In Year 2 we will spend a week on the islands of Tenerife and La Gomera getting hands-on with 8 of the Great Soil Orders of the world. This will look at soils we wouldn’t normally see in the UK and includes Vertisols, Andisols, Oxisols, Aridosols and Ultisols (typical of tropical and arid climates). The […]
Based on training needs and cohort feedback, we will offer 4-day residential Summer Schools related to specific subject areas. These may include ‘new technologies for the soil-root interface’, ‘Use of novel sensors in soils research’, ‘New molecular opportunities’, ‘From community structure to soil function’, ‘Diffuse pollution’, ‘Soil valuation’ and ‘Modelling soil processes’ etc. These will […]
This is a 4-day workshop where students will gain value from interaction with end-users in industry, government and civil society. The aim is to equip STARS students with skills applicable to the environment sector: skills for policy-makers/regulators; industry and business; and NGOs and charities.
Students and supervisors will work together to plan a fully funded internship programs focussed on an applied soil issue, embedded within an overseas collaborating Institute. We have established links with many research institutes and universities worldwide for these internships (e.g. France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Kenya, Russia, Indonesia, Australia, USA, Canada, Chile).
This aims to bring the 3rd year student cohort together for a 5-day intense soils research adventure to be held at the Rothamsted North Wyke Farm Platform. Students will work together to plan a short field campaign to address a fundamental issue which can result in a STARS-authored journal publication in an ISI Journal.
As part of widening the student experience we will take all the STARS students to an international conference (e.g. Annual European Geosciences Union (EGU) Conference in Vienna). This provides a shop window for students to showcase their talents in an international audience. At the end of each conference day we have a 1 hour cohort […]
All members of the STARS College will be automatically registered with BSSS so that they can feel fully engaged with the wider UK soil science community. This membership includes free access to the BSSS newsletter and the society’s 2 journals, European Journal of Soil Science and Soil Use & Management.
STARS is offering NERC Research Experience Placements (REPs)this summer. The scheme offers to fund summer placements for undergraduates studying quantitative disciplines outside the NERC remit. This is a great opportunity to experience Environmental research at first hand. Applicants must: be studying for an undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline outside of NERC’s scientific remit (e.g. […]
There is an exciting week of training planned for STARS students next week. Part 1, “An Introduction and Foundation to Soil Science (incorporating BSSS Working with Soil Course 1 Exposing and describing a soil profile)”, will take place at Lancaster University and Myerscough College. There is then a change of scene for part 2, “Introduction […]
Congratulations to the successful 2nd Cohort students; a great achievement and a great asset to STARS. We look forward to welcoming them and their supervisors into the STARS college.