UK- Colombia Networking workshop 2017

Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 to Thursday, 23rd February 2017

Location: Bogota, Colombia

Full information on the NERC website here.

The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) jointly with the Colombian Administrative Department of Science Technology and Innovation – Colciencias expect to issue a joint call for research proposals in Spring 2017. In preparation for the call, NERC and AHRC are inviting expressions of interest for eligible UK researchers to attend a two-day workshop on 22-23 February 2017 in Colombia to explore UK-Colombian opportunities for collaboration.

The aim of the workshop is to facilitate new collaborative working relationships between UK environmental and arts/humanities researchers and Colombian researchers, and to inform researchers about the scope of the call and the evidence needs of the supporting Colombian departments (regions). 

Those who wish to attend should register their interest by completing this Survey Gizmo Expression of Interest (EOI) form.

Selection of the participants will be made by the respective funding agencies; NERC and AHRC in the UK. The deadline for UK researchers to submit an Expression of Interest Form is 16:00GMT on 13 January 2016.

Scotland Policy Conference seminar: Next steps for enhancing natural capital and biodiversity in Scotland

Wednesday, 1st March 2017


Full details on the Scotland Policy Conferences website here.

Guest of Honour: Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, The Scottish Government

With the latest Progress Report on the Scottish Government’s Biodiversity Strategy expected to be published in early 2017, this seminar will provide a timely opportunity for policymakers and other key stakeholders to consider the future policy priorities for biodiversity and natural capital.

Delegates will discuss the findings of the report and the next steps for reversing the decline of biodiversity in Scotland, including how local authorities can best engage with other stakeholders - such as conservation groups and landowners - when drafting Local Biodiversity Action Plans.

Further sessions will examine both how Scotland can use its natural capital to promote sustainable economic growth, in advance of the devolution of powers over forestry and the Crown Estate to theScottish Government, and priorities for developing the wider benefits of natural capital in terms of health and wellbeing, placemaking and community engagement.

Those taking part will include members of the Scottish Government and Parliament together with a range of key stakeholders including local authorities, landowners, conservation and environmental groups, academics, lawyers and the wider business community.

envecon2017 - Applied Environmental Economics Conference

Friday, 3rd March 2017

UKNEE #envecon2017

The Royal Society, London

#envecon2017 is the annual applied environmental economics conference. It showcases the recent research by academia, public and private sectors on topical issues. It is also a fantastic opportunity to meet over 200 people who provide or use economic evidence, and who are from academia, public and private sectors in equal measure.

This year’s programme is particularly relevant to VNP topics –

  • Our key note speaker (Prof. Dame Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee, Committee on Climate Change) and the first plenary session on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation will bring natural capital, climate change mitigation and adaptation agendas together;
  • Accounting and Appraisal session will cover industrial ecology, natural capital accounting, and national accounting
  • Market Based Instruments session will present evidence on the progress with EU Emissions Trading Scheme, analysis of coal industry, carbon taxes for transport and reform of electricity subsidies;
  • Showcasing New Approaches to Land and Water Management in England session will present examples of PES for reducing Metaldehyde and nitrates in water, and new strategic approaches to river basin management planning;
  • Agriculture and Food session will discuss the opportunities for a new agri-environment plicy after Brexit, using maps for land management and better understanding of food waste;
  • Firm and Individual Behaviour & Energy Policy session will look another aspect of Brexit: the effect on offshore wind, empirical evidence and customer preferences for LED market;
  • Policy Appraisal session will showcase the public sector research on chemicals regulation, electricity networks and aviation;
  • Economic Valuation session will cover better practice for benefits transfer, ecosystem services and health impacts of greener areas; and 
  • On our poster session:
    • Energy: Effects of wind farms on property prices; renewable energy;
    • Recreation: effects of weather on recreation, the value of freshwater angling in England
    • Ecosystem Services Analysis: of a green corridor in Central Hertfordshire, mapping and modelling
    • Understanding preferences: for conservation, for farmers’ uptake of biodiversity payments; technology and environmental policy for a circular economy

For full agenda and registration please click here.

£220 full fee (includes UKNEE membership and discounted membership to Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy). Discounted rates available.





NEXUS Network Invitation: Sustainability in Turbulent Times event

Thursday, 16th March 2017 -
9:00 to 17:45

You are invited to join 350 professionals from academia, policy, business and civil society to explore how research, policy and business can meet these global challenges, at the Nexus Network annual conference Sustainability in Turbulent Times, in association with the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity and the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus

  • Date and time: 09.00-17.45 on Thursday 16 March 2017
  • London

Over the next few years, the British exit from the EU, the new US administration, and unpredictable waves of populism and authoritarianism are likely to recast key environmental and social policies and to have profound effects on the prospects for sustainable prosperity. International frameworks of governance and collaboration will need to be redesigned, and the legitimacy of some forms of expertise and evidence are being called into question.
With a focus on the food-water-energy nexus, the event will

  • explore the future of environmental policy
  • examine the relationship between prosperity, inequality and sustainability
  • debate the role of expertise and emotion in policy making
  • consider practical approaches to navigating complexity.

To see the full agenda and speakers or to register go to the
Sustainability in Turbulent Times event page.

Nexus Network, Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity and Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus teams.

Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum seminar Next steps for natural environment policy in England

Thursday, 27th April 2017

Venue: Central London

Full details on the Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum website here

In the context of the UK’s referendum vote to leave the EU, delegates at this seminar will have an opportunity to assess the next steps for biodiversity, wildlife conservation and natural capital, including priorities for wider natural environment policy.

Sessions are expected to examine the Government’s progress towards delivering a 25-year Environment Plan and the central role of the Natural Capital Committee in advising and helping to deliver this. Further discussion will cover opportunities and case studies in sustainable land and wildlife management, promoting and managing ecosystem services and creating value from the natural environment through investment and natural capital accounting.

Further sessions are expected to assess the impact of the EU referendum on the future of environmental regulation, investment in environmental conservation schemes, as well as the funding available to charities and research in the sector.

The seminar includes keynote addresses from: Shirley Trundle, Director, Countryside and Nature, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Harvey Bradshaw, Executive Director of Environment and Business, Environment Agency; Professor Paul Leinster, Professor of Environmental Assessment, Cranfield University and Liz Newton, Director, Strategy Development, Natural England. 

European Conference: Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change

Tuesday, 27th June 2017 to Thursday, 29th June 2017

Bonn, Germany


Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change: challenges, opportunities and evidence gaps

European Conference hosted by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) in co-operation with the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) / German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

Climate change poses significant challenges to biodiversity and human well-being in Europe. As the majority of Europeans live in urban areas and cities are often subject to exacerbated heat island effects, consequences of climate change may be experienced first in urban settings. Biodiversity in urban as well as in adjacent rural areas, in turn, can provide health and climate change mitigation and adaptation benefits that can be actively fostered by nature-based solutions.

This joint European conference in Bonn will bring together experts from science, policy and practice to highlight and discuss the importance of biodiversity’s contribution to human health in the face of climate change. In this context health is considered in its physical, psychological and social dimension, including socio-environmental equity. The aim of the conference is to increase knowledge, share experiences and foster nature-based solutions to meet the challenges of climate change and health issues.

The conference is divided into three main areas (day 1: science, day 2: practice and implementation, day 3: policy and economy) and will feature presentations by leading experts in the fields of biodiversity, health and climate change including:

-          Humberto Delgado Rosa (EC, DG Environment, Director for Natural Capital)

-          Thomas Elmqvist (Stockholm Resilience Centre)

-          Richard Mitchell (Institute for Health and Wellbeing/CRESH, Glasgow University)

-          Kevin Gaston (University of Exeter, UK)

-          Terry Hartig (Upsala University, Sweden)

-          Catherine Ward Thompson (Edinburgh College of Art, UK)

-          Roderick Lawrence (Director of the Global Environmental Policy Program, University Geneva)

-          Thomas Claßen (NRW Centre for Health, Germany)

-          Karsten Mankowsky (Political chair of the German National Healthy Cities Network)

On day 2, interactive workshop sessions will address eight specific themes ranging from “Evidence for biodiversity’s contribution to health”, to “Health and protected areas” and “Psychological effects of nature and biodiversity” as well as “Linking initiatives in biodiversity, health and policy”, “Allergenic plants and vector borne diseases” and “Nature-based solutions for health and social equity”. In addition, “Landscape planning for multifunctional urban spaces” will be addressed. A special session is dedicated to “Lessons learned from green interventions for enhancing human health in urban areas”, where emphasis is given to good practice examples and the sharing of experience among community level actors.

Results of conference discussions will feed into ENCA recommendations for creating synergies between ongoing policy processes, scientific programmes and practical implementation of nature conservation measures in European urban and rural areas to support health measures in the face of a changing climate.

Here, you will find information on the conference programme and interactive sessions.

Networking opportunities and social events include an evening reception and a conference dinner.

Open abstract call for talks & posters

We welcome the submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations! Oral presentations will be held within the eight interactive sessions. We are particularly interested in contributions that demonstrate good practice in implementing nature-based solutions to health and equity issues in urban areas and their rural surroundings from a scientific, policy and practical perspective. Ideally these topics should be linked to climate change issues. Please notice that only a limited number of contributions can be accepted.

Deadline for abstract submission is Monday, 6 February 2017 (abstract submission guidelines)


Early bird registration deadline: Monday, 3 April 2017

Final registration deadline: Monday, 29 May 2017

Please register here (Due to limited availability of places early registration is recommended.)

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.