Who we work with

The Wellcome Trust has commissioned a range of partners to deliver this ambitious project. Thanks to everyone who has helped to contribute to The Crunch.

Aardman, based in Bristol, UK, and co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, series, advertising and digital entertainment for both the domestic and international market. Aardman is working with ASDC, At-Bristol, the Eden Project and UWE to create an interactive experience for The Crunch, linked to the activities for families happening around the UK.

The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) is a national organisation that brings together the UK’s major science engagement organisations to play a strategic role in the nation’s engagement with science. Within the ASDC’s membership are over 60 of the nation’s largest publically accessible science centres, discovery centres, science museums and scientific bodies. Together ASDC members engage 20 million people each year to explore and discuss science in an involving and personal way. ASDC is leading the team made up of Aardman, At-Bristol, the Eden Project, UWE and a host of science centres to create and deliver exciting and memorable experiences for families across the UK.

At-Bristol is a leading science centre in the UK and a major player in the worldwide science centre movement with over 277,000 visitors a year, including over 60,000 school visits. At-Bristol is working with ASDC, Aardman, the Eden Project and UWE to create exciting and memorable experiences for families across the UK.

Blast is a creative design consultancy, who have been creating and redefining brands for nearly 20 years. They combine intelligent thinking, beautifully crafted ideas and powerful messaging to produce engaging and effective design. Blast is working with Itineris to create The Crunch brand and digital presence.

The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects people with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future. Most famous for the visitor destination in Cornwall, UK, the Eden Project welcomes around 850,000 visitors per year and 47,000 school visits in addition to running transformational projects and learning programmes. The Eden Project is working with Sustain to develop a network of Ambassadors, who will help facilitate and engage people around the UK on the connections between our food, our health and our planet. They are also working with ASDC, Aardman, At-Bristol and UWE to create exciting and memorable experiences for families across the UK.

Hopkins Van Mil (HVM) facilitates engagement to gain insight, creating safe and productive spaces to access people’s views on content that matters to them. HVM is working with LLLR to use theatre as a way to encourage in-depth debate and conversation around these topics, to help inform future research and policymaking.

Itineris is a multi-award winning digital marketing agency, working with Blast to create The Crunch digital presence.

Look Left Look Right (LLLR) is an award winning site-specific theatre company making vivid, dynamic, and interactive theatre inspired by and about the contemporary world. LLLR is working with HVM to use theatre as a way to encourage in-depth debate and conversation around The Crunch’s topics, to help inform future research and policymaking.

Opinion Leader is the full service market research consultancy within the Chime Insight and Engagement group. They provide a broad spectrum of strategic research programmes that blend great insight and fresh ideas to give clients a new point of view.  The team brings qualitative and quantitative research expertise together with an understanding of clients' business issues to deliver meaningful results. They will be leading on the evaluation of The Crunch.

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 70 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. They provide learning materials, technologies, assessments and services to teachers and students in order to help people everywhere aim higher and fulfil their true potential, putting the learner at the centre of everything they do. They are working with SciChem, the University of Reading and Theatre of Debate to create the free schools kits, with engaging resources around our food, our health and our planet for schools.

SciChem is the leading provider of science education equipment for schools in the UK, bringing equipment ranges for both Secondary and Primary education together in one place. With a large knowledge base built up over many years, their core values are rooted in their history as a private, family-owned business. Established in 1957, and remaining as an independently owned company, they continue to build on their heritage in order to meet their philosophy of Inspiring Tomorrow's Scientists Today. SciChem is working with Pearson to supply equipment to schools in the free kits.

Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, and represent around 100 national public interest organisations working at international, national, regional and local level. They are working with the Eden Project to develop a network of Ambassadors, who will help facilitate and engage people around the UK on the connections between our food, our health and our planet.

Theatre of Debate specialises in facilitating discussion and learning in schools through drama, debate and interaction. They are working with Pearson UK to create engaging resources around our food, our health and our planet for schools.

The Institute of Education at the University of Reading is one of the country's leading providers of teacher training and teacher education and is regularly ranked in the top three. Over 75% of its research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise. The University of Reading is ranked as one of UK's 20 most research-intensive universities and as one of the top 200 universities in the world. Working with Pearson, Dr Berry Billingsley, Associate Professor of Science Education at the Institute, is leading a research project to evaluate a pilot version of the school kits. The project researcher, Emma Newall, is conducting interviews and observations with children and teachers in schools that are trialling the activities.

The University of the West of England (UWE) is committed to undertaking internationally recognised, scientifically robust and impactful research and public engagement activities. The UWE-led International Water Security Network is supporting The Crunch and will work with ASDC, At-Bristol, the Eden Project and Aardman to ensure that the key message of food and drink, as part of a global interdependent nexus of systems, is addressed to create a fun and informative experience for families across the UK.

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized, codeable computer that allows children to get creative with technology. In the BBC’s most ambitious education initiative for 30 years, in 2016 up to 1 million devices will be given to every 11 or 12 year old child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK, for free. We're working together on The Big Food Survey, using the BBC micro:bit to conduct the UK’s biggest ever food and health survey for 12 and 13 year olds in September 2016.