Public Engagement

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:

Professor Laurence Carvalho talks about Bloomin' Algae, an app for reporting the presence of harmful algal blooms of blue-green algae.
Professor Richard Shore talks about how the Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme helps us to track pollutants in the environment.
Professor Helen Roy discusses the problems caused by invasive non-native species and how data from volunteers is helping to inform surveillance providing an early warning.
Professor Richard Pywell discusses public dialogue around the large-scale field trials designed to find out if neonicotinoid pesticides are a threat to honeybees and wild bees.
Dr Claire Carvell talks about the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme which aims to collect structured data on the status and changes in abundance of our insect pollinators.
Dr Oliver Pescott talks about the National Plant Monitoring Scheme, a UK-wide survey involving amateur botanists and naturalists recording plant abundance.