Next generation of researchers on Downs plea

As the sun sets on the summer Solstice people gather at the Devil's Jumps- ancient Bronze Age barrows near Treyford.'From the South Downs National Park Authority's 'Hidden Gems' photo competition 2014/15. SUS-150113-122519001
As the sun sets on the summer Solstice people gather at the Devil's Jumps- ancient Bronze Age barrows near Treyford.'From the South Downs National Park Authority's 'Hidden Gems' photo competition 2014/15. SUS-150113-122519001
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Students researching any subject relating to the South Downs are being given the chance to share their work at the National Park’s second annual student conference.

Tanya Rowan, who leads on research for the South Downs National Park Authority, said, “Any current student from foundation level through to Masters or PhD can submit a presentation or poster provided their research relates to some aspect of the national park and they are able to feedback interim or final findings.

“Last year many presentations looked at agriculture and conservation but there are many other areas we would love to hear about such as health and wellbeing or tourism.”

The prize for best poster is a £50 voucher and the prize for best presentation is a £75 voucher. An additional prize of membership to the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management is available for best presentation on landscape, biodiversity or conservation.

Trevor Beattie from the authority said, “We know there are high standards of research being undertaken by current and future researchers and academics across many disciplines.”

Papers can be submitted at www.southdowns.gov.uk/studentconference