RENEW Biodiversity Event – Perspectives on personalised ecology

A person out in nature enjoying the the weather

Event Information

This event is a collaboration between the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), at the University of Exeter, the RENEW Project and Biodiversity and People network.

Each of us has a personalised ecology, a set of direct interactions with the natural world that change through the day, the week, the season, and across our lifetimes. The scale and composition of these interactions vary greatly between people and are shaped by opportunities, capabilities and motivations. These personalised ecologies have a wide variety of impacts both for the individual concerned and for responses to the biodiversity crisis. Here we bring together a diversity of perspectives on personalised ecology and its importance.


10.00am Tea/ coffee

10.30am Welcome and Introduction

Professor Kevin J. Gaston (Environment and Sustainability Institute)

11.00am Ethical perspectives on the extinction of experience*

Professor Catriona McKinnon (Politics)

11.30am Finding home in the tin slimes: Gt Wheal Seton Settling Tanks as a place of ecological and poetic revelation*

Dr John Clarke (English)

12.00pm Coastal environments, health, and well-being*

Dr Lewis Elliott (European Centre for Environment & Human Health)

12.30pm Personal Ecologies: Perspectives from the People’s Assembly for Nature*

Alex Hunt (National Trust)

01.00pm Lunch

*20 mins talk + 10 mins Q&A session

More information to follow.

This event will be held at the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter on Penryn Campus.  It will be a hybrid event and interested participants outside the ESI can join us on MS Teams if they prefer. Please email for the link.