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Dr Laura Newsome

External Engagement & Impact

Committee / panel membership

  • Chair of the Environmental Mineralogy Group special interest group of the Mineralogical Society of UK and Ireland (
  • Web editor and committee member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Environmental Chemistry Group  (
  • PhD committee/examiner: Valerio Cappadona, University of Strathclyde, 2020 (external); Isobel Stanton, University of Exeter, 2019 (internal); Matthew Kirby, Imperial College London, 2019 (external)


  • Metals and Radioactive Substance Bioremediation – a child centric microbiology education framework, 2021
  • “Geomicrobiology – how microbes change the Earth” public lecture for the Royal Cornwall Geological Society, 2021
  • Creative Exchange 'Hidden in Plain Sight', 2020
  • 'Making Microbes Work for Us' public lecture, Dorset, 2020
  • Environment and Sustainability Day 2020 'Sustainable Futures for Cornwall', and  2019 ‘Sustainable Fashion – Catwalk to Global Cat-astrophe’
  • 'Life at the Extremes' at Bluedot festival, Jodrell Bank, Cheshire, 2017 & 2018, and the UK Space Festival, 2017.
  • 'Cobalt is Critical' at Science Uncovered, Natural History Museum, Tring, 2017
  • 'Making Microbes Work for Us' public lectures, Manchester, 2016 & 2017
  • 'Alienated Life' at Manchester Science Festival, Manchester, 2015 & 2016
  • 'How to Build a Nuclear Repository' at Science Uncovered, Manchester Museum, Manchester, 2015

Conference organisation

  • Session on 'Minerals and Our Living World; Biogeochemical Cycles, Environmental Challenges and the Origin of Life', European Mineralogical Conference: emc2020, Krakow, 2021
  • 'Chemistry for the Environment', Royal Society of Chemistry, 2021
  • ‘Minerals in a Sustainable Future’, British Geological Survey, 2019
  • 'Clay Minerals in the Natural and Built Environment: Formation, Chemistry & Applications’, Newcastle University, 2019
  • ‘21st Century Chemistry: Disposing our Nuclear Legacy’, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2019
  • ‘The Geochemistry and Mineralogy of Contaminated Environments’, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2018
  • Session on ‘The Geochemistry of Metal Deposits’ at the Goldschmidt Conference, Paris, 2017

Professional body memberships

  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Microbiological Society
  • British Ecological Society