Research Development Fund

The Research Development Fund was available through an open call until end March 2017, to support initiatives contribting towards teh development of the Welsh research capacity. Funding was available for workshops, events or other activities with the aim to support new collaborative research developments and/ or to expand opportunities for knowledge transfer and engagegement with stakeholders and industry. An overview of funded projects is provided below. Several activities funded through the RDF are still to take place in 2017 and 2018.

Funded projects

Horizon scanning for the identification of the most important challenges for aquaculture in the UK. Workshop.

Dr. Pablo Orozco-ter Wengel, Prof. Jo Cable, Dr. Isabelle Durance, Dr. Christopher Hubbard (Cardiff University); Dr. Sonia Consuegra, Prof. Carlos Garcia-de Leaniz (Swansea University); Prof. Gary Carvalho, Prof. Simon Creer (Bangor University); Dr. Laurence Jones, Prof. Bridget Emmett (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Bangor).

Location: TBC
Date: TBC in February 2018

Contact for further information: Dr Pablo Orozco-ter Wengel

Enhancing the resilience of businesses in Wales: water-energy savings, offsets and recovery. Workshop.

Dr. John Gallagher, Dr. David Styles, Dr. Prysor Williams (Bangor University); Prof. Calvin Jones (Cardiff University); Prof. Hywel Griffiths (Aberystwyth University); Dr. Aonghus McNabola, Prof. Paul Coughlan (Trinity College Dublin); Dr. Kemi Adeyeye (Brighton University); EPA Green Business; Waterwise; Energy Saving Trust; Dulas; Food & Drink Welsh Government and WRAP Cymru.

Location: Newtown
Date: 26 January 2018

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Priorities for UK upland land-use: Developing a modelling framework to facilitate decision-making by policy-makers. Workshop.

Dr. Prysor Williams, Prof. Dave Chadwick, Dr. James Gibbons, Prof. John Healey, Dr. Neal Hockley, Prof. Davey Jones, Dr. Tim Pagella, Dr. Andy Smith, Dr. Sophie Wynne-Jones (Bangor University); Prof. Max Munday, Prof. Richard Wyn-Jones (Cardiff University); Prof. Mike Christie, Dr. Mariecia Fraser, Prof. Jamie Newbold (Aberystwyth University); Dr. Amy Thomas, Prof. Jack Cosby, Prof. Bridget Emmett (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology).

Location: TBC
Date: TBC early 2018

Contact for further information: Dr Prysor Williams

Rewilding in a changing Europe: Opportunities, threats and shifting geographies of land-use. Series of 2 workshops.

Dr. Sophie Wynne-Jones, Dr. Matt Hayward, Dr. Neal Hockley, Dr. Eifiona Thomas-Lane, Dr. Prysor Williams, Prof. John Healey (Bangor University); Prof. Michael Woods, Prof. Peter Midmore (Aberystwyth University); Dr. Jonathan Prior (Cardiff University); Dr. Kim Ward (Plymouth University); Dr. George Holmes (Leeds University); Dr. Chris Sandom (Sussex University).

Location: Bangor University

Date: 10 January 2018

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Saltmarsh-NET: A global network for synthesising and coordinating research on saltmarsh ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services. Workshop.

Dr. Martin Skov, Dr. Jordi Pages (Bangor University); Dr. John Griffin (Swansea University); Dr. Rhoda Ballinger, Dr. Emma McKinley (Cardiff University); Dr. Nicola Beaumont (Plymouth Marine Laboratory).

Location: Nant Gwrtheyrn, Lleyn Peninsula
Date: 12-14 December 2017

Contact for further information: Dr Martin Skov

Global variation in saltmarsh biodiversity and ecosystem services. Meeting.

Dr. John Griffin (Swansea University); Dr. Martin Skov (Bangor University)

Location: Nant Gwrtheyrn, Lleyn Peninsula
Date: 12-14 December 2017

Contact for further information: Dr John Griffin

Developing circular economy solutions using algae to reduce agricultural nitrate pollution and develop new feed products. Workshop.

Dr. Carole Llewellyn, Prof. Sonia Consuegra (Swansea University); Dr. William Stiles (Aberystwyth University); Dr. David Styles (Bangor University).

Location: Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Date: 11 October 2017

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Resolving scale discrepancies in evaluation of sustainable intensification pathways for dairy and beef farms. Workshop.

Dr. Dave Styles, Dr. James Gibbons, Dr. Alejandra González-Mejía, Dr. Rob Brook, Prof. Dave Chadwick, Dr. Helen Taft, Dr. Eilidh Forster (Bangor University); Dr. Andreas Foskolos, Dr. Jon Moorby (Aberystwyth University); Prof. Bridget Emmett (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology - Bangor).

Location: Concept Conference Centre, Birmingham
Date: 26 September 2017

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PDF copies of all workshop presentations are available here


Facilitating collaborative research opportunities between the National Parks and academic institutions across Wales. Conference.

Dr. Emma Hayhurst, Dr. David Lee (University of South Wales); Prof. Mike Bruford (Cardiff University); Dr. Geraint Coles (University of Wales - Trinity St. David); Dr. Kate Spiller (Swansea University); Dr. Paul Sinnadurai (Brecon Beacons National Park).

Location: Maesycwmmer
Date: 13 September 2017

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Autonomous Learning from Big Data for Green Transportation. Workshop.

Dr. Changjing Shang, Prof. Qiang Shen, Dr. Xiang Li (Aberystwyth University); Dr. Steven Stockaert (Cardiff University); Dr. Shang-ming Zhou (Swansea University); Prof. Qingfu Zhang (University of Essex) and Prof. Fei Chao (Xiamen University, China).

Location: Cardiff (venue TBC)
Date: 6-8 September 2017

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Marie Skłowdowska-Curie Individual Fellowships Summer School. Residential writing workshop.

Dr. Mark Allen (Swansea University) with coleagues from Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Cardiff University and Cardiff Met University.

Location: Swansea University
Date: 5-6 July 2017

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Renewable Generation in the Future Energy Mix (REMIX)

Dr. Peter Robins, Dr. Matt Lewis, Dr. Simon Neill (Bangor University); Prof. Nick Jenkins, Dr. Meysam Qadrdan, Dr. Reza Ahmadian (Cardiff University); Dr. Phil Coker, Dr. Daniel Drew (University of Reading); Dr. Emily Wallace, Dr. Nicolas Fournier (The UK Met Office); David Lenaghan, Aled Rowlands, Caroline Kluyver (The National Grid).

Location: Cardiff (meeting 1), Warwick (meeting 2)
Date: Summer 2017

Redesigning Resilience: Ancient remedies for modern problems. Workshop.

Dr. Rowena Jenkins (Cardiff Metropolitan University); Dr. Geertje van Keulen, Dr. Thomas Powell (Swansea University); Dr. Matthew Lewis, Dr. Stephanie Wilson (Bangor University); Dr. Rhys Dafydd Jones (Aberystwyth University); Dr. Diana Luft (University of Wales) and Dr. Owain Roberts (National Library Wales).

Location: Myddfai Community Hall and Visitor Centre, Myddfai, SA20 0JD
Date: 4-5 July 2017

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Opportunities and challenges of co-location for vertical farming in Wales. Workshop.

Dr. Peter Wootton-Beard (Aberystwyth University), Dr Yangang Xing, Dr Amy Ellison, Diana Waldron (Cardiff University); Dr. Tim Patterson (University of South Wales); Jose Constantino, Susie Abson (Welsh Government), Grow-Up Farms Ltd, Pontus Aqua Ltd.

Location: St David's Lounge, Principality Stadium, Cardiff CF10 1NS
Date: 13 June 2017

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From Mice to Livestock: Exploring the potential of the gut-microbiome-brain axis regulation in animal production. Symposium

Prof. Jamie Newbold, Dr. Diego Moya, Dr. Sebastian McBride (Aberystwyth University); Dr. Dominic Dwyer (Cardiff University); Dr. Mark Holton (Swansea University) and Prof. John Parkinson (Bangor University).

Location: Aberystwyth University
Date: 24-25 April 2017
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Future Estuaries Workshop

Dr. Matt Lewis, Dr. Peter Robins (Bangor University), Dr. Fai Fung (UK MetOffice), Prof. Jim Freer (Bristol University), Prof. Tom Coulthard (University of Hull)

Location: Marine Centre Wales, Menai Bridge, Bangor University
Date: Spring 2017

IIGLOOS: Interactions at the interface of glaciology, oceanography and sea ice. Workshop

Dr. Yueng-Djern Lenn (Bangor University), Prof. Adrian Luckman (Swansea University), Dr. Tom Holt (Aberystwyth University) and Dr. Ed Blockley (UK MetOffice)

Location: Marine Centre Wales, Menai Bridge, Bangor University
Date: 28-30 September 2016
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Proposal Writing Workshops for Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowships

Dr. Anne Howells (Aberystwyth University), Bangor University, Cardiff University

Location: 2 Workshops to be held in South Wales (Cardiff University) and North Wales (Aberystwyth or Bangor University)
Date: 4-5 July (Cardiff), 9-10 August (Bangor)

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Future Energy Systems: from ‘Smart Grids to Smart Living’

Prof. Phil Jones (Cardiff University), Prof. Alan Guwy (University of South Wales), Dr. Ian Masters, Prof Stuart Irvine (Swansea University), Prof. Phil Bowen (Cardiff University) and Prof. Iain Donnison (Aberystwyth University)

Location: Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Date: 7 July 2016

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

Prof. Dave Chadwick (Bangor University), Prof. Jamie Newbold (Aberystwyth University), Prof. Rory Wilson (Swansea University) and Prof. Bridget Emmett (CEH Bangor)

Location: Henfaes Research Centre, Bangor University
Date: 29 June 2016
Further Information: PDF copies of all workshop presentations are available here

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Two-Day workshop on Tidal Lagoon Research

A series of plenary presentations and breakout round-table discussions on: 1) Resource characterisation; 2) Representing lagoons in ocean models; 3) Optimisation; and 4) Short and long term impacts of tidal lagoons (power plants).
Dr. Simon Neill (Bangor University), Prof. Dominic Reeve (Swansea University) and Dr. Reza Ahmadian (Cardiff University)

Location: Marine Centre Wales, Menai Bridge, Bangor University
Date: 17-18 May 2016
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Building New Bridges for Low Carbon Energy

A one-day symposium on CO2 Sequestration and Low Carbon Strategies for the Production of Fuels and Chemicals
Dr. Enrico Andreoli (Swansea University), Dr. Sankar Meenakshisundaram (Cardiff University) and Dr. Gordon Allison (Aberystwyth University)
Location: Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI), Swansea University Bay Campus
Date: 4 February 2016
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Apps for Water Quality Monitoring workshop

A preliminary meeting to discuss how mobile phone apps could be used to improve our understanding of water quality, with particular reference to the Welsh environment
Dr. Liz Bagshaw (Cardiff University), Dr. Nathalie Fenner (Bangor), Prof. Jack Cosby (CEH Bangor), Prof. Mike Hutchins (CEH Wallingford) and Simon Browning (Westcountry Rivers Trust)
Location: Cardiff University
Date: Friday 29 January 2016