Pollinating Wellbeing

  • Published: 1 Nov 2017

The Pollinating Wellbeing forum is a new collaborative initiative coordinated by the Universities of Dundee and Aberdeen, in partnership with the James Hutton Institute, Keep Scotland Beautiful and Scottish Natural Heritage.

The initiative is funded through the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES) Fora.

Aims and Objectives

The aim of Pollinating Wellbeing is to create a team of people from diverse backgrounds and interests to provide a supportive network in which to develop new initiatives and research grants. We seek to identify practices, processes and outcomes that enhance the capacity of both humans and nature to flourish. This may include creative, revolutionary new understandings and approaches for example relating to public health which are connected with ecological forms of ‘green engagement’.


  • Build, strengthen and broaden stakeholder/researcher networks
  • Submit collaborative research proposals
  • Create a multi-disciplinary research capacity for future societal and environmental needs

Strategic committee

  • Dr Beverley Searle, University of Dundee (Co-Convenor) b.a.searle@dundee.ac.uk
  • Dr Heather Morgan, University of Dundee (Co-Convenor) h.morgan@abdn.ac.uk
  • Clive Mitchell, Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Carole Noble, Keep Scotland Beautiful
  • Dr Kate Irvine, James Hutton Institute
  • Alasdair Hood, Dundee Botanic Gardens
  • Dr Liz Lakin, University of Dundee
  • Dr Chris Connolly, University of Dundee
  • Dr Daniel Clarke, University of Dundee
  • Andy Milligan, DJCAD, University of Dundee
  • Jennifer Williams, University of Dundee
  • Sophie Sherriff, University of Dundee
  • Esther Carmen, University of Dundee

To join the network: please email Dr Beverley Searle: b.a.searle@dundee.ac.uk

Links of interest

8 Shields UK:   

Jon Young is supporting a steering group of people to create an 8 Shields organisation in the UK that will be connected to the International 8 Shields Institute that is based in the USA. They’re inviting contributions to nourish this seed with ideas and dreams of what the remit of the organisation would be.  Add your voice to our plans by filling in our survey.   For more information about 8 Shields UK or to join the mailing list please contact:  Deborah deborah@8sheilds.org


Get fit by doing good:  how to make a difference in your local community by working out: Good Gym and The Green Gym are new initiatives that combine some exercise or energetic activity with community work and volunteering.      

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Young Scot Future Routes Fund:  £20,000 Fund for groups of young people and individuals from across Scotland aged 11-26 who have an idea which will promote Scotland’s stunning nature and wildlife. For more information follow this  link

Round 2 of the Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund is now open for applications and will close on 3 April 2018 at midnight.  More information on eligibility and how to apply can be found here.  Two information evens are being held: 

To register for the Edinburgh event on Tuesday 23rd January (14:00), please follow this link

To register for the Glasgow event on Wednesday 24th January (10:30), please follow this link

If you have any questions about the events or the GICEF, please contact us on greeninfrastructure@snh.gov.uk 

Community Resilience for a 1.5o C World:  This article is available to download free until 4 February 2018.  After this time, or if you have problem using the link please contact Beverley Searle:  b.a.searle@dundee.ac.uk

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