Research News: February 2014

Would seasonal forecasting enable us to cope with our changing weather?

We’ve experienced an exceptionally wet and windy winter, and while our weather forecasters are far better at telling us what to expect in the next two or three days, they still struggle with long range seasonal forecasting.

Work conducted since the 1970’s at Bangor University has contributed significantly to the models used by climate forecasters and others. The work has focused on understanding marine turbulence in the last two decades. The Ocean Physics group at the School of Ocean Sciences  have won over £6 million in research funding to further their work since 2007.

Publication date: 28 February 2014

Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment

Director Appointed to the Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment

Publication date: 24 February 2014

Safeguarding seafood by managing our seas

The increasing concerns about ‘food security’ for the UK, alongside dwindling public investment in fisheries research has led some to question how we can meet future knowledge needs to sustainably manage our seas.

Scientists at Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences argue that despite their economic importance to the UK fisheries sector, not enough is known about scallop fisheries in the UK.

Publication date: 18 February 2014

Patients with mouth and oesophageal cancers take longer to seek help from GP

PEOPLE with cancers of different parts of the mouth (oropharyngeal) and the oesophagus are waiting longer between first noticing a symptom and going to their GPs compared to patients with other types of cancers, according to research* published in the International Journal of Cancer, today (Tuesday).

Publication date: 11 February 2014

Conference to examine minority language music and copyright law

A special bilingual conference is to be held at Bangor to explore recent developments in copyright law and the impact of the law on minority language music.

Hosted by Bangor University Law School, ‘Collecting and Protecting: 21st century copyright and minority language music’ will be held at Bangor University’s Neuadd Reichel on Thursday 13th February, 9.30am-4.00pm.

Publication date: 7 February 2014

Wales punches above its weight in terms of research outputs, efficiency and impact

Wales’s use of research inputs is highly productive and efficient, outranking most comparator countries of a similar size, according to an independent report launched today (6.2.14).

Commissioned by the Welsh Government, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and Welsh universities, the ‘International Comparative Performance of the Welsh Research Base 2013’, carried out by Elsevier, examined the research base of universities, research institutes, industry and the NHS in Wales and compared their publication rates and impacts with competitor countries in order to demonstrate the benefits and return of public investment in university research.

Publication date: 7 February 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

Cancer patients diagnosed more quickly

THE TIME taken to diagnose some of the more common cancers – from the point when a patient first reports a possible symptom to their general practitioner (GP) – fell in adults by an average of five days in just under a decade, according to research* published in the British Journal of Cancer, today (Wednesday 5 February 2014).

Publication date: 5 February 2014