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Summer School

The 1st AHRC Sensing the Forest Summer School (Feb-Jun 2024)

The 1st Sensing the Forest Summer School, will be held online on February-May, 2024, and on-site on June 19-20, 2024, in Alice Holt, UK.

Thanks for your participation! Applications are now closed.


The Sensing the Forest Summer School is here to provide an inclusive educational environment that serves state-of-the-art climate science, installation art, acoustic ecology, and environmental design.

Whether you are a PhD student, advanced MA/MMus/MSc or BA/BMus/BSc student, independent artist, or hobbyist, you’re welcome to join our community of learners. There is a limited number of 10 places in the summer school.

With a carefully designed curriculum that combines theory and hands-on sessions, our expert team of lecturers will guide you through 6 online 1h sessions, each dedicated to a different topic: forest research, installation art, environmental design, and project development. The summer school will conclude with a 2-day intensive summit, in which your project will be exhibited in the wild and open to the public, as well as have an online presence for one year. Likely, there might be further artistic opportunities to collaborate with Forestry England.

This should be a unique collaborative experience and immersive learning environment where students, lecturers, and the Sensing the Forest team members work together to deliver an efficient and high-quality knowledge transfer and produce a unique experience.

Programme & Lecturers

Online (6h, 1h-session)

Day 1 (February 15, 2024): Introductions, and share projects/interests.
Day 2 (February 29, 2024): Nick Wardlaw (Forestry England) / Michael Bell (Forest Research) presentation: Alice Holt.
Day 3 (March 21, 2024): Peter Batchelor (DMU) presentation: Installation art.
Day 4 (April 11, 2024): Hazel Stone (Forestry England) / Johana Knowles (Forestry England): Design recommendations.
Day 5 (May 2, 2024): Pitch your idea + feedback.
Day 6 (May 23, 2024): Initial prototypes + feedback.

Onsite (2 days, all-day session)

Day 1 (June 19, 2024): Fieldwork/exhibits location + Hands-on (morning). Setting-up (afternoon).
Day 2 (June 20, 2024): Setting-up (morning) / Launch of the exhibition (11.00-15.00, open event). Closing (afternoon).

What is included

Materials: £50 for low-fi materials.
Accommodation: Accommodation for 2 nights during the on-site summer school.
Hospitality provided: Meals (breakfast/lunch).
Travel grants: A few £100 travel grants will be available if this may prevent you from attending the school.


A rigorous selection process will be conducted by the Sensing the Forest team based on the strongest expressions of interest.

Selection Committee

  • Hazel Stone (Forestry England)
  • Johana Knowles (Forestry England)
  • Peter Batchelor (De Montfort University)
  • Luigi Marino (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Anna Xambó (Queen Mary University of London)

Summer School Team

  • Peter Batchelor (De Montfort University)
  • Mike Bell (Forest Research)
  • Max Gravestock (Forestry England)
  • Danielle Grimsey (Forestry England)
  • Johana Knowles (Forestry England)
  • Luigi Marino (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Hazel Stone (Forestry England)
  • Nick Wardlaw (Forestry England)
  • Anna Xambó (Queen Mary University of London)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We welcome underrepresented populations in the field of SMC and align with DMU’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategy (


The Sensing the Forest Summer School is hosted and organised by the Sensing the Forest team with the support of AHRC, C4DM, MTI2, Forest Research and Forestry England.


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Important Dates

December 18, 2023: Open call for submission starts.
January 15, 2024: Submissions deadline.
January 31, 2024: Notification of acceptances and rejections.
February-May 2024: Online training/mentoring.
June 19-20, 2024: Live exhibition at Alice Holt.