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THE 2020 FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
DIGITAL-FIRST EVENT 7-15 NOV 2020
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Conversations at a time of emergency

11th November 2020 18:00-19:30
Talk/Webinar

About this event

An engaging panel discussion & podcast series bringing together experienced practitioners and researchers from the fields of social science

About this Event

Conversations at a Time of Emergency is part of the 18 month South West practitioner facing project ‘Education at a Time of Emergency’. Both projects are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, led by Professor Stewart Barr, and hosted by the University of Exeter’s Geography Department.

We recognise that at a time of climate and ecological emergency, environmental education practitioners are looking to innovate effective approaches and methodologies to encourage engaged citizenship and pro-environmental behaviours. Together these projects will provide environmental education practitioners with a platform for engaging with social science through a series of events, peer support and mentoring.

As part of this year’s ESRC Festival of Social Science, we will bring together a variety of perspectives to consider the role of environmental education and how we can best support the sector. An online panel discussion and immersive podcasts will bring together experienced researchers and practitioners from the field of behavioural change science, with a view to generating a robust theoretical and practical foundation for the new project.

The following thematic areas will be explored:

1. Nature Connection – current challenges and opportunities; stories from the field

2. Communication – what we can learn from the social sciences to become better equipped for the current emergencies

3. Foundations for change – bridging social science theory and applied best practice for effective responses

How can we help environmental education to become effective at providing learners with experiences, knowledge and competencies which matter in today’s changing world?

We have invited a selection of researchers, communicators and practitioners to share their insights and experiences in these areas in the hope of learning from one another, and being these ideas to bear upon environmental education at a time of emergency.

Our first event is an online panel discussion on the 11th of November at 6pm – 7:30pm.

Our speakers include Tom Crompton, Caroline Hickman and Robin Webster.

The event is hosted by Professor Stewart Barr.