Connecting young people with nature

The University of Brighton is hosting a symposium which will explore the benefits of connecting children and teenagers in the UK with local nature.

The two-day event is co-organised by the University of Brighton’s Dr Rachel White and Royal Holloway’s Dr Deborah Harvey.

It will be held at the University of Brighton’s City Campus on 17 and 18 June and is an opportunity for academics, researchers, educators and students from across the UK to network and share findings.

The focus of the symposium is on children and teenagers from five to eighteen years old. The event will consist of round-table discussions, exhibits, poster sessions and talks.

Dr Rachel White, Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Conservation, said: “Multiple benefits can arise from interacting with the natural world first-hand (such as biodiversity conservation, education, health and wellbeing), yet there are growing concerns that people are becoming increasingly disconnected from nature.

“This interdisciplinary and inclusive event will provide the unique opportunity to showcase and learn from existing efforts aimed at connecting children and teenagers with nature on their doorstop.

“From this, we hope to facilitate collaborations and identify ways to expand upon and scale-up successes to date.”

Registration is now open. The deadline for submitting a 15-minute talk, lightning talk or poster abstracts is 22 March. Further information can be found on the event website here http://bit.ly/2Nmmjye and via the hashtag #YoungNatureUK on Twitter.

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