Professorial Lecture: The Water Alchemist

Professorial Lecture Linda Lawton
Event Date: Time:6:00 PM — 8:00 PM
Location: The Sir Ian Wood Building, RGU’s Garthdee Campus, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen

A professorial lecture delivered by Professor Linda Lawton, Professor of Environmental Microbiology at Robert Gordon University.

Professor Lawton joined RGU in 1994 where she established her research group, CyanoSol, which works to develop sustainable solutions for algae related problems in the aquatic environment in parallel with the exploitation of their diverse biosynthetic capabilities.

With a research career spanning over 30 years, Professor Lawton has been instrumental in developing methods to detect toxins and purify them, and has collaborated worldwide on innovative research, informing government, industry and NGOs.

Water is essential to all life on earth, however there is surprisingly little suitable for human use. In addition to the several litres of fresh, clean water we individually consume to live every day, we each use hundreds of litres a day in the home and thousands of litres in farming, manufacturing and other industries.

Many of our activities poison the very water that we are so dependent on. As populations grow and our climate warms we need to use our water resources more wisely and develop methods to ensure that it is safe to drink.

This lecture will explore the value of water, what happens when things go wrong and our new discoveries which will bring sustainable solutions. What’s more, the murk and slime of polluted waters have a silver lining as they produce chemicals which are ten thousand times more valuable than gold.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A and refreshments.

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