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SETAC Europe 2018 – Rome!

Sabrina Cipullo, the Remediate ESR at Cranfield University describes her recent experiences at the SETAC Europe meeting

20180515_104942_1526740188861I recently had the opportunity to attend the SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) Europe 28th Annual Meeting from 13th to 17th May in Rome. I was honoured that our abstract was accepted for oral presentation at this conference, with over 2600 abstract submissions! In my field of study this is, without argument, the largest meeting. The final programme with over 80 sessions was a great opportunity to learn more about emerging research, regulatory developments, and the latest methodologies in environmental toxicology and chemistry.

DdOiuz9XcAA_JBWI presented results from my work on Linking bioavailability of complex mixture to toxicity changes to assess recovery of contaminated soils at the Bioavailability and realistic risk assessment of organic chemicals session on Monday afternoon. The work we presented was the result of a 6 month laboratory scale experiment with the aim of assessing the impact of biochar or compost amendments on the bioavailability of complex chemical mixtures. During my presentation, the room was crowded with more than 250 people, and I had very interesting questions from the audience; it was a good opportunity to present the outcomes of my project and receive feedback from academic and industrial peers.

During the conference I attended many high quality sessions, where experienced speakers were addressing a wide range of topics, with the overarching theme of Responsible and Innovative Research for Environmental Quality. Responsible research and innovation should bring together stakeholders (scientists, regulators, industry, and social actors) to collaborate towards an ethical and sustainable approach that ensure correct implementation of scientific progress in our society with the overall aim of safeguarding of the environment.

20180515_134339_1526740188416The conference also provided a number of events happening in parallel such as mentoring opportunities, training courses, job-events, and student activities. On Tuesday I did the 5K fun-run, which was a good opportunity to meet people who were passionate about sport and make some friends from all over the world, I also won a medal!

 

During the conference I met several researchers who wanted me to update them further on the outcome of my project, which was was very encouraging and delightful; I did receive very good commendations as well as constructive criticism, some of which I have already implemented into my work. If you work in the field of environmental toxicology and chemistry, SETAC is a must-go event!

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Next on the horizon is our REMEDIATE Conference: “Remediation and Land Management: research meets practice” at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast on 19th-20th September. See you there!

AquaConSoil 2017

Tatiana Cocerva and a number of the other Remediate ESRs went to ACS2017 this summer. Enjoy her great summary of the events they all enjoyed!

Working hard setting up experiments, getting the expected results, and publishing your work in great journals are all key goals for a researcher; communicating your research at a conference is also a professionally valuable experience.
This year, REMEDIATE participants had the opportunity to attend the AquaConSoil Conference that took place in Lyon, France on the 26th-30th June 2017. This event brought together students, scientists, industry professionals, and policy makers from all over the world. Presentations covered the areas of sustainable use and management of soil, sediment, and water resources.

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Sabrina, Tatiana, Stacie, Panagiotis, Yi, Morteza, Diogo, and Neha (REMEDIATE Early Stage Researchers) presented their research to a wide audience in a special session “Improved decision making for contaminated land site investigation and risk assessment”, chaired by Professor Frederic Coulon (supervisor at Cranfield University). It was a very interesting session, after which we received valuable feedback and appreciation of our work. Ricardo, Coren, and Peter chose to disseminate their work in a poster session, where they actively engaged with other conference attendees, and exchanged ideas with many of them.

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 Being a researcher should be challenging and fun
Social events and informal meetings are the best way to create new collaborations and build new friendships. What can be more rewarding than having dinner with your colleagues after a full day of listening to interesting presentations and meeting nice people? The REMEDIATE team added researchers and new friends from Italy, Germany, Netherlands, and Chile to its network.

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The conference dinner was organised in a friendly atmosphere where REMEDIATE supervisors and researchers socialised with different conference attendees in a relaxed, informal environment. Tatiana engaged in interesting discussions with the team from BRGM (French geological survey), and found that they shared a similar network and friends in France. What a happy coincidence! After dinner, a DJ boosted everyone’s energy and we all remembered that professional people can combine research and fun.

Tatiana Cocerva with a part of the BRGM team; Photo by BRGM

We are very grateful to all the organisers for this amazing, memorable conference. This was a great experience for all of us and we were inspired, challenged, and more motivated in our work. We look forward to attending the next conference with the same positive mood!

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Meet the Researchers – Sabrina Cipullo

Remediate Early Stage Researchers are an exciting and varied group! Meet Sabrina Cipullo, the first Secretary of the Remediate Student Council (November ’15 to May ’16):

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I am originally from Italy & Switzerland and studied for a BSc, and MSc degrees in Environmental and green Biotechnology (IT). I am a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in Environmental Science at Cranfield University. Within the REMEDIATE project my research is focused on environmental chemistry and toxicological approaches to site assessments. I will contribute to the assessment of risk pertaining to complex chemical mixtures, by enhancing our understanding of their environmental fate, transport, bioavailability, bioaccessibility and toxicity of contaminants.

Cranfield University is my host institution. This is a unique place as UK’s only science and technology-led, postgraduate-only university. Cranfield has around 4,000 students from 106 different countries across the world, so you get a great diversity of cultures and people. Exceptional facilities, equipment and software here at Cranfield, including a fully functional airport – the only university with its own airport! The location of the campus itself is a bit isolated in the countryside, but in addition to the various courses offered here at Cranfield, there are also a lot of societies and extra-curricular activities that students can join.  I am a firm believer this can provide a well-balanced work-play life.

Besides science I enjoy very much cooking, powerlifting, swimming, aerial sports and travelling. On my spare time I am a volunteer Italian teacher and a Journalist – Blogger for Labiotech.eu.  I am very passionate about design, architecture, photography, painting, handmade cosmetics, learning new languages and much more. I have been for 5 years a volunteer in the Italian Red Cross and recently applied for the role of First Aider with St John Ambulance, UK. Most importantly I am passionate about renewable energy and environment.