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The future of fieldwork – have your say

5 November 2013

The future of fieldwork – have your say

Fieldwork is an essential part of effective practical work in science and ASE is pleased to support the Field Studies Council’s anniversary events to mark 70 years of inspiring environmental understanding.

Although fieldwork is widely recognised as an important part of every child’s science education, the amount and quality of fieldwork continues to decline. Take part in FSC’s interactive blog discussion over the next month to have your say on your priorities for fieldwork now and in the future. As part of Field Studies Council’s 70th anniversary the FSC and RSA are holding an event on 5 November 2013 considering how the outdoor learning needs of young people over the coming decades can be met. Book online or watch the event live at 6pm here

Event details

The debate will gather together a panel consisting of Maggie Atkinson (England Children’s Commissioner), Kate Jones (Chair of Ecology & Biodiversity, UCL), Jo Twist (CEO at the UKIE, Association of UK Interactive Entertainment) and Jonathon Porritt (Director of Forum for the Future) and an invited audience to reflect on the current approaches to field studies and outdoor learning, but most importantly to identify some possible priorities for future development. Chaired by Matthew Taylor, RSA's Chief Executive, the discussion will:

  • anticipate future needs over the next 70 years extrapolating from the huge political, environmental, social, technological and economic changes that have occurred since 1943;
  • explore ways in which charities such as FSC could refresh or reinvent themselves in the face of such change;
  • identify some practical actions which will enable FSC (and similar outdoor environmental education charities) to position themselves to provide the greatest sustained benefit to the general public.

Have your say

The debate can be viewed or listened to live via RSA’s You Tube channel. FSC and RSA are inviting people to get involved and share views via twitter (hashtag #RSAFSC). You can submit questions during the debate. After that, there will be an interactive blogclick which will be open from November 6th for a month. More information

About FSC and ASE

The Field Studies Council is represented on ASE’s Outdoor Science Working Group (OSWG). For further information on OSWG’s activities, visit