The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is taking part in a number of activities during Bangor Science Festival, which starts on Friday (March 11) as part of National Science & Engineering Week 2011. The festival runs until March 20 and includes events aimed at both adults and children.
Among events involving CEH staff are a visit by a local cubs group to the CEH part of Environment Centre Wales (ECW). ECW is a purpose-built centre of excellence for environmental science and training, representing a partnership between the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Bangor University.
CEH scientists from Lancaster and Bangor will also host a stand on the theme of soil ecology. Meanwhile children from schools around upland peat areas in north Wales are being taken out to look at peatbogs and the effects of peatland restoration work involving CEH.
Finally CEH, together with Bangor University, has organised this year’s Environment Centre Wales 2011 Lecture as part of the festival. Professor Sir John Lawton FRS, former chief executive of CEH’s parent organisation, the Natural Environment Research Council, is delivering the lecture, entitled “Environmental science and policy: the case of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. Sir John is currently chair of the Commission, which is being abolished at the end of March as part of Defra’s restructuring of its arms-length bodies. The lecture takes place on the festival's opening day, March 11.
Other highlights of Bangor Science Festival include a talk by former CEH scientist Prof Bob Bunce on Habitat and vegetation monitoring at the landscape scale in Europe, and a visit to Bangor University by Professor John Harries, Science Advisor for Wales.
Opening of new Environment Centre Wales - 15 February 2008