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Environmental Science undergraduate attends global climate change conference in Brunei


Dan carrying out his undergraduate dissertation in Indonesia

A Queen Mary geography student has been chosen by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to represent the UK at a nine-day conference on global climate change in Brunei, Borneo.

Dan Sluckin, 22, a final year BSc Environmental Science student, will attend the Asia–Europe meeting (ASEM), being hosted by the University of Brunei Darussalam, between 21 and 30 July 2009.

Dan will meet with other young scientists from across Asia and Europe to exchange ideas and experiences on environmental protection and conservation.

Speaking on his forthcoming trip, Dan said: “I am extremely grateful that I have been granted this incredible opportunity and I am really looking forward to talking to the leading authorities on climate change.

“The event relates perfectly to research I focused on during my degree – including my dissertation research on the effects of rainforest structure on primates and a tropical ecology and conservation course which I attended in Brunei last summer.”

Over the course of the ASEM meeting, international experts will deliver workshops and lectures examining the causes of global climate change and its impact on ecosystem biodiversity in tropical rainforests.

Before returning home, Dan and the other delegates will receive training in a range of field and lab techniques for monitoring biodiversity and climate change at the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre.

The application process was open to all UK undergraduate students studying in the field of Environmental Science. Dan was selected by the FCO and the High Commissioner in Brunei, over several other strong applicants.

The FCO felt that, as Dan had studied the effects of climate change in Borneo as part of his degree, he was the most suitable candidate and would benefit the most from attending the meeting.

The department is delighted to announce that a second undergraduate student, Ginny Bernardout, has now been selected by the Commonwealth Office to represent the UK at this undergraduate workshop. The Bruneian government will fund all of Ginny's expenses.

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