Engaging Environments

Funded by NERC and coordinated by NCCPE, Engaging Environments will develop a consortia approach to engage the public with environmental science issues.

Engaging Environments is a NERC-funded project supporting consortium and capacity building projects to build a long-term, effective and innovative public engagement community to engage the UK public with contemporary issues of environment science.

Six projects have been funded to equip the environmental research community to deliver effective, national-scale public engagement with contemporary issues of environmental science. Each project brings a different approach to this challenge, from training researchers to use narrative skills and creative arts to engage diverse audiences, to developing relationships with community organisations to explore what they want to know about environmental issues.

As one of the six funded projects, the NCCPE is delighted to be providing a coordinating ‘hub’ for the Engaging Environments project. As well as supporting the projects to work together and share learning, we will facilitate collaboration between the projects and the wider sector, ensuring that stakeholders and other relevant organisations have opportunities to get involved in the work. If you are keen to get involved, please get in touch with Maddy Foard.

The Engaging Environments programme is the first step in developing a larger collaborative approach to engaging the public with the environmental sciences, equipping researchers and publics to get involved.

The successful projects

  • Opening up Science for All, led by Dr Hilary Geoghegan at University of Reading, aims to enable ongoing active and routine engagement with environmental research by scoping out and building commitment for a national public engagement community for environmental research.
  • Climate Communication Project, led by Professor Piers Forster at the University of Leeds, will put in place the national 'infrastructure' to deliver high impact public engagement with climate change.
  • Future of Our Seas, led by Mr Jon Parr at the Marine Biological Association, will use the future of our seas as an example to create a template of how to build consortia, build capacity, and how to create innovative activities in public engagement.
  • Engaging Communities with their Environment, led by Dr Carl Stevenson at the University of Birmingham, will develop an adaptable framework, focusing on how public groups can benefit from and influence environmental science.
  • Climate Stories, led by Professor Peter Stott at the University of Exeter, will develop the narrative skills of scientists and evaluate the use of storytelling as a method to engage a diverse range of community groups.
  • Engaging Environments Hub, led by Mr Paul Manners at the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, will bring all of the projects together to develop better partnership working, build common capacities and stimulate innovation.

For further information, please see the NERC website.