Marine biology student in a lab

8 March 2023

Discover Geography, Environmental Science, Biology and Marine Biology at our Taster Day

Take centre stage in the push for a sustainable world. Pioneer the restoration and maintenance of the environment.

If you like the idea of working to improve ecosystems, habitats and marine life, and pushing for global sustainability, then you're ready to deal with the biggest questions facing humanity.

With a degree in Geography, Environmental Science, Marine Environmental Science, Biology or Marine Biology, you’ll implement systems and methods that seek environmental justice. You’ll have far-reaching social impacts that could improve public health, reduces poverty and tackles climate change.

Sound like you? Then prepare for a career as ambitious as you are at the Environmental Taster Day. Book your place now as a student or teacher.

Booking will open soon

At our Environmental Sciences Taster Day, you'll:

  • See what it’s like to study Geography, Environmental Science, Marine Environmental Science, Marine Biology and Biology at degree level
  • Discover our links to industry and how to kick-start your career
  • Put your goggles and lab coat on to explore some of the best equipment and facilities in the sector
  • Chat to current students about their hands-on learning experience and studying at Portsmouth

Taster day programme

Here's what happened at the Environmental Taster Day in March 2022. Booking and details on future programmes will be available soon.

Environmental Sciences Taster Day 2022

We're excited to meet you. Check in, grab a refreshment and get ready to learn about studying a degree in Environmental Sciences at uni.

Here's our guide to subject taster days, should you want to learn a little more about our taster days before booking.

We'll meet from 9.00am at St Michael's Building, Portsmouth PO1 2DT.

Dr Mark Hardiman highlights the importance of environmental studies, exploring different career options available to you as well as the diverse number of specialist degree opportunities we offer at the University of Portsmouth.

You'll see how different degrees focused on the environment can make you a change-maker and, with agency to shape the future of the world for the better.

Geography & Biology

Observe coastal change through high-powered microscopes to understand how sea-levels have changed on the south coast over the last 6,000 years via microscopic fossil marine organisms. 

*Note: this is 1 of 4 sessions running at this time:

  • Seeing sea-level change through a microscope – Geography & Biology
  • Managing our coastlines into the future – Geography
  • Power in your pocket: smartphones and the blue planet – Marine Biology
  • All about water – Environmental Science & Marine Environmental Science

You'll attend any 1 of these sessions during this particular timeslot, but you'll get to see all 4 talks over the course of the day.

Quick breather. Take stock of the morning then get ready for the next session.

Geography

Consider different people's perspectives as you map and understand the different ecological and human pressures on the coastline of Portsmouth and the Solent. Working in a group, you'll also look for ways to best promote an environmentally sustainable future.

*Note: this is 1 of 4 sessions running at this time:

  • Seeing sea-level change through a microscope – Geography & Biology
  • Managing our coastlines into the future – Geography
  • Power in your pocket: smartphones and the blue planet – Marine Biology
  • All about water – Environmental Science & Marine Environmental Science

You'll attend any 1 of these sessions during this particular timeslot, but you'll get to see all 4 talks over the course of the day.

Marine Biology

Use your phone to construct 3D models of various marine samples and understand how this data can be used in citizen science projects being run by the University of Portsmouth, including the Solent Oyster Restoration Project.

*Note: this is 1 of 4 sessions running at this time:
  • Seeing sea-level change through a microscope – Geography & Biology
  • Managing our coastlines into the future – Geography
  • Power in your pocket: smartphones and the blue planet – Marine Biology
  • All about water – Environmental Science & Marine Environmental Science

You'll attend any 1 of these sessions during this particular timeslot, but you'll get to see all 4 talks over the course of the day.

Fuel-up. Feel free to bring your own lunch for the day or grab something from the cafeteria.

Environmental Science & Marine Environmental Science

Water is the basis of life as we know it. Use our state-of-the-art lab equipment to examine a range of freshwater, estuarine and marine water samples, to understand the critical chemical changes and how this can be used to monitor water quality.

*Note: this is 1 of 4 sessions running at this time:
  • Seeing sea-level change through a microscope – Geography & Biology
  • Managing our coastlines into the future – Geography
  • Power in your pocket: smartphones and the blue planet – Marine Biology
  • All about water – Environmental Science & Marine Environmental Science

You'll attend any 1 of these sessions during this particular timeslot, but you'll get to see all 4 talks over the course of the day.

Explore your next steps with lecturers and students.

Chat to us and ask your questions – which could be about different subjects, the transition from college to uni, any of the talks you've watched so far, the city of Portsmouth, moving away from home – and/or anything you want to know about university.