The Landscape Ecology of Forests, Woodlands and Trees

Crown Copyright Forestry Commission

2021 ialeUK conference

The University of Edinburgh, 7th-9th 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.

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. Abstracts and posters will be published online.

A hybrid in person and online conference

We don’t know what restrictions will remain in place in September and understand some people may not wish to (commit to) travelling to Edinburgh, even if this would be allowed. The conference will therefore adopt a hybrid format, hopefully allowing some in person attendance in Edinburgh combined with live streaming and online participation. 

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