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Award-winning Dr Mike Wood to present his research at third annual London Alumni Lecture

Apr 13, 2017

Dr Mike Wood
Dr Mike Wood

We’re pleased to announce award-winning researcher Dr Mike Wood will be presenting his research at the third annual London Alumni Lecture next month (Thursday 25th May, 6-8.30pm). Mike, who is a Reader in Applied Ecology, will be talking about his research project on the wildlife in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, which won the prestigious Times Higher Education Research Project of the Year award in 2016. Mike recently secured additional funding to undertake fieldwork in Chernobyl’s ‘Red Forest’ with fellow Salford academic Dr Neil Entwhistle.

On 26th April 1986, a fire at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant led to the world’s worst nuclear disaster. People were forced to permanently leave the area due to the high levels of radioactive contamination in the environment, but the wildlife remain. Mike leads a team of scientists to undertake a 5-year study of wildlife within the Exclusion Zone.

In his lecture ‘Life in the shadow of Chernobyl’ Mike will take attendees on a journey through this environment, introduce them to some of the animals that live there and explain how his team’s findings are challenging some recent publications on the effects of radiation on Chernobyl wildlife.

After the talk, alumni and guests will also have the opportunity to explore the Exclusion Zone for themselves using cutting edge virtual reality technology.

It’s fantastic to have Mike showcasing his acclaimed research against the impressive backdrop of The Royal Institution in Mayfair. If you are around in London at this time you can register for the lecture here. Drinks and canapés will be provided.

Date: Thursday 25th May 2017

Time: 6-8.30pm  

Venue: The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS

For further information please contact the Alumni team at or on 54265.