Other York events

Protecting our Thriving Planet

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Past event - 2024
13 May Doors 7pm
Event 7:30pm - 9:30 pm
The Fulford Arms, 121 Fulford Rd,
York YO10 4EX
This event will explore various issues that currently plague our planet and pose some potential solutions to these problems. Join our expert panel of speakers for a discussion on clean energy, elephant behaviour, crop health, and whether York truly is a nature-friendly city.

A little help from my friends: Do male elephants work together in response to danger?

Helen Mylne (PhD Student)
How do young animals learn to respond to danger? Female African elephants work together to defend the herd, but it is unclear how males respond to threats without their families. We are investigating if adult males protect adolescents and if younger males copy older ones, by observing their response to dangerous sounds. We are looking for evidence of a whole-group response, and responses changing with age. Elephants can be extremely dangerous to local people, so studying male reactions to farmers defending their property could help human-elephant coexistence.

York vs. the World: How did York do in the City Nature Challenge?

Smriti Safaya (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Every April for the last 8 years, people around the world 'compete' to find as many plants and animals in their cities. From 26 - 29th April 2024, York participated in the global City Nature Challenge for the very first time to record the biodiversity in and around our dear city! There is a Leaderboard. How did York do against 600 other cities? What types of birds, trees, mammals, flowers, insects, fungi and other wildlife did we see, and why does it matter for the people of York? And, what happens next?

Clean and Green: Rethinking Chemistry

Krishna Sharma (Postdoc (PDRA))
Current methods for the synthesis of medicines heavily rely on the use of toxic non-renewable carbon-based solvents. Many of these carbon-based solvents are carcinogens, reproductive hazards, and neurotoxins and their extensive use poses risk to both human health and the environment. For instance, 1 tonne of solvent Dichloromethane, a known carcinogen, has the same environmental impact as done by releasing 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide over a 100-year period. In this talk, I will discuss my research journey's transition towards sustainable chemistry and how I have utlised the nature’s solvent-water, as an environmentally benign reaction media to enable sustainable synthesis of pharmaceutically important molecules.

Algae for the rescue!

Sabina Musiaɫ (PhD Student)
How can learning about biological CO2 concentrating mechanisms can help us improve crop plants? When talking about photosynthesis, we rarely think about algae, but these extraordinary organisms are responsible for about half of global carbon assimilation. Their task is difficult – water contains less CO2 than air, so they have evolved CO2 concentrating mechanisms, which allow them to photosynthesise efficiently. This crucial process has evolved independently multiple times and understanding it could help us develop a toolbox to improve crucial crop plants.
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Other The Fulford Arms events

2024-05-14 The Wonders of Tropical Parasites The Fulford Arms 121 Fulford Rd, York, YO10 4EX, United Kingdom
2024-05-15 Getting Creative Over Climate Change The Fulford Arms 121 Fulford Rd, York, YO10 4EX, United Kingdom