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Vote for OPAL scheme to win a National Lottery Award

8 September 2011

A scheme involving UCL scientists has made it through to the final of the National Lottery Awards in the category of Best Environment Project - and your vote could help them win.


Open Air Laboratories Network (OPAL) is a consortium of Universities and other organisations across England, and UCL is one of the partners. It allows members of the public to work alongside top scientists, discovering more about their local area whilst contributing to national scientific research. It also aims to give people from all walks of life a means to explore and discover nature through free regional and national activities.

Dr Neil Rose (UCL Geography) is part of the OPAL team. He explained: "From a personal point-of-view, OPAL has been quite a different sort of project to be involved with. Usually my work has been more traditionally 'scientific' research but OPAL has meant explaining to all sorts of people what we do and why it is important. This has involved taking a step back and re-evaluating what we do and why, in order that we can then best explain it to the people we meet. The nomination is great because it allows our message to reach more people across the country so they can get involved with our activities."

You can vote for OPAL to win the National Lottery Award by visiting the link below.

Image: Dr Ben Goldsmith (UCL Geography) takes part in an OPAL family fun day

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