The Committee for Heads of Environmental Science (CHES) currently accredits 75 programmes across 26 Higher and Further Education Institutions and has 44 departmental members both in the UK and internationally. Now, more than ever, CHES provides the crucial voice needed in environmental education and since the merger with the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) in 2013 we are presented with a unique and historic opportunity to realise our capacity to influence, shape and enact the future of environmental sciences.
Therefore, at this year’s AGM, we will be presenting sessions to discuss the role CHES has to influencing curriculum, campus sustainability, and to determine what research we should be undertaking.
This event is for CHES members, environmental science lecturers, heads of GEES departments and those interested in environmental education.
10.00 - 10.30 - Registration & Coffee
10.30 - 11.30 - Dr John Hindley, Head of Environmental Strategy, Environment Team - MMU
Campus: What role does CHES have in promoting sustainability on campus, in particular a science-based approach rather than just estate management? How can it use its community of departments to affect positive change?
11.30 - 11.50 - Coffee Break
11.50 - 12.50 - Phil Wheater, Dean of Faculty, School of Science & Environment - MMU & CHES Chair
Curriculum: What role does accreditation play in raising standards and promoting environmental science? How can we use accreditation to help retain key parts of environmental programmes such as fieldwork and laboratory work?
12.50 - 13.50 - Lunch
13.50 - 14.50 - Robert Ashcroft, Publications & Policy Officer - IES
Research: What research should the CHES project office be undertaking into environmental science education that would be useful to the environmental education community.
14.50 - 15.10 - Coffee break
15.10 - 15.25 - Phil Wheater, Dean of Faculty, School of Science & Environment - MMU & CHES Chair
Plenary: What have we learnt?
15.25 - 15.45 - Adam Donnan, CEO - Institution of Environmental Sciences & Interim CEO - The Society for the Environment
Session for new members: What is involved in being a CHES Committee member?
15.45 - 16.30 - CHES AGM 2014