Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 16:24

Two of the UK’s leading education centres, the University of Exeter and the Eden Project, will celebrate their strengthening links with a formal signing ceremony on Friday (October 3).

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by Professor Mark Goodwin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs at the University, and Eden Executive Vice-Chairman and Co-founder, Sir Tim Smit, will take place in the Core education centre at Eden.

It will be followed by the planting of a tree to mark the continued strategic partnership between the two organisations.

The University and Eden are already working together in areas as diverse as social enterprise, student dissertations and community engagement and now wish to establish a formal partnership in order to develop new joint initiatives.

The parties will collaborate on elements of informal science learning and public engagement. The partnership could also extend to developing research programmes around science, technology, health and culture with elements of public engagement.

In addition, Eden and Exeter will also work on a range of projects designed to enhance graduate employability.

The University of Exeter will provide scientific expertise for the forthcoming Human Microbiome project at Eden, an exhibit exploring the microbes that support the normal functioning of the human body.

The programme will explore the story of the human microbiome, providing new ways of understanding and linking human health and planetary health in a rapidly-changing world.  The exhibition will be based in the Core and will be launched in spring 2015.