- 15 May 2017
- 10 May 2017
This year I have been lucky enough to receive a Valuing Nature placement to investigate how engaging with the environment in school grounds improves wellbeing of children. Since starting my PhD at the Royal Holloway in 2000, I have been working on conservation status beetle species, starting with the stag beetle. A big part of this work has been carrying out citizen science monitoring projects, helped by members of the public.
- 5 May 2017
This blog was first published on 10 April 2017 at Social Life
In mid-March, Dr Stephen McConnachie joined Social Life on a four-month placement funded by the Valuing Nature Programme. On April 5th, Social Life co-founder, Nicola Bacon, joined Stephen at the launch event for the placement programme. In the first of a series of posts, Stephen explains more about what he’s doing while he is with Social Life.
The Natural Capital Committee (NCC) has published "a practical guide aimed at anyone who wants to use natural capital approaches in making decisions about the natural environment. It is intended to support decision-makers, including planners, communities and landowners, but has particular relevance for place-based decisions."
The NERC-funded Valuing Nature Placement Scheme welcomes the successful award winners and their hosts to the launch event on the 5 April in London. The eight placements cover a broad range of topics within the remit of the Valuing Nature Programme. The placements support the Programme aim of building an interdisciplinary research community capable of working across the natural, biological and social sciences, and the arts and humanities; linking researchers to businesses, policymakers and practitioners.
The Valuing Nature Programme ran a three-day Business Impact School to provide early career researchers with an opportunity to gain insight into producing research with business impact.
Presentations from business speakers and all the 25 early career researchers at the Valuing Nature Business Impact School are now available.
Full details available HERE
- 30 Mar 2017
This is my first ever blog for a Business Impact School. Wish me luck!!
The valuing nature Business Impact School was held in London and required only getting a short flight from Belfast (mind you I thought an early flight seemed like a good idea at the time….until I realised the coffee shop hadn’t opened yet).
The Business Impact School was hosted by Willis Towers Watson at the Willis Building and was located near the top floor where you could see the Thames River and the London eye, (mind you my ears did pop a few times going up in the elevator).
- 29 Mar 2017
During my participation to the Business Impact school (BIS) I had the chance to expand my knowledge regarding issues of nature evaluation as well as meet specialised professionals and PhD students.