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Jen's UK visit - Specialist Lab Training for Project PAMANA Philippine Team Representative

The Project PAMANA Work Package 2 co-Iead, Dr. Jenielyn Padrones, recently completed specialist laboratory equipment and analytical techniques training in the UK last June 21 to July 17, 2023. This training is related to the analysis of river water and sediment samples of the project. The first part took place at Liverpool John Moores University, where experts Dr. Patrick Byrne and Dr. Emma Biles oversaw the preparation and analysis of water and Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films (DGT) samples using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) to measure the metal concentrations. The second part of the training was held at Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter. Dr. Richard Chalkley supervised the training in analyzing sediment samples to measure Hg (mercury) concentration using Spectronic Camspec analyzer. The research team of Dr. Karen Hudson-Edwards also conducted field visits to Cornwall’s old mine sites such as Eden Project’s old China clay pit and Wheal Maid open pit Cu mine and tailings pond. The final part involved a meeting and workshop with the research group at the University of Glasgow headed by Dr. Richard Williams, along with project implementation discussions and workshops on manuscript outline and content. A meeting regarding the River Styles analysis and framework of the project was also done with Dr. Laura Quick. The training was a valuable experience, bringing the team closer to achieving their research goals. ~ Dr. Jenielyn Padrones