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School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences

A world-class centre for environment, Earth and ecosystems teaching, research and knowledge exchange

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Welcome to the Open University's School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences (EEES). We are an inclusive, diverse and friendly community of Open University staff and students that is fascinated by the natural world around us.

Our vision is to investigate past and present environments, creating positive actions in response to the climate emergency.

Our mission is to use our world-leading teaching, research and knowledge to address issues of social and environmental justice. Our aim is to empower scientific citizens, better equipping them to engage with local to global environmental issues.

We offer undergraduate modules and qualifications in Environmental Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Geography and Environmental Science, as well as a taught Masters programme.

We also offer exciting opportunities to communicate and engage with us, through citizen science initiatives, free courses on OpenLearn, and co-productions with the BBC.

We are keen to work with you, e.g. through consultancy work and access to our laboratory facilities, as a means of building partnerships and exchanging knowledge to create positive actions for a sustainable future.

Please contact the school if you’re interested in working with us.

News

Virtual Microscope - revised and relaunched

Launched in 2012, our Virtual Microscope open-access website has been relaunched following a makeover in early 2021.

20th January 2021

Professor Mark Brandon awarded MBE

Professor of Polar Oceanography, Mark Brandon has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year 2021 Honours for services to Polar Science.

4th January 2021

Vote Now Closed: Vote for the OU in ‘Fertilise the Future’ shortlist

The OU's Floodplain Meadows Partnership is in the running to secure up to £180,000 of funding in Ecover's Fertilise the Future challenge and we need the help of the OU family to win

1st December 2020
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