Innovolvement: Urban Ecosystems Event

Innovolvement hosted their 2nd event recently focusing on the ‘Urban Ecosystem’ and integration of habitats into the city environment.

Innovolvement is an environment that aims to promote transdisciplinary engagement for students, staff and the local community on important issues led by the CCI Enterprise and Innovation team.

The session hosted guest speakers followed by question and answer sessions, and encouraged discussions on the methods and benefits of introducing habitats back into the city.

Chaired by Carolyn Watt, CCI Enterprize and Innovation Research Assistant and first year PhD candidate at the University of Portsmouth,the evening attracted both staff and students across faculties.

Event speakers comprised Art Consulting, who talked about their work in Artecology and the positive role of the built environment in urban ecosystems; Jess Hodges, an Ecology student at the University of Brighton whose dissertation looked at the effect of the urban environment on the behaviour of cats; Dr Silvio Caputo, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Portsmouth talking about the rise of Urban agriculture; Linda Hewett, director of Berts Hedgehog Retreat, who explored making gardens more friendly to hedgehogs in the area; and lastly Steve Jones, head of fundraising at ORCA, one of the UKs leading marine conservation charities.

With such a fantastic variety of speakers, the event covered many topics and sparked debates that will hopefully lead to further projects in the future.

To get involved with future Innovolvement events, keep up to date by joining the Facebook group, here and follow the CCI Enterprise and Innovation team on Twitter @InnovationCCI

The next event takes place Thursday 23rd March 5pm and explores mental health and benefits of participating in group sport activity. Please find out more details and register online here.

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