As part of the programme of activities for FUTURES2020 we are working with the Natural History Consortium to use social media platform Instagram to experiment with ways to engage people with environmental science digitally. This opportunity is currently available to any researcher working on environmental themes and is interested in exploring how to engage people digitally with their work, specifically through social media.
Young people 18-34, are often overlooked when it comes to more traditional environmental science engagement programmes, FUTURESxInstagram aims to engage digitally on a platform and in a space where this group are found, Instagram. Following their successful pilot as part of City Nature Challenge, we're working with the Natural History Consortium to pair researchers with UK-based Influencers to co-create original content to engage this group and users of Instagram and convene discussions that increase dialogue between this group and researchers on environmental science themes. FUTURESxInstagram will take place on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November.
Develop your public engagement skills
Don't worry if you're not confident in social media, involvement in FUTURESxInstagram will be an opportunity to develop or improve your digital engagement skills. You'll be paired with a an experienced social media user and training will be available that helps with idea generation and communications skills.
Spaces are limited if you'd like to participate in this programme, and be allocated on a first come first-served basis. Drop us a line to find out more about the opportunityor send Dean Veall an email to register your interest by Friday 6 November.
Taking place on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November 2020, FUTURES2020 is a European Researchers' Night, and is one of just three UK based projects of the 51 projects in 30 European countries. FUTURES2020 involves researchers from Bath Spa University, University of Exeter and University of Plymouth joining the University of Bath and University of Bristol to showcase their work.
The FUTURES2020 Festival of Discovery will take research directly to the people with digital activities, hands-on experiments, science shows, games, quizzes, competitions, and exhibitions. Researchers will be heading out into shopping centres, botanic gardens, museums, cathedrals, naval vessels, and the streets to share their work.
The Festival is an opportunity for people, of all ages to explore the past and discuss the research that is shaping our future with researchers from the region’s universities as they lead interactive activities and demonstrations across five counties in the South West.
Dean Veall is Deputy Head of Public Engagement