At the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, we believe that public engagement is essential to ensuring that our research is both relevant and impactful. We are committed to fostering excellent public engagement with our whole research portfolio, in a way that benefits both scientists and publics, in the UK and around the world. We believe public engagement is important to the development, delivery and dissemination of research, and that it should generate mutual benefit.
As an organisation, we aspire to be leaders in specific areas of public engagement. In particular, we want to build on our existing strengths in:
- Citizen science
- Community engagement
- Public dialogue.
Where appropriate, we work with partners to undertake public engagement with research at scale or in depth. We are also active members of a community of public engagement professionals, dedicated to developing best practice.
Read our scientists blog posts about how they are building public engagement into their research:
- Tom August: Computer vision: training computers to recognise different species of flora and fauna
- Dr Andrew Singer: Summer Soilstice Kickoff: asking for citizen science volunteers to send in soil or compost samples from their gardens on the Summer Solstice.
- Dr France Gerard: Preparing the ground for PARAGUAS field work: community engagement in preparation for field science in the paramos of Boyaca, Colombia.