Supporting Communities

As one of Europe's largest environment centres, we are home to large community of academic staff who often take their research and knowledge out to engage with the general public.

Sex, Bugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll

Lancaster Environment Centre staff support this British Ecological Society event which tours UK music festivals such as Glastonbury. From guided bug hunts, looking at different organisms around the festival site, to swabbing festival kit and growing micro bacterial cultures in a petri dish, there are a whole range of different and fun activities to take part in to demonstrate that science in fascinating and fun!

Read more on the BESfest blog.

Campus in the City

Campus in the City is an annual initiative by Lancaster University, which sees us open a pop-up shop in an empty retail unit in the city centre, to demonstrate the vast amount of research conducted here at Lancaster to local residents as well as people from much further afield.

We continue to support this initiative by running events, such as the Sex, Bugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll roadshow and publicising free courses, such as our Food Security MOOC. In addition, we also run drop-in sessions for children to hear about our research and engage with science using Minecraft as part of our Science Hunters project.

Minecraft Club

Science Hunters is a LEC outreach project which uses Minecraft to engage children with science. One of our regular activities is a fortnightly Minecraft Club on campus with the National Autistic Society, which brings together children with autism from the local community to learn about science, meet university staff and students, play Minecraft and develop social communication skills in a relaxed and accessible environment.

EDF Energy Community Day

Along with our colleagues from the other Science and Technology departments, we continue to support the successful community day at Heysham nuclear power station, demonstrating a taster of the research conducted at the Lancaster Environment Centre to visitors of all ages.