THYME researchers awarded a place at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2020

Researchers from the universities of York and Teesside have been awarded a place at the prestigious Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, taking place from Monday 6th July to Sunday 12th July 2020 in London.

Their research, funded by the THYME project, focuses on understanding the microbes that manage our waste for us. We depend on microbes to turn sewage sludge, food waste and crop residues into energy and fertiliser using anaerobic digestion (AD). James Chong at the University of York and Caroline Orr at Teesside University are analyzing DNA from the complex microbial communities involved in AD. Their research is transforming our understanding of the processes behind AD and promises to increase its waste recycling potential.

The exhibition is the Royal Society’s flagship public engagement event and runs from 6 – 12 July 2020. It is expected to attract 12-13,000 people over that period, with special sessions for the media, VIPs, schools and the general public. The University of York, Teesside University and BioVale will work together on developing and presenting an interactive exhibit for the event, details of which will be released closer to the time.

This exhibit will form part of the outreach activities of the THYME project, funded by Research England. The THYME project is a collaboration between the Universities of Teesside, Hull and York to boost the bioeconomy across Yorkshire, the Humber region and the Tees Valley.

Find out more about the Royal Society Summer Exhibition.