The Landscape Ecology of Forests, Woodlands and Trees

Crown Copyright Forestry Commission

2021 ialeUK conference online

7th-8th September 2021

It is increasingly recognised that forests, woodlands and trees provide societal benefits and nature-based solutions to wicked problems, including the climate emergency and the biodiversity crisis. This international conference will explore how landscape ecology can inform the expansion and restoration of forests, woodlands and trees to secure these public benefits into the future.  

We aim to bring together people with relevant expertise from across science, policy, conservation and industry, to learn from each other, and identify ways in which landscape ecology can support ambitious policy targets, including those for woodland expansion, greenhouse gas reduction, biodiversity conservation, commercial viability, and sustainable development goals.

The provisional programme for this year’s conference includes 37 talks, with key notes by Jo Pike (CEO of the Scottish Wildlife Trust); Jenny Hodgeson (conservation biologist at the Liverpool University); Sallie Bailey (deputy chief scientific advisor at Scottish Government) and Jon Stokes (director of Trees, Science & Research at The Tree Council).

We are pleased that a third of the talks are by non-academic experts from conservations NGOs (Woodland Trust, RSPB), Government agencies (NatureScot, Natural England), and other organisations with an interest treescapes including Galbraith and the National Forest Company.

This multidisciplinary conference will appeal to anyone with an interest in the protection, planning and management of trees and forested landscapes, including researchers, policymakers, and foresters and conservation practitioners. We are seeking contributions that provide insight, potential solutions, and examples of action on the ground.

An online conference

Registration is now open. We had hoped to organise a hybrid conferece, but have now decided to move the ialeUK conference fully online. Although legally public events may be allowed in Scotland by that date, it is uncertain whether the University will permit us to host an external event and we also feel uncomfortable encouraging travel and conference attendance given the critical scientific commentary in the past weeks. 

The conference is hosted by The Edinburgh University Centre for Sustainable Landscapes and Forests