This new phase of Operation Earth will enable ASDC to train educators, science communicators and community engagement professionals within our network with the latest ideas, developments and research relating to key programme content areas. It will also train NERC researchers with adaptable demos and techniques that encourage inclusive engagement with environmental science as well as building relationships between Operation Earth science centres and local researchers.
Building on the impressive legacies of Operation Earth 1 and 2, and the strategic partnership with NERC, Operation Earth 2.5 will utilise existing equipment and collaborations, and the expertise of ASDC and the participating science centres, to widen access and bring UK environmental science and research to life - involving and inspiring children and their families across the UK. Key Content Areas will focus on Climate Change and COP26, and also includes Biodiversity, Clean Air and Oceans in a solutions-focussed National STEM engagement programme.
Operation Earth Virtual Training Academy: Sharing the latest in NERC science
About this event
The training academy will focus on the needs of the science centre engagement professionals and NERC researchers attending with updates on the latest NERC science for the key content areas of Operation Earth 2.5:
Climate and COP26
The session will feature live talks from people working in these areas as well as pointers to further resources and activities for busking, shows and workshops and looking at how you can incorporate the latest stories into your delivery.
We are opening up this training academy to not only our 10 partner science centres and museums but to our wider membership that may not have been a part of Operation Earth before and would be interested in learning for about these subject areas to then use in your own exhibitions and outreach especially during the COP26.
We are also inviting NERC researchers to join and share their ideas on these topics and to network and build relationships with their local science centre or museum.
The morning session will run 9.15am to 12.30pm via zoom and will include an update on the programme, key content areas of Oceans, Clean Air, and Biodiversity, an introduction to the mini campaign around COP26, as well several brilliant guest speakers detailed below.
Project Content areas:
Oceans with Hermione Cockburn, Scientific Director, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
Clean Air with Enda Hayes, ClairCity Project and Professor of Air Quality at UWE
Climate and COP26 – NERC will share their role in the afternoon at the Climate Engagement Showcase
Eco Anxiety session with the brilliant Caroline Hickman, Climate Psychology Alliance
Natural History Museum team
Discussing how they developed their advocate engagement framework – inspiring, informing and empowering advocates for the planet
Key elements of the research into Gen Z and Gen Alpha
Key points from ‘Our Broken Planet: How we got here and ways to fix it’ exhibition
There will be break out rooms where science centre and museum public engagement teams will be put into groups with researchers, preferably linked by proximity of location, to enhance opportunities to work together over the coming months and with delivery of the programme and events around COP26.
Attendees will receive the Zoom link for this event the day before.
In the afternoon (2pm - 3.45pm) we will be running aClimate Engagement Showcase alongside a keynote talk about the science of COP26, ASDC will share Operation Earth activities relating to climate, as well as opening up the floor to the wider UK science engagement network who communicate climate science, giving people the opportunity to share their digital, interactive, engaging climate focussed activity with the rest of us.