Dr Pia Benaud

External Courses

December 2013:

NERC PPSDA - Soil Matters

This week-long residential course, hosted by Cranfield University, included the following content:

  • Characterising the key features of the soil environment (physical, biological and chemical properties) and their impacts on soil quality and functioning
  • Designing statistically valid experimental work in the field and laboratory, using a range of methodologies and techniques
  • Handling, analysing and interpreting large soil data sets
  • Introducing modelling approaches in soil systems
  • Linking soil science research to policy and regulation


April 2017:

EGU General Assembly

Vienna, Austria


What can we learn from national-scale geodata describing soil erosion?


Evaluation of resolution-precision relationships when using Structure-from-Motion to measure low intensity erosion processes, within a laboratory setting.

Recipient of BHS Student Travel Grant (£500)

December 2016:

AGU General Assembly

San Francisco, USA


Utilising Structure-From-Motion Approaches to Develop a Spatial Understanding of Soil Erosion Processes, in an Experimental Setting.

Recipient of AGU Student Travel Grant ($1000)

April 2015:

EGU General Assembly

Vienna, Austria


Towards a national-scale understanding of soil erosion in the UK: Building a national soil erosion database.


The use of Structure-from-Motion approaches for quantifying subtle erosion processes from small-scale experiments.

July 2014:

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Environmental Research


Public Engagement and External Relations

August 2016:

Greenman Festival

'The voyage of a water droplet'

Helped organise and run a stall within Einstein's Garden, illustrating the impact land management can have on issues such as flooding and water quality.

More information here

29th May 2015:

Achieving impact via stakeholder engagement and issue-driven research

Using funding competitively awarded by Researcher Development's 'Researcher-led Initiative' program, myself and Alan Puttock organised and ran a free, one-day workshop for all early career researchers on both the benefits and challenges of initiating, conducting and presenting research outside the traditional academic bubble, with both external stakeholders and academics.

Graduate School Skills Workshops

February 2016:

Emergency First Aid At Work

January 2016:

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - Stage 1

11th September 2015:

GW4 - Developing skills for research collaboration in sustainable futures

May 2015:

Health and Safety: COSHH Risk Assessment


Researcher Development Program

  • Efficient Reading and Developing your Literature Review
  • Introduction to R
  • Using posters to communicate your research
  • Making the most of conferences