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Public Engagement with Research

Nature and Biodiversity Community Hub

The Nature and Biodiversity Hub (BioHub) is a community of local groups, university staff and students in Southampton who have a keen interest in nature and biodiversity. The global decline in species and ecosystems leading to environmental degradation have prompted many to act and raise awareness on the importance of biodiversity. These themes overlap with wider issues such as climate change and sustainability. A great place to get involved is to start locally.

The BioHub was launched in 2017 to inspire a greater appreciation of nature and biodiversity in the public, especially young people and community groups.

The Hub has over 50 members including community organisations in Southampton and as far as the New Forest and Winchester, and university students and researchers.

We host a range of interactive events and activities. These include engaging, nature-based games including our most popular, Biodiversity Blockbusters. In addition, community and university Hub members get involved by sharing their research/knowledge at Hub events through posters, games or other interesting activities.

Communities are passionate about their surrounding environment and play an important role in local issues. The BioHub aims to encourage this by:

If you have an idea, project, piece of research or would like to be actively involved in helping nature and biodiversity locally we would love to hear from you!

How to get involved

We are always seeking new members with knowledge/interest in nature and biodiversity. To become a BioHub member and be added to our mailing list, please email

UN World Environment Day
UN World Environment Day
UN World Environment Day
UN World Environment Day

Past Events

The BioHub hosts events and participates in festivals such as Southampton Science and Engineering Festival (SOTSEF), Human Worlds and Research Roadshow.




In 2018 the BioHub ran events 10 events. The highlights were TEDx Southampton 5th May, Festival of Nature 9th and 10th June and BBC Countryfile Live 2nd to 5th August.


In 2017 the BioHub ran 9 events. The highlights were South Downs Green Fair 7th May, Riverfest Southampton 27th May and Green Futures Glastonbury Festival 21st to 25th June.

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UoS Roadshow, Glastonbury Festival 2017
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UoS Roadshow, South Downs Green Fair 2019
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UoS Roadshow, South Downs Green Fair 2019
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