Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2018 - Outputs

Welcome from the National Museum of Wales - Richard Bevins, National Museum of Wales

Welcome to the Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2018 
Rosie Hails, National Trust  -  Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team

Keynote: The value of nature and the nature of value: revisiting the principles 
Ian Hodge, University of Cambridge

Session B

B1: Applying Nature Based Solutions                

B2: Global Challenges and Valuing Nature                    

B3: Agricultural Land Use Post Brexit                          

B4: Valuation Tools and Approaches in Practice     

Session C

C1: Valuing Nature for Marine & Coastal Decisions                            

C2: Demystifying Health & Health Metrics                                                               

C3: Valuing the Arts in Valuing Nature - Part 1                                                        

C4: Informing Decisions                                                                                

Session D

D1: Investing in Natural Capital                                           

D2: Green & Blue Spaces for Health & Wellbeing                                                     

D3: Valuing the Arts in Valuing Nature - Part 2                                                    

D4: Public and Shared Values for Nature                 




What Works and Where Next?


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Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2019 - Overview

The Royal Society, London is the venue for this year’s Valuing Nature Annual Conference, which will take place on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th October. 

Sorry registration is now closed . We have had an overwhelming number of abstract submissions and will be responding to all applications shortly. Thank you for your interest and stay tuned for more information on the contributions to this years conference.

The 2-day conference, funded by the Valuing Nature Programme, will bring together people from diverse research areas and from business, policy and practice to share latest research findings from the programme and beyond, and to improve the ways in which we incorporate findings into practice. 

Attendees at Valuing Nature Conference 2018  said:

“Great as always to meet people thinking about things in different ways.”

“Great speakers, diverse projects at different stages and from different locations.”

“I particularly enjoyed the sessions on research with real world impact and the final summary with the panel speakers. “

Broad Objectives for the Conference:

This year’s conference will have three broad objectives:

(i) providing a space for sharing research findings and outputs, as well as experiences of valuing nature in practice, including how these approaches can integrate and complement other approaches to protect ecosystems, ecosystem services, and health and wellbeing;

(ii) highlighting the achievements of this five-year research programme and associated research projects; and

(iii) exploring the future for valuing nature research and practice. 

Programme timeline:

The conference will start with registration at 11.30 am on Monday 28th October 2019 and will include a light dinner in the evening. The conference will end on Day 2 at 4:15 pm.  See table below for more details:

Day 1 – 28 October 2019

11:30    Registration opens

12:00   Lunch for all delegates

13:00    Welcome & Keynote Lecture 

14:25    VN Project Speed Talks & Discussion

15:30   Refreshments

16:00   Parallel Sessions

17:30    Poster & Exhibits

19:00   Complimentary, light dinner

Day 2 – 29 October 2019

09:00  Refreshments

09:15   Plenary Session

10:00   Parallel Sessions

11:15    Refreshments

11:30   Poster & Exhibits

12:00   Parallel Sessions 

13:30   Lunch

14:45   Question Time, with Panel & Closing Address

16:15   Close

OPEN CALL for presentations, posters and videos on any Valuing Nature topic

Valuing Nature Programme welcomes contributions to this year’s conference in the following thematic areas:

Thematic Areas:

1. The services, benefits, and values of nature for health and wellbeing

2. Integrating and understanding tipping points in the wider economic, societal, and cultural value of nature

3. Valuing nature from the perspectives of the arts & humanities: critical and creative interactions with decision making

4. Finance for nature: the role of research and innovation

5. The contribution of valuing nature to decision-making and governance in a dynamic policy regime

6.  Integrating the values of nature in the future planning of our urban and rural communities

 Contribution places will be limited so do apply soon. First deadline for application and abstracts – 31 July 2019

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Valuing Nature Conference 2019

Programme - will be available in early September




Building Prosperous Cities Conference: the role of natural capital and green infrastructure

Tuesday, 27th September 2016 - 9:30 to 17:00

Summary: This conference run by the Ecosystem Knowledge Network will look at what green infrastructure and natural capital mean for the planning and development of UK cities.  It will draw together case studies from around the UK where large-scale planning and investment in natural features in urban areas is yielding benefits

Where: City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA

Details: here

Register: here

Price: £75-£145

Cities are home to most of the population of the UK.  Prosperous cities aren’t just about economic activity, they also provide access to greenspace, facilitate healthy lifestyles and help us adapt to climate change.

There remains a strong case for investment in the communications infrastructure and built infrastructure of UK cities for their future prosperity.  But what about green infrastructure, the networks of natural features that are crucial for climate change adaptation and the health and wellbeing of city dwellers?  Is green infrastructure fit for purpose for now and the future?  If not, what city-scale policies and programmes might improve it?  How do we make a more effective case for restoring the natural capital of our cities?



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.

Keynote Lecture Series: Making nature investable? Considering some outcomes of coupling 'nature' with 'capital'

Thursday, 11th January 2018 - 18:00 to 20:00

This Valuing Nature Keynote Lecture will be given by Professor Sian Sullivan, from Bath Spa University. This 45 minute lecture will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Professor Michael Winter with Professor Rosie Hails, Guy Duke, and Professor Nicola  Beaumont. 

Lecture Title: Making nature investable? Considering some outcomes of coupling 'nature' with 'capital'

Date: 11 Jan 2018, 18:00 to 20:00

Venue:  Streatham Court B, University of Exeter, Streatham Campus, Exeter EX4 4PU   Travel and Directions        Campus Map



Natural England & Valuing Nature webinar

Tuesday, 11th June 2019 - 12:00 to 13:00

Valuing Nature and Natural England for a joint webinar on the recent publication: 

Accounting for National Nature Reserves: A Natural Capital Account of the National Nature Reserves managed by Natural England

The webinar will feature a short introduction and a presentation followed by an opportunity for questions. We are pleased to have Ruth Waters, Deputy Chief Scientist, Principal Specialist Ecosystem Approach and Natural Capital, and Tim Sunderland, Economics Principal Specialist, both from Natural England as speakers with a short introduction from Ece Ozdemiroglu, Founder & Manager Directoror of eftec.

Natural England has published new research on an emerging field of natural capital accounting, highlighting that Natural Nature Reserves managed by Natural England provide benefits of £36 million per annum, and are of economic value to local communities and society. These benefits include health benefits, flood alleviation, pollination, water and air quality