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Public engagement training workshop

Have you ever wondered how citizen science projects are created?

Do you want to learn how to engage the UK public with issues of environmental concern?


Yes? Then come along to our Public Engagement Training Workshop for Early Career Researchers!

When?  Friday 17th March 9:30 am – 3:15 pm

Where?  The Key Building, Newcastle Science Central (including a site visit to the Friends of Summerhill Community Garden)

Who? The workshop will be facilitated by Earthwatch with input from local citizen scientists working in environmental science.  The workshop is funded by NERC.

What? The interactive training will take participants through the techniques and goals of developing a citizen science project.  The context will be related to environmental science, with a particular focus on urban soils and carbon capture including a site visit to explore soil-based citizen science projects.  There will also be dedicated time for Q&A and networking.

Attendance to the workshop is free (lunch and drinks included throughout the workshop).

This workshop is for early career researchers (up to 8 years post-PhD), especially PhD students funded by NERC or working in environmental science or ecology, so please say a little about yourself if you sign up. We have up to 30 places, so if you are not an exact match, but would like to attend, please apply!


To book your place please click here.   We look forward to seeing you there!

For further information, please contact Catherine Gandy via email ( or telephone (0191 208 4872)


Provisional timetable

9:30: Introduction to Public Engagement and Citizen Science (Toos van Noordwijk, Earthwatch).  Tea/coffee available

10:00: Experts introduce their own citizen science projects through interactive sessions

Caspar Hewett (Lecturer, School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences, Newcastle University)

Jane Delany (Senior Lecturer, School of Marine Science and Technology, Newcastle University)

Alan Jones (Earthwatch/Honorary Research Associate, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University)

Jonathan Smith (OPAL/School of Biology, Newcastle University)

12:00: Lunch and networking

12:45: Site visit to Friends of Summerhill Community Garden – citizen science in action (EarthWorm Watch)

14:00: Carbon Capture Gardens – an opportunity for public engagement (David Manning, Professor of Soil Science, Newcastle University)

14:30:  Develop a citizen science project – competition.  Tea/coffee available.

15:15: Workshop close

Last modified: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:45:52 GMT