“The Nature of Food” Public Engagement opportunity at the BBC Good Food Show
In new a partnership, led by Lancaster University, between the British Ecological Society and N8 AgriFood programme we will be breaking down the barriers between agri-food researchers and the food-consuming public by running a lively and interactive exhibit at the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham 14-17 June 2018 (not Harrogate as previously planned).
Under the theme “The Nature of Food”, we are looking for researchers to take part and discuss the contribution of ecology and agricultural sciences to the production of the food we eat. There will not be many other ‘science’ focused stands at the show, so we have a great opportunity to engage with the audience there, being a good dose of research amongst all that lovely food!
We plan to take as many researchers as we can and embed their research within the interactive exhibits we develop. For this, we will be running a training day on 12th February at Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University to develop activities to take along, followed by a demonstration day in March at British Ecological Society Headquarters in London to get feedback.
There is more detail on the website: https://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/learning-and-resources/public-engagement/events/good-food-show-2018
where you can also access the expression of interest form that anyone who would like to be involved is asked to complete and return to Linda Birkin Linda@britishecologicalsociety.org by 2nd February.
Please do pass this around to colleagues or friends in appropriate sectors who you think might be interested.
Linda Birkin – Public Engagement at British Ecological Society (Linda@britishecologicalsociety.org)
Ali Birkett – Research Coordinator at Lancaster Environment Centre
1. Do I need to be able to commit for the full four days of the BBC Good Food Show event?
Don’t let the length of the event hold you back from applying to be involved. It may not be necessary for any team member to commit to the whole four days if we have enough volunteers.
2. Am I eligible to apply?
We are looking for researchers whose work fits with the theme “The Nature of Food”. We are looking for anyone who considers themselves to be a researcher – as part of the purpose is to break down barriers between researchers and ‘public’ – but we are keen to include team members from both the natural sciences and those that bridge the social-ecological sciences link in food production/supply research.
3. Will costs be covered?
All team members will have their travel and accommodation costs in Birmingham covered as part of the project.