报告题目：Are urban greenspaces safe for nature and humans alike?
I will briefly introduce a research proposal which our team is currently developing, with the aim of including four cities: Lahti (Finland), Seoul (South Korea), Shanghai and Shenyang (China). Urban greenspace is aesthetically-pleasing for the enjoyment and health benefits of urban residents. But, are these greenspaces environmentally safe – and sustainable – especially given that they often reside in highly polluted urban settings? Herein lies a conundrum; people are more disconnected from nature than ever before due to rapid urbanisation, yet connecting to urban nature may not necessarily have health benefits if highly polluted. The focus of this proposal is three-fold; i) the characterization of toxicants (including metals), and ii) the microbial community (‘missing beneficial microbes’) in soils across urban-rural gradients in highly-polluted cities in Asia, and iii) the use of traits in an insect group, here carabid beetles, as indicators of pollution stress and thus soil health.