What has lockdown taught us about digital nature and wellbeing? 7pm BST, 6 July 2021, Cafe Sci.

7pm BST, 6th July 2021. Online. Free.

In October 2013 I gave a talk at Cafe Scientifique Bournemouth about my then newly-published book “Technobiophilia: nature and cyberspace“. At that time, digital detoxing was very popular and the idea of using technology to access the benefits of nature seemed transgressive, to say the least.


But now, eight years and another book later, the Covid-19 lockdown has demonstrated how accessing the natural world via our computers, phones and TVs can contribute to wellbeing in many ways. Whether it’s watching animals on live-streaming webcams, or sharing beautiful photos, or viewing hugely popular nature programmes like The Blue Planet, we are discovering a more satisfying tech/nature balance.

I’m returning to Cafe Sci, this time online, to look back on that talk and discuss how our experiences in lockdown have changed our view of digital nature. Dr Hiroko Oe, of Bournemouth University, will report from a Japanese perspective.

7pm BST, 6th July 2021. Online. Free.

Life, Nature, Technology – interview at The Journal of Biophilic Design

Dr Vanessa Champion set up the Journal of Biophilic Design to help bring nature closer to people and help us reconnect to our living world.

We first spoke in 2020 and this year she invited me back to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on our relationship with nature. We talked about the ways in which technobiophilia became part of many peoples’ lives during lockdown as we connected with the natural world through our TVs, phones, computers, video games and virtual reality. I hope you enjoy our conversation!

Technobiophilia – Life, Nature and Technology April 2021 (video)

Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age August 2020 (audio)

The journal website contains a wealth of resources and is well worth exploring. It includes a free Image Library of nature photographs which you are invited to download for your personal use.