ialeUK - UKCEH Bunce Memorial Symposium

Wednesday, 7 September 2022 to Thursday, 8 September 2022
ialeUK and UKCEH are organising a memorial symposium and walk to celebrate the life and work of Prof. Bob Bunce
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Symposium and Walk

We were deeply saddened by the death of our beloved colleague, and founding member of ialeUK, Bob Bunce. Bob made an outstanding contribution to the landscape ecology community throughout his long career, including the UKCEH Countryside Surveys.

ialeUK and UKCEH are organising a memorial symposium on Wednesday 7 September in Lancaster to celebrate Bob's academic contributions and remember how he influenced colleagues in the UK and beyond. The symposium aims to showcase academic contributions influenced or inspired by Bob.

We do not have any set expectations but envision a mixture of personal reflections and presentations of past research and recent or ongoing activities, including the latest Countryside Survey and Woodland Surveys. Dr Rob Jongman has kindly agreed to give the opening address. We also welcome posters demonstrating the breadth of landscape ecology research.

Following the symposium there will be an evening meal in Grange-over-Sands and the next day (Thursday 8 September) there will be a walk from Grange over Hampsfell to Cartmel, following a route Bob has led people in the past. The activities in Grange will be organised by Bob’s son David.

Attending and Contributing

ialeUK and wider IALE members are warmly invited to join any or all of these activities. The programme will be informal and inclusive, aimed at Bob's old and recent colleagues and friends as well as the wider landscape ecology community. A provisional programme is shown below. We are still working on logistical details but would like to understand likely number of attendees and identify who would like to attend and present at the symposium.

If you would like to attend or contribute to the symposium please complete this form before 1 July.

We’ll reach out to possible contributors to discuss further once we have an overview of interests and topics. Further information will be sent mid-July to everyone who has expressed an interest in joining, including the full programme of talks, final registration instructions, explanation of how to participate remotely, where to meet for a drink on the 6th, and payment details for meals in Grange.

Please consider booking your accommodation early as prices for accommodation are likely to increase, especially in Grange. We recommend booking a hotel in central Lancaster the night before the symposium, and somewhere close to Grange-over-Sands train station for the Wednesday night. For further info and queries, please email marc.metzger@ed.ac.uk

Provisional programme

Tuesday 6 September

  • Symposium participants arrive in Lancaster – participants book their own accommodation
  • Optional evening meal and drinks in pub – at own expense

Wednesday 7 September

  • 10.00 - 16.00: Symposium at UKCEH with keynote by Dr Rob Jongman, followed by shorter contributions from colleagues presenting work influenced or inspired by Bob

  • 16.00 - 17.30: Travel by train to Gange-over-Sands

  • 17.30 - 19.00: Check into hotels – participants to book their own accommodation

  • 19.00 - 22.00: Informal dinner – at own expense

Thursday 8 September

  • Morning: guided walk from Grange-over-Sands to Cartmel

  • Lunch in Cartmel – at own expense

  • Afternoon: return to Grange, organised programme ends