Category Archives: AKN Speaking Event

Adventure Mind

By | February 13, 2020

We have a mental health crisis in the UK. We believe that adventurous activity can play a significant role in alleviating this problem for various sectors of society. Already there exists an experienced community of outdoor professionals, researchers and adventure organisations that see the benefit of adventurous activity on people of all ages and backgrounds everyday. This conference is designed to equip you with the latest research, improved networks and shared resources, to increase the impact and effectiveness of your work.

National EVC Conference

By | February 3, 2020

Following the success of our first EVC conference in 2019 we return with a bigger and better programme. To be held on the 15th June 2020 at the Wellcome Trust in London.
This year’s event focuses on setting the STAGE for educational visits. We will take you on a journey as an EVC looking at the needs for educational visits.

What’s the Point of Education?

By | February 3, 2020

For much of human history, education has served an important purpose – to provide us with tools to survive. But, should survival be the extent of young people’s life aspirations today?
In October’s Big Education Conversation in Cambridge (‘How Can We Better Prepare Young People for Their Future?), we recognised that teaching ‘soft skills’ and harnessing interests and talents in a more ‘learner-centric’ approach helps develop more well-rounded individuals, who are better equipped for adulthood.
Yet traditional institutions still teach old fashioned curricular to new generations, often resulting in poor outcomes.
In this second edition of the Big Education Conversation, Smiley Movement has once again teamed up with National Leader of Education Rachel Snape and Whole Education, to look at the bigger picture of education.

Women In The Hills

By | February 3, 2020

The Lost Voices: Launching the Women In The Hills Research Network
Nature Writing has never been so urgent. Writings about landscape, animals and climate interrogate how humans interact with the natural world, and influence our behaviour. But since its emergence as a genre in the late eighteenth century, nature-writing has arguably been dominated by the voice of the ‘lone, enraptured male’. In this period of climate emergency, we need to hear different voices, articulating the diversity of experiences, values, and meanings attached to the natural world – and suggesting new models for the relationship between humanity and nature.