New Ichthyosaur Display at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

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Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre will be opening a new display (14th January 2018) of the incredible ichthyosaur that starred in the BBC documentary ‘Attenborough and the Sea Dragon’. The fossil was discovered by local fossil collector Chris Moore. The centre has free entry and is on the beach at Charmouth, one of the best areas to collect fossils on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.  Visit the centre and discover how the pieces of this 200 millions year old murder mystery were pieces together, and take part in guided fossil hunting walks.

British Science Association are looking for Volunteers in new Bournemouth Branch





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The British Science Association are currently in the process of launching a new volunteer branch in Bournemouth, and we are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers to be part of the branch!

This is a perfect opportunity to get involved in organising innovative and exciting events which engage the public with science. If you’re interested, please use the contact link below:

Volunteer form

Bournemouth University Life and Environmental Sciences Collaboration

Promoting Scientific Knowledge and Understanding at Bournemouth University and beyond!

Within Bournemouth University’s Department of Life & Environmental Sciences, students and staff work in partnership to collaborate new knowledge and understanding in many ways, including placements, research assistantships, conference participation and outreach events.

We often collaborate with professional practitioners and this fusion fosters potential for the work having immediate practical benefits as well as being an inspiring way to learn. A new website development showcases this collaboration work and allows you to look at the work the university does and be able to connect with the people involved.

Emerging and Novel Inshore Fisheries: Research and Management

Date: May 17th 2016

Location: Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus, EB303 – Executive Business Centre

Time: 9.00 – 17.00

The increasing presence of non-native marine organisms is usually perceived as a threat to biosecurity and the conservation and protection of native species and habitats. With rising temperatures, and ever-widening global trade and communications, the frequency of introductions and establishment is unlikely to decline. The control of invasive species in open marine systems poses considerable challenges. Yet for a few species, such as Manila clams and Pacific oysters, fisheries might both contribute to management solutions and benefit the economy of coastal regions. Wild capture fisheries can also cause severe disturbances to marine ecosystems. Therefore if fisheries are to be supported in this management role, operations must be carefully considered and evaluated.

The aim of this seminar is to bring together agencies, academics and representatives of the fishing and aquaculture industry to consider three main questions

  1. What can we learn from the history of invasion of marine non-native species of economic value?
  2. What are the threats and opportunities from the ‘invasion’ of potentially valuable marine non-native species?
  3. How can we mitigate potential ecological damage through sustainable harvesting?

Full programme information will be updated shortly

Artists Doing DIY Science: is it really art or science?

Cafe Scientifique

Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Artists and scientists have often found themselves at odds with each other, but the emergence of new relationships and strategies for interdisciplinary working looks set to change that. Andy’s own artistic projects and collaborative initiatives fall within this new way of working. During his talk he will discuss some of his own work including…

Throughout history, artists have capitalised on any new technology and methodology available and have used them as a means of creative expression. Science offers rich pickings for such new technology, but in recent years, a shift in the relationship between art and science means that people are far more inclined to ‘go it alone’ rather than relying on formal collaborations between institutions.

The origins of DIY science and its influence on artistic practices are complex and elusive. Through exploring the emergence of the hobbyist and the beginnings of the maker scene, Andy will consider the social, political and cultural implications of practicing science outside of formal institutions.

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