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Your World, Your Science

We are all scientists at heart, being curious about what we see and questioning the world around us. Scientists are now harnessing this collective curiosity, and involving the public in research – the time of Citizen Science is now! Come grab a drink, and hear about the wide range of Citizen Science projects happening at the University that you can get involved in. Go on, come join the revolution!

Dr Sarah Duddigan will explain what can a tea bag can tell you about soil, while Dr Clare Watt will speak about space weather and its impact on our lives, and Professor Ed Hawkins will cover the Weather Rescue project and highlight what the volunteers have helped discover!

To see the full details of the event or to book tickets, click here.

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One of the earthworms found in a soil sample in Shropshire

By Jeremy Lelean, Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading

Soil, from being an overlooked area of research, is now considered an area of vital interest in the solution to many of the global problems of we currently face. A key idea of how to manage our soil is the notion of soil health, which was referred to regularly in the newly published DEFRA Twenty-Five Year Environment Plan.

Measuring soil health, however, is a vexed question as there are a number of potential indicators that can be used. One of these is earthworm numbers, but numbers alone may not give a good picture of soil health overall. As part of the Soil Security Programme, fellow Dr Jackie Stroud has developed a method that is more indicative of soil health than simple earthworm numbers.

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