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Jun 11

Virtual Seminar: Connecting with nature during COVID-19

June 11, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Given these troubling times and the fact many people are stuck indoors, we have decided the theme of this seminar will be Connecting with nature during COVID-19: How people can maintain physical and emotional relationships with the natural world despite social-distancing measures.

We would like to host 6 online presentations based on this topic with a particular focus on talks that might suggest pathways for how people can connect with nature during the ongoing pandemic. Additionally, we would like to take the key messages from these presentations and our group discussion, and produce a simple advice document. This document would be targeted at local government, health practitioners, and e-NGO’s, and would aim to provide a consistent set of messages and advice for how people can build and maintain relationships with nature when movement is constrained.

We believe that this is a valuable opportunity for PANA to make its first formal contribution towards benefiting our communities. The knowledge and authority of the many experts in our group will ensure the advice is sound and gives people confidence in their messaging to the broader public.

Thank you to those who will be presenting. The program is as follows:
  • Program

    Opening talk

    • Communicating about nature during COVID – Emily Gregg
    Experiencing nature
    • Re-Imagining Nature – Georgina Reid
    • Mindful engagement with nearby nature: staying connected with nature during a pandemic – Rose Macaulay
    Technology and nature
    • Nature connection and digital technologies? Insights from citizen science literature – Debbie Gonzalez Canada
    • Using Virtual Nature to Cope with Social Distancing – Tristan Snell & Navjot Bhullar
    • Social Media and Animal Photos- The Internet Connection – Meghan Shaw
    Programs and initiatives
    • Lonely Conservationists- Isolated beyond the pandemic – Jessie Panazzolo
    • Victoria’s COVID-Safe Virtual Nature Festival: science, policy & people – Fern Hames



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June 11, 2020
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Chris McCormack