Coordinated by Queen’s University Belfast, Ireland, the project brings together a multidisciplinary network of research teams from academia and industry to provide innovative research and training opportunities to PhD students working on risk assessment and remediation projects across Europe. The aim is to explore cost-effective and sustainable remediation of contaminated land.
The partnership will see RSK provide training and research opportunities to PhD students and early-stage researchers in the contaminated land sector and will bring the company to the forefront of current industry research.
The benefits of the partnership are twofold. As well as providing opportunities for student training and research, the research findings will also inform current practice. The project is designed to develop techniques and tools across a range of disciplines relating to site investigation and risk assessment to provide better-informed solutions for remediation.
Thus far, the partnership has already provided opportunities for RSK staff to enhance PhD research. RSK director and chief scientist Lucy Thomas and RSK principal hydrogeologist Mel Lyons gave presentations to the group of enthusiastic students on how we could use their research in our risk assessment and remediation projects. The quantitative risk assessment team has also hosted a couple of the REMEDIATE students in the Hemel Hempstead, UK, office so they understand how data are collected and used within our project work. In addition, RemedX, an RSK company, has also been working with one of the students whose project is more remediation focused.
This direct engagement with universities reflects RSK’s current commitment to supporting undergraduate and postgraduate students, and its tailored graduate training scheme to develop new industry talent. It is hoped that this new research partnership will further our link between academia and industry, and contribute to a new generation of research and personnel in the contaminated land sector.
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A REMEDIATE summer school fieldtrip to Dargan Road landfill site, Belfast