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Katherine Johnson - highlighting the heroism of the hidden figure

Celebrating crucial black achievement in history, Nicole Lee, member of Ethnic Minorities in Materials Minerals and Mining (EMM3) and Senior Engineer at Frazer-Nash Consultancy, talks about the vital contributions made by Katherine Johnson, one of the female African-American mathematicians whose calculations were critical to the success of NASA’s USA space programme.

Let’s talk about race

Race – the topic that can often be the elephant in the room and can become uncomfortable for those participating in the discussion. On the other side of that, it can be emotionally exhausting for those conducting and navigating through these difficult conversations.

Environmental thinking in the current climate

If you can remember back to the start of the New Year, the defining issue was clearly set out to be the continuation at an increasing volume and intensity of the environmental debate. Events around the globe were accumulating evidence that supports the calls for an international, globally coordinated response to the ‘climate emergency’. In the last quarter of the year COP26 was to be held in Glasgow (now postponed until 2021), and to many couldn’t come soon enough, the only concerns were around ‘would it go far enough?’

Sustainability in Mining

There has recently been much discussion regarding climate change, recycling of materials, sustainability and social responsibility. Governments are promising to plant billions of trees per year. Our food packaging cannot be recycled (so why not make packaging that can?). Coal is dirty. Hydrocarbons are polluting the atmosphere. SF6 is more harmful than methane. Unfortunately mining, which always comes in for criticism, is at the top of the hit (or the beating) list.

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