The National Whale & Dolphin Watch is a 9-day event which aims to take a general “snapshot” of what is in UK coastal waters.  There will be observers along the UK coastlines to watch the waters, but anyone can get involved.  For more information, visit the website.  You can see last year’s results here.


Kim Somerville writes on the LOtC website about a new study examining The state of school residentials in England: 2017.  This assesses the quantity and quality of residentials currently delivered in schools and is based on analysis of data from schools and other educational establishments over the last five years.  It’s conclusions were that too many children were missing out on the powerful learning and life experiences residentials offer, with only 20% of children experiencing a residential every year.  Young people in the most disadvantaged communities were the least likely to participate.  More detail here.


The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition aims to recognise and reward young people’s achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and provide them with the opportunity to build their skills and confidence in project-based work.  The Big Bang Competition offers opportunities for more young people than ever to showcase their STEM projects and recognise and reward their achievements. It’s open to all UK residents in full-time education or training (year groups 7-13).  The Finals will take place at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham in March 2019.  Further details here.


There’s a forthcoming Routledge book on storytelling and sustainability that is looking for a good green chemistry story.  If you know of a story (fictional or non fictional) about chemistry, or you know of any storytellers who might like to have a go at writing one, contact Heather Luna at:

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