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SocNatSci Student Journal

In this year’s annual student conference the Society launched a student journal – this is a great opportunity which we are excited to announce.

Students can publish work carried out in their undergraduate projects, maximising dissemination of their research in the Natural Sciences and giving them a platform to further strengthen their CV and develop a research-focussed career. Submissions are welcome from any student carrying out their project in the Natural Sciences, with multi-, cross- and interdisciplinary work being particularity sought.

Please see here for more details. We look forward to seeing this journal grow in the coming years!

Social Media Summer Internships

The Society for Natural Sciences is a professional body for scientists, educators and students who work across the disciplinary boundaries in science. It exists to encourage collaboration and the sharing of ideas among its members, share best practice for science education and interdisciplinarity, represent interdisciplinary science in education policy and promote the benefits of interdisciplinary science to prospective students, educators and industry.

This social media interns role is to support society activity on social media by generating ideas for content and producing content which can support our work to promote interdisciplinary science to prospective students, raise the profile of natural sciences and interdisciplinary science as a whole and raise the profile of the society and the work that it does.

The Society for Natural Sciences are looking for a few enthusiastic Natural Sciences students from one of our member institutions to help us to raise the profile of the work of the society and Natural Sciences. The role will entail regular online meetings with our Social Media Manager to discuss, plan and generate ideas for content and then independent work to create static and video content which can be used on our social media channels. The Social Media Interns will also take an overview of our digital presence and make suggestions for improvements and development.

Please see here for more details.

e-Seminar “Experiences in interdisciplinary learning: from studying Molecular Sciences to the Head of Natural Sciences

Our May Society for Natural Sciences Learning and Teaching e-Seminar: “Experiences in interdisciplinary learning: from studying Molecular Sciences to the Head of Natural Sciences” will be delivered by Tharin Blumenschein (University of East Anglia) and will take on Thursday 26th May 2022 from 12.00-12.50. Please register via this event link to receive joining details prior to the event.

The Society for Natural Sciences Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Group host a series of monthly lunchtime online seminars to support dissemination and discussion of best practice in an interdisciplinary science education. These informal webinars take place online from 12.00-12.50 on the final Thursday of each month and start with an introductory presentation from a member of the network followed by question and answers/discussion. They are open and free to attend (for both members of the Society and non-members)- so do feel free to extend this invitation to colleagues!

 SNS PedR/SoTL group (pedr@socnatsci.org)

e-Seminar: Experiences in interdisciplinary learning: from studying Molecular Sciences to the Head of Natural Sciences

Our May Society for Natural Sciences Learning and Teaching e-Seminar: “Experiences in interdisciplinary learning: from studying Molecular Sciences to the Head of Natural Sciences” will be delivered by Tharin Blumenschein (University of East Anglia) and will take on Thursday 26th May 2022 from 12.00-12.50. Please register via this event link to receive joining details prior to the event.

The Society for Natural Sciences Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Group host a series of monthly lunchtime online seminars to support dissemination and discussion of best practice in an interdisciplinary science education. These informal webinars take place online from 12.00-12.50 on the final Thursday of each month and start with an introductory presentation from a member of the network followed by question and answers/discussion. They are open and free to attend (for both members of the Society and non-members)- so do feel free to extend this invitation to colleagues!

 SNS PedR/SoTL group (pedr@socnatsci.org)

E-Seminar – An open-ended interdisciplinary lab

Our April Society for Natural Sciences Learning and Teaching e-Seminar: “Scientific case-building as a learning objective: using an open-ended interdisciplinary lab to teach rhetoric” will be delivered by Dr John Pearl (University of Leicester) and will take on Thursday 28th April 2022 from 12.00-12.50. Please register via this event link to receive joining details prior to the event.

The Society for Natural Sciences Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Group host a series of monthly lunchtime online seminars to support dissemination and discussion of best practice in an interdisciplinary science education. These informal webinars take place online from 12.00-12.50 on the final Thursday of each month and start with an introductory presentation from a member of the network followed by question and answers/discussion. They are open and free to attend (for both members of the Society and non-members)- so do feel free to extend this invitation to colleagues!

 SNS PedR/SoTL group (pedr@socnatsci.org)

e-Seminar – Systems thinking approaches to interdisciplinary learning for sustainable development

Our March Society for Natural Sciences Learning and Teaching e-Seminar: “Systems thinking approaches to interdisciplinary learning for sustainable development” will be delivered by Dr Glenn Hurst (University of York) and will take on Thursday 31st March 2022 from 12.00-12.50. Please register via this event link to receive joining details prior to the event.

The Society for Natural Sciences Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Group host a series of monthly lunchtime online seminars to support dissemination and discussion of best practice in an interdisciplinary science education. These informal webinars take place online from 12.00-12.50 on the final Thursday of each month and start with an introductory presentation from a member of the network followed by question and answers/discussion. They are open and free to attend (for both members of the Society and non-members)- so do feel free to extend this invitation to colleagues!

 SNS PedR/SoTL group (pedr@socnatsci.org)

e-Seminar: What can pandemic policies such as no-detriment tell us about awarding gaps?

Our February Society for Natural Sciences Learning and Teaching e-Seminar: “What can pandemic policies such as no-detriment tell us about awarding gaps – a discussion of the data!” will be delivered by our society chair Prof Nicky King (University of Exeter) and will take on Thursday 24th February 2022 from 12.00-12.50. Please register via this event link to receive joining details prior to the event.

The Society for Natural Sciences Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Group host a series of monthly lunchtime online seminars to support dissemination and discussion of best practice in an interdisciplinary science education. These informal webinars take place online from 12.00-12.50 on the final Thursday of each month and start with an introductory presentation from a member of the network followed by question and answers/discussion. They are open and free to attend (for both members of the Society and non-members)-so do feel free to extend the invitation to colleagues!

SNS PedR/SoTL group (pedr@socnatsci.org)

The Society for Natural Sciences announces the accreditation of UK degree programmes

24th January 2022

The Society for Natural Sciences is delighted to announce the first group of institutions whose degree programmes they have accredited. These programmes have achieved the standards set out in the Society’s accreditation framework and are recognised as offering outstanding quality interdisciplinary science education, providing students with excellent learning opportunities and skills development to prepare them for future careers in research, education, business or industry.

Professor Nicky King, Chair of the Society for Natural Sciences says,

We are proud to have implemented this first of its kind interdisciplinary accreditation scheme, which is already improving the way interdisciplinary science is taught in the UK. We’re delighted for all those successful institutions and hope this is just the start of a rewarding partnership with them, and others who apply in the future, to continue to raise both standards and opportunities for studying interdisciplinary science in the UK.”

Programmes at the following institutions have achieved accreditation by the Society for Natural Sciences:

University of Bath

University of Birmingham

University of Exeter

Keele University

University of Leeds

Loughborough University

University of Nottingham

The Open University

UCL

University of York

Interdisciplinary Perspective E-Seminar

We’re delighted to launch of 2022 programme of e-seminars the first of which will be delivered by Derek Raine from the University of Leicester. His seminar  “This is what we believe – a perspective on interdisciplinarity” will take on Thursday 27th January 2022 from 12.00-12.50. Please register via this event link to receive joining details of the event.

The Society for Natural Sciences Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Group host a series of monthly lunchtime online seminars to support dissemination and discussion of best practice in an interdisciplinary science education. These informal webinars take place online from 12.00-12.50 on the final Thursday of each month and start with an introductory presentation from a member of the network followed by question and answers/discussion. They are open and free to attend (for both members of the Society and non-members)-so do feel free to extend the invitation to colleagues!

SNS PedR/SoTL group (pedr@socnatsci.org)

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