AMU PhD student Katarzyna Kajukało in the finals of Famelab Polan 2018

AMU PhD student from the Department of Biogeography and Paleoecology, Katarzyna Kajukało has entered the finals of FameLab Poland 2018 with a presentation on peatlands and their impact on climate change.

AMU PhD student Katarzyna Kajukało
AMU PhD student Katarzyna Kajukało

FameLab is a communications competition designed to engage and entertain by breaking down science, technology and engineering concepts into three minute presentations.

AMU PhD student from the Department of Biogeography and Paleoecology, Katarzyna Kajukało has entered the finals of FameLab Poland 2018. Katarzyna's research focuses on the vast ecosystems of peatlands and their impact on climate change.

Peatlands accumulate organic material (plants or mosses) over thousands of years and provide records of past vegetation and climate by preserving plant remains that have been formed on the spot and have not been fully decomposed. Therefore, studying those layers of preserved organic material accumulated over time makes it so fascinating.

Peat is harvested as an important source of fuel in certain parts of the world and it has traditionally been used for cooking and domestic heating several countries. The human impact on global climate and the role of peatlands in climate change has been widely studied and debated in media.

Katarzyna also tries alter the perception of peatlands in popular culture which has been largely limited to nordic or slavic legends about "swamp monsters" and "ghosts of the marshes".

The FameLab Poland final presentations will be delivered May 19th at the Centrum Nauki Kopernik in Warsaw.

FameLab is a communications competition designed to engage and entertain by breaking down science, technology and engineering concepts into three minute presentations.

Contestants from around the world take part armed only with their wits and a few props - the result is an unpredictable, enlightening and exciting way to encourage your curiosity and find out about the latest research.

Working in partnership with the British Council this global competition has already seen more than 5000 young scientists and engineers participating in over 25 different countries, including Poland.

Source: international.amu.edu.pl