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Walk and Talk with us - FAQs

Q: Who can be a Walker-Talker?

A: Everyone from the marine science community can get involved, no matter if you are a seasoned professional working in the marine sector, a Marine Biology student, a PhD candidate, a researcher... We believe that everyone can inspire others by sharing their passion! 

Q: I'm not terribly in shape - do I have to walk a certain number of miles?

A: No, everyone can chose a section of the Coast Path which suits their needs. There is no minimum (or maximum) walking distance.

Q: Do I get to choose where to walk and talk?

A: Yes, you do. You can pick anything from a region down to a specific vilage or beach.

Q: What are the criteria you are looking for in a talk?

A: We aim for talks which are interactive and encouraging, not jargon-heavy and overly academic. All talks should be based on sound scientific data. Talks can be given in situ on the path or at a more traditional location (e.g. library, community centre, visitor centre...). If your talk includes a presentation, it should be picture-heavy and engaging. Talks can vary in length but should be at least 30 mins long and  no longer than 60 mins. They should be followed by an informal question and answer session.

Q: Am I limited to one section? Can I only give my talk once?

A: No, you are welcome to walk as many sections of the path as you wish and give talks in as many places as you wish in the process.

Q: Will I be reimbursed for any expenses incurred?

A: We are looking into sponsorship and grants to enable participation by people who have limited financial means. If we succeed in securing funding, we hope to be able to help towards costs for travel and accommodation. However, we encourage participants who do not require such help to carry their own costs.

Q: What topics are you looking to cover?

A: Ideally the topic of the talk will be locally relevant: Talking about impacts of major industrial harbour developments would be better suited to Portsmouth than to St. Ives. Talking about the wonders of salt marshes might make a bigger impression on the Norfolk coast than in Dorset. Try to pick a location that suits your passion. Globally important topics like Climate Change and Marine Litter on the other hand are wild cards but should be linked to local effects.

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