Researchers from the universities of York and Teesside have been awarded a place at the Royal Society Summer Science 2021.
Their research, funded by the THYME project, focuses on understanding the microbes that manage our waste for us. We depend on microbes to turn sewage sludge, food waste and crop residues into energy and fertiliser using anaerobic digestion (AD). James Chong at the University of York and Caroline Orr at Teesside University are analyzing DNA from the complex microbial communities involved in AD. Their research is transforming our understanding of the processes behind AD and promises to increase its waste recycling potential.
The Summer Science is the Royal Society’s flagship public engagement event which this year takes place online and runs from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 July 2021. As in previous years, the event offers a packed programme of inspiring talks, fascinating interactive workshops, fun science from home activities and exciting digital content.
The University of York, Teesside University, Biorenewables Development Centre and BioVale have been working together on developing digital and online materials, showcasing a cutting-edge AD research details of which will be released closer to the time.
This event will form part of the outreach activities of the THYME project, funded by Research England. The THYME project is a collaboration between the Universities of Teesside, Hull and York to boost the bioeconomy across Yorkshire, the Humber region and the Tees Valley.
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The Connecting Capability Fund of Research England has funded the THYME project (Teesside, Hull and York – Mobilising Bioeconomy Knowledge Exchange). Led by the University of York, the THYME project is a £5 million project to develop the bioeconomy across Yorkshire, the Humber and the Tees Valley.