The fourth annual Welsh medium Science Conference organised by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol was held on Monday 8th of June at Aberystwyth University. The Conference theme was Health & the Environment and many a paper was submitted by notable scientists including:
- Prof Arwyn T Jones, Cardiff University. He provided the history behind Gene Therapy and outlined recent attempts to transfer genetic material into cells;
- Dr Prysor Williams, Bangor University examined “Are we too clean these days?”;
- Dr Llinos Harris, Swansea University’s paper focussed on one of the main pathogens associated with biomedical implants, the bacteria Staphylococcus epidermidis;
- Prof Carwyn Jones, Cardiff Metropolitan University discussed the dangers to young people of promoting and marketing gambling in the context of sports;
- Dr Hefin Williams, Aberystwyth University outlined his research into projecting the change in the geographical distribution of ticks following the IPCC’s AR5 climate change scenario.
A presentation was given by Dr Tegau Andrews, the higher education terminologist, who outlined the methods used to coin Welsh medium terminology, and the projects she is working on in the science disciplines. The naturalist Twm Elias also gave a glimpse of how the outdoor sector and the health sector could better collaborate in aid of the environment and public health.
The poster competition was won by Rhidian Thomas, a research student from the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, who was praised by the judge, Prof Deri Tomos, for managing to design a clear and comprehensive poster on the effects of climate change and anthropogenic factors on invasive species in Britain. Lucy Hale Evans of Bangor University and Ifan Jâms of Cardiff University were both runners up.
Dr Ioan Matthews, Chief Executive of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol said, “Through its Academic Staffing Scheme, the Coleg has invested over £800,000 in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) disciplines during 2014-15. Therefore, it is imperative that we provide an opportunity for people to discuss scientific issues through the medium of Welsh.”