Events

Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2017

Wednesday, 18th October 2017 - 12:00 to Thursday, 19th October 2017 - 15:30

Overview

This conference brings together people from diverse research areas and from business, policy and practice – all with the common goal of tackling Valuing Nature challenges.  Come along to:

  • Catch up on UK and international research findings and innovative applications of Valuing Nature approaches
  • Participate in interactive sessions with freedom to think creatively and critically about Valuing Nature and learn and share experiences
  • Understand the developing evidence base and emerging new concepts arising that can help to inform decision making
  • Help shape the future Valuing Nature agenda for research and application in the UK and internationally
  • Showcase your new findings, tools or communications and share your  views and perspectives on this dynamic and growing area of research and practice

Outline Programme

Wednesday 18 October   12:00 – 17:30  

  • Opening Keynote from Professor Georgina Mace
  • Afternoon tea including networking, posters, demos, videos, activities & speakers’ corner
  • Parallel sessions: deep dive panel and discussion sessions on
    • The role of the environment in human health & wellbeing
    • Valuing ecosystem services & avoiding tipping points
  • Networking Dinner - South Hall, Edinburgh University - 19:30

Thursday 19 October   09:00 – 15:30

  • Presentations of UK and international research on Valuing Nature
  • Interactive sessions for sharing experience and building understanding

There is no charge to attend the conference and we will provide a light evening meal (not including drinks, cash bar available) but you will need to book and pay for your own travel and accommodation.

Full details available here 


The Association of Applied Biologists - Sustainable Intensification Conference

Tuesday, 28th November 2017 to Thursday, 30th November 2017

Announcement and Call for Papers

A 3-day conference at Rothamstead Research, Harpenden, Herts, UK.

Full information and registration available on the Association of Applied Biologists website or on the conference flier

Agriculture accounts for around 70% of the UK land area. It plays an essential role in the rural economy not only through the production of food and other agricultural outputs, but in the delivery of a wide range of additional ecosystem services and environmental outcomes. These include the provision of clean water, the regulation of air quality, flooding, climate and nutrient cycles, biodiversity, cultural, aesthetic and recreational value.

In addition, the global food supply system faces an unprecedented challenge to feed a growing global population and food security is firmly on the political agenda. UN projections of population growth indicate that the global food supply system will have to feed between 9 and ten billion people by 2050 and, furthermore, the world’s population is expected to continue growing during the second half of the century.

The challenge for the agricultural sector is therefore one of sustainable intensification. This means increasing food production while simultaneously reducing environmental impacts and enhancing the wide range of interlinked ecosystem services that society needs from land. The UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has sought to address this challenge by investing £4 million of research through the Sustainable Intensification Research Platform (SIP) which is due to be concluded in November 2017. This conference will explore the outcomes of SIP and other relevant research.

DEADLINE FOR CALL FOR PAPERS IS 11 DECEMBER 2016