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Our new PhD candidate, Victor Birlanga

We’ve welcomed our latest PhD candidate to the lab. Victor Birlanga is working on a new project funded by Irish Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine with Dr Cindy Smith (The University of Glasgow). Victor will also be co-supervised … Continue reading

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New paper: Bioreactor scalability: laboratory-scale idealisation influences performance, ecology and community physiology in expanded granular sludge bed bioreactors

Our new paper from former PhD student in our group (and now Lecturer at The University of Glasgow), Dr Stephanie Connelly, is online with Frontiers in Microbiology. Recognising that laboratory-scale reactor design is likely to influence both performance and underlying physiology and … Continue reading

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Has India’s Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan (SBA) actually worked for women and children?

Professor Lyla Mehta at the Institute of Development Studies, UK, discusses in this interview how the Indian government needs to move away from a narrow focus on open defecation-free India, to address issues of rights to sanitation, sustainability and equity to … Continue reading

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie opportunity

We wish to sponsor an applicant for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Fellowship. We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with a highly competitive record, who would prepare an application with us for a European Fellowship, with a view
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Our new paper in Water Research

Our new paper will be in the 15th September issue of Water Research and is available online now.

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Visit to Clean Team Ghana

This week I’ve been visiting Clean Team Ghana, a “sanitation enterprise” based in Kumasi, Ghana. I visited along with colleagues – Alison Parker and Ben Martin – from Cranfield Univeristy. Alison and Ben are involved with a Bill & Melinda … Continue reading

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Next Zambian visit for Transforming Waste Project

Our ‘Transforming Waste Project’ will be back in Lusaka, Zambia again soon. I’ve been in touch with Lyla Mehta (Institute for Development Studies, Brighton, UK) and Kamal Kar (Chairman, the Community-Led Total Sanitation Foundation) and we’ll visit during the first … Continue reading

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News from the COST Action (ES1302) Meeting, Porto (5-7th March)

Our COST Action on ‘The Ecological roles of Trace Metals in Anaerobic Biotechnologies’ (COST Action ES1302) held its first set of Working Group (WG) meetings and Management Committee meeting last week in Porto, Portugal. Our venue was the CIIMAR (Centre … Continue reading

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Dinner and meeting with Prof Nancy Love, University of Michigan

  I had the pleasure of joining Dr Ameet Pinto (@watermicrobe) and Prof Bill Sloan in hosting Professor Nancy Love for dinner last night in Glasgow’s West End (pic.twitter.com/ofKGD9OxpW). Nancy is a WEF Fellow and Professor at the Department of … Continue reading

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Updates on our slow sand filter research

Our slow sand filter trial with secondary effluent from a local wastewater treatment plant is coming towards the end. Joseph is maintaining them for a further few weeks to monitor coliform removal and nutrient cycling. He’s been back-washing Manz biofilters … Continue reading

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