University of Portsmouth Environment Network

Public Engagement

The University of Portsmouth has a very strong commitment to public engagement and community outreach activities as a proud part of the City of Portsmouth. To us, Public Engagement represents a dialogue between the University and the public, civic and business communities. We place a high importance on this activity working in partnership to support and influence the economic, educational and cultural life of the City. The shared space created by public engagement activity provides an environment where we can communicate and build relationships with the public, external collaborators, partners and stakeholders.

What does this mean in practice?

The University of Portsmouth Environment Network hosts a number of events open to the public and business communities. These usually take the form of public research lectures, film screenings, open days, conferences and facilities tours. We strive to work with the community to co-create and inform research projects. This supports continuing University efforts to share our work with the public whilst inviting ideas, participation, conversations and interest in Sustainability and the Environment at Portsmouth.

University wide Community and Public Engagement:

In addition to events related to Sustainability and the Environment, public events are frequently held by various departments across the Univeristy. Please find more details below including how to get in touch with key contacts.

Day of reckoning for marine invaders

Volunteers are being asked to help track an alien invasion taking place around the UK’s coastline, including here, in Portsmouth. For centuries, marine species have moved around either by hitching ride on the hulls of ships or as stowaways in ballast water. In many cases, species have been deliberately introduced for commercial purposes. Now, a national campaign to record non-native marine species is taking place to map non-native marine species to help scientists understand the impact they are having on the coastal environment.

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Giant musical installation brings life to disused public space

A neglected and forgotten space in the city has been transformed into a place for music and fun. The ‘Sound Garden’ has been created inside one of the city's underpasses in the Somerstown area of the city. Old musical instruments, broken or disused objects including pans, plastic tubes, road cones, hose-pipes, plastic bin drums and old timber have all been reused and recycled to create an orchestra of junk sounds. 



A Plastic Ocean Free Public Film screening

UPEN recently welcomed over 150 guests to a free public film screening of 'A Plastic Ocean'. This adventure documentary follows an international team of adventurers, researchers, and Ocean ambassadors on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine Ocean.

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Public Events and Lectures

View the latest event that the University of Portsmouth has to offer, including public lectures and live music. These events are open to everyone to attend.

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Pint of Science Festival 2017

The Pint of Science festival aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – all in the pub! The University of Portsmouth has taken part and hosted the Pint of Science festival in Portsmouth since 2016.

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Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique Portsmouth is held at Café Parisien every last Tuesday of the month. Each month we invite a speaker to give an informal talk about their work, followed by a lively question and answer session. The café attracts a diverse public audience and participation is free and open to all.

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Capturing our Coast

This is the largest citizen marine science project ever undertaken to help monitor and protect marine life around the UK’s coastline. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project is designed to establish a baseline so scientists can better understand how the marine environment is responding to global climate change. The results will inform future policy and conservation strategies.

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More information: 

In addition to the information below, our Academic departments have outreach and public engagement coordinators who can help advise on public engagement activity in their specific subject areas. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.