NORA Outreach Group Meetings

Summaries of the bimonthly Working Group Webinars can be found below. Please get in touch with Corina Peter corina.peter@awi.de or the Secretariat if you would like to be informed about future meetings.

Announcement

NORA Outreach Working Group discusses Community Engagement
The meeting will take place on line at 10am CET/9am GMT on Tuesday December 8th. Please contact the Working Group Chair Corina Peter on corina.peter@awi.de if you would like to receive the call in details.

Summarys

Fourth NORA Outreach Group Meeting Summary 08.12.2020

During the fourth NORA Outreach Working Group meeting, Alec Reid of Cuan Beo shared their group’s experiences of engaging with a wide range of stakeholders around Galway Bay, Ireland. Alec provided advice on engagement with stakeholder groups which might otherwise generally be considered, and consider themselves to be in opposition to oyster restoration efforts. In particular, Alec provided insights into how to approach and work with agriculture to address water quality concerns. We also learnt about the work that Cuan Beo has undertaken with schools, providing children with tangible learning outcomes in an adventurous setting. 

During the question and discussion Alec was joined by Noreen Cassidy, a founding member of Cuan Beo. Attendees learnt more about the activities of the Cuan Beo group. So much can be achieved on a shoe string budget if there are champions willing to volunteer their time and energy to running events. The key to public engagement with children is to engage with their natural sense of curiosity and adventure, and to empower them where possible. The example of asking them to develop their own “pledge” statements (commitments they could sign on to) was provided as a successful example of this.

Following the presentation and discussion, the grouped moved on to thinking about public engagement during a global pandemic. Outreach opportunities are few and far between, but the reliance on online access can also provide opportunities. Preparing simple tasks for primary school aged children (colouring, word searches), as well as more involved but creatively based tasks for older children (e.g. stop animation film making) were considered as potential avenues to consider for future collaborative efforts which could be posted on the NORA website. How to inform a wider range of the public of the existence of online materials was identified as a key issue which requires further resolution.


Third NORA Outreach Group Meeting Summary 06.10.2020

Information Boards: Advice from the NORA Outreach Working Group.

During the third NORA Outreach Working Group meeting experts from the UK and Germany shared their experience in developing information boards on the seafront. 

Matt Uttley of the Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative (ENORI) discussed ENORI’s experiences of designing and working towards the installation of a public information board. The process has been longer than expected and further delayed by Covid-19, but final installation is planned this year. Key considerations of the design and planning the build were target audience, board content, location, permissions required and building materials. See the presentation here.

Corina Peter from PROCEED shared her experience in developing Information boards about the oyster and its value for the biodiversity in the North Sea on the island of Helgoland. She will give some insights on the cooperation between research, tourism service, design agency and municipality to produce and set up these information boards. See the presentation here.

The Outreach Working Group developed a useful bullet point guide of factors to consider based on the discussion, which can be found here.


Second NORA Outreach Group Meeting Summary 23.06.2020

Question and Answer session with Dr. Ian McLeod

Following the presentation by Ian McLeod and Simon Branigan, Ian kindly fielded questions from participants. See the presentation here and read the full Q and A here… 

Infographic session

Following on from the Question and Answer session, Celine Gamble of the Native Oyster Network UK and Ireland shared some draft infographics with the group for comment and improvement. The infographics presented are being formalized by a designer for the European Native Oyster Restoration Handbook, UK and Ireland.


First NORA Outreach Group Meeting Summary 21.04.2020

Bringing NORA members together for exchanging outreach experiences: The first NORA Outreach webinar was hosted successfully on April 21st 2020! 

This webinar focused on 1) the introduction of this newly formed group and an outlook on possible future activities presented by Philine zu Ermgassen, 2) the experiences on outreach events at a primary school, conducted by the Blue Marine Foundation and presented by Luke Helmer, 3) the development of educational material for High Schools, specifically in Germany, by the PROCEED project and presented by Corina Peter and 4)  an overview of the current outreach and engagement methods outlined in the draft UK-Ireland Native Oyster Restoration Handbook presented by Celine Gamble, ZSL. 

In the webinar, the working group identified common interests, future collaborations between projects and possible outreach products, which could be developed together and then be provided to everyone on the NORA homepage. Further details can be found below, and you can watch the associated presentaions in the „Video“ section of the Outreach Group website.

Philine – Introducing the NORA Outreach Group

The NORA Secretariat are delighted that Corina Peter (AWI) has proposed chairing a NORA Outreach Group. Bi-monthly meetings are planned, in which participants can share their outreach experiences and learn from one another. The group will also seek to share outreach materials where possible, through the NORA website.

The NORA Secretariat look forward to actively supporting this effort to share experiences and knowledge of oyster restoration outreach. They will also be looking to support outreach activities at the NORA conferences. For the 2020 conference a range of experience sharing opportunities are offered. Participants are invited to share their experiences in a poster, talk, or through a “speed dating” slot. These short presentations are designed to allow projects to introduce themselves and their work, or share news about their project in a friendly setting, or to make calls for data or collaboration. There will also be a “Games Night” at the conference (registration required), where the participants will be facilitated in group working to develop their own oyster-themed educational games for a range of age groups. There is an open call to anyone who wants to assist with the running of, or participate in this session.

Most importantly, the NORA Secretariat extend a warm welcome to the Outreach Group, and thank them for their ongoing efforts to support and educate others about the exciting, important and growing field of oyster restoration in Europe.

Corina 

Video: Corina Peter introduces oyster restoration outreach activities for secondary schools…

Corina Peter is a researcher in the restoration projects RESTORE and PROCEED at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany. Within PROCEED, an active knowledge transfer capacity is being developed, with the goal of utilizing the native oyster and the reefs it forms as an example for the importance of ecological key species and their ecosystem services. This talk focuses on one subject of the outreach work of PROCEED: The development of educational materials which then can be used in (German) High Schools.

PROCEED is supported by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation with funds from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety within the Federal Programme for Biological Diversity (Bundesprogramm Biologische Vielfalt).

Luke 

Video: Luke Helmer introduces oyster restoration outreach activities for primary schools…

Dr Luke Helmer is the Scientific Officer for the Blue Marine Foundation and works on the Solent Oyster Restoration Project. To increase the projects wider impact, the team have been developing lesson plans, online educational material and outreach activities for audiences including primary school children, university students and the general public. In this talk, Luke covers case studies of the classroom-based learning and hands on field trips conducted in association with Wicor Primary School.

Celine

Video: Celine Gamble introduces the UK-Ireland guide to oyster restoration outreach…

Celine is the Coordinator for the Native Oyster Network – UK & Ireland, co-founded by the Zoological Society of London and the University of Portsmouth. The UK Network is currently producing a “Native Oyster Restoration Handbook” in collaboration with NORA, including a chapter on “Engagement and communications for a restoration project”. In this presentation Celine provides an overview of the current outreach and engagement methods outlined in the draft handbook, seeking to share the methods and gain feedback from the NORA Outreach working group.