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Portsmouth hosts UK’s largest international disaster response exercise

This year’s SimEx exercise took place across multiple sites for three days and involved about 2,000 people from more than 50 organisations.Those taking part reads like a ‘who’s who’ of emergency response, including:

  • the United Nations
  • the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • the UK Department for International Development (DfID)
  • UK International Search And Rescue (ISAR)
  • the Coastguard
  • the RNLI
  • the Red Cross
  • the UK National Disaster Victim Identification Unit
  • ServeOn
  • Tearfund
  • MapAction, a disaster mapping NGO.

The event is managed by Naomi Morris, who teaches on the University’s MSc Crisis and Disaster Management course in between trips abroad using her expertise in emergency response to help respond to natural and manmade disasters.

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SEES Professor predicts radiation levels in food

Food in Japan will be contaminated by low-level radioactivity for decades following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, but not at a level which poses a serious risk to human health, according to new research from SEES Professor Jim Smith and Dr Keiko Tagami, from the Japanese National Institute of Radiological Sciences.

Scientists can predict with confidence what the effect of the Japanese disaster has had and will continue to have thanks to a legacy of data on radioactive pollution in the environment after decades of nuclear testing worldwide.

Professor Jim Smith, from the University of Portsmouth, and Dr Keiko Tagami, from the Japanese National Institute of Radiological Sciences, say radiation in the average diet in the region is very low.

The exception is for wild food, such as mushrooms and game animals, where contamination remains high.

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SEPnet Summer Placement Conference 2016

Once again the SEPnet (South East Physics Network) Summer Placement Conference, held at the RSA, was an enjoyable and successful event. Students representing each of the SEPnet universities presented high quality posters and talks to over 150 employer representatives, tutors and peers. Dan Dyer, from Portsmouth, presented a poster and gave an oral presentation, describing work he carried out at the Hampshire Astronomical Group, on “Meteor Radio Scatter Data Collection Improvements” under the supervision of Steve Futcher.

Also, we were very pleased to see Carlotte Lister representing Ultra Electronics at the event. Charlotte presented her work at the previous year’s 2015 SEPnet conference. After her talk, presented in 2015, she was approached by Ultra Electronics and subsequently obtained employment with them. This year Charlotte was at the conference but this time representing Ultra Electronics! Industrial experience through summer or yearlong placements greatly enhances employment prospects.

Portsmouth also hosted a student from Southampton during the summer. Louise Speake carried out a project with Dr Esmaeil Namvar from the Applied Physics Group at Portsmouth on “Synthesis and Characterisation of Quantum Dot Photodetectors"

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Risk expert takes part in international forum

The potentially devastating effects of climate change and increasing global population were among subjects discussed at an international forum attended by a Portsmouth risk expert.

Dr Richard Teeuw – coordinator of the University of Portsmouth’s MSc in Crisis and Disaster Management course – was among delegates attending the Understanding Risk forum in Venice earlier this month.

The event saw almost 700 international delegates, including academic experts, discussing aspects of risk in the modern world.

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