The GfGD group based at the University of Leicester was set up in 2012, and forms part of the well-established PCSB Society. This group was initially established and built up by Laura Rose Wilson, a student in the Department of Geology, graduating in 2013. From 2013, David Cavell, also in the Department of Geology, will be taking over as GfGD Ambassador. For more information or to get involved in the work of GfGD in Leicester, please contact David.
A passionate student, during his course David has been part of several excursions outside of departmental fieldwork, including a trip to Cyprus and, more recently, working alongside the Geological Survey in the Solomon Islands alongside another Leicester student, Greg Smith, to aid in hazard assessment of Savo volcano. This work helped increase his understanding of the importance of fostering links between centres of earth science in the developing and developed world in a cooperative spirit and the necessity to pass on an understanding and enthusiasm for the subject to local people.
David is very enthusiastic about the aims and work of GfGD, and hopes that the organisation will help inspire a new generation of earth scientists to apply their skills in a way which facilitates development when operating in developing countries, and to expand their cultural horizons.
You can view his Placement Blog from the Solomon Islands here: http://www.gfgd.org/placements/placements-blog