Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Pollinating wellbeing

Pollinating Wellbeing lead by Dr Beverley Searle, University of Dundee

The Pollinating Wellbeing fora will address the threats to both natural and human health and wellbeing needs the contribution of different voices from academia, policy and practice to facilitate and direct the development of effective, impactful research. The purpose of Pollinating Wellbeing is to identify revolutionary new understandings and approaches to public health which are connected with ecological forms of ‘green engagement’ and aligns intended outcomes in individual’s and communities’ capacity for flourishing (maximising positive emotions and relationships, feeling engaged, finding meaning in life, a sense of achievement and environmental ownership). Our aim is to strengthen and broaden networks to develop a more strategic path to building multi-faceted co-produced research proposals grounded in relevant, contemporary concerns about environmental quality and human wellbeing. Our short-term outcome will be to submit collaborative research proposals; our long-term outcome is to create a multi-disciplinary research capacity for future societal needs.


We would like to invite you to join our ‘Pollinating Wellbeing’ forum, 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 aim of Pollinating Wellbeing is to provide a supportive network in which to develop new initiatives and research grants that draw the links between wellbeing and the environment, with a view to enhancing the capacity of both humans and nature to flourish. The initiative is funded through the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES) Fora.

Please find our Pollinating Wellbeing Event invitation with more details about the networks purpose and aims.
There are also details about our first workshop in September.

With best wishes on behalf of the Pollinating Wellbeing Team
Beverley Searle and Heather Morgan


A Pollinating Wellbeing workshop led by Dr Beverley Searle from the University of Dundee, following a funding award from the Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society (SAGES), will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Dunblane on the 4th & 5th September 2017.

Please refer to the Pollinating Wellbeing Event invitation for registration details.

POLLINATING WELLBEING NETWORK would like to invite you to our workshop;

Towards collaborative, nature based learning and mentoring for communities: the 8 shields model

The event will be held at the Centre for Stewardship, Falkland Estate, Fife on Monday 30 April 2018 from 10am – 1pm.

Further information and registration details can be found here.

Registration deadline: Friday 20 April 2018.

Developing an evidence base of the wellbeing benefits of nature engagement at the University of Dundee on 16 May 2018

A robust overview of the wellbeing benefits of nature engagement is lacking. One hurdle is the rich spectrum by which such effects occur as well as the complexity to capture those effects in meaningful ways. Yet we cannot influence policy on these aspects without providing a strong evidence foundation of best practice and wellbeing benefits.

A thorough review of existing research is therefore needed to avoid duplication in effort and to identify current gaps in both knowledge and areas where only weak or anecdotal evidence exists.

This Pollinating Wellbeing Network workshop aims to develop a strategy for gathering and reporting evidence across a range of stakeholders interested in the wellbeing benefits of nature engagement.

For more information and details of how to register please visit the Eventbrite page.

Green Health and Wellbeing: 09.30-1pm, 13th December 2018, Abertay University, Dundee

This is a joint seminar and workshop between Pollinating Wellbeing and Dundee Green Health Partnership.

This workshop will present some of the ways in which gardening, greening environments and social prescribing are being used to enhance health and wellbeing. Through facilitated discussion we will also explore opportunities for the advancement of new evaluation methodology to measure the effectiveness of local based interventions as well as opportunities for new collaborations to put Scotland at the forefront of research and the practical application of nature based interventions.

Places are limited, to reserve your place please contact Beverley Searle

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