Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2017

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


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 

Project Scoping Workshop - UK-Colombia programme in sustainable tropical agricultural systems

Monday, 30th October 2017 to Thursday, 2nd November 2017

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) are pleased to announce a new UK-Colombia programme in sustainable tropical agricultural systems supported by the Newton-Caldas Fund.

Proposals for the pump-priming phase of this call will be developed at a Project Scoping Workshop to be held at CIAT Headquarters in Cali, Colombia, on 30 October - 2 November 2017.

Applications for academic participation in this workshop are now open:

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.


Valuing Nature Business Impact School 3 - Edinburgh

Tuesday, 28th November 2017 - 19:00 to Saturday, 2nd December 2017 - 15:00

The third Valuing Nature Business Impact School will be held  in Edinburgh from Wednesday 29 November to Saturday 2 December 2017.   The School aims to provide early career researchers with an opportunity to gain insight into producing research with business impact.

NERC has provided funding to offer fully-funded places (school, travel, accommodation, meals, field trip) for around 25 early stage researchers for BIS3. 

Full information on how to apply is available here.

BIS3 offers two outstanding add-ons:

  • All BIS3 participants will attend the Natural Capital Coalition Day of Collaboration in Edinburgh on Wednesday 29 November, with accommodation and subsistence costs covered by BIS3. These places have already been reserved with NCC, you do not need to make a separate reservation.
  • The World Forum on Natural Capital convenes in Edinburgh on Monday 27 to Tuesday 28 November. BIS3 Applicants are encouraged to apply separately for a Scholarship to attend the WFNC (apply here, deadline Friday 29 September). Successful BIS3 applicants who are also successful in receiving a WFNC Scholarship will have the balance of their WFNC registration costs as well as travel and accommodation for the extra nights covered by BIS3 funding.