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As part of their Building a better chemistry culture series, the Royal Society of Chemistry are hosting a webinar focusing on this year's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek (10-16 May) theme: access to nature and the impact it can have on our mental wellbeing.

Spending time in nature can have a profoundly positive impact on our mental wellbeing. Whether it’s taking part in physical activities, caring for plants or simply enjoying the green spaces around us, there is little doubt about the positive effects it can bring.

However, not everyone has equal access to nature so it’s important that we recognise and address inequalities and how nature in its many forms could be made accessible to all.

Join us to learn about the connections between nature and mental wellbeing, and the importance of this towards a more inclusive chemical sciences community.

Nature and mental wellbeing – Building a better chemistry culture
Thursday 13 May 2021, 15:30-16:30 BST

Our speakers Patricia Zurita (Chief Executive Officer, BirdLife International), Anjana Khatwa (Engagement Lead, Wessex Museums) and Alistair Griffiths (Director of Science and Collections, Royal Horticultural Society) will discuss:

  • the benefits of having access to nature on mental health and wellbeing
  • what it means to have access to nature and green spaces, as well as inequalities of access and how nature in its many forms can be made accessible to all
  • the importance of environmental preservation to mental wellbeing

BSL interpretation will be provided by Rachael Dance and Steve Churchill.


Click here for more info and to register.

Thursday, 13 May, 2021 - 15:30