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 programme for this year’s conference includes 34 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.
During the conference we’d like find answers to two central questions
- What learning has significantly informed landscape scale policy and management of forests, woodlands and trees in the last 20 years?
- What evidence or solutions do we need to support landscape scale policy and management of forests, woodlands and trees in the next 20 years?
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