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Sensing Nature: Wellbeing with nature and sight impairment

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Wellcome Collection

183 Euston Road

London

NW1 2BE

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This one-day event will share key findings from “Sensing Nature”; a two-year research project examining how people with varying forms and severities of sight impairment experience a sense of wellbeing (or otherwise) in diverse types of nature during the life course.

The overall aim of the project, which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, is to improve the way we understand, enable and promote more positive, inclusive multisensory nature experiences amongst adults with sight impairments, regardless of their life stage (visit www.sensing-nature.com for more details).

This event will share project findings, as well as showcasing and raising awareness of other key research and practical initiatives and ventures from across the country that are encouraging and facilitating genuinely inclusive nature experiences amongst people with sight impairment.

Attendees will include a mix of people from across policy, practice and research, including environmental and conservation organisations, built environment professionals and the people working within the eye health and sight loss sector.

The Wellcome Collection venue is fully DDA compliant and welcomes assistance/guide dogs.

Programme

9.30: Registration with tea/coffee

10.15: Welcome and aims of the day – Chair, Professor Catharine Ward Thompson (University of Edinburgh)

10.30: Sensing Nature: Key findings – Dr Sarah Bell (University of Exeter)

11.15: Developing a deeper connection with nature through the lens of visual impairment – Andy Shipley (Visually Impaired Coach, Facilitator and Sensory Explorer)

11.40: Understanding the psychological experience of listening to birds – Dr Eleanor Ratcliffe (Imperial College London)

12.00: Lunch

13.15: Sounding Materiality: Explorations with music, natural systems and touch-sound-landscapes – James Bulley (Artist, Composer, Researcher).

13.35: Inclusive environment? Supporting access to natural heritage for blind and partially sighted people – Anna Fineman (VocalEyes)

14.00: Accessible mapping for parks and gardens – Alan Thorpe (EyeCan)

14.20: A walk on the wild side – Julian Jackson (Vision Bridge)

14.40: Tea/coffee break

15.10: Sensing Nature music project: Supporting people with visual impairment to connect with nature through music and live performance – Nicky Stainton (Waveney and Blythe Arts)

15.30: Introducing Heritage Ability – Maryann Soper (Living Options Devon)

15.50: Creative Spaces: Nature’s role as a tool for coping with dementia – Wendy Brewin (Sensory Trust)

16.10: Final Reflections – Matt Broom (Vision UK)

16.30: Close


If you have any questions about the event, or the Sensing Nature project more generally, do get in touch with Dr Sarah Bell (Sarah.Bell@exeter.ac.uk) at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School, Knowledge Spa, Treliske, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3HD.

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Wellcome Collection

183 Euston Road

London

NW1 2BE

United Kingdom

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