ialeUK Conference 2021 Update

Join us online on 7-8 September for the ialeUK conference ‘The Landscape Ecology of Forests, Woodlands and Trees’

This year’s online 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. Registration is now open, and at just £10 for ialeUK members, so don’t hesitate to join!

Our exciting programme includes speakers 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.

Keynotes introducing the four session will be 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.

Until recently we had hoped that we would be able to organise a hybrid conference, with some in person participation in Edinburgh. But given remaining uncertainties we decided it is better to focus on delivering the best possible online event. This requires some tweaks to the programme, so please keep an eye on the website or the @ialeUK Twitter to stay on top of the latest news. Of course, we will also keep all registered delegates fully informed. In the meantime, if you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Marc Metzger (marc.metzger@ed.ac.uk).