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Date: Thursday 20 June 2024  

Time: 09:30–12:30

Venue: L33 G12, Institute of Education, London Road Campus

Booking: Free to attend – booking required. Open to all.

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About the event

Join us for a buzzing half-day event dedicated to our unsung heroes – the pollinators!

Action for Pollinators is your chance to dive into the fascinating world of bees, butterflies, and other tiny-winged wonders, and to discover their pivotal role in combatting climate change. 
Here’s a glimpse of what awaits:

Awareness and understanding: Discover why pollinators matter! Learn about their vital role in mitigating climate change and sustaining our ecosystems.

Inspiring action: Get empowered! We’ll share practical ways to protect pollinators and make a positive impact on our planet.

Showcase and insights: Explore projects by passionate NGOs, school leaders and find out more about the Climate Education and Sustainability ITE Framework produced by the Institute of Education. See how education drives change!

Interactive sessions: Engage in workshops, exhibitions and talks led by experts. From beekeeping to butterfly gardens, there’s something for everyone.

Community connection: Connect with fellow participants, teachers, and practitioners. Together, we’ll create a buzz for a greener future.

Who should attend?

University of Reading staff and students: Expand your knowledge and appreciation of pollinators. Be part of the change!

Local primary and secondary school colleagues: School mentors and ITTCos, this is your chance to inspire and collaborate.

Practitioners and community members: NGOs, charity organisations, and climate enthusiasts – let’s unite for pollinator conservation!

Who is involved?

The event is a collaborative effort– from the Institute of Education, the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science and the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) – to unveil our sustainability allies, through a range of interactive activities and presentations!

What will I get to do?

During the event, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a series of workshops, interactive activities, informative displays and hear about real-world case studies. Explore projects by NGOs, such as Pollinating London Together, and hear from our esteemed guest Dr Heather Barrett-Mold, Vice Chair of Pollinating London Together (PLT), a Chartered Scientist, Horticulturist, and Environmentalist, who will discuss the vital role of pollinators and the actions we can all take to protect and support them.

What’s in it for me?

After you have attended the event, we hope you’ll be leaving with an increased knowledge and appreciation of pollinators and feel inspired and more confident to take and share actionable steps towards sustainable living and protecting pollinators!  We hope you will also benefit from this opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and feel part of a wider community of collaborators. 


Time  Activity  Venue 
09:00-09:30 Registration and refreshments L33, G01 


Dr Jo Anna Reed Johnson, Institute of Education

L22 G01


Dr Heather Barrett-Mold, Pollinating London Together

L22 G01
10:20-10:45 Student presentations L22 G01 / L29 G01
10:45-11:00 Break  
11:00-12:30 A range of workshops, activities and displays from University of Reading colleagues and schools. Bee Meadow, L29 G01, L33 G01