Boost your nature knowledge this Earth Day with Biodiversity Literacy Training

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Since its launch in October, 100 per cent of participants have said they would recommend the University’s Biodiversity Literacy Training – the first course of its kind to be offered by a UK university.

Our planet is home to a breathtaking variety of life, whose delicate relationships we rely on for food, clean water and a stable climate. Human activity is threatening global ecosystems, and Scotland is among the most nature-depleted countries in the world. 

The University has committed to restoring nature through its teaching, research, operations, and across our campus. This training includes an online tutorial and an interactive session that explores: 

  • What biodiversity is, and why the biodiversity crisis is such an urgent challenge.
  • How we depend on nature and biodiversity.
  • The steps being taken to protect nature at the University and beyond.
  • How you can take action. 
Staff and students enjoy a guided nature walk at Pollock Halls during Welcome Week Neil Hanna

One participant said: “I liked that the training was broken down into a self-study and an interactive element. It allowed time to reflect but also to engage with the content.” Another added: “It was fun, engaging and a great level of interaction.”

Georgia Law, Biodiversity Programme Manager at the University’s Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, said:  “We’ve designed the training to give colleagues the opportunity to reflect on what nature means to them and to be as interactive and collaborative as possible. There’s huge potential for us to transform our University into a more nature-rich space to work and study, and we want to empower colleagues and students to be part of that.” 

The course can be taken as an individual or sessions can be booked specifically for a team or department. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the course. 

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Begin your biodiversity literacy journey today, and register now to join sessions in April and May.

Biodiversity Literacy Training | The University of Edinburgh