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John B Thornes Lab



Hosting the Environmental Dynamics (ED) Research Domain group, the John B Thornes Laboratory is a million pound teaching and research facility opened on the Strand Campus in 2010. The JBT consists of a large central teaching zone complimented by five auxiliary labs, which together form an interdisciplinary research space spanning the physical sciences. This multifaceted environment connects students and researchers with wide-ranging scientific experience and interests, facilitating the exploration of the environment from a broad range of perspectives.


Technical team

Manages the School’s Technical and laboratory functions and leads the Technical Support Team. Manages and oversees the School’s scientific equipment and facilities. Oversees safety for Geography labs and fieldwork, and hazardous waste disposal. Contributes to the School’s strategic planning of research computing, scientific equipment and facilities.

Supports academic members of staff and students working in the area of geographical and environmental science through the effective use of IT and scientific computing for research and teaching purposes.

Provides technical support to UG/PG teaching programmes, Departmental staff, PhD/grant-funded projects and field research. Responsible for the maintenane, preparation and modification of field instruments. Responsible for electronics workshop



What do we do in the John B Thornes Lab?

Geography academics talk about how the lab supports their teaching and research:

The JBTMakerspace 

The newly refurbished JBTMakerspace, in collaboration with King's Department of Informatics and Robotics' WLab, gives students access to both fused filament fabrication (FFF) and stereolithographic (SLA) 3D printing, in addition to PCB fabrication and CNC milling technologies for unprecedented freedom over their designs.

Lab plan



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