School of Earth and Environment


Students dress in Antarctic explorer gear at the Festival of Science

Here at SEE we want to encourage interest in the Earth and environmental studies, and show how our excellent scientific research and teaching is relevant to everyday life.

Terrific Scientific!

Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest Centre (LEAF) are teaming up with the BBC, the United Bank of Carbon, and the Woodland Trust for Terrific Scientific, a new campaign to inspire primary children to get excited about science.

Terrific Scientific is a major 18 month UK-wide campaign to bring practical science into the nation’s classrooms and homes.

Instead of lab coats and test tubes, the campaign will urge pupils, teachers and parents across the UK to grab lemons, leaves, tap water and other everyday items to join in with exciting and accessible mass-participation investigations.

As part of Terrific Scientific, children aged 9-11 will be learning about the importance of the trees in and around their school grounds and collecting data to send to scientists here at the University of Leeds.

The children will count, measure and identify their trees using simple techniques and equipment. This data will allow LEAF scientists to work out how trees in UK schools are helping fight climate change, tackle air pollution and reduce flood risk.

During the campaign, teachers will be provided with a range of online resources, and an interactive Terrific Scientific map of the UK, enabling schools to upload their results from each of the scientific investigations and compare with each other.

Primary schools across the UK will be able to take part in any or all of the five investigations that are planned from January to June 2017. Our tree investigation will be taking place in May 2017 – watch this space!

Schools can sign up at: to take part.

Contact Cat Scott for more information about the University’s involvement.

Launch of the Environmental Studies Academy

The University of Leeds is pleased to announce an exciting new experience for your Environmental Studies students (and potentially Geography/Biology students). The School of Earth and Environment (SEE) is putting on two 1-day events (each year) at the University geared toward learning for the Environmental Science AS/A2 level curriculum. Through discussions with Schools, we are focusing on areas of the curriculum where we can make the greatest impact by providing a series of talks, fieldwork, and experiments using experts in the field and world-class facilities to enhance the students' learning and help support teachers.

For more information about the Environmental Studies Academy please follow this link to the Environmental Studies Academy webpage.

If you have any questions then feel free to email us at: envstudiesacademy(at) 

Teachers' Conference: 'Climate Change & Society'

Tuesday 24th June 2014

Do you teach Geography, Economics or Environmental Studies? If so, why not join us for this climate change themed CPD event? This is a chance to hear talks and take part in discussions around cutting edge subjects relevant to the curriculum, with presenters who are leaders in their field. In addition, you will find out about some of the less obvious - but perhaps more interesting - options for students who are considering university, and meet other teachers from related disciplines.

The event is FREE, with lunch and refreshments included! For more details see the programme.

Schools and colleges

We have a range of tours and activities available to school and individual visitors. These include talks on our degree courses for sixth formers and fun workshops that introduce primary school pupils to our studies. You can read more about our Schools and Colleges outreach programme here.

Social media

We use social media to tell people about our latest research, as well as what's going on in the School, and see what they have to say to us in return.

Follow us on our main twitter account and visit our Facebook page.

You can also connect with individual researchers who are tweeting about anything from low carbon development in China to volcanic eruptions to Arctic clouds here.

Research Blogs

You can read about our research as it happens on our blogs.

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