Environmental Engagement in Practice

An interactive, online events programme exploring essential themes and skills for public engagement with environmental research.

This programme is now closed. Visit the NCCPE projects and services page to learn more about what we are currently doing.

Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) created the Environmental Engagement in Practice programme. This series of free, practical, day-long events brought people across the sector together, from researchers and policy makers to creative and community practitioners, to explore public engagement with environmental research. Each was tailored around a specific theme, informed by the Insights Report published in 2022.

The events programme

Through a combination of plenary sessions, interactive workshops, reflective pauses, and networking opportunities, we explored three key themes: 

Public engagement skills (online)

25th May 2022, 10.00 -16.00 BST

This event focussed on practical skills that support public engagement work. All delegates had the opportunity to participate in an inclusive engagement session, and then choose from a range of practical skills workshops including working with schools, working with policy makers, and creative storytelling.

This workshop was aimed at those who are keen to develop or enhance their public engagement practices, including those who are just starting out.

Ethics of engagement and dealing with controversy (online)

6th September 2022, 10.00-16.00 BST

The ethics of engagement is a critical consideration when planning and delivering your work. This interactive event explored the ethical considerations needed to do engagement well. Through case studies and discussion, delegates had the opportunity to explore the nature of controversy, and how these can be managed in an appropriate way. This session included a reflection on what people value and how values play out when working alongside others.

This workshop was aimed at those with some engagement experience, who are keen to reflect on their own practices, and develop new insights into how to improve their work.

Evaluation, sustainability and making a case (online)

12th January 2023, 10.00-16.00 GMT

This workshop covered three main challenges for those seeing to embed engagement into their work: how to evaluate your programme effectively; if and how to sustain your work; and how to advocate for the value of engagement within your research. These separate but interlinked challenges were be explored through interactive workshops, reflective sessions, and panel discussions.

The event was aimed at anyone who has experienced one or more the challenges listed, who wanted to explore options for addressing them in the future. From those with lots of experience of public engagement to those who are just starting out, the workshop provided opportunities to reflect together and share ideas and perspectives. 

Event focus

These events were intended for anyone working with environmental research with an interest in engagement and knowledge exchange. This included:

  • Environmental researchers at any career level (PhD and above; project staff)
  • Policy makers working with environmental research / researchers
  • Creative and community practitioners working with environmental research
  • Others who can demonstrate a connection with environmental research to their work

Each event has a slightly different focus described above.

Find out more

The Environmental Engagement in Practice programme was developed as part of the NERC Researcher Engage Academy. If you would like to learn more about this programme, email nccpe.enquiries@uwe.ac.uk