Environmental Engagement in Practice: Ethics of engagement and dealing with controversy

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, September 6, 2022 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Register for this event
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Join us for a day of workshops and presentations about how to create an ethical engagement practice and engage with controversial research topics.

Part of our Environmental Engagement in Practice programme, 'Ethics of engagement and dealing with controversy' is a free, online, day-long event that will explore the ethical considerations needed to do engagement well.

We will reflect on the role that values play when working with, and planning, engagement, discuss how to plan thoughtful engagement on controversial research topics and how to engage with the media, and take account of the ethical considerations we need to make along the way.

This event will include interactive workshops, discussions and panels with opportunities for you to join breakout discussions with fellow practitioners and reflect on the ethics and values of your own practice.

The full event agenda will be shared closer to the day.

Is this event for me?

This event is intended for anyone working with environmental research with an interest in engagement and knowledge exchange, particularly those with some engagement experience, who are keen to reflect on their own practices and develop new insights into how to improve their work.

This includes:

  • Environmental researchers (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

This event is intended for those working in the UK or with projects linked to UK funding or collaborators. Please email alyssa.chafee@uwe.ac.uk if you have any questions.


Registration has closed. Please email alyssa.chafee@uwe.ac.uk with any questions.

Previous and upcoming events

This event is the second in a three-part series, led by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC):

  1. Public engagement skills (25th May 2022, 10.00-16.00)
  2. Ethics of engagement and dealing with controversy (6th September 2022, 10.00-16.00)
  3. Evaluation, sustainability and making a case (12th January 2023, 10.00-16.00)

Read more about events in the series 

Get in touch

If you have any questions or queries about this event, please do contact us:

NCCPE contact - Alyssa Chafee, Senior Project Officer (alyssa.chafee@uwe.ac.uk)
NERC contact - Grace Macmillan, Public Engagement Programme Manager (publicengagement@nerc.ukri.org)

The Environmental Engagement in Practice programme was developed as part of the NERC Researcher Engage Academy.