Thursday 3rd June – iCRAG, the SFI Research Centre for Applied Geosciences and the Natural History Museum, London, have formed an international collaboration to exhibit their ground-breaking research at Summer Science 2021. Summer Science 2021 is a digital interactive showcase of cutting-edge science from the UK and further afield run by the Royal Society in London.
Building on their important research into the minerals and metals that are crucial to the green technologies that society is reliant on, the collaboration from iCRAG and the NHM will challenge visitors to consider “How do we mine a sustainable future?”
Visitors will be able to experience exclusive digital content, inspiring talks and interactive workshops as well as chances to meet the researchers working on these important topics that will help them to answer this question.
Professor Murray Hitzman, iCRAG Director commented: “We are delighted to be working with the Natural History Museum to build our online showcase, ‘Mining a Sustainable Future’. We all know that our society needs to become more sustainable and that switching to green technologies is an important step towards this goal. However, we need to stop and think about where the resources that go into these technologies come from. Our content for Summer Science will examine this issue.”
Professor Richard Herrington, Head of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum, London, added: “The full implications of the green revolution aren’t well understood by the public at the moment. Our part in Summer Science will seek to address this. Until we’ve built a truly circular economy so that most if not all of what we need can come from metals that we’ve already mined that have been recycled, we’ll need to continue to mine.”
Summer Science returns from Thursday the 8th to Sunday the 11th of July 2021 with a packed programme of inspiring talks, fascinating interactive workshops, fun science from home activities and exciting digital content, there is something for all ages. Join in to explore the research that is shaping our future and discover the people looking to answer some of life’s big questions. More information can be found on the Royal Society Summer Science website.
iCRAG and the Natural History Museum London are working with a number of international partners as part of the exhibit including Wardell Armstrong, Boliden and Cornish Lithium.