Community consultation event

People in group discussion

6 April 2017

Closing date: 16:00 on Wednesday 15 March 2017

 This event has now closed 

As part of the plans for the second call under NERC's Public Engagement Strategy, NERC ran a community consultation event, to inform the plans for what will be an ambitious, large-scale investment (of up to £1·3 million over three years) to achieve national impact in public engagement with one or more contemporary issues of environmental science.

At the core of this flagship programme will be a co-production approach - external link to public engagement with environmental science research and researchers. This will challenge the status quo and will require collaboration on a national scale, across academic disciplines (including those outside NERC remit, such as the social sciences, arts and humanities) and partnerships with organisations and publics.

Delegates attended the community consultation event on 6 April 2017 in Manchester, the outputs of which challenged NERC to be bold and ambitious, directly informing the call, which was launched shortly after.

The event brought together a diverse set of people with the potential to shape and be involved in our bold plans going forward, including environmental scientists, public engagement specialists and also contributors from the social sciences, arts and humanities.

The one-day workshop had the following aims:

  1. Unearth different perspectives on the challenges of public engagement with contemporary issues of environmental science (such as climate change, fracking, pollution, biodiversity…) and identify how these can shape the scope of our call.
  2. Build on learning from previous public engagement experience and insights, including NERC's 2016 Public Engagement call and our 2017 Public Insight Survey which is currently under way.
  3. Set the tone for interdisciplinary and co-production approaches to public engagement, providing an opportunity for potential collaborators to meet each other.
  4. Identify capacity building, training and development needs in the environmental science researcher community that can be built through this call.

There were 56 participants attending who were selected to ensure a balance of different perspectives, disciplines, expertise and affiliations, with diversity in mind.


For further details please contact:

Hannah King
01793 411572