This year’s event was hosted in uncharacteristically sunny and spring-like conditions at the University of Lancaster. Combining formal lectures with a convivial poster session and relaxed evening social events provides a welcome opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues and students from universities the length and breadth of the UK and as far afield as Ireland and France.
The COGER meeting is a relatively informal conference providing an ideal platform for research students to experience the joys of presenting their research as well as more experienced researchers covering the more global topics such as the long term impacts of the reactor accidents at Fukushima and Chernobyl. 50-60 delegates were treated to topics as diverse as Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material in industry, radionuclides in sediment transport and 14CH4 migration in soil to genotoxic uptake in mussels and radionuclide uptake in plants. A particular highlight this year was a showcasing of the projects funded under NERC’s “The NERC Radioactivity And The Environment (RATE) Programme”, the secretariat for which is located in BGS Keyworth.
|Gamma Spectrometry in the BGS Inorganic|
Next year the COGER meeting is being hosted at the BGS in Keyworth, with accommodation at the University of Nottingham – enhancing the developing links within The Centre for Environmental Geochemistry.
by Dr Charles Gowing (secretary of COGER and a researcher in The Centre for Environmental Geochemistry at the British Geological Survey)