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Published: 2021-08-02

Umeå University participates in the Gothenburg Science Festival

NEWS On April 12-18, Gothenburg is bursting with popular science activities. I two different digital lectures, one aimed at teachers and one at students, researcher Natuschka Lee and colleagues tell about pollinators in our nature.

Text: Ingrid Söderbergh

Which insects pollinate which plants? What groundbreaking discoveries have helped us understand how it works? Why are pollinators at all threatened and how can research help improve their survival conditions on earth?

Researchers do not know everything about which insects pollinate which plants. But, what we do know is that it is of great importance for biodiversity.

In two different lectures, participants at the Science Festival get a chance to listen to researcher Natuschka Lee, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences at Umeå University. She studies biodiversity, ecology and the principles of life and how it can increase our chances of creating a sustainable and healthy existence on earth.

Teachers will receive tips for classes where students can go out into the woods and fields. Students also meet educators from the Nobel Prize Museum who talk about how the Nobel Prize has rewarded creative and innovative solutions –what simply works if we believe in a positive development for a sustainable future and to be able to "level up" which is the theme of the Science Festival.

The science festival takes place in Gothenburg but is of course digital and is open to everyone in Sweden so hundreds of teachers and students participate in this online.

Facts about the lectures:

Time: Wednesday 14 April at 13.00-15.00
Title: The hunt for pollinators
Target group: Teachers for primary and middle school

Time: Thursday 15 April at 13.00-14.00
Title: The hunt for pollinators has begun!
Target group: students in grades 7-9

About the Science Festival

Gothenburg is the geographical home of the Science Festival. Since 1997, an annual popular science event has been created. The festival communicates science in an easily accessible and creative way and creates meeting places for schools, the general public, the research community and the business community.