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  • New international collaboration to protect the world’s crops

    New international collaboration to protect the world’s crops

    Experts from the UK and India are working together to identify and develop novel environmentally-sustainable strategies to control plant pests, known as plant-parasitic nematodes or eelworms, to ensure global food production and security. This project is funded by the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).

    7 July 2014

  • Revolutionary Insight

    Revolutionary Insight

    Daniele Moyal-Sharrock Explains Why ‘On Certainty’ is Ludwig Wittgenstein’s “Neglected Masterpiece

    4 July 2014

  • 3D map shows dusty structure of the Milky Way

    3D map shows dusty structure of the Milky Way

    A team of international astronomers has created a detailed three-dimensional map of the dusty structure of the Milky Way – the star-studded bright disc of our own galaxy – as seen from Earth’s northern hemisphere. The map will be presented by Prof Janet Drew of the University of Hertfordshire at the National Astronomy Meeting (NAM) 2014 in Portsmouth on Monday 23 June.

    23 June 2014

  • UK astronomers debate involvement in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

    UK astronomers debate involvement in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

    Astronomers, including Janet Drew from the University of Hertfordshire, will discuss the case for UK involvement in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project (LSST) on Monday 23 June at the National Astronomy Meeting in Portsmouth. The LSST will be sited at Cerro Pachón in the Chilean Andes and will have a primary mirror 8.4 metres in diameter, making it one of the largest single telescopes in the world, as well as the world’s largest digital camera, comprising 3.2 billion pixels. It will achieve first light in 2020 and its main sky survey will begin in 2022.

    23 June 2014

  • ‘Click’ antenatal classes: just one ‘click’ away from better mother-baby bonding

    ‘Click’ antenatal classes: just one ‘click’ away from better mother-baby bonding

    A one-off 3-hour antenatal class called ‘Click’ provides prospective parents with the knowledge and practical skills to build strong parent-infant bonds, according to new research from the University of Hertfordshire.

    13 June 2014

  • Winners Announced in the SSAHRI Research Grants Competition 2014/15

    Winners Announced in the SSAHRI Research Grants Competition 2014/15

    This year’s competition attracted a record number of applications across the Hertfordshire Business School, School of Creative Arts, School of Education, School of Humanities, and the School of Law.

    13 June 2014

  • Conference chaired by HBS Professor shortlisted for award

    Conference chaired by HBS Professor shortlisted for award

    APM conference 2013 achieves finalist status

    13 June 2014

  • Astronomers discover two new ancient worlds from galaxy next-door

    Astronomers discover two new ancient worlds from galaxy next-door

    Two new planets orbiting a very old star from our nearby galaxy, known as Kapteyn’s star, are reported in a new study by an international team of astronomers, including researchers from the University of Hertfordshire. One of these planets around Kapteyn’s star could be ripe for life as it orbits at the right distance to allow liquid water on its surface.

    4 June 2014

  • What you wear can change your brain

    What you wear can change your brain

    Clothing affects our mental processes and perceptions which can change our minds and the way we think, according to research by Professor Karen Pine from the University of Hertfordshire.

    30 May 2014

  • SSAHRI Research Grants Competition attracts positive response

    SSAHRI Research Grants Competition attracts positive response

    Applications for the 2014/15 SSAHRI Research Grants Competition are now closed following a successful number of entries.

    28 May 2014

  • Securing our future food production through better understanding of disease resistance genes in crops

    Securing our future food production through better understanding of disease resistance genes in crops

    A new understanding as to how plants defend themselves against some pathogens that cause crop diseases is proposed by researchers from the University of Hertfordshire to help scientists breed new, more successful disease-resistant agricultural crops. The new concept is called effector-triggered defence or ETD.

    27 May 2014

  • World experts assemble for third international conference on novel psychoactive substances (NPS)

    World experts assemble for third international conference on novel psychoactive substances (NPS)

    The third international conference on novel psychoactive substances takes place this week (15-16 May) in Rome, Italy and is co-organised by the University of Hertfordshire, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), Sapienza University of Rome and University of Chieti-Pescara. It will be attended by over 300 participants from 32 countries.

    15 May 2014

  • Philosopher awarded ICSU grant

    Philosopher awarded ICSU grant

    Philosophy collaborates with International Council for Science (ICSU)

    22 April 2014

  • Evaluation of the End-of-Life Care Train the Trainer education model

    Evaluation of the End-of-Life Care Train the Trainer education model

    Care home residents have multiple health needs that are often complicated by the presence of dementia. This means that they rely on a range of health and social care staff as well as family members to provide care and make decisions on their behalf. End of Life (EoL) care training aims to ensure that older people can receive care that is appropriate within the care home.

    10 April 2014

  • Online survey reveals new epidemic of sleeplessness

    Online survey reveals new epidemic of sleeplessness

    - Nearly six in ten (59%) people in Britain are sleep deprived - 78% of people are exposed to disruptive blue light from computers and smartphones before going to bed - Only 10% of people strongly agree that they have pleasant dreams

    4 April 2014

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