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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences


Earth Sciences Star in Impact Awards

(12 November 2019)

The department was very much centre-stage in the University’s 2019 Impact and Engagement Awards.

Dave Selby won the Technical and Commercial Category for his work that has delivered a geochemical tool that provides insights into the formation of petroleum and strategic metals, reduces exploration costs and minimizes the environmental impacts of exploration. Both Phil Heron and Charlotte Adams (plus team) were Highly Commended in the same category. Phil’s commendation was for his hugely innovative Think Like A Scientist course taught in prisons, designed to improve critical thinking and encourage independent thought. Charlotte’s commendation was for her work on Heat Mining: Decarbonising Heat Using Abandoned Coal Mines. Remarkably, this work is determining how the 23,000 flooded and abandoned mines can decarbonise UK heat for a century. Yet another success was Catriona Sellick, a runner-up in the Early Career Researcher Impact Award category, for her PhD work on 3D Printing and how she is explaining the power of this new technology to the general public. Solid proof that our research continues to help solve problems and to make a difference.