at Bangor University. Apply now!

Following an extremely competitive bidding process against other top UK universities, Bangor University’s School of Natural Sciences (SNS) has been awarded 10 scholarships for its MSc Tropical Forestry (distance-learning). These scholarships are for exceptional scholars wishing to begin their studies in September 2019.

Publication date: 14 February 2019

Prizes for Bangor Forestry Students

The achievements of two Bangor forestry students have been recognised by the Institute of Chartered Foresters and the Royal Forestry Society.

Publication date: 15 August 2014

Prizes for Bangor Forestry Students

The achievements of three Bangor forestry students have been recognised by the Institute of Chartered Foresters, the Royal Forestry Society and Tilhill Forestry.

Publication date: 5 October 2015

Prizes for forestry students at Bangor University Graduation 2016

A total of 59 forestry degrees were awarded at Bangor University in July 2016, including students who had completed undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning programmes. 

Publication date: 26 July 2016

Prize-winning conservation student graduates

Having always been fascinated by the environment and the countryside, a prize-winning Bangor University student graduates from its beautiful setting of between the mountains and the sea this week.

Publication date: 10 July 2014

Prize winning student graduates

A Bangor University student who made a life changing decision towards a career in forestry and the wider natural world graduated this week.

Publication date: 15 December 2016

Prizewinning student graduates

A local student accumulated an impressive total of six prizes throughout his time Bangor University during the last four years.

Publication date: 10 July 2014

Prize Winning Student Graduates

A Bangor University prize-winning student will be celebrating her success during graduation week this week.

Publication date: 12 July 2013

Prizewinning student lands forestry job before graduating

Providing a good impression whilst on a professional placement led to a full-time job for a Bangor University student before graduating.

Publication date: 18 July 2017

Prizewinning Vietnamese student graduates

A Bangor University international student graduates with pride following a year of hard work. Bao Hoang Vo, 23, from Danang, Vietnam was awarded an MSc Finance postgraduate degree along with the award for Best Performance in Accounting and Finance at the University’s Business School.

Publication date: 15 December 2016

Professor Appointed Chair of International Working Group

Professor Gary Carvalho of Bangor University has been appointed Chair of a working Group for The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). He is to Chair the Working Group on Application of Genetics in Fisheries and Mariculture (WGAGFM) for 3 years from 1 January 2015.

Publication date: 6 January 2015

Professor Beckett visits Asia with the RSC

Professor of Chemistry at Bangor University Mike Beckett, visited two Universities in South East Asia last week as part of a visit arranged by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). 

Publication date: 22 March 2018

Professor W. B. (Bart) Banks

The school was very saddened to hear about the death of Professor W.B. (Bart) Banks on the 17th June 2017. 

Publication date: 20 June 2017

Professor W. B. (Bart) Banks

The school was very saddened to hear about the death of Professor W.B. (Bart) Banks on the 17th June 2017. 

Publication date: 20 June 2017

Project that assists farmers in saving money and safeguarding the environment awarded

A Bangor University project that is helping farmers in Conwy to save money and protect the environment has been recognised as an example of work which promotes good environmental practice with an award from the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW), Conwy branch.

Publication date: 7 June 2011

Project to scour 'microbial dark-matter' for new biotechnology resources : HORIZON 2020-funded Project ‘INMARE’ begins

In the first award to Bangor University from the major EU Horizon 2020 Program research funding stream, Prof Peter Golyshin will lead an international consortium of more than 20 partners from academia and industry from 12 countries, including leading multinational industrial partners, will work on a four year EUR 6M collaborative project. The project will mine for and use newly discovered microbial enzymes and metabolites, in particular for the targeted production of fine chemicals, environmental clean-up technologies and anti-cancer drugs.

Publication date: 20 April 2015

Public Procurement Expo

An ‘Expo’: Public Procurement and meeting the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act Goals at Bangor University’s Neuadd Reichel Hall on Tuesday 4 February, will bring procurement officers from across the north Wales public sector, academics and other leaders in public procurement together to collaboratively explore how public bodies can use more sustainably produced, local food and meet the Well-being Goals.

Publication date: 30 January 2020

Pupils fascinated at hands-on practical Chemistry Festival

A team of young chemists from Bishop Herber High School in Cheshire won first prize at the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry, held at Bangor University’s School of Chemistry recently.

Publication date: 22 May 2017

Queen’s Birthday Honours for Bangor

Two individuals linked to Bangor University are listed in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.  The award of an MBE to David Wyn Williams, DL, Treasurer and Deputy Chair of the University’s Council, was announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list recently, along with Bangor Forestry Graduate Paul Nolan, who is to be awarded an OBE.

Publication date: 20 June 2014

Radio interview - Dr Julia Jones discusses Madagascar Research

Our conservation lecturer Dr Julia Jones has been on BBC radio talking about her research in Madagascar. Listen again here - the clip starts at 1.26:40

Publication date: 8 January 2014

Raising the profile of Geography: 6th form conference makes local news

Publication date: 10 October 2014

Rare Conifer first to seed in Wales

A rare Australian conifer, growing in Treborth Botanic Garden, at Bangor University, has set seed for possibly the first time in Wales and only the second time in the UK.

There are only around 100 trees of the Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis) growing in its native location in a canyon in Australia. The conifer was only identified in 1994.

Publication date: 20 September 2012

Rare woodland wildlife at risk because of 50-year-old tree felling rules

This article by Craig Shuttleworth, Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, at the School of Natural Sciences is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article

In the UK it is illegal to deliberately kill or injure red squirrels, disturb them while they are using a nest, or destroy their nests. Yet, although the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act provides these protections, there is a legal anomaly in England and Wales – one that can potentially undermine the conservation of the red squirrel, along with every other rare and endangered forest plant or animal species. Although rare woodland species are protected, the habitat they dwell in is generally not.

Publication date: 30 November 2018

Recognising the role of the environment in the global spread of antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance has been recognised in recent years as a major healthcare problem, however, a paper in The Lancet Infectious Diseases (doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(12)70317-1) reviewing the issue on a global scale, concludes that, not enough attention is given to the critical role that the natural environment plays in the cycling of antibiotics and the associated development of resistance by bacteria.

Publication date: 11 March 2013

Recognition for Agriculture & Forestry at Bangor University in latest World University Rankings

The latest QS Top Universities rankings have seen Bangor University rated in the top 200 universities in the World for Agriculture and Forestry. The rankings take into account a range of metrics that cover research, teaching and reputation amongst employers and academics.

Agriculture and Forestry have been foci for teaching and research at Bangor for over one hundred years and are now key academic components of the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) within the University’s College of Natural Sciences.

Publication date: 20 September 2013

Recognition for Agriculture & Forestry at Bangor University in latest World University Rankings

The latest QS World University Rankings by subject have rated Bangor University in the top 100 universities in the World for Agriculture and Forestry, and 61st in the world for Employer Reputation.

Publication date: 9 March 2017

REF 2014 confirms growth in Quality of Chemistry research

The Head of the School of Chemistry has welcomed the results of the 2014 REF, in which research from the School was one of 14 submissions made by Bangor University.

Publication date: 18 December 2014

REF 2014: SENRGy rises to top 20 in UK

Research submitted by Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography has been recognised as being in the top 20 in the UK.  

Publication date: 18 December 2014

REF 2014: World-leading research in Biological Sciences

The Head of the School of Biological Sciences has welcomed the REF 2014 results, which places the School in the Top 20 in the UK.

Publication date: 18 December 2014

Regeneration for ‘we towns not me towns’…a new agenda for town center development in north Wales?

Julian Dobson, a recognized expert on urban regeneration, deliver a public lecture on Monday the 13th April to Sustainable Development students at Bangor University.

Publication date: 10 April 2015

Regeneration for ‘we towns not me towns’…a new agenda for town center development in north Wales?

Julian Dobson, a recognized expert on urban regeneration, will deliver a public lecture on Monday the 13th April to Sustainable Development students in G23 Thoday Building at 10am.

Publication date: 10 April 2015

Relocating China’s pig industry could have unintended consequences

Writing in Nature Sustainability (30/9/19) an international group of agriculture and environmental scientists warn that the Chinese Government’s desire to relocate its pig industry from the South, in order to protect water quality could have unintended detrimental consequences.

In 2015 the Chinese Government banned livestock production in some regions to control surface water pollution near vulnerable water bodies. This has reduced the availability of pork at a period when consumption is forecast to increase from 690 to 1,000 million head per year between 2018-50.

Publication date: 8 October 2019

Replanting oil palm may be driving a second wave of biodiversity loss

This article  by Simon Willcock, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Geography, Bangor University and Adham Ashton-Butt, Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Hull is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

The environmental impact of palm oil production has been well publicised. Found in everything from food to cosmetics, the deforestation, ecosystem decline and biodiversity loss associated with its use is a serious cause for concern.

Publication date: 13 May 2019

Report by SENRGy staff highlights economic impact of sheep scab in Wales

Publication date: 10 May 2012

Research Excellence Framework 2014: Results Overview

Periodically the UK government sponsors a process, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) that grades the research activity in all UK Universities, the most recent results have now been released for REF 2014.

Publication date: 23 January 2015

Researching the kingfisher’s iconic hydrodynamic design

Renowned for their noiseless dive, the kingfisher’s iconic beak-shape has inspired the design of high speed bullet trains. Now scientists have tested beak-shape among some of the birds’ 114 species found world-wide, to assess which shape is the most hydrodynamic.

Avian biologist, Dr Kristen Crandell and third year undergraduate student, Rowan Howe, of Bangor University, created 3d printed models of the beak shapes of several of the diving kingfisher species, at the University’s Pontio Innovation Centre.

Publication date: 15 May 2019

Research methods that find serial criminals could help save tigers

A geographic profiling tool used to catch serial criminals could help reduce the casualties of human-tiger conflict, according to scientists who collaborated on an innovative conservation research study.

Publication date: 28 August 2018

Research partnership projects under the spotlight

Some exciting projects involving Bangor University academics working in partnership with communities, charities, government bodies, and businesses – both local and international – are being highlighted at Bangor University this Friday (8 December).

In all, seventeen of 52 projects funded through an ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Impact Acceleration Account at Bangor University are featured at the event.

Publication date: 7 December 2017

Research to further increase resilience and sustainability of the UK food system

Bangor University is to receive and manage a portion of the UK’s Global Food Security programme- funding of £4.9 million for interdisciplinary research to increase the resilience and sustainability of the UK food system.

Over 1.5 million has been awarded to Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography. Under the lead of Professor Paul Withers, a world-leading interdisciplinary team of biophysical and socio-economic scientists, together with a wide range of UK stakeholders, will investigate how to make the best sustainable use of phosphorus, a finite global resource, in the UK food system.

Publication date: 25 October 2017

Reviewing bioenergy resources for construction and other non-energy uses

Bangor University’s BioComposites Centre (BC) has been selected to lead a consortium to deliver a review on ‘The potential for using bioenergy resources for construction and other non-energy uses’ for the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), a non-governmental advisory body. This review will feed into the updated Bioenergy Review 2018, which will be published by the CCC in the autumn.

Publication date: 8 February 2018

Rhinos should be conserved in Africa, not moved to Australia

This article by Matt Hayward, Senior Lecturer in Conservation, at the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Rhinos are one of the most iconic symbols of the African savanna: grey behemoths with armour plating and fearsome horns. And yet it is the horns that are leading to their demise. Poaching is so prolific that zoos cannot even protect them.

Publication date: 27 April 2017

Robotics of the future, Schools Lego-Robot competition

Schools across the whole of Wales will be taking part in a simultaneous “Robotics of the future” Lego challenge. Bangor University’s Technocamps team are running the north Wales heat of this exciting new competition.

Publication date: 25 June 2013

Roller Coaster migratory flights of geese give unique insights into bird physiology and biomechanics at high altitudes

An international team of scientists studying the migratory biology of bar-headed geese (Anser indicus), during their high altitude flights across the Tibetan plateau and Himalayan Mountains, have revealed how these birds cope with flying in the relatively low-density mountain atmosphere.

Publication date: 16 January 2015

Roller-coaster soaring flights of frigatebirds negotiate the doldrums of the tropical Indian Ocean

An international team of scientists, led by Professor Henri Weimerskirch of Chize Centre for Biological Sciences, CNRS in France, with collaboration from Dr. Charles Bishop, Bangor University in the UK, studied the movement ecology of great frigatebirds (Fregata minor). 
Their paper: Frigate birds track atmospheric conditions over months-long trans-oceanic flights, is published in Science today (1st July).

Publication date: 1 July 2016

Rolling dice reveals level of illegal badger killing

A little-used method for estimating how many people are involved in sensitive or illegal activities can provide critical information to environmental policy makers involved in the proposed badger culling scheme in England, according to new research.

“Innovative techniques for estimating illegal activities in a human-wildlife-management conflict”, a paper written by a research team from Bangor University, the University of Kent and Kingston University, has revealed - for the first time - the estimated rate of illegal badger killing.

Publication date: 17 January 2013

Royal visit for University Research Station

HRH The Princess Royal visited Bangor University’s Henfaes Research station, Abergwyngregyn today (Friday 27th, 2015).

Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, who was accompanied by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Gwynedd, Mr Edmund Seymour Bailey, received a showcase visit to the University’s Research station to see some of the ground-breaking research carried out at the research facility.

Publication date: 26 February 2015

Running geese give insight into low oxygen tolerance

An international team of scientists, led by Bangor University and funded by the BBSRC, recently tracked the world’s highest flying bird, the bar-headed goose, while it migrated across the Himalayas. Now they have shown how these birds are able to tolerate running at top speed while breathing only 7% oxygen.

Publication date: 8 April 2014

Russian spy attack: how toxic chemicals can cause widespread contamination

This article by Vera Thoss, Lecturer in Sustainable Chemistry, at the School of Chemisty was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 14 March 2018

Ryan celebrates the nature of his achievement in obtaining dream job

Inspired by broadcaster and naturist, Sir David Attenborough, a Bangor University student hopes to follow in his footsteps by bringing important conservation issues to the attention of future generations.

Publication date: 18 July 2018

Sacred sites have a biodiversity advantage that could help world conservation

Since the dawn of history, human societies have ascribed sacred status to certain places. Areas such as ancestral burial grounds, temples and churchyards have been given protection through taboo and religious belief. As many of these places have been carefully managed for many years an interesting side effect has occurred – the sites often retain more of their natural condition than surrounding areas used for farming or human habitation. As a result, they are often called “sacred natural sites” (SNS).

This article by John Healey, Professor of Forest Sciences, Bangor UniversityJohn Halley, Professor of Ecology, University of Ioannina, and Kalliopi Stara, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Ioannina was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 17 May 2018

Sacred values are crucial for conservation of remaining forests in Ethiopia

Forests that are sacred to local people are less likely to suffer deforestation according to results of research by Bangor University.

Publication date: 4 February 2015

Safeguarding our natural resources – how do decision-makers decide?

Human activities are increasingly threatening the very elements that we need for our own survival, from clean water from forests, to ensuring the survival of crop-pollinating insects.

Scientists call these naturally occurring aspects on which we rely ‘ecosystem services’ and many governments are shifting their conservation policies to take these vital ‘ecosystem services’ into consideration.

Scientists are rushing to create ‘models’ which can predict both the availability of these services, sometimes as basic and intrinsic as water, grazing or land for crop growth and the demand for them.

There are now many such models- but they need validating- checking against reality, so that decision-makers know which model would be most suitable for their needs.

Publication date: 24 April 2019

Satisfied students place Bangor University among top UK universities

Bangor University’s students have again given the University a resounding testimonial in the annual National Student Satisfaction survey, placing the University eighth among the UK’s non-specialist universities in the UK and second among Welsh Universities.

The news follows hard on the heels of the University’s recent success in being awarded a Gold Standard in the UK Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework, the only Welsh university to achieve this standard.

Publication date: 9 August 2017

Scales and Tails

To coincide with Bangor University’s popular Bangor Science Festival, Storiel has launched its latest  foyer display, on the theme reptiles.

The display has been curated by Melissa Green, a zoology student volunteer.

Publication date: 16 March 2017

School of Biological Science Graduation 2017

For all current SBS students graduating this summer, look out for invites to the annual graduation party in Brambell July 20th, tickets available soon.

Publication date: 17 May 2017

School of Chemistry Achievement Awards 2012/13

Congratulations to the 2013 Achievement Award Winners:

Publication date: 16 April 2013

School of Environment academic interviewed on the BBC

As an expert in Agricultural Carbon Emissions, SENRGy lecturer Dr Dave Styles was asked to contribute to this week's BBC World Service; 'Science in Action' programme.

Publication date: 21 November 2014

School of Environment Natural Resources and Geography awarded Athena SWAN Bronze Award

The School of Environment Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) is celebrating being awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU).

Publication date: 7 October 2016

School pupils create aspirin at Bangor University

Over 50 school pupils from north Wales and the North West of England took part in ChemPharma at Bangor University recently.

Publication date: 9 July 2013

School pupils synthesise drugs at Bangor

100 school pupils from north Wales and the North West of England took part in two days of Pharmaceutical chemistry at Bangor University recently.

Publication date: 1 July 2014

Schools benefit from Science Visits

School pupils from Gwynedd and Anglesey took part in exciting experiments, challenges and demonstrations – with some even getting their hands dirty at Henfaes farm - during visits to the University as part of Bangor Science Festival.

Publication date: 12 April 2011

Scientist and lecturer to exhibit in major national Wildlife art exhibition

An honorary lecturer at Bangor University balances her scientific interest in birds by expressing her fascination with them through her art. 

Rachel Taylor’s work has now been selected from over 600 submissions to appear alongside works by some of Britain’s leading wildlife artists. The exhibition will be on display at Mall Galleries between 24 October to 3 November 2019.

Publication date: 22 October 2019

Scientists at work: tackling India's snakebite problem

This article by Anita Malhotra, Senior lecturer in ecology and evolutionary genetics at the School of Biological Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. 

Gerry climbs up to the veranda of our tribal longhouse with a snake bag held out in front of him. “Now don’t get too excited, but I’ve just caught a Kaulbacki,” he says, looking pleased but exhausted from a long hike and a six-metre climb up a tree. We gape, hardly able to believe that we have finally found this rare snake alive after four years of intensive searching.

Kaulback’s pit viper, first discovered in 1938 by British explorer and botanist Ronald Kaulback in northern Burma, is one of the largest pit vipers in Asia. On top of that, according to local reports, its bite is lethal. Despite being a co-author on the most recent paper on the species, I had never before seen a living specimen – few scientists have.

Publication date: 27 July 2015

Scientists call for action to tackle the threat of invasive tree species to a global biodiversity hotspot

An invasive Australian tree is now posing a serious threat to a global diversity ‘hotspot’ according to new collaborative research between Landcare Research in New Zealand, the Universities of Cambridge (UK) Denver (US) and Bangor University (UK).

This species, Pittosporum undulatum, known locally as mock orange, was introduced to a botanic garden in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica in the late 19th century. As its local name suggests, this fast-growing, glossy-leaved tree has bright orange fruit which open to reveal small, sticky, sugary-coated seeds. These are widely dispersed by native Jamaican bird species and it has been invading new habitats at a high rate. At first, the species took over land abandoned from the cultivation of coffee and tree crops, but more recently it has expanded into the natural forests of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. This invasion was accelerated by the damage caused to the forests by Hurricane Gilbert 29 years ago, and it is likely to be further advanced by future major hurricanes.

Publication date: 2 January 2018

Scientists from Bangor University win prestigious prize.

A research project, financed by the European Union under the FrameWork7 programme, which involved scientists from Bangor University, has won a prestigious prize.

The ProMine consortium, which included scientists from the School of Biological Sciences (Professor Barrie Johnson, and Drs. Barry Grail, Sabrina Hedrich and Catherine Kay) was funded to generate new products from mineral resources and waste materials found within Europe. As part of this, the Bangor team developed new approaches for recovering metals and synthesizing minerals from waste waters, using novel species of microorganisms.

Publication date: 15 May 2014

Scientists predict sea states for renewable energy

Tidal and wave technology is finally coming of age and the UK leads the world in the development of this vital renewable energy resource. Bangor University is playing a crucial role in this: as the industry moves towards large-scale commercialisation, experts at the University’s Centre for Applied Marine Sciences are working to maximise the operational efficiencies of energy-generating devices.

Publication date: 11 December 2013

Sea Shells and climate change 3rd International Sclerochronology Conference (ISC2013) Caernarfon, North Wales, UK - Sunday 19th May to Wednesday 22nd May 2013

A major international conference is being hosted at the Galeri in Caernarfon by scientists at Bangor University.  Scientists from around the world – including Japan, Australia, India, the Falkland Islands, Canada and the USA as well as all parts of Europe and the UK - will be talking about how they use shells, corals and bones to study past and present changes in the marine environment.  Topics include the marine climate of the past, biology, ecosystems, fisheries and archaeology.

Publication date: 17 May 2013

Second body clock discovered in the speckled sea louse

Separate timing mechanism presents an exciting new perspective on how organisms define biological time

The diminutive speckled sea louse (Eurydice pulchra) boasts two body clocks, one for night and day and another for the ebb and flow of the tide, according to research published today, Thursday 26 September.

Writing in the journal Current Biology, researchers from Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cambridge and Leicester Universities have confirmed the existence for the first time of a distinct and independent circatidal body clock that follows the 12.4 hour cycle of the tide.

Publication date: 27 September 2013

Seeds of hope emerge across the world’s drylands

Drylands occupy 40% of the earth’s land area and are home to 2.5 billion people – nearly a third of the world’s population. People in dry areas are forced to contend with severe environmental degradation and increasing climate variability, aggravated by amongst the highest population growth rates in the world. A groundbreaking paper heralding a new integrated systems approach to agricultural research in the drylands, was published in the journal Food Security recently (18.11.13).

Publication date: 19 November 2013

SENRGy among the prizes again at Bangor University Awards Ceremonies

It has been another successful time for SENRGy in Bangor University ‘Awards Season’ (think of the Oscars but with fewer selfies). 

Publication date: 18 May 2015

SENRGy among the prizes at Bangor University Awards Ceremony

It was a fantastic night for SENRGy at Bangor University’s Student-led Teaching Awards on Wednesday March 31st. The awards, organized by the Student Union are aimed at recognizing outstanding contributions and excellence in teaching at Bangor. In addition, SENRGy was well-represented in the student Course Rep of the Year Awards, with two nominees; the most of any School in the University.

Publication date: 6 May 2014

SENRGy and Bangor University surge up the charts

Bangor University and the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography have performed well in the latest Guardian University Guide. As an institution, Bangor University is now ranked 2nd in Wales, having climbed 16 places in the Guardian’s latest league table.

Publication date: 22 May 2012

SENRGy awarded Athena SWAN Bronze Award

The School of Environment Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) received an Athena SWAN Bronze Award by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) at an awards ceremony at Liverpool University and presented by Sir Paul Nurse, Director of the Francis Crick Institute and a Patron of Athena Swan.

Publication date: 13 December 2016

SENRGy Graduate helps to promote agro-forestry in the famine-threatened Sahel

David Beaton, who graduated from Bangor University in 2009 with a BSc degree in Agriculture Conservation and Environment, is currently working in the Sahel region of Niger, Africa, for the Australian-based organisation Serving in Mission.

Publication date: 1 June 2012

SENRGy graduates providing valuable local agroecological knowledge training in South America

In collaboration with Bangor University, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) recently held an Agroecological Knowledge Toolkit (AKT) training course at its Peruvian Amazon Office in Pucallpa.

Publication date: 20 October 2014

SENRGY Graduate wins 'Young Environmental Engineer of the Year' 2011.

Publication date: 12 January 2012

SENRGy lead international collaborations to grant success

Researchers in Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) have recently secured two major grants, paving the way for collaborative research based in south-east Asia.

Publication date: 5 June 2015

SENRGY PhD students scoop awards from the Agricultural Economics Society of Ireland.

The Agricultural Economics Society of Ireland’s annual early research seminar recently took place at University College Dublin. Bangor University was represented by SENRGy students John Walsh and John Hyland and we are delighted to announce that both students won their respective categories.

Publication date: 22 November 2012

SENRGy Professor wins prestigious award by the Chinese Academy of Sciences!

The School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography’s Professor Davey Jones was awarded the prestigious award of ‘Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists’ by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in January 2013.

Publication date: 11 March 2013

SENRGy research contributing to Nile Basin Development Challenge

A previous MSc Agroforestry student at SENRGY, Martha Cronin, recently presented an oral presentation and poster at the ‘Rainwater management for resilient livelihoods: NBDC Science Workshop’, held on 9-10th July in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Publication date: 26 September 2013

SENRGy’s Geographical Society named Bangor University Society of the Year

Publication date: 8 May 2012

SENRGy’s Mark Stevens stands up to Paxman

SENRGy undergraduate Mark Stevens helped Bangor University defeat the University of St Andrews in the first round of the 2012/2013 series of University Challenge.

Publication date: 25 September 2012

SENRGy’s MSc Forestry students head to Tanzania!

During July and August 2012, Bangor University continued its long tradition of innovation in teaching tropical forestry when the first cohort of Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) funded, distance learning students joined together with full time SENRGy MSc students for a joint summer module in Tanzania’s Usambara Mountains.

Publication date: 16 August 2012

SENRGy’s MSc Forestry students head to Uganda!

Following on from a very successful field course in Tanzania last summer (2012), July-August 2013 saw Bangor University’s second cohort of Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) funded distance-learning MSc Forestry students attend this year’s version in Uganda’s Budongo Forest Reserve.

Publication date: 5 September 2013

SENRGy’s postgraduates report fantastic student satisfaction

The release of the 2015 National Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) results has seen another year of great success for the School of Environment Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy). The School achieved a hugely impressive 99% overall satisfaction score.

Publication date: 23 October 2015

SENRGy’s Professor John Healey discusses disease threatening Welsh Woodlands on Radio Wales

“The deadly tree disease rampaging through Welsh forests - are we winning the fight against Phytopthora Ramorum? And do we have enough expertise and knowledge to cope with the threats to our woodlands from such diseases?

Publication date: 20 March 2014

SENRGy staff driving the development of a green economy

Staff within the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) are currently involved in trying to develop the green economy within Wales and Ireland. It’s a busy time for the Green Innovation Network (GIN), a group made up of Welsh businesses supported by expertise from SENRGy staff, notably Heli Gittins and Nicola Owen.

Publication date: 16 October 2013

SENRGy staff nominated for teaching awards

SENRGy staff have been  nominated for the ‘student-led teaching’ awards this year. The Student Union panel considered 319 nominations from students and in spite of these odds, we have six contenders:

Sian Pierce – Award for outstanding Pastoral Support
Lynda Yorke – Fantastic Feedback, Innovation, & Teacher of the Year
Karen Parkhill – New Teacher of the Year
Helen Gittins/James Walmsley & Nicola Owen – Sustainable Thinking Award

Publication date: 8 April 2014

SENRGy staff provide training on local knowledge acquisition using the AKT5 (Agro-ecological Knowledge Toolkit) software and methodology.

In May 2013, ICRAF and Bangor University recently held a training course in Lilongwe, Malawi, as part of the Irish Aid-funded Agroforestry for Food Security Programme (AFSP). Participants came from the ICRAF-Malawi office, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bangor University and Copperbelt University. The course was run by Genevieve Lamond, a Research Project Support Officer within the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) at Bangor University.  

Publication date: 19 June 2013

SENRGy staff short-listed for Student Led Teaching Awards

Two SENRGy lecturers were recently short-listed for Bangor University’s Student Led Teaching Awards. The awards, voted for by Bangor University students, were developed by the Bangor University Students’ Union, who successfully gained funding from the National Union of Students and the Higher Education Academy.

Publication date: 1 June 2012

SENRGy staff train Agroforestry researchers in Northern Ethiopia

Publication date: 11 July 2012

SENRGy student produces Wales Planning Conference report

Publication date: 25 June 2012

SENRGy students attend the 2014 National Biodiversity Network Conference

Students from the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) have recently attended the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) 2014 Conference, held at the Royal Society in London.

Publication date: 12 December 2014

SENRGY student selected as a volunteer for the Olympics!

Publication date: 13 April 2012

SENRGY students help to save Rainforest on GO GREEN Day!

Recently, you may have seen a lot of green people out and about in Bangor. Happily, these were not aliens, but modern “Eco-Warrior” Bangor students!

Publication date: 3 January 2013

SENRGy students home in on the environment!

ECO-MINDED Bangor University students have been learning how one housebuilder creates sustainable developments.

Publication date: 29 October 2014

SENRGy students nominated for awards

Not to be outdone by the staff, SENRGy students are also up for awards this month. 5 of the 38 Peer Guides across the University nominated for Peer Support Volunteer of the Year are from SENRGy. C

Publication date: 9 April 2014

SENRGY Students participate in BRAND Workshop

Publication date: 28 March 2012

SENRGy subjects rank highly in new Guardian University Guide

The recently published 2017 Guardian University Guide has recognised the excellence of a range of subjects taught in  the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy)

Publication date: 3 June 2016

SENRGy success at the 2017 Student-Led Teaching Awards and Course Rep of the Year Awards!

It was a successful night for SENRGy at the 2017 Bangor University Student-Led Teaching Awards and Course Rep of the Year Awards on April 28th.

Publication date: 3 May 2017

SENRGy wins prestigious Commonwealth Scholarships for MSc Tropical Forestry

Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy) is delighted to announce funding for a further 10 scholarships for its MSc Tropical Forestry (distance learning)  beginning in September 2015.

Publication date: 13 February 2015

Simple precautions could reduce risk of E coli O157 in the environment say researchers

Researchers investigating the risk of E coli O157 in the countryside as part of the UK research councils’ Rural Economy and Land Use Programme, say that simple measures and coordinated action from the relevant authorities could play a major role in keeping children and other vulnerable groups safer.

Academics from the universities of Aberdeen, Bangor and Manchester and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, have been researching how the bacterium behaves in the rural environment, and the part that farmers, abattoirs and the public could play.

Publication date: 24 January 2012

Sixth Form Conference in Geography attracts schools and pupils from across North Wales

Publication date: 29 September 2014

Sixth Form Conference in Geography attracts schools and pupils from across North Wales.

On Saturday (27th September), Geography@Bangor hosted their first 6th form conference for A/S and A2 Geography students at Bangor University. 

The event was free to attend for pupils and teachers from schools and colleges, with around 40 pupils and 10 teachers coming from both English-medium and Welsh-medium schools across North Wales. 

Publication date: 29 September 2014

Snake venom can vary in a single species — and it’s not just about adaptation to their prey

Few sights and sounds are as emblematic of the North American southwest as a defensive rattlesnake, reared up, buzzing, and ready to strike. The message is loud and clear, “Back off! If you don’t hurt me, I won’t hurt you.” Any intruders who fail to heed the warning can expect to fall victim to a venomous bite.

But the consequences of that bite are surprisingly unpredictable

Publication date: 21 March 2019

Solving how a complex disease threatens our iconic oak

Latest scientific methods reveal multi-bacterial cause of stem bleeding in acute oak decline and pioneer novel methods for analysing the causes of complex plant diseases

Team work between Forest Research, Bangor University and others has for the first time, tracked down the cause of the stem bleeding symptoms of this newly identified threat to the native oak.

Publication date: 24 October 2017

Some lizards have green blood that should kill them – and scientists can't work out why

If you were to see certain New Guinea skinks lose their tails, you’d notice that their blood isn’t the usual red colour we’re used to but rather a virulent shade of green. What’s even more bizarre is that the substance that’s responsible for the green colour of the lizards’ blood (and bones, tongues, muscles and mucous membranes) would be toxic in other animals if they carried it in such large amounts.

Exactly why these skinks are filled with this toxic substance and why it doesn’t kill them is something of a mystery. But new research published in Science Advancesmakes an important step towards answering these questions.

This article by Dr Anita Malhotra, Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics, School of Biological SciencesBangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

Publication date: 17 May 2018

Some mushrooms glow in the dark – here's why

Glowing fungi with an on-off system synchronised to their daily rhythms? It sounds implausible but it’s true.

Some mushrooms evolved the ability to glow in the dark in order to attract insects to spread their spores, according to new research in the journal Current Biology.

Publication date: 20 March 2015

Some of the world’s poorest people are bearing the costs of tropical forest conservation

Global conservation targets should not be met at the cost of the world’s poor. The first study to evaluate a policy aiming to compensate local people for the costs of conservation has revealed that, despite good intentions, the poor have lost out.

Tropical forests are important to all of us on the planet. As well as being home for rare and fascinating biodiversity (like the lemurs of Madagascar), tropical forests lock up enormous amounts of carbon helping to stabilise our climate. However tropical forests are also home to many hundreds of thousands of people whose lives can be affected by international conservation policies.

Multilateral donors such as the World Bank have made clear commitments that those negatively impacted by their projects should be compensated. This includes those affected by conservation projects such as those intended to slow climate change by preventing tropical deforestation (a scheme known as REDD+ or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). Researchers have, for the first time, studied one such compensation scheme in depth and revealed it to be inadequate.

Publication date: 5 July 2018

Sophie presents at a conference

Two years ago Dr Sophie Williams, a conservation scientist with Bangor University, fell ill with Japanese Encephalitis while on fieldwork in China. She suffered severe brain injury, was in a coma for six weeks and still relies on a wheel chair and artificial ventilation. However Sophie has been determined to get back to her great passions: science and plant conservation. This week she has defied the odds and returned to the global conservation stage by presenting her research at the International Congress of Conservation Biology.

Publication date: 25 July 2017

Special visitor - Hector Rowe

Last week we hosted a very special visitor, Hector Rowe, age 6 from Anglesey.

Publication date: 28 August 2019

Staff and students from SENRGy on location in Northwest Vietnam

As part of a collaborative agreement between Bangor University and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Dr Fergus Sinclair recently organised a two week training course in Vietnam from 1st-12th June 2015.

Publication date: 1 July 2015

Staff from SENRGy run a participatory research methods training course in the drylands of Kenya

As part of a longstanding collaborative agreement between Bangor University and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Genevieve Lamond from the School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography (SENRGy) recently co-led a two-week research methods training course with Anne Kuria, a researcher at ICRAF and current PhD student at Bangor University.

Publication date: 21 July 2017

‘State of nature’ important in determining the impact of climate change

Current models of how vegetation will react to climate change do not consider the state of the vegetation - whether it is mature and stable, or already responding to some disturbance event.

New research from one of the world’s longest running climate change experiments, which is funded by the European Commission (EU-FP7 INCREASE infrastructure) and led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and European partners, including Bangor University was published today in Nature Communications (24th March 2015, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7682). The research suggests that for shrublands, the time since the last disturbance of the ecosystem affects its response to future climates and should be considered when predicting ecosystem responses to climate change.

Publication date: 24 March 2015

Stephanie en route to dream career

A north Wales student who is well on the way on her “dream career” path after securing a temporary role at Chester Zoo graduates from Bangor University this week. Stephanie Davies, 27, from Connah’s Quay, Flintshire studied at the University’s School of Biological Sciences for three years and graduated with a first-class BSc Zoology with Herpetology degree.

Publication date: 17 July 2015

Step taken on the road towards a more effective TB vaccine

Tuberculosis kills more people than any other infection and is becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. The results of a collaboration between researchers from Bangor University led by Professor Mark Baird and Dr Juma’a Al Dulayymi, and Southampton University, led by Dr Salah Mansour, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA could drive new advances in vaccine development for tuberculosis through the intelligent design of novel lipid based therapies.

Publication date: 21 November 2017

St Gerard’s School are Top of the Bench!

A team from St Gerard’s School in Bangor are this year’s north Wales heat winners of the Top of the Bench competition run by Bangor University’s School of Chemistry.

Publication date: 26 February 2018

St Gerard’s School are Top of the Bench!

A team from St Gerard’s School in Bangor won this year’s North Wales heat of the Top of the Bench competition  hosted by Bangor University’s School of Chemistry.

The National Competition for 14-16 year olds is run by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and heats are held all over the country.

St Gerard’s beat nine other teams to win the opportunity to visit Loughborough University’s Chemistry Department for the Final, which will be held on the 29th April 2017. 

Publication date: 31 January 2017

Strong recognition for Agriculture, Forestry & Environmental Science at Bangor University in latest world university rankings.

The latest QS Top Universities rankings have seen Bangor University rated in the top 200 universities in the World in three subject areas. 

Publication date: 23 March 2016

Student Chemical Society host the Young Scientist Symposium at Bangor University

The Young Scientist Symposium is an annual event in which gives young scientists from industrial and academic backgrounds the opportunity to present their work to their peers.  This symposium is often for the first time that they will have presented their work in this way.  This year’s event marks the 31st anniversary of the symposium and was hosted by Sean Baxter, PhD student and Senior Demonstrator on behalf of Bangor Universities’ School of Chemistry.  The presentations ranged from super molecular chemistry to the production of synthetic TB.  The event was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry (National and local sections).

Publication date: 19 September 2016

Student Led Teaching Awards 2015

The Student Led Teaching Awards returned bigger than ever for its 4th annual ceremony, along with the much anticipated Course Representative awards

Publication date: 21 May 2015

Student Led Teaching Awards 2017

The sixth annual Student Led Teaching Awards ceremony was held recently and celebrated the high standard of teaching and pastoral support in Bangor University.

Publication date: 11 May 2017

Student project shows it is safe to eat roadside Blackberries

It is the time of year when many people pick fruit such as blackberries from roadsides. However, some fear that roadside soft fruits may contain high levels of heavy metals due to vehicle emissions.

A scientific study undertaken by student James Slack, of County Durham, as part of his degree in BSc Conservation & Forest Ecosystems at Bangor University, aimed to determine whether this was true.

Publication date: 9 September 2013

Student research on freshwater microplastics hits the headlines

Research conducted by students at Bangor University, working with Friends of the Earth, has attracted global media attention.

Bangor University was commissioned by the environmental organization, to measure the amount of plastics and microplastics in British lakes and rivers- and what they found was widely reported in print and broadcast media across Britain and beyond.

Publication date: 3 April 2019

Student volunteers plant hundreds of trees in Snowdonia

Students from Bangor University have planted hundreds of trees as part of an exciting wildlife project with a tourism business in Snowdonia.

The group, from the Bangor Forestry Students’ Association (BFSA), hope the new trees will improve the landscape of the world-famous Ogwen Valley, near Bethesda.

Publication date: 10 December 2018

Student work to contribute to challenging sepsis

Rates of sepsis are on the increase. This rare but serious complication which can happen as a result of an infection can be life- threatening.

One chemistry student is hoping that her research work will contribute to the fight against this infection.

Publication date: 8 February 2018

Study to conserve genetic resources of wild tilapia for the future of fish farming

With world fish stocks dwindling, tilapia farming is a global success story, with production tripling this millennium.

This is now a $7.6bn industry, producing 4.5million tonnes of affordable high-quality fish every year. And it is sustainable, because unlike the salmon and sea bass we grow in Europe, tilapia don’t need to be fed lots of other fish caught from the oceans, but largely eat vegetable material and farmyard waste. Although now cultured throughout the world, tilapia originally come from Africa.

Publication date: 16 March 2015

Succeeding in Nuclear industry

A pair of students from North Wales attending Bangor University have recently taken huge strides forward in pursuing their ambitions to carve out future careers in the nuclear industry.

Publication date: 5 July 2016

Success follows success for SENRGy

It was another great night for SENRGy as the Bangor University Awards Season culminated with the Student Union Societies Awards on Wednesday 8th May. Success for both individual students and student societies capped off a fantastic year for SENRGy and further highlights the efforts made by students and staff.

Publication date: 12 May 2014

Supporting the reds!

Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography and School of Biological Sciences are working with partners to support the reintroduction of red squirrels to the Ogwen Vally in nearby Bethesda, Gwynedd.

Publication date: 12 June 2017

Surveying the Salamander’s Habitat in Honduras

A Bangor University student has just returned home from a six-week expedition to Honduras in Central America. Molly Mannion, 20, from Bangor has just completed the second year of her four-year MZool Zoology with Herpetology degree. 

Publication date: 30 August 2018

Sustainable nutrient management of soils is key to future food security

Global food security is being threatened by soils that are stripped of nutrients that are essential for the high yield of crops. A recent study at Bangor University outlining strategies to ensure the sustainable production of food through a holistic approach to soil nutrient management has been published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

Publication date: 11 July 2013

Talking About Climate Change - Primates Vs Humans

A group of researchers from Bangor University have recently finished a study researching the effects of climate change on primates.

Publication date: 15 November 2019

Talking About the Real Lion King

With the release of the remake of Disney’s The Lion King approaching, Dr Graeme Shannon from the School of Natural Sciences at Bangor University looks at how the original film portrays the social behaviour of animals.

Publication date: 5 July 2019

Tanzania to adopt new policies to safeguard fish stocks

The Tanzanian Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries is to adopt recommendations for conserving the unique genetic diversity of tilapia for food security.

The recommendations are based on the findings of research led by Prof George Turner at Bangor University's School of Natural Sciences, in collaboration with colleagues at Bristol University, the Earlham Institute at Norwich and at the Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (Tafiri), funded by the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Publication date: 8 October 2018

Teaching Fellowship Awarded to Dr James Walmsley

Dr James Walmsley was awarded a Teaching Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to teaching, to the enhancement of students’ learning experience, and to the support provided to students. James is the Distance Learning Co-ordinator for the highly successful and innovative forestry distance learning Masters programmes at the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography.

Publication date: 18 July 2014

Team Chemistry Zip Challenge for Hope House

A team of thrill-seekers from Bangor University’s School of Chemistry took to the wires recently to raise money for Hope House Children’s hospice.

Publication date: 24 May 2013

Testing the water… Chemists check metal levels in drinking water.

Teams of young Chemists from schools in north and mid Wales and the borders played the role of forensic chemists in analysing the metal content of water samples as they competed in the regional final of the Royal Society of Chemistry Schools Analyst Competition at Bangor University recently. 

Publication date: 1 July 2014

The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

The Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Professors Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir Fraser Stoddard and Bernard Feringa is a triumph for pure, fundamental chemistry and emphasises the importance of the often neglected idea of blue-sky or grass roots chemical research. 

Publication date: 13 October 2016

The African lion: what faster decline of apex predator means for ecosystems

This article by Matt HaywardSenior Lecturer in Conservation in the College of Natural Sciences, was originally published on The ConversationRead the original article.

There is nothing as awe-inspiring as watching the brutal power of a lion capturing its prey. At close range, their throaty roars thump through your body, raising a cold sweat triggered by the fear of what these animals are capable of doing now, and what they once did to our ancestors. They are the most majestic animals left on our planet, and yet we are currently faced with the very real possibility that they will be functionally extinct within our lifetime.

Publication date: 27 October 2015

The African snakebite 'crisis' is nothing new: we’ve been worried about antivenom for decades

This article by Anita Malhotra,  of our School of Biological Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

There is a sound reason why snakes have a reputation for being among the world’s most dangerous animals. In Africa alone, there may be more than1.5m people a year who find themselves on the receiving end of snakebites. Without access to the only effective treatment, antivenom, the death rate can be as high as 20%, with survivors often suffering life-changing disability.

Publication date: 10 September 2015

The Appliance of Science!

Bangor University’s Science Festival is back for its seventh year and welcomes everyone to explore and discuss science through talks hands-on activities exhibitions demonstrations - all free to attend.

Publication date: 16 February 2017

The Appliance of Science!

Bangor University’s Science Festival is back for its seventh year and welcomes everyone to explore and discuss science through talks hands-on activities exhibitions demonstrations - all free to attend.

Publication date: 7 March 2017

The best of (pri)mates!

Four students who bonded over a shared passion for primates will all graduate together this week, having had an adventure-packed time during their undergraduate degrees at the School of Natural Sciences.

Publication date: 19 July 2019

The Ecologist Communications Challenge Award

Bangor University’s Student Union has recently entered the UK-wide University Ecologist Communications Challenge Award, our entry was a ‘Flash Garden’ created in 60 seconds outside Bar Uno on Friddoedd Site.  To see the video and to vote for Bangor’s entry, please visit this link.

Publication date: 7 February 2014

The future of agriculture in Wales: the way forward

Dr Prysor Williams, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management at the University’s School of Environment Natural Resources and Geography is one of the authors of a report on the vision for Welsh agriculture, launched by Welsh Government today (27 November 2017).

Amaeth Cymru the future of agriculture in Wales: the way forward, has been authored by Amaeth Cymru, a group whose membership covers a spectrum of interests, including farming unions, levy bodies, government, academics and industry experts.

Publication date: 27 November 2017

The future of upland farming beyond the CAP

Leaving the EU poses opportunities as well as challenges for Welsh upland farmers, say organisers of a Conference which will see farmers, academics, conservation bodies, and Government officials come together to develop a vision for the future of land use policy in Wales’ iconic uplands landscape.

Publication date: 20 February 2017

The Geographical Society presents....'Annually-resolved records of marine climate change from the longest-lived animals on Earth'

We're delighted to present the first of the 'Geog. Soc. Academic Talks' series with Professor James Scourse. We hope to see as many of you as possible, for what will undoubtedly be a riveting and engaging talk.

Publication date: 20 November 2013

The last chance for Madagascar’s biodiversity

Scientists from around the world have joined together to identify the most important actions needed by Madagascar’s new government to prevent species and habitats being lost for ever.

In January, Madagascar’s recently-elected president, Andry Rajoelina, began his five-year term of office. A group of scientists from Madagascar, the UK, Australia, the USA and Finland have published a paper recommending actions needed by the new government to turn around the precipitous decline of biodiversity and help put Madagascar on a trajectory towards sustainable growth.

Publication date: 29 April 2019

The most decorated BSc Forestry graduates for a generation?

This July saw witnessed some of the best degree results for a generation from the BSc Forestry degrees at Bangor University. We celebrate the achievements of all our students, regardless of their degree class, here we highlight two graduates who deserved special mention.

Publication date: 31 October 2019

The part–time way to post-graduate education

In these tougher times, studying for a postgraduate degree part-time while remaining at work is an option at Bangor University.

Bangor University’s next Postgraduate Courses Fair takes place on Friday 18 February 2011 between 12.30 – 2.30. Anybody interested in postgraduate study at Bangor is most welcome to attend, and take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the many different postgraduate programmes that are currently available. Pre-register for the event online via the University’s website at:

Publication date: 16 February 2011

There are no two ways about it, grey squirrels are bad for the British countryside

According to some animal rights groups the grey squirrel is a victim of circumstance. They say it has been made a scapegoat for regional red squirrel population extinctions and claim that loss of the reds is caused entirely coincidentally by habitat change. They suggest the true facts are being hidden and scientific research being intentionally misinterpreted.

This article by Craig Shuttleworth, Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 6 April 2017

The return of Draig Beats

Friends organise festival to raise money to support brain-injured lecturer, and the Botanic Garden she loves.

On the 8th June, Bangor University’s botanic garden at Treborth will be filled with fantastic music across three stages, revellers enjoying vegetarian food, children exploring the ancient woodlands and meadows, families learning drumming and dance together, and so much more. All of this is part of Draig Beats, a family friendly festival at Treborth Botanic Garden from 10:00am to 9:00pm. The event is organised by friends and colleagues of Dr Sophie Williams, a former Bangor University lecturer who contracted Japanese encephalitis while on fieldwork in China in 2015.

Publication date: 31 May 2019

The School of Chemistry visits the Headquarters of the RSC in London

The School of Chemistry will be attending the RSC Meet the Universities event in London on the 28th June 2014. 

Publication date: 17 June 2014

The sun shines on SENRGy graduates

Some sunny skies greeted this year’s group of SENRGy graduates on Wednesday 18th July 2012 as they attended their degree ceremony in Pritchard Jones Hall.

Publication date: 18 July 2012

The wettest drought on record - the weather of 2012

Come along to Bangor University’s Main Arts Lecture Theatre, on Monday 24th June 2013, at 6.30pm and learn about “the wettest drought on record – the weather of 2012”.

This is a timely Lecture, considering the recent meeting of the UK’s leading meteorologists to discuss recent unusual weather patterns in the UK.

Publication date: 21 June 2013

The young Bangor fish entrepreneur who believes that any fin is possible

A 20 year old student at Bangor University is using his lifelong passion for marine biology to drive his ambitions to become the largest online livestock supplier of fish species in the UK. Sam Hamill, who is currently in his third year studying Marine Biology, is set to launch Big on Fish in November, an online shop and retail store selling aquarium equipment and stocking over 1,100 exotic fish and coral species.

Publication date: 27 September 2018

Thoughts from a Kenyan visitor

Publication date: 13 March 2013

Thousands of starfish have washed up dead after the ‘Beast from the East’ – here’s why

This article by Coleen Suckling, Lecturer in Marine Biology, at the School of Ocean Sciences was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 6 March 2018

Three Bangor research projects among top 20 contributing towards development

No fewer than three research projects at Bangor University have been selected from nearing 7,000 submissions to be included among the top 20 most impressive examples of UK research contributing to development.  

Publication date: 9 October 2015

Three new Bangor academics among Sêr Cymru talent welcomed by Minister

Three new Bangor University academics were among the latest tranche of international research Fellows and Chairs welcomed to Wales at a special reception in Cardiff last night [27 February 2017] to celebrate Sêr Cymru investments and the start of the second phase of the programme.

Publication date: 28 February 2017

Time Travel, History and Fun – It’s all here at the Brambell Natural History Museum

If you’re looking for a spot of time travel and historical adventure, Brambell Natural History Museum, Bangor University has it covered this October Half Term as part of Welsh Museums Festival (26 October to 3 November).

Brambell Natural History Museum, Bangor University will be open on Saturday, 2nd November 11-1 as part of the Festival.  

Publication date: 24 October 2019

Top 10 places Bees love to live

A new scientific report featuring research by Bangor PhD student Laura Jones.

Publication date: 22 February 2017

Top 30 world place for Bangor University in World GreenMetric Ranking

Bangor University has been ranked in the top 30 in the world for its ‘greenness’.  The latest UI GreenMetric World University Ranking compared 360 universities in 62 countries on their efforts towards campus sustainability and environmentally-friendly university management.

Publication date: 11 February 2015

Topping success – A slice of Chemistry for local schools during chemistry week

Publication date: 28 November 2018

Trash to cash: killing two birds with one stone in Bangladesh

Municipal waste can be used to provide a valuable source of nutrients for intensively farmed soils in Bangladesh- with the effect of both improving agriculture and crop yields and removing unhygienic waste materials from city streets.

Publication date: 22 March 2012

Tree diseases in forests: prevention is better than cure

New tree diseases are spreading to woodlands in Britain at an increasing rate causing greater damage to sustainable production of timber and the many other benefits that we get from our woods.  This is a particular concern given the Government’s commitment to a rapid increase in the area of woodland.  We don’t want to plant millions of trees that simply succumb to disease.  

Researchers in the Universities of Bangor, Strathclyde, Cambridge, Glasgow and Warwick, as well as the James Hutton Institute, have just published a full formal review of all the published evidence from around the temperate world about which options for forest management are most effective against tree diseases (Frontiers of Forestry & Global Change 3:7. doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2020.00007).  This has shown that measures taken after a pathogen has invaded a forest (such as felling diseased trees or those susceptible to infection) may only slow the spread of disease within the forest.  They rarely stop it.  Therefore, much the best approach would be to increase effective quarantine to reduce the rate of spread of new pathogens to a country or region, but this rarely seems to work.  The spores of many pathogens, such as that causing ash dieback disease, can travel far blown by the wind.

Publication date: 10 February 2020

Tree Sparks goes from strength to strength

An eco-awareness company set-up by a Forestry student following a period of ill-health has been given a seal of approval from an influential business network in the region.

Publication date: 4 October 2018

Trees spark ambition for busy Forestry entrepreneur!

A student who described herself as being a ‘nervous, shy and worried’ youngster when she first arrived at university says that, four years later, she’s leaving Bangor University as a ‘confident, ambitious forester and entrepreneur ready to take on the world’.

Publication date: 15 July 2019

Tropical Forestry (International Commonwealth Scholarship)

Applicants who do not apply directly to the CSC cannot be considered for a CSC scholarship on MSc Tropical Forestry (distance learning). 

In order to be considered for nomination for a CSC scholarship, you must apply directly to the CSC. 

Publication date: 14 February 2019

Turning literature into reality - tales from a Bangor University MSc Tropical Forestry summer school in Ghana.

In the summer of 2015, 29 students (from 15 different countries) on the MSc Tropical Forestry (distance learning) programme at Bangor University embarked on a unique and shared learning experience, culminating in an intensive two week residential summer school in the forests of Ghana. 

Publication date: 19 October 2015

TV star returns to lecture in his old classroom

Dr Trevor Dines is the enthusiastic botanist who is getting the nation excited about wild plants in the popular new Channel 4 series ‘Wild Things’. Today he comes back to the place where he studied to speak to a new generation of students.

Publication date: 18 March 2013

Two Dragons Garden Project

An exciting new Chinese Garden is to be developed at Treborth Botanic Garden, as part of the wider project at Bangor University.

Publication date: 2 May 2014

Two forestry@bangor alumni recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to forestry

Two forestry@bangor alumni, Graham Taylor (BSc Forestry and Soil Science 1990), and Geraint Richards (BSc Forestry 1992), have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to forestry in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Graham has been awarded an MBE for service to forestry, whilst Geraint has been awarded the MVO (Member of The Royal Victorian Order).

Publication date: 4 July 2017

Two SENRGy distance-learning students attend EuroCoppice Training School in Germany

Training Schools are one element of COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Actions, which are bottom-up science and technology networks initiated through a range of workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions (STSMs), and dissemination activities.

Publication date: 27 July 2016

Two SENRGy students awarded The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2016!

Nicholas Hill (MSc Environmental Forestry, 2015)  and Ellinor Dobie, (currently in year 2 of BSc Forestry) have been awarded the prestigious Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award 2016.

Publication date: 12 April 2016

Uganda fails to fill its honey-pot

Despite the large economic potential for honey production, many beekeepers in Uganda fail to produce and market enough honey to make a living from it.  

Researchers comparing the household economies of marginal farmers in Uganda, have found that honey adds to the household income of many beekeepers yet this impact is still limited. Beehives were donated to poor households in the communities for them to improve their livelihoods given the lack of alternative income generating activities and the adverse effects of climate change on their traditional agricultural production.

Publication date: 7 March 2017

UK Gov’s Environment Minister visits Bangor University

Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography hosted a visit by Dr Thérèse Coffey MP recently, who took part in roundtable discussions with staff and students involved in the school’s forestry programmes.

Publication date: 20 October 2017

UK Top 10 for SENRGy subjects in 2016 Good University Guide

The latest edition of The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide has bought great news for the School of Environmental Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGy). Hot on the heals of fantastic results in the recent National Student Survey, Bangor has been ranked in the UK Top 10 in the Agriculture and Forestry subject area.

Publication date: 29 September 2015

Uncoupling the link between snake venom and prey

What was fast-becoming received wisdom among herpetologists, namely that snake venom composition normally reflects the variety of their prey, has been disproved in one common species of North American rattlesnake.

Many recent studies had identified links between the type of prey and the type of venom that had evolved in venomous snake species world-wide. This was thought to reflect natural selection to optimise venom for different prey, and sometimes evolutionary ‘arms- races’ between snake and prey species.

Publication date: 13 March 2019

Unique herbarium to be resource to train future plant conservationists

A unique ‘herbarium’: a reference library of plants, containing some samples collected as far back as to the 1700s, is one of the resources to be made available to students following a new plant conservation course at Bangor University.

Publication date: 28 March 2014

University helps talented student to Gold Crest award

Local school pupil Daniel Blight from Ysgol David Hughes applied for a Nuffield Research Placement and was matched with a supervisor at the School of Chemistry at Bangor University for six weeks over the summer holiday.

Publication date: 21 May 2015

University opens farm gate at Henfaes Research Facility Abergwyngregyn

Wouldn’t it be good if we could grow our own tomatoes outdoors? And can some of the compost that councils produce be used to grow potatoes? Come and see how daffodils are being used to treat Alzhimer’s Disease and find out why bees don’t always sting. Learn how scientists and bakers are working together to develop a new ‘functional food’ using a highly nutritious and tasty strain of barley. These and other questions will be answered during a visit to Bangor University’s agricultural Research station at Henfaes in Abergwyngregyn between 2.00-4.30 on Thursday 12 June.

Publication date: 16 May 2014

University partnership pays long-term benefits for innovative company

One of Wales’ innovative medical supplies companies can trace a period of exponential growth which saw the company turnover increase by 400% and grow from 5 to 65 employees, to a critical partnership with Bangor University.

Publication date: 4 March 2014

Urgent action required to stop irreversible genetic changes to fish stocks

If we are to sustain fish as a global food source, then fisheries and conservation managers need to take account of new evidence showing how overfishing of the larger fish in a population actually changes the gene pool in favour of smaller less fertile fish.

A paper in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (available online from 18.3.13) led by fish geneticists at Bangor University, with contributions from the University of East Anglia, the University of the West Indies and the Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology, has proved for the first time that the change towards smaller fish takes place at the DNA level, and within a relatively short time period of a few generations.

Publication date: 18 March 2013

Venom Day goes from strength to strength

Bangor University’s Herpetological Society recently held their fourth annual Venom Day. Hosted at the School of Biological Sciences, several experts gave talks about a variety of subjects in the field and delegates had the opportunity to see a live display of venomous reptiles, which included a Cobra, Gila Monster and a variety of vipers. The event is part sponsored by the British Herpetological Society and the International Herpetological Society.

Publication date: 5 December 2014

Venom development revealed by first genome sequencing of King Cobra

Scientists studying snake venom have for the first time sequenced the entire genome of a venomous snake, the King Cobra, and confirmed a previously proposed but poorly documented hypothesis explaining how snake venom is produced and what led to the great complexity of venoms consisting of dozens of individual toxins.

Publication date: 4 December 2013

Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson sees innovative environmental research during Bangor visit

Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson, visited Bangor University (Thursday 27 November) to find out about the exciting and innovative environmental research taking place.

Baroness Randerson visited both Bangor University’s School of Environment, Natural Resources & Geography and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology on the University’s campus.

Publication date: 27 November 2014

Want to be an RGS IBG Geography Ambassador?

Publication date: 3 October 2014

Want to be an RGS IBG Geography Ambassador?

Publication date: 17 September 2015

Waste-biogas is at least ten times more effective than crop-biogas at reducing greenhouse gas emissions

In a paper just released in the leading bioenergy journal Global Change Biology Bioenergy, researchers from Bangor University and the Thünen Institute in Germany conclude that crop-biogas and liquid biofuels are at best inefficient options for greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation, per hectare of land used and per £ public subsidy required. At worst these options could actually lead to higher global GHG emissions owing to indirect land use change caused by displacement of food production. In comparison, waste-biogas and Miscanthus (woody grass) heating pellets achieve at least ten times more GHG mitigation per tonne of dry matter biomass and per hectare of land used, respectively, leading to cost-effective GHG mitigation.

Publication date: 26 February 2015

Web-Chats with Assembly Members

We are looking for students and apprentices to take part in a web-chat with Assembly Members about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Skills in Wales. We want to hear your views on whether you think enough is being done to encourage young people to enter Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths courses. We would also like to hear your views on whether these courses enable young people to develop the required skills for a career in these fields.

Publication date: 8 April 2014

Welsh Agriculture Student of the Year graduates from Bangor University

A Bangor University student who will be awarded the Richard Phillips Agricultural Student of the Year, at the Royal Welsh Show later on this month graduated this week.

Publication date: 10 July 2014

Welsh Food Advisory Appointment

Dr Philip Hollington, of the School of Natural Sciences, has been appointed to the Welsh Food Advisory Committee for a period of three years.

Publication date: 26 November 2018

Welsh households go green with fire wood

Rising energy costs and a greater awareness of just how unsustainable fossil fuels are – namely gas, oil and coal – has led to greater interest in the use of our oldest source of fuel – fire wood.  But important questions remain, such as how many households in Wales are actually using fire wood? Where do they get it from and how much renewable energy does it generate across Wales as a whole?

Publication date: 23 July 2013

Welsh-Medium Studentships available

Publication date: 1 March 2012

We opened up all our data on coral reefs – more scientists should do the same to protect habitats

Coral reefs are critically important to the world but despite the ongoing efforts of scientists and campaigners, these stunningly beautiful ecosystems still face a variety of threats. The most pervasive is, of course, climate change, which is putting their very future in jeopardy.

This article by Adel Heenan, Postdoctoral fellow, School of Ocean SciencesBangor University and Ivor D. Williams, Coral Reef Ecologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 29 January 2018

We're working on a more accurate pollen forecasting system using plant DNA

Most people enjoy the warmer, longer days that summer months bring – but plant allergy sufferers will have mixed emotions. Roughly one in five Europeans suffers from allergic reactions to tree, grass and weed pollen causing pollinosis, hay fever and allergic asthma.

This article by Simon Creer, Professor in Molecular Ecology, School of Biological Sciences and Georgina Brennan, Postdoctoral Research Officer, Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 21 June 2018

We want to build tiny backpacks for bees – here’s why

This article by Paul Cross, Senior Lecturer in the Environment, at the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography and Cristiano Palego, Senior Lecturer in Smart Sensors and Instrumentation at the School of Electronic Engineering, was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.  

Publication date: 3 December 2015

What happened to ‘Food Miles?

Some years ago we were being advised to buy UK-grown fresh produce to avoid the ‘food miles’ associated with importing air-freighted fruit and vegetables due to concerns over how this was contributing to the release of CO2 emissions. But it seems that that these concerns were far too simplistic. A true assessment of the ‘footprint’ of foodstuffs requires an audit of every aspect of the associated activities, from sowing the seed to consuming the produce.

Publication date: 31 October 2014

What prairie dogs tell us about the effects of noise pollution

This article by Dr Graeme Shannon, Lecturer in Zoology at the School of Biological Science was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 14 April 2016

What’s in the soil beneath our feet?

A Canadian student with Welsh roots, is breaking new ground in his research to assess exactly what lives in the Welsh soil beneath our feet.

PhD student Paul George who is studying at Bangor University’s School of Natural Sciences and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH),  has his research published today (7 March 2019) in Nature Communications.

Publication date: 7 March 2019

When heat casts a healing spell over cancer

Thomas Turner, a recent Cancer Biology graduate from Bangor University, and Dr Thomas Caspari, a researcher based in the School of Biological Sciences at Bangor University published one of the first comprehensive reviews of  using heat in cancer treatment in Open Biology, the Royal Society's fast, open access journal.

Publication date: 18 March 2014

Where can a BSc Forestry degree from Bangor University take you?

Bangor University has been teaching forestry for 115 years and over this period has built up extensive links across academia and industry, both nationally and globally. 

Publication date: 6 November 2019

Why haven’t Madagascar’s famed lemurs been saved yet?

This article by Julia P G Jones, Professor of Conservation Science at Bangor University was originally published on The Conversation

Publication date: 29 June 2015

Why some scientists want to rewrite the history of how we learned to walk

It’s not often that a fossil truly rewrites human evolution, but the recent discovery of an ancient extinct ape has some scientists very excited. According to its discoverers, Danuvius guggenmosi combines some human-like features with others that look like those of living chimpanzees. They suggest that it would have had an entirely distinct way of moving that combined upright walking with swinging from branches. And they claim that this probably makes it similar to the last shared ancestor of humans and chimps.

This article by Vivien Shaw of the School of Medical Sciences and Isabelle Catherine Winder, of the School of Natural Sciences, is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 5 December 2019

Why the pine marten is not every red squirrel's best friend

Pine martens are returning to areas of the UK after an absence of nearly a century. Following releases in mid-Wales during 2015, reintroductions are proposed in north Wales and southern England for 2019

This article by Craig Shuttleworth, Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, Bangor University and Matt Hayward, Associate professor, University of Newcastle is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.


Publication date: 12 February 2019

Why we explored an undisturbed rainforest hidden on top of an African mountain

Atop Mount Lico in northern Mozambique is a site that few have had the pleasure of seeing – a hidden rainforest, protected by a steep circle of rock. Though the mountain was known to locals, the forest itself remained a secret until six years ago, when Professor Julian Bayliss spotted it on satellite imagery. It wasn’t until last year, however, that he revealed his discovery, at the Oxford Nature Festival.

We recently visited the 700 metre-high mountaintop rainforest in an expedition organised by Bayliss, in collaboration with Mozambique’s Natural History Museum and National Herbarium. As far as anyone knew (including the locals), we would be the first people to set foot there (spoiler: we weren’t).

This article by Simon Willcock, Lecturer in Environmental Geography, Bangor University and Phil Platts, Research Fellow, University of York was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Publication date: 29 June 2018

Why we should bother saving Britain’s only venomous snake

This article by Anita Malhotra, School of Biological Sciences, appears in The Conversation, read the original article.

Publication date: 13 October 2016

Widespread giant African cobra revealed to be five distinct species

Cobras are among the most widely known venomous snakes, and yet a new research paper (ZOOTAXA 1 August 2018 has revealed that what was thought to be a single widespread cobra species, the forest cobra, is, in fact, made up of five separate species. Two of these species, the Black Forest Cobra and the West African Banded Cobra, are new to science and are first named in this paper.

Publication date: 2 August 2018

Wild plants threatened by collection for sale could be grown commercially providing new income streams, report finds

Wild plants threatened by collection for sale could be grown commercially providing new income streams, report finds Exotic palm leaves in your Mother’s Day bouquet may have come from forests in Belize or Guatemala, central America. Export for the flower arranging industry threatens the survival of some of these palms in the wild

Publication date: 15 March 2012

Wild Things from north Wales

Bangor University graduate and botanist Trevor Dines appears in a new Channel 4 series, Wild Things, produced by local company Cwmni Da. The series has a strong input from north Wales, with Bangor University academics and researchers also having contributed their expertise to the making of the programme, which looks at Britain’s amazing wild plants.

Publication date: 18 January 2013

Will's animation wins NERC Envision DTP competition

Publication date: 14 May 2018

‘WINSS’ of €2.6 million for science careers in Ireland and Wales Job Sustainability Programme

A €2.6 million project to develop and sustain jobs in the sector at the interface between chemistry and life sciences has been announced. Funded under the Ireland Wales 2007-2013 INTERREG IVA programme and managed in Wales by Bangor University’s School of Chemistry. The “Wales Ireland Network for Scientific Skills” (WINSS) will assist companies that work across chemistry, life sciences and material sciences. The project will provide a range of specialist skills training to develop the expertise needed by the sector.

Publication date: 14 December 2011

“Wood isn’t good – it’s brilliant!”

Over 50 delegates attended a seminar at Bangor University recently, which focussed on helping Welsh businesses to work with and produce innovative and energy-efficient building materials.

Publication date: 7 January 2014

Working to safeguard the public against viruses and antibiotic resistant bacteria

Scientists working to reduce risk the risks to the public from exposure to viruses and antibiotic resistant bacteria in the water environment are meeting to share their research and discuss next steps today (14 March at the Royal Geographic Society, London).

Publication date: 14 March 2018

World Health Organisation visits the School of Chemistry for Conference on TB

Bangor University’s School of Chemistry were joined by scientists, government officials and representatives from the World Health Organisation for a conference on Tuberculosis testing and detection recently.

Publication date: 2 July 2013

World Lemur Day

Yesterday was the first ever World Lemur Day. Students from Bangor University joined forces with the Welsh Mountain Zoo to raise awareness and funds for lemur conservation in Madagascar. 

Publication date: 30 October 2014

Young Chemists find the measure of beer!

Teams of young chemists from schools in north and mid Wales and the borders played the role of forensic chemists, checking the alcohol content of beer samples, as they competed in the regional final of the Royal Society of Chemistry Schools Analyst Competition at Bangor University recently.

Publication date: 14 May 2015

Young Chemists measure the saltiness of crisps!

Teams of young Chemists from schools in north and mid Wales and the borders played the role of analytical chemists in checking the sodium (salt) content of tortilla crisps as they competed in the regional final of the Royal Society of Chemistry Schools Analyst Competition at Bangor University recently.

Publication date: 11 June 2018

Young Chemists reveal secrets and win prizes at Festival of Chemistry

Pupils from Ysgol Tryfan, Bangor were among eight teams of 11-13 year olds from across North Wales who enjoyed a fun-filled day in the Chemistry laboratories at Bangor University for this year’s Salters’ Festival of Chemistry.

Publication date: 1 June 2018

Youth prevails in SENRGy Comic Relief football match

In the name of charity, youth was pitted against experience (and in some cases wisdom) on Wednesday afternoon during the SENRGy staff-student football match.

Publication date: 15 March 2013

Zambian student ambassador celebrates graduation

An international student from Zambia is celebrating graduating from Bangor University with a Master of Environmental Management degree.

Publication date: 15 July 2015

Zebrafish and humans have new biomedical friend in the spotted gar

The genome of a slowly evolving fish, the spotted gar, is so much like both zebrafish and humans that it can be used as a bridge species that could open a pathway to important advancements in biomedical research focused on human diseases.

Publication date: 9 March 2016