March 2018

Biodiversity Sprint – Launch Workshop

The Ensemble team is now shifting their focus from digital technology and flood risk management to digital technology and biodiversity. To launch our new ‘sprint’ we held a workshop at Brockholes in Preston, on the 12th and 13th March, with a number of guests and experts from across the country. The aims of the workshop were for guests to better understand the work and research goals of Ensemble, but crucially it was an opportunity for the team to better understand some of the limitations and challenges that biodiversity experts face.


Day 1:

The first day’s emphasis was guests getting to know one another and the team. Gordon Blair shared the vision and overview of the research fellowship, which was followed by presentations from the team about their work so far, as well as their research aspirations for the biodiversity sprint. In the afternoon, guests were encouraged to start identifying areas of frustration, barriers or share some of their hopes with the team. This expert knowledge is crucial for the team to be able to research solutions to real and current issues.


Day 2:

Having established a clearer picture of challenges in the biodiversity community, day two’s focus was to start developing project ideas for the team to research into and address over the next few months. By the end of the workshop five strong project ideas had emerged.


What’s next?

The next step for the team is to consider each of the projects put forward during the workshop and determine which best align with their research aims, fit within the timings of the Fellowship and will have significant impact to the biodiversity community. Once the projects have been identified the team will be creating project plans and continuing to work closely with the partners at the workshop, as well as those who are keen to get involved as the work progresses.

The biodiversity sprint will run through until February 2019 and will be followed by a sprint researching into digital technology and soils.

Author: Esther Carrington