Activities you can do

‘Earth’ by Luke Jerram

‘Earth’ is a touring artwork by Bristol-based artist Luke Jerram and commissioned in partnership with NERC, Bluedot Festival and the UK Association for Science & Discovery Centres.

The 7-metre diameter sculpture is covered in breathtaking imagery of Earth’s surface and reflects the wonder of looking back on our planet from space. ‘Earth’ can be presented in a number of ways, both indoors and outdoors. Whether you see it in a park, museum or science centre, you will be amazed by its awe-inspiring presence.

For more information and exhibition schedule, see the Gaia website.

To book ‘Earth’ for your event, contact:


Operation Earth

Operation Earth is a national programme run in partnership with the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC), which engages children and their families with environmental science using hands-on activities, experiments, public shows and meet-the-expert sessions. Having already engaged with over 200,000 children and adults, Operation Earth is now in Phase 2.5, with 11 science centres and museums participating.

You can find out more on the ASDC website.

You can borrow the brilliant hands-on kit from the Operation Earth website, which includes engaging experiments for families on a range of environmental science topics, including:

  • Earthy, our planet Earth costume character with its very own ice cap
  • biodiversity activities, including indoor citizen science (biodiversity mat), origami plant pot, and pollinators demonstration with dressing up kit
  • air quality activities, including a demonstration and air quality sensor
  • ocean activities, including a plastics demonstration and ocean acidification experiment
  • microscopy activity with microscope and slides
  • Earth observation image activity
  • branded graphics, including a banner and tablecloth.

Please note priority is given to Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) researchers or staff from a NERC research centre to borrow the kit.

Apply to Operation Earth by filling in the online form.


AccessLabs are a way for researchers to build new relationships and help those working in their local community access and use scientific research. NERC worked with non-profit organisations the British Science Association and FoAM to launch AccessLab, running three workshops held in:

  • Penzance for the marine sector
  • Exeter for journalists and the media
  • Plymouth for policymakers.

If you would like to develop a similar event you can read the comprehensive ‘how to run an AccessLab’ guide.

More information

If you are interested in specific public engagement activities that researchers can get involved in, you can find out more from these organisations:

Last updated: 31 March 2022

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