August 2010

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

After entering the Environmental Protection UK (EPUK) ‘National Students and Young Professionals Competition 2010’ Richard Van Neste, a third year student studying BSc (Hons) Conservation and Environment (Biological Surveying) at Writtle College, has won the title for 2010.

Richard, who presented and was judged on his proposed dissertation topic; ‘Testing thermodynamic performance of urban surface typologies’ was judged the overall winner After presenting to a panel of judges, and will officially receive his title at the EPUK annual conference to held on 12 October 2010.

Richard was among seven short listed applicants, all who submitted a 500 word abstract on their proposed dissertation research. All those short listed received a one year subscription to Environmental Protection UK’s new online resource - Pollution Control Online - and a one year’s membership to the charity.

Richard said: “My project involves taking thermal images of different urban surface types across Chelmsford to analyse how effective they are at dissipating heat and, in theory, cooling a city and providing adaptation to climate change.”

“The presentation day was a fantastic opportunity to network with professionals in the judging panel and likeminded people. It was incredibly satisfying to see that young people are taking such a keen interest in research and it was great to learn about their work through the presentations. I would recommend the competition to any student dong research on an aspect of air quality, noise, contaminated land, climate change or other environmental issue relevant to EPUK.”