SSERC are delivering a 2-day course (20-21st September 2022) to explore innovative practical activities and investigations that supports the delivery of Environmental Science programmes. 

In addition to input from the subject teams in SSERC, an environmental biologist from the University of St Andrews will be providing valuable real-world insight into the field of ecology.  

Why not join us for what promises to be a stimulating and exciting professional learning opportunity? 

Places are limited so early applications are advised.  Lunch andrefreshments areincluded in the course fee.For delegates who live more than 50 miles (or 90 minutes on public transport) from SSERC headquarters, overnight accommodation will be available. 


Applications are welcome from teachers from all schools and FE colleges. Applicants from Local Authority-funded schools and FE colleges will be entitled to receive an ENTHUSE Bursary (administered through the National STEM Learning Centre) upon completion of the course. 


Course dates: 20-21 September 2022

Closing Date: 26th August 2022

Course Leader

Annie McRobbie
01383 626070




ENTHUSE Bursary: £320.00 (available to local authority schools)

Course Outcomes 

  • By the end of this course, you should be able to: 

  • Analyse water and soil samples using a range of methodologies. 

  • Explore a range of discussion activities relevant to environmental science. 

  • Consider the use of Micro:bits for ecology work. 

  • Perform colorimetry to investigate photosynthesis, relating this to wider discussions around climate change. 

  • Compare the use of haemocytometers and colorimetry to measure the impact of fertiliser use. 

  • Use microscopy to explore populations. 

  • Understand the role of an ecologist in the real-world of work, considering sampling protocols and the analysis of data. 

  • Make biofuel. 

  • Perform experiments relevant to renewable sources of energy.

Overnight accommodation will be provided at a local hotel.

The course will be held at SSERC in Dunfermline. Our SSERC buildings are at 2 Pitreavie Court, Dunfermline, KY11 8UU. SSERC is a short (5-10 minutes) walk from Rosyth railway station and close to the end of the A823(M) spur off Junction 2 of the M90 motorway. Car journey times (approximately): Edinburgh – 30 min; Glasgow – 60 min; Aberdeen – 2.5 hours; Inverness – 3 hours.