Where do we go from here? Lessons learned and next steps for Communities in Nature


Back to presentations: Annual conference 2017 ‘Connecting gardens; engaging people’

Liliana Derewnicka, Education Co-ordinator, Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)

Liliana Derewnicka has a BSc, from the University of Glasgow in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and an MSc, from Imperial College London, in Science Communication. In her current role, as BGCI’s Education Co-ordinator she is involved in developing, delivering and supporting public engagement activities in botanic gardens around the world. BGCI’s Communities in Nature programme, which seeks to support botanic gardens to work towards social justice, has become an underlying ideology of the department. Therefore, participatory and inclusive approaches are encouraged in each strand of Liliana’s work. Currently, Liliana is involved in project management of BigPicnic, BGCI’s Horizon 2020 project; encouraging public debate on food security across Europe and in Uganda. Liliana is also supporting the development of the course content for LearnToEngage – a new modular blended learning course funded by Erasmus+. LearnToEngage aims to build botanic gardens capacity in interpretation, science communication, working with diverse audiences and research and evaluation.