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Protecting our thriving planet – a “Pint of Science” event

In this “Pint of Science” festival event, four speakers from the University of York and York St John University will explore issues that currently plague our planet and pose some potential solutions. SEI York’s Smriti Safaya will present “York vs. the World: How did York do in the City Nature Challenge?”

13 May 2024
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Every April for the last eight years, tens of thousands of people around the world have taken part in global City Nature Challenge, trying to find and identify as many types of plants and animals as they can in their city over the course of four days. From 26 – 29th April 2024, the city of York participated for the first time, led by three organizers from the University of York.

The City Nature Challenge is run as a friendly competition, with live leaderboards for cities around the world and within individual countries. So, how did York do? What types of birds, trees, mammals, flowers, insects, fungi and other wildlife did we see? Why does it matter for the people of York? And, what happens next? Come and hear Smriti reveal all!

There will be three other talks as part of this event:

  • Helen Mylne – A little help from my friends: Do male elephants work together in response to danger?
  • Krishna Sharma – Clean and Green: Rethinking Chemistry
  • Sabina Musiaɫ – Algae for the rescue!

Pint of Science is a worldwide science festival which brings researchers to local pubs, cafes and other public spaces to share their scientific discoveries with the anyone interested. This year, in the UK, it takes place across 41 towns and cities 13-15 May.

Smriti Safaya is an SEI affiliated researcher and a Croucher Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow working in Environmental Sustainability at the University of York between the Environment & Geography, and the Education departments. She is part of SEI York’s citizen science research group.

Smriti Safaya


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Land : Cities, Ecosystems
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