Genoveva Esteban and Katie Thompson are excited to announce the launch of a new website, Snapshot Science. They developed this website to virtually showcase the fantastic work of staff and students within the Life and Environmental Science Department (LES) in SciTech. They are will also use this platform as part of a public engagement and outreach event on 9th March 2021 during the British Science Week 2021 along with the WildlifeCraftClub. You can follow The Wessex Portal to keep updated on this new project…and give us a like on Facebook! Thank you to LES staff and students that contributed to the website.
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Public engagement in the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences (LES) has been selected for NERC’s Engage – an online platform dedicated to increasing the impact of environmental research by increasing visibility through blogs. Research associate and PhD researcher Katie Thompson talks about how public engagement projects within LES have continued throughout Covid19 and social distancing (read our blog here). Genoveva Esteban and Katie Thompson were organising a ‘Family Science Fair’ for March 2020 when the global pandemic hit, the lockdown was enforced, and the event had to be cancelled. They turned their outreach efforts to the well-established Wessex Portal, an online platform run at LES with daily public engagement. Their festival activities were adapted through the development of a partner page, WildlifeCraftClub, where they have posted over 150 colouring sheets online for the public to use at home. They were delighted when the Linnean Society collaborated with the WidlifeCraftClub and the society are now showcasing weekly drawings from their archives. They plan to continue online public engagement activities with the launch of a new initiative ‘SnapShot Science’, which will virtually showcase departmental research. Watch this space!
(Images: Atlantic Salmon to celebrate International Year of the Salmon; Heliozoon (a single-celled organism); African elephant; Magnolia flower)
The project team heading the work have invited the public and experts to work together to scope out potential user cases along the four themes identified in the SMART Rural Dorset work. Professor Debbie Holley attended to represent HSS at the event exploring 5G in health, facilitated by Colin Wood and the Rural Connected Communities team at Dorset Council. At the event, there was an ideas generation exercise, followed by team working to map out user case scenarios showing the improvement and benefit 5G would offer rural Dorest in terms of enahncing access to health care.
More information, including a series of videos explaining what 5G is about are available on the project website
FMC Principal Academic, Dr. Ann Luce was invited, along with Prof. Debbie Holley, HSS, to share their respective research during a series of seminars and workshops at the University of Salento, Italy.
As part of of the exchange is building capacity, Dr. Luce was invited to promote her new book and share her significant body of work on suicide and its reporting in the media. Italian sociologists, Prof. Ferdinando Spina and Prof. Marta Vignola invited Dr. Luce to deliver a research symposium to Masters of Sociology students, so they could better understand the role of the media in suicide representations and framing for society at large.
Dr. Luce was able to spend some time with the Director of the Department of History, Society and Human Studies, Professore Ordinario di Geografia Economico-Politica, Fabio Pollice, and presented him with her newly published book, “Ethical Reporting of Sensitive Topics”
Dr. Luce worked extensively with our host, Prof. Enrico Ciavolino, an expert psychometric statistician, who was able to offer advice to Dr. Luce about new methods of interrogating data from social media sites, in collaboration with Prof. Ferdinando Spina, an esteemed sociologist studying criminology and media.
For further information on suicide, ethical reporting, and media, please contact Ann at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Debbie Holley from HSS and Dr. Ann Luce from FMC, recently visited the University of Salento, Italy on an Erasmus exchange. They delivered interactive and creative learning workshops to Masters students in Psychology, Sociology and Statistics as part of the Department of History, Society and Human Studies exchange programme.
The subject for the session was to model methodologies for drawing out sensitive narratives as a possible interview method. The workshop focused on building with bricks, and invited the students to consider and reflect how they would use this in their own work.
Drawing on the appreciative inquiry position, established at BU by Head of Service Excellence, Susanne Clarke and Dr. Curie Scott, programme leader for the PGCert, the students followed the stages of the model and applied it to their own writing practices. Moving on from this, Prof. Holley and Dr. Luce led the students with their professors on a journey through the technology of the future. In this session, students were encouraged to consider the influences of rapid technological change on their futures and the impact this will have on their learning. A hands-on session was provided, with the students having the opportunity to try out firsthand the use of google cardboard and 360 degree video.
For further information on the content of the two workshops, please contact:
Prof. Debbie Holley, HSS: email@example.com
Dr. Ann Luce, FMC: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Debbie Holley and Dr. Ann Luce recently visited University of Salento, in Lecce, in the Puglia region of Italy as part of the BU ERASMUS exchange programme. This is a follow on from a pedagogy/ technology and statistical exchange that started a number of years ago with Prof. Holley’s previous institution. A part of of the exchange is building capacity, and FMC Principal Academic, Dr. Luce was invited to come and share her significant body of work on suicide and its reporting in the media. Italian sociologists, Prof. Ferdinando Spina and Prof. Marta Vignola invited Dr. Luce to deliver a research symposium to Masters of Sociology students, so they could better understand the role of the media in suicide representations and framing for society at large.
Prof. Spina and Dr. Luce exchanged their most recent books and began scoping a research collaboration into looking at cross-cultural representations in British and Italian media.
Prof. Debbie Holley led an interactive seminar around creating narratives in healthcare, using building blocks similar to Lego. Using creative methods, she challenged the students to consider how to work with vulnerable groups discussing sensitive topics. The underlying philosophy was originally developed by Head of Service Excellence, Susanne Clarke and Dr. Curie Scott, programme leader for the PGCert.
Prof. Holley and Dr. Luce led a workshop for Masters in Psychology, Sociology and Statistics students entitled: “Technology Enhanced Learning: Ideas for 21st Century Learners”, which discussed the future of technology and the accelerated speed of change and the implications for students and their future employment. As part of this session, students were invited to interact with google cardboard and to consider co-creation as part of their future learning plan.
In addition to their teaching activities, Prof. Holley and Dr. Luce spent time writing and creating materials for podcasts in collaboration with PhD candidate, Paola Pascoe, who translated and narrated the podcasts in Italian. The podcasts focused on Prof. Holley’s work in augmented reality, and Dr. Luce’s focused on the creation of her new “Responsible Suicide Reporting” model. Both podcasts will be disseminated widely through professional Italian networks by our hosts.
Podcast 1: Prof. Debbie Holley on Augmented Reality
(Italian) available here
(English) is available here
Podcast 2: Dr. Ann Luce on her “Responsible Suicide Reporting” model
(Italian) available here
(English) is available here
For further information about ERASMUS exchanges, please talk to the BU Global Engagement team.
Over the last week, the ‘Sustainable Green Toilet Project’ has begun in Kenya, where excavations have been completed and foundations are now being built. Bournemouth University Research Associate Katie Thompson from the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences (SciTech) is working alongside ACEF (Akamba Children’s Education Fund) charity volunteers and BU students to build the new toilet facility for 800 school children who attend and live at the Brainhouse Academy, in Nairobi, Kenya.
The newer, cleaner toilet facilities will feature a bio digester energy recovery system producing biogas for the school and liquid fertiliser. Innovative research will also be investigated into at this location, including utilising energy from microbial life forms to generate electricity. Katie and the students will be travelling to Kenya in March this year to continue to work on the project. Their work is part of the re-designed Wessex Portal http://www.wessexportal.co.uk/
If you would like to know more about the project and keep up to date with any progress, then follow our blog via: www.wessexportal.co.uk or contact Katie Thompson on email@example.com or Genoveva Esteban firstname.lastname@example.org.
This time in Nepal I noticed for the first time that ordinary people know about Bournemouth. Over the past seven years, since I started at Bournemouth University, I have struggled to explain to taxi drivers, people sitting next to me on public transport, etc. where Bournemouth is situated. This time for the first time I am getting nods and positive signs of recognition. This has little to do with Bournemouth University’s various health and media research collaborations in the country, but it is all to do with The Cherries!
It started last year with Bournemouth’s first successfull year in the Premier League. AFC Bournemouth winning games against some of the top English team during last season has made AFC Bournemouth well-known among many Nepali football fans. So thank you to AFC Bournemouth for no longer having to explain that I work in Bournemouth at Bournemouth University. And that Bournemouth is about two hours away by train from London, southwest of London on the coast to be precise.
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinal Health
On 17 May, The Royal Bournemouth Hospital celebrated the International Clinical Trials Day 2016. The TACIT Trial (TAi Chi for people with demenTia) Team had been invited to give a presentation at this event. Yolanda Barrado-Martín (pictured here) as PhD Researcher working on the trial attended the event and gave a talk on the impact and characteristics of the project. The audience was mainly formed by professionals working at the Hospital, academics, and the principal guest was The Worshipful The Mayor of Bournemouth.
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Last Wednesday, Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) held their fourth annual Open Day. The event marked a new era for BUDI as Dr Jan Wiener and Dr Jane Murphy announced their arrival as the new Head and Co-Head of the Institute, respectively. The event was BUDI’s most successful yet with close to 100 people attending including academics, local practitioners, business, charity and care managers as well as people with dementia and their care partners. This emphasises the great in-roads BUDI continues to make within the local community and the interest that their research is generating.
The event consisted of five presentations delivered by BUDI staff and PhD researchers. Kicking it off, Mary O’Malley, Ramona Grzeschik and Chris Hilton spoke about their project on ‘Wayfinding in Dementia.’ This is fast becoming a specialist area within BUDI after the success of Jan Wiener’s ESRC grant. Following this, Samuel Nyman and Yolanda Barrado-Martin discussed their recently funded NIHR project that aims to use Tai Chi for people with dementia and their care partners. Michelle Heward then outlined the work she has been doing with the local fire service to develop training that enables them to support people with dementia living at home, before Ben Hicks spoke about the innovative ‘Cage Cricket’ project that he is delivering at Hampshire Cricket ground. Finally Rick Fisher concluded the talks by promoting the new BUDI Online Masters Programme that started this academic year. The range of talks highlighted the varied research that BUDI continues to undertake within its remit as a cross-discipline Institute.
The post-presentation activities included a networking and poster session before Michelle Heward closed the event by delivering a Dementia Friends Awareness Session as part of BUDI’s wider aim to ensure Bournemouth becomes a Dementia-Friendly University.
Feedback suggested the event was an enjoyable day out for all those who attended and helped to ensure that BUDI continues to play an integral role in supporting those living with dementia and their care partners within the Dorset County.
‘The event exceeded my expectations – very useful contacts and information about all projects’ (Dementia Practitioner)
‘To see how the university/BUDI is linking with the community and developing ideas to improve things’ (Dementia Practitioner)
On Wednesday 30th September, the Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) hosted a Masterclass on creative approaches in dementia. This was the third in a series of four Masterclasses set for the 2015 calendar year. We provided a day full of information and inspiration on the use of a range of creative activities with people with dementia. The morning included sessions on the importance of engaging people with dementia in creative activities, how much residents in a care home are engaged in meaningful activity on a daily basis, and the use of gardening and nature for wellbeing. As well as presentations from the BUDI team we also benefited from presentations from a professional artist, photographer, poet, and musician.
The afternoon was a series of workshops that gave delegates an opportunity to try out some of the activities and explore how they might facilitate people with dementia and their carers in activities such as music, poetry, visual art, photography, and drama. Such creative arts were used not only to demonstrate how we can engage people with dementia in meaningful activities, and the creative ways that we can make use of the creative arts, but how we can also use the arts to challenge the public’s perceptions of the capabilities of people with dementia.
Feedback from delegates has been very positive and we look forward to providing the next Masterclass in a few months!
Wednesday 2nd December:
Promoting Wellbeing at the End of Life
Report by Dr Samuel Nyman, BUDI
The events were organised by Christchurch and East Dorset County Councils to enable the Dorset business community to hear comments from public and private strategists and investors in Dorset’s economy. Run throughout the month of November a number of staff across the university attended and took part in discussions and round table events in addition to exhibiting alongside partners such as The Dorset Growth Hub and The Dorset LEP.
Guest speakers included : Anna Rosier, Managing Director of Organix – very much a local business success story starting in Christchurch 16 years ago (now based in Bournemouth). Gordon Page, Chair of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership provided an update on the Dorset LEP growth deal and its progression so far. Apart from highlighting the million pounds worth of investment that the LEP has so far secured from central government for the improvement of the Dorset economy, Mr Page also highlighted the need for strong and united partnerships across Dorset in order to secure more funding. He also emphasised the importance of partnership between both public and private sectors in Dorset as an essential element to Dorset’s economic growth and success.
Councillor Claire Bath, Portfolio Holder for Economy for Christchurch and Councillor Simon Tong, lead member for the Economy Growth Plan, also presented at the events. Both Councillors stressed the need for feedback from the Dorset business and general community, so that the long term benefits of the growth investments can be both communicated and realised.
Thank you to Jayne Codling (R&KEO), Claire Main (School of Tourism), Mark Painter (CfE and Business School) , David Parker, Lucy Rossiter (Cyber Security), Norman Stock (SciTech) and Liam Toms (Media School) who took the opportuntity to network with a number of local businesses and highlight how Bournemouth University can support the “Going for Growth” vision.
Academics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands joined fellow researchers at Bournemouth University for a two day workshop on November 6-7. The workshop focused on organizational behaviour and legal development.
Presentations ranged from examining corruption in terms of foreign owned firms paying bribes and organizational wrong doing to legal issues involving IP issues and trademark violations at the London Olympics.
Bournemouth University PhD candidate, Nick Coppola, presented his paper “EU competence in IP matters: the strange case of geographical indications”. Coppola’s presentation explored the division of competencies between the European Union and its member states with regards to an often controversial form of intellectual property.
“I am presenting this paper again to the Italian Association of Agricultural Lawyers November 27 in Rovigo, Italy, so the opportunity to get feedback from colleagues in a smaller forum prior to the conference will help me to respond to potentially difficult questions from subject matter experts,” said Coppola. “Additionally, it was a good opportunity to discuss my paper with professors and peers who take a different approach to law. This has helped me to consider my research from an alternative perspective.”
Legal issues were further addressed when Dr. Lingling Wei presented her joint paper with Erikson about the event specific legislation for mega sporting events. Their paper intersects social sciences discussions with legal analysis.
“I think these interdisciplinary research workshops are a good way to work outside of the restriction of the legal field and have a good interaction with the social scientist,” added Wei.
Organizational behaviour was also explored at the workshop. Erasmus University Rotterdam candidate, Shaheen Naseer, presented her paper “Bureaucratic power and corruption, Imprinting of the past” which gave a contextual overview of how Pakistan’s bureaucracy has been influenced during its time as a British colony.
“The conference was a great opportunity for me to interact with academics from diverse backgrounds,” said Naseer. “The papers were at the forefront of knowledge and the floor discussions helped cross-fertilization of ideas. The conference was held in an atmosphere of collegiality and I enjoyed the great hospitality of the organizers”
Dr. Fabian Homberg, Bournemouth University and Prof. Klaus Heine, Erasmus School of Law, have started these workshops in 2011 as an informal way to foster intellectual exchange and to develop interdisciplinary research projects. This initiative will continue in the future and has also resulted in an ERASMUS+ Agreement between BU’s Business School and Erasmus School of Law which is active since the start of this academic year (2014/2015). This means exchange opportunities for undergraduates, post-graduates and post-graduate researchers and staff are now available between these two institutions.
Coming up Tuesday 2 September, The Scandal of Poverty & Child Mortality in the Western world: Are British children especially disadvantaged?
Where? Café Boscanova, Christchurch Road, Boscombe, BH1 4BP
When? First Tuesday of every month 7.30-9 pm, doors open 6.30pm
What? A free event to explore and debate ideas in science and technology. Come along and get yourself a glass of wine or a coffee and enjoy learning something new!
Can it be true that British children are really worse off than in most other Western countries? These are results that UK and the USA governments would rather not talk about but this event reports the evidence (even if it might offend).
Professor Colin Pritchard, Ph.D.,MA., AAPSW; AcSS; FRSA, Research Professor in Psychiatric Social Work, School of Health & Social Care, Bournemouth University, and, Emeritus and Visiting Professor, Dept of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Southampton.
On Friday 25 January an audience of seventy-five people gathered in the EBC’s airy 2nd floor lecture theatre to hear a distinguished panel of speakers offer their thoughts on social cohesion in Britain, and on whether the idea of ‘multiculturalism’ which has underpinned much policy and practice in recent years has had its day. Critics of multiculturalism argue that it has impeded integration and increased tensions between different cultural groups. The first speaker, Prof. Ted Cantle of the iCoCo Foundation and the University of Nottingham, argued that a new vision – of interculturalism – was necessary, with more emphasis on transnational identities and on social cohesion. Prof. Ann Phoenix of the Institute of Education agreed, while also stressing our capacity for switching between identities across different sectors of life. Jamie Bartlett of the thinktank Demos reported on research into politics and community relations online, where exchanges between different groups seem to lead to greater polarisation. Jasvinder Sanghera of the national charity KarmaNirvana argued that multiculturalism’s tolerance of some cultural values had brought a failure to challenge oppressive practices such as forced marriage. David Aaronovitch of The Times advised careful use of the word ‘multiculturalism’, which has a multiplicity of definitions, and saw greater interaction between groups as the best way to promote social cohesion. The half-day event ended with a lively and rich discussion between audience and panellists.
When: Thursday 6th December, 3.30pm – 6pm
Where: Kimmeridge House, Talbot Campus
Alice is a Professor of Public Engagement in Science for the University of Birmingham and will be giving a 30 minute talk on her views of the importance of public engagement. Following this unique opportunity you will have the chance to hear from academics responsible for some of the best examples of public engagement from BU, including Paola Palma’s work with Marine Activity Days, and a chance to view a taster of the work being done by the Seen but Seldom Heard project. There will be further opportunities in our interactive exhibition space to see more of the fascinating work being done at BU. See the exciting activities run by the AimHigher team with local schools to encourage students to go to university who may never have thought they’d be able to. Colleagues from AECC will also be present talking about the work they do with their research as well as their work with Cafe Scientifique, a monthly event run in Cafe Boscanova, Boscombe, that brings science and technology to the general public. Register now to see all this and much much more! This is a one off event and not to be missed!
3.30pm: Opportunity to explore our interactive exhibition space
4.00pm: Alice Roberts talks on the importance of Public Engagement
4.30pm: BU academics share their experiences of engagement
5.00pm: Enjoy drinks and further opportunity to explore our interactive exhibition