Published: 28 April 2017

Postgraduates invited to public engagement forum at Ness Gardens

Ness Botanic Gardens

Postgraduate students are invited to the next Public Engagement with Research forum taking place at the Ness Gardens Visitor Centre on Wednesday, 24 May.

The forum provides the University community with opportunities to share best practice in public engagement, as well as to access advice and practical support, and a networking space.

The gardens provide a resource for research programmes across the University of Liverpool.  In recent years, the University of Liverpool has developed its research profile to studies that have significant impact on global policy, the environment, and the lives of people across the world.

The event will open with a short talk by Tim Baxter (Botanist), who will give an overview of the Gardens, and by Education Supervisor Rose Froud, who will outline the current programme of public engagement activities.

During the networking session, there will be a number of displays from research projects taking place at Ness, including:

  • Collaborative research between University of Liverpool and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, looking at mosquito populations in the Wirral area. The project involves collecting mosquitoes from various locations, including Ness Gardens, around the Wirral. There will be a cage of live mosquitoes that visitors can observe, as well as mosquito traps and samples of the various mosquito life stages.
  • A display on “Earth Science in Action day”, which was hosted at Ness Botanic Gardens during international Earth Science in Action week, delivered by staff and students from the University and the National Oceanography Centre.
  • Research from the Institute of Integrative Biology, focused on invertebrate life-history evolution in natural and model ecosystems.

Previously, these events have been effective in bringing together researchers from different parts of the University for new, beneficial collaborations.

The forum takes place from 3.30pm – 5pm on Wednesday, 24 May. Coffee and tea will be available from 4pm to allow for networking and informal discussions.

Postgraduate research students that wish to attend can register for the forum at:



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