As part of their Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN-ETN) funded PhDs, the TERRE ESRs are actively taking part in the wider research landscape. Their participation in competitions, events and activities wherein they are disseminating their work is detailed on this page.

MSCA-Falling Walls Lab 2019

TERRE ESR Emmanuel Salifu applied earlier in 2019 to the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Falling Walls Lab with his entry ‘Breaking the Wall of Unsustainable Soil Loss’.  We are delighted to announce that not only was he selected to present his work in Brussels in September, he also won not just the audience prize, but also came first overall!

Video of the event is available, with Emmanuel’s presentation beginning at 1:53:00. You can  also view the awards ceremony video.

Emmanuel travelled to Berlin in November 2019 to take part in the Finale and although he didn’t make the Final 3, it was great that TERRE was represented so expertly at such a presitigious event!

More information on the MSCA – Falling Walls Lab can be found in the FWL-MSCA-PROGRAMME.

Falling Walls Lab - Emmanuel Presenting
Falling Walls Lab – Emmanuel Presenting


Emmanuel receiving First Place Award
Emmanuel receiving First Place Award


Image of Research 2018

Images of Research is a key part of the University of Strathclyde’s Public Engagement programme. The annual competition and subsequent year-long exhibition brings the research conducted at Strathclyde to an audience of thousands of people visiting art galleries, museums and public spaces.

TERRE ESR Emmanuel Salifu participated in the 2018 competition. His entry, “’Shrooms save soils!” was shortlisted in the Advanced Manufacturing and Materials category.

Emmanuel Salifu's Images of Research 2018 entry, ’Shrooms save soils!
Emmanuel Salifu’s Images of Research 2018 entry, “’Shrooms save soils!”.

Emmanuel says of his entry, “Soil erosion, landslides and floods impact millions globally, causing deaths, infrastructural damage and food shortage. Soil-binding chemical compounds used to mitigate these hazards further harm the environment. What if mushrooms could provide the solution?  By engineering the network structure, ‘cementing ability’ and moisture-regulating-function of the roots of this mushroom, we are improving its ability to bind soil particles together, and aiming to provide a low-cost, low-carbon alternative to chemical solutions.”

Emmanuel also prepared a YouTube video on his research.

The full 2018 gallery can be viewed on the Images of Research website.



5th Italian Workshop on Landslides -May 2018

TERRE ESR Sofia Dias was invited to present at the 5th Italian Workshop on Landslides – IWL 2018, which took place in Naples on May, 28-30, 2018. The event was jointly organised by the Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli and the Università di Napoli Federico II.

Sofia’s presentation “Relation between root distribution, soil permeability and suction in unsaturated pyroclastic slope” is available to view on the event’s Facebook page.

Images of Research 2017

During her time at the University of Strathclyde, TERRE ESR Roberta Dainese took part in the 2017 round, successfully entering her image “Hidden water paths of plants” in the Measurement Science and Enabling Technologies category.

Roberta's Winning Entry for Images of Research 2017 "Hidden water paths of plants"
Roberta’s Winning Entry for Images of Research 2017 “Hidden water paths of plants”.

Roberta says of her image and research, “Soil erosion and landslides can cause serious damage and endanger lives. Our research is investigating ways of engineering certain plants to effectively stabilise slopes in a low carbon, sustainable way. This image – created using a neutron beam – reveals vital information about water uptake, and its progression through plant branches, helping us to understand the interactions between soil and vegetation, which is the first step to achieving this goal”.

Her winning image was subsequently exhibited in the following spaces, representing the TERRE project throughout Glasgow and beyond:

Engage with Strathclyde – week long event, early May 17
Drygate Brewery, Glasgow – four days as part of the Glasgow Science Festival, mid-June 17
Campus exhibitions for specific visits such as EPSRC (x2), open days (x2), various dates 2017/18
Explorathon, Glasgow venues, end Sept 17
European Innovation Summit, EU Parliament, Brussels – week long event, early Dec 17
Maritime Conference, Jan 18
Clyde side, outside the Glasgow Science Centre – year-long exhibition, Aug 17 – Jul 18

Full information and the 2017 gallery can be found on the Images of Research website.