Investing in the future of science: UK environmental science engagement

Investigating engagement of UK school-aged children with environmental science, both pre- and post the COVID-19 pandemic.

School-age children are a key stakeholder in science engagement. This project will identify projects and institutions nationally which are conducting outreach and engagement for environmental science with school children. 

Currently, there is no national overview of where institutions are conducting environmental science outreach and engagement with school children. The objectives of this project are to address this knowledge gap by identifying who is carrying out excellent public engagement with environmental science research which is aimed at school children, identify areas of environmental science that are represented and where further engagement is needed, assess which projects are most successful and highlight examples of good practice for the wider community to learn from. 

Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, initial research was undertaken immediately prior to the first UK lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic. Further research, funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry, is exploring the impact on the pandemic of environmental science engagement in the UK.