The ESI is a diverse community with staff and students from over 20 countries across 5 continents. Within our current staff, there are people fulfilling roles as various as Research Fellowships, Administrative Support, Research Technicians, Apprentices, Technical Managers and Post-Graduate Research Students as well our academic staff.
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Grace Twiston Davies, Research Fellow:
"I am a Research Fellow at the ESI and have been working in ESI Director Prof Juliet Osborne’s research group since 2015. My role involves developing computer models of bumblebee behaviour, growth and survival and translating these into practical landscape-scale management tools. I have been working collaboratively with farmers, land advisors, policy makers and businesses to make the most of agricultural landscapes for pollinator conservation and food production.
What’s really exciting about working at the ESI, and especially for Prof Osborne, is the genuine emphasis on “Impact”. We have even won an award for the positive impact our research has had outside of academia and we strive to continuously develop and improve. Being from Cornwall and working at an Institute funded through the European Regional Development Fund, it is inspiring to support research that aims to benefit the environment, people and economy of Cornwall as well as regionally, nationally and globally.
The institute is interdisciplinary and so we work with and alongside biologists, mathematicians, geologists and social scientist, with this list ever expanding. This makes the ESI a dynamic and motivating place to work and ideal for researchers who are keen to proactively collaborate to make real positive changes to the environment through their work."
Hassan Baig, Research Fellow:
"When I started at the ESI, it was completely new and we just had empty spaces in our lab. As time progressed we began adding newer equipment within our labs and currently, I am proud to say that the solar laboratory at the ESI is home to world-class pieces of equipment to carry out your research. Developing the solar laboratory at the ESI has been a very unique learning experience in its own.
During my PhD I won the Impact Award within the Sustainable Futures category for my research work. After completing my PhD I started working as a research fellow within the Clean technologies research group. This gave me an interesting opportunity to work closely alongside both national and international researchers hosted at the ESI hence enriching my experience beyond my own research agenda.
The open office culture at the ESI is one of its most prized possessions. Allowing people to interact and share their ideas freely enabling new science to emerge from cross-collaboration among people. The ESI attracts several visitors which gives a very nice opportunity to speak to the general public and adds value to your research.
The Tremough Innovation Center which largely forms a link between the industry and the academia is placed just next to the ESI. The support from the TIC has been very crucial towards broadening my research mindset and understanding the needs of the industry. The ESI cafe is an amazing space bursting with people with different expertise.
After working for last two years I thought of doing a spin-out company based on my previous research. I successfully managed to conceptualise solar squared a multifunctional glass block with integrated solar energy technology. The ESI has supported very much in encapsulating the idea into and actual product. They offered me a very strong support towards marketing the product and reach it to the wider public."
Daniela Farina, Lab Manager:
"I started working as a research technician in the ESI first with the Costal Pathogens team, and later with prof. Angus Buckling. After three years, the restructuring of the Technical Services gave me the opportunity to become the laboratory manager in the ESI. My daily duties include health and safety implementation, smooth operation of the labs and solving problems, preferably before they arise.
My personal mission is making sure that the ESI labs are a place where the structure and organisation of the lab facilities promotes natural collaboration rather than incites conflict. Achieving that in such a multidisciplinary environment is a challenge, but thanks to collaborative spirit of ESI researchers we manage to pull it off!"
Mark Plummer (Senior Administrator):
"I started working in the ESI when we first opened as the Institute’s receptionist and am now the Senior Administrator. This progression was possible due to the opportunities and encouragement afforded to Professional Services staff in the University to learn and develop ready to apply for roles with greater responsibility. Working in an interdisciplinary environment like the ESI gives a broad and varying experience and means you get to work with and meet lots of interesting people. My day-to-day tasks can be as various as budget management, organising events, helping new members of staff, compiling reports, community outreach and updating websites. Being part of the ESI means that you are at the centre of the campus as we try and be a focal point to bring people together in interdisciplinary research."
Phillip Passmore, PhD Student:
"Being based in the Environment and Sustainability Institute during my PhD was an extremely valuable opportunity and enabled me to develop a strong interdisciplinary approach in my research. My PhD research focused on online communication of climate science, in particular, I was interested in public understanding of science. Being able to communicate with researchers in the sciences I was able to gain an understanding of how they carried out public outreach and their perceptions of media coverage of science, which provided valuable insights. In addition, the time I spent working alongside researchers carrying out bioscience and renewable engineering research projects provided insight into the differences in approaching environment and sustainability from different disciplines. This experience enabled me to develop the skills needed to communicate my research to a wider audience and is helping me plan future interdisciplinary collaborative research."