Some of the friendliest botanists you will ever meet and some of my favorite Global Plants Initiative partners. I come from a very non-scientific background (unless you count information science), but it has been an absolute joy to work with this crowd over the last five years. Our group just outside Kathmandu are some of the nicest.

I am trying to think of ways to help them along with a second solar panel, perhaps even a crowdsourced fundraising effort. I am just thinking aloud here, but I am going to do some research.

Getting along with a single solar panel: the eco-friendly operation of KATH (Nepal) and the blessed place of Godavari In this installment of the Global Plants Initiative (GPI) video series, we have another video from our good friends at the National Herbarium and Plant Laboratories (KATH), Nepal, including the indefatigable Nirmala Phuyal, Ganga Datt Bhatt, Ram Sharan Dani, and Mitra Lal Pathak. Besides receiving a quick tour of the exterior of the building (and the lush landscape surrounding it), we learn from Nirmala how the herbarium runs off of the single so … Read More


By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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