Northern Research Station Seminar Series 2011/12

Various dates from October 2011 to March 2012.

What were the seminars?

A series of free talks covering a variety of forestry and related research topics.

Who were the seminars suitable for?

Scientists, practioners, students, policy makers and representatives from industry, academic and forestry organisations.

Where did the seminars take place?

Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY

List of seminars

Date Seminar
21st October 2011

Developing an interdisciplinary research agenda on forests and woodlands

An outline plans relating to the new 'Solway Centre for Environment and Culture' at the University of Glasgow's Dumfries Campus. This initiative, to be launched in winter 2011, has three main themes: landscape, place and memory; land use, with a rural focus; sustainable tourism, bringing together cultural specialists with natural scientists, in partnerships which, it is hoped, will prove mutually rewarding. The talk will provide an overview of the Centre itself, and start to make suggestions for potential synergies relating to forests and woodlands.

By: Dr. Valentina Bold and Dr. Matt Davies (University of Glasgow).


4th November 2011

‘The water vapour sorption properties of wood’

This talk will describe the latest research into the interaction of wood with moisture. It will particularly focus on studies into the kinetics of the water sorption process and how this in turn relates to the dynamics of molecular rearrangement within the cell wall. It is hoped that this work will provide new insights into the phenomenon of sorption hysteresis, which is far from being understood at present.

By: Prof. Callum Hill (Edinburgh Napier University)

2nd December 2011

Delivering emission reduction targets

We have successfully "talked the talk" about reducing emissions; the reality of "walking the walk" has been much harder, with patchy success in different sectors. This talk will explore what is stopping us; and what can be done to overcome these barriers, using a range of case studies including land use.

By: Dr. Andy Kerr (Director of Scottish Governments centre for climate change expertise).

27th January 2012

Potential routes for scientists to reach the public – in both urban and rural areas

By: Dr. Ben Dipper (Head of Division Science and Society Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser Scottish Government).

17th February 2012

Community Forestry, participation and (ir)rational resource management

By: Dr. Andrea Nightingale (Edinburgh University).


9th March 2012

Scottish soils and ecosystem services

By: Mr. Willie Towers (Senior Soil Scientist, James Hutton Institute (Macaulay)).

23rd March 2012

Valuing ecosystem services

By: Pat Snowdon (Forestry Commission).

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