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Children playing a board game on urban diversity at the BiodiverCITY Exhibition of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

This Spokes collection brings together articles exploring the intersection of sustainability and science engagement. It covers questions such as: what can science engagement organisations and professionals do to foster more sustainable futures? How can we frame so-called "wicked problems" such as biodiversity loss or climate change? How can we effectively engage audiences in dialogue on these? Do we need to take a stance? Can we partner up with oil companies? What can we do in practice in our work environments and communities?

Keywords

  • sustainability
  • #SDGs
  • wicked problems
  • climate change
  • environment
  • green

Feature articles

In Depth
Globe

Feature article by Julie Becker published in Spokes #46, November 2018

Tools for science engagement professionals faced with the daunting task of saving the world| Estimated reading time: 29 minutes
Category:
Education & learning
Keywords:
Spokes, sustainability, climate change, behavioural psychology
In Depth
Credits: Manchester Museum

Feature article by Julie Becker published in Spokes #47, December 2018

New paths to engage audiences with big issues| Estimated reading time: 35 minutes
Category:
Education & learning
Keywords:
sustainability, climate change, behavioural psychology, Spokes
In Depth
Action run by the Natural History Museum of Aarhus, Denmark, as part of the citizen science project "Rethink Urban habitats".

Feature article by Justin Dillon published in Spokes #29, April 2017

Science education and environmental education need to converge, Dillon argues - and the science engagement sector can play a crucial role.| Estimated reading time: 15 minutes
Category:
Education & learning, Topics in science
Keywords:
wicked problems, civic science, environment, environmental education, sustainable development, Spokes
In Depth
Liberate Tate stages a protest at Tate Britain (2011). The group aimed to end the Tate’s corporate sponsorship with British Petroleum. Tate and BP have since parted.

Feature article by Robert R. Janes published in Spokes #17, March 2016

Museum scholar-practitioner Robert Janes urges museums to take a stance on climate change| Estimated reading time: 19 minutes
Category:
EU and governance, Topics in science
Keywords:
climate change, neutrality, taking a stance, sponsorship, oil companies, manifesto, Spokes
Column

Feature article by Ian Blatchford published in Spokes #24, November 2016

Museum Director Ian Blatchford responds to criticism of new interactive gallery sponsored by an oil company
Keywords:
sponsorship, shell, partnerhsip, corporate
Lookout
UN stand / UNRIC at European Development Days, 6-8 June 2017, Brussels. 'You are the policy maker' says the campaign banner, reflecting the Sustainable Development Goals' bottom-up approach.

Interviews published in Spokes #34, October 2017

Why this planetary mobilization is beautiful - and why the science engagement community should care and act.| Estimated reading time: 13 minutes (3-4 min per interview)
Category:
Education & learning, EU and governance
Keywords:
sustainable development, SDGs, UN, ISCSMD, #SCWS2017, Spokes
Lookout
MUSE. Roberto Nova. Archivio MUSE Museo delle Scienze

Interviews published in Spokes 77, January 2017

What does it take to run your organisation more sustainably? Four Ecsite members share their learnings to open a network-wide discussion| Estimated reading time: 18 minutes (3-5 min per interview)
Keywords:
sustainability, sustainable development, operations, Spokes
Lookout
Rewilding fountains in Aahrus

Interviews published in Spokes #41, May 2018

Inspirational case studies for upcoming #EUGreenWeek| Estimated reading time: 18 minutes (3-5 min per interview)
Category:
EU and governance
Keywords:
#EUGreenWeek, cities, sustainability, Spokes
In Depth

Feature article by Michael Peter - Christopher Garthe published in Spokes #6, December 2014

The concept of sustainable development offers viable approaches to tackle global challenges
Keywords:
Spokes
Column
Science Centre World Summit, 15-17 November, Tokyo, Japan. #SCWS2017

Feature article by Dr. Mamoru Mohri published in Spokes #33, September 2017

Join the Science Center World Summit in Tokyo, Japan, on 15-17 November
Keywords:
#SCWS2017, SDGs, sustainability, Tokyo Protocol, Spokes
In Depth
bioeconomy strategy graphic

Feature article by Gilles Laroche - In conversation with Raquel da Cunha published in Spokes #12, October 2015

The European Commission is investing in the Bioeconomy sector and there will be a role for public engagement organisations in this field - get on board!| Estimated reading time: 8 minutes
Category:
EU and governance, Topics in science
Keywords:
bioeconomy, #h2020, Horizon 2020, european commission, Spokes