Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council and Akademi Sains Malaysia will be holding a 5-day workshop on the above theme in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia commencing on 31 July 2017. Early-mid career researchers (within 10 years of PhD) from the UK and Malysia are invited to apply to attend the workshop. More details can be found here. The deadline for the submission of applications is 15 May 2017.
After a 22-year absence the critically endangered stonefly Isogenus nubecula has been rediscovered in the River Dee in North Wales by John Davy-Bowker of the Freshwater Biological Association. Part of an ancient group of insects that have changed little since the Permian period 250 million years ago, stoneflies are typically found in cool, well oxygenated waters and are particularly susceptible to pollution.
The Freshwater Biological Association is to become the Riverfly Partnership host from April 2017. The Riverfly Partnership is an independent organisation operating through charitable status of the Freshwater Biological Association. It consists of a network of over 100 supporting organisations representing anglers, conservationists, entomologists, scientists, water course managers and relevant statutory bodies. With over 2400 active volunteers, 35 regional hubs and 1700 sites being monitored, the Riverfly Partnership is an excellent example of citizen science and community involvement in environmental monitoring and management.