• Question: How do you make your research sustainable?

    Asked by alexandraw to Akram, David, Gill, Jack, laurenceharwood on 14 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by grace151997.
    • Photo: Akram Alomainy

      Akram Alomainy answered on 14 Mar 2012:

      By ensuring that it covers alla spects not only the technical or exciting bit but also being green, environmental friendly and always influenced by the public needs and requirements 🙂

      Really great question 🙂

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      Laurence Harwood answered on 14 Mar 2012:

      Sustainability is at the centre of my research which is based on removing the dangerous radioactive materials from used nuclear fuel so that it cna be placed into anotehr reactor that will convert it into non-radioactive material. That will mean that nuclear power will be the least polluting major means of generation energy available to mankind as it has an almost negligible carbon footprint (carbon dioxide output) compared to the amount of energy generated and doesn’t produce other pollutants either.

    • Photo: Jack Snape

      Jack Snape answered on 14 Mar 2012:

      You have to think about how relevant your new ideas will be far into the future. If you have a new energy source, will there be enough fuel in 100 years time? Will it take up valuable land that we need to grow food? If the population grows, are we going to have enough? It’s all thinking about the future 🙂

    • Photo: Gill Menzies

      Gill Menzies answered on 14 Mar 2012:

      Development is sustainable if it addresses environmental issues, meets the needs of people, and is affordable. This is what most of my research is about – there is little point inventing something really clever if it does not meet people’s needs, or people cannot afford it…..you would need to go back to the drawing board and redesign it in some way….