May 2020 Newsletter

It's time for our May newsletter, covering:

  • Tips for providing online training
  • Demystifying Interdisciplinary Working webinar by Valuing Nature - 10 June 2020
  • Webinar programme by Ecosystems Knowledge Network

Online training on environmental economics

How do you run an engaging online training session? Here are some tips from what we’ve learnt:

  • Know who is online – get prior information about their knowledge and experience of the topic via a participant survey
  • Divide 1 day’s training programme into about 4 sessions of no more than 2 hours each
  • Hold 2 sessions per week. It’s better if there is a day between the two sessions, giving trainers a break and participants a chance to digest the new information
  • Ask questions to the participants – simultaneously if the software allows, or in the form of offline exercises
  • Change your tried and tested working group exercises to focus on what matters most -  in less time
  • Recap in just a little bit more detail than you think is necessary (especially if the session is introductory)
  • Present the examples / case studies as stories, especially when the trainer’s is the only face visible in ‘the room’. It's more engaging for the trainer to become a story-teller. points are based on our experience of delivering introduction to environmental economics training to the staff of Defra earlier this month. We have provided such training many times before to Defra and others but this was the first completely online session.

In July, we will be providing another introductory training session – this time for the members of CIWEM (Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management) . We’ll be focusing more on the applications that concern them and it’ll be CPD rated too! The dates are to be announced on shortly.

Demystifying Interdisciplinary Working - webinar by Prof Nicola Beaumont

VNNWhilst interdisciplinary working is universally accepted as challenging, the resultant benefits are equally acknowledged as substantial. For academics it can be stimulating and lead to ground breaking collaborations; for user groups it can radically improve the relevance of answers provided to difficult questions; and for research commissioners it can drive the development of impactful proposals and projects. The Valuing of Nature is notable in requiring research that brings together a variety of disciplines. This need was recognised by the Valuing Nature Programme (VNP) and for the last 5 years a host of interdisciplinary endeavours have been undertaken including projects, workshops, conferences and secondments.

This seminar shares the Valuing Nature Programme experience including the why, what, and how of interdisciplinary working, exploring the benefits, frustrations, barriers, solutions and challenges.  Specific examples are detailed including unique research findings, interdisciplinary processes used, lessons learned, top tips and recommendations for the future.

Whilst a range of VNP activities are drawn upon the VNP funded CoastWEB project provides a focus for this seminar, as a project which brought together 8 different disciplines, coupled with a varied stakeholder network, to research the values and wellbeing benefits of saltmarshes, with an aim of providing tangible and useful outcomes.

CLICK HERE to register now for Wednesday, 10 June 2020, 11am – 12:00 pm

Webinar programme by Ecosystems Knowledge Network

EKNFor five years Ecosystem Knowledge Network has used webinars to engage different groups of people on a variety of topics. Their sessions bring a wide variety of people together, and long may they continue! As one of their corporate partners, we encourage you to sign up and follow their programme and choose them if you want to disseminate your work.

Their two upcoming webinars are on: (1) forming a digitally integrated social and natural capital account on 4 June 2020 and (2) introducing England’s natural capital atlases on 25 June 2020.