The Section of Life Sciences hosted its fourth annual Life Sciences Research and Employability Fair at Canterbury Christ Church University. The Research and Employability Fair is a key networking event for Christ Church Students, promoting employability and incorporating those principles into the curriculum through partnership with industry. It is a fantastic way for our students to connect with relevant companies and gives companies an opportunity to discuss potential research, placements and to advertise vacancies.
Rice is an important global crop, with half of the world’s population dependant on it. In Bali, rice farming traditionally relies on heritage rice. Traditional farming practices use little – if any – fertiliser, pesticides or agro-chemicals. Instead, pest and weed control is carried out through manual removal of weeds and by waterlogging the soil to ensure pest organisms cannot survive. This method tends to result in good quality soil that allows agriculture to be sustainable in the long-term. However, the majority of farmers do not carry out any soil analysis on their land and know little about the soil organisms in their paddies.
Saturday 18th March saw Canterbury Christ Church’s invite-only open day, and the Life Sciences team jumped at the chance to give potential students a glimpse of what we do and how. We had practical sessions in the Somerville labs on main campus, and had staff based in Augustine House to offer information about the courses and School.
Last Friday a team of lecturers and instructors from Canterbury Christ Church School of Life Sciences headed to Discovery Park for the annual Big Bang Fair. The Big Bang Fair is organised by Kent & Medway STEM, with the aim of inspiring a love of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects in students from local schools and academies. The format of the event ensures a hands-on experience for all students, with interactive workshops and exhibits held throughout the day.
“Cancer is not a new disease”, said Professor Michelle Garrett, while speaking at a lecture organised by Kent Cancer Trust at Canterbury Christ Church University to an audience of over 100 people recently. She referred to the Edwin Smith Papyrus that was written around 1700 BC that includes descriptions of tumours that were removed by cauterisation with a tool called the”fire drill”! The word “cancer” is credited to the Greek physician Hippocrates (460 – 370 BC).