Past events: workshops, seminars, conferences

See also our page describing upcoming events that we are organising or involved in. Alongside events that we initiate, we regularly contribute to events organised by others.

A separate page lists our past webinars (including recordings of most events).

Face-to-face events organised by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network:

Future Planning Conference

A unique forum for built environment professionals to determine what future-proofing means. This event took place in Glasgow on 8th October 2019.

Natural Capital Investment Conference

Starting in 2018, this is a leading conference on how to secure investment in natural features based on their value to business and wider society.

Incorporating Ecosystem Services & Natural Capital into Environmental Assessment (since 2017)

This training day, which has been running since 2017, helps participants to learn how to incorporate ecosystem services and natural capital thinking into Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment and Sustainability Appraisal. The course is delivered in association with Collingwood Environmental Planning. Participants learned why using ecosystem services can be useful, how they can be used, and the challenges and opportunities they present. See the course webpage for more details.

Natural Capital Management for Rural Estate Professionals

This is a new course launched in 2019. It is designed specifically for those involved in rural estate management, giving them the skills to formulate practical responses to the 'natural capital' framing of the environment. Find out more and view our 2020 dates.

Natural Capital Accounting for Urban Greenspace Management - 28th June 2018, Birmingham

This unique training opportunity provided delegates with an in-depth knowledge of what natural capital accounts are and how they are produced in the specific context of urban greenspace. No prior knowledge of natural capital assessment or economics is required. More information.

Natural capital for rural estate professionals - 31st October 2017, Tatton Estate, Cheshire

This half-day event was designed to help landowners, estate managers and those involved in land valuation understand what tools are available for the appraisal of nature’s benefits, and to gather feedback on how the existing tools might need to be developed to make them more suitable for users. More information

Housing, infrastructure and natural capital - 30th October 2017, Cranfield University

A workshop that looked at how to evaluate new housing and infrastructure proposals in terms of whether they deliver net gain or no net loss of ecosystem services. Three tools that may be suited to large housing and infrastructure proposals were introduced, and discussions centred around what they can achieve and future requirements for their optimisation. More information

Naturally Bridgend - 25th October 2017, near Bridgend, Wales

This workshop brought together people with an interest in what the Bridgend County environment can do for its people and its biodiversity. There was be a focus on the Area Statement process. It was aimed at local stakeholders in the Bridgend County area. A report will be available in due course. 

Conference: Building Prosperous Cities, London, 27th September 2016

This conference brought together 130 participants from a wide range of professions and sectors to assess the role of green infrastructure and natural capital in the success of our cities.  It was the first conference to examine what both these terms mean in practice. It involved economists, planners, designers and environmental specialists. See the webpage for this event.

Field Visit: Making bioenergy work for people and nature, Somerset, 28th July 2016

In association with RSPB, this workshop and field visit was arranged to share learning from the Energy for Nature payments for ecosystem service (PES) pilot project funded by Defra. See the webpage for this event.

Tackling childhood obesity in West Yorkshire, Bradford, 25th November 2015

The second in the series took place in Bradford in conjunction with the South Pennines Local Nature Partnership and with support from the European Centre for Environment and Human Health.  It brought together 34 from both the health and environment sectors in and around West Yorkshire.  More information and workshop report. 

Nature and Health Workshop, Cambridge, 8th July 2015

Working in partnership with Sustainable Healthcare, we ran this workshop with a focus on how nature can help contribute to meeting health objectives.  The workshop allowed health professionals to mix with those running nature-based projects, and provided an opportunity to share ideas and practical examples of nature providing benefits to physical and mental health.  More information and downloads

Applying payments for ecosystem services, Edinburgh, 24th February 2015

This workshop brought together 45 participants from throughout the UK to learn how to initiate and sustain payments for ecosystem service schemes within the UK. A report is in preparation by the James Hutton Institute. See the event web page.

Natural capital in the metropolis, London, 7th November 2014

The Ecosystems Knowledge Network ran a session on ‘Natural capital and cities' as part of the Natural Capital Initiative’s two-day summit, Valuing our life support systems 2014. The session featured Birmingham City Council and the work of The Land Trust.

Valuing land for all it is worth, London, 2nd October 2014

In association with the Royal Institution of Chartered Sureyors, the Ecosystems Knowledge Network organised a seminar for experienced environmental economists and those involved in rural land valuation profession. The event involved discussion of current ideas in valuing nature research and what these might mean for professional land valuation. It also considered the transferability of 'real world' examples of schemes in which biodiversity and ecosystem services are being traded. See the event webpage for more information.

Action Stations! Making the most of the ecosystems approach, London, 26th June 2014

The Ecosystems Knowledge Network assisted with the launch of the outputs of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment Follow-on Project in London on 26th June, 2014. It organsied an afternoon session on practical responses to an ecosystems approach and the National Ecosystem Assessment. See the event webpage for further details and a link to the Follow-on Project reports.

Involving local communities in the recognition of what nature does for people, Lewes, East Sussex, 5th June 2014

The Ecosystems Knowledge Network held a field trip to the Lewes and Ouse Valley eco-nomics project (L&OVe) to see how the project is developing processes to engage local people in the valuation of nature. The event allowed participants to learn about how local communities can be involved in the valuation of ecosystem services and to share their own experiences in this area. An event webpage contains a report and presentations from the day.

Practical experiences with payments for ecosystem services, Manchester, 29th November 2013

This workshop gave people with practical experience of developing Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes the chance to share lessons learned with others, including how best to initiate and sustain schemes. It also allowed those who are considering initiating a scheme the chance to consider what PES could do for their sector. All ten Defra pilots shared their experience with representatives from local authorities, consultancies, the third sector and academia. More information, including the presentations from the day, are available on the event webpage.

Applying the idea of cultural ecosystem services, Exeter, 1st and 2nd July 2013

This two day workshop brought together researchers and practitioners interested in exploring the concept of ‘cultural ecosystem services’ (CES) and its applications in research and practical natural resource management. The event explored recent research conducted on CES in the UNESCO Biosphere in North Devon and wider experiences of working with this concept in a range of policy, practice and research contexts. The event convenors were Rob Fish and Michael Winter, University of Exeter and Andrew Church (University of Brighton). The event flyer contains more information.

Applying payments for ecosystem services in practice, Bristol, 22nd May 2013

This workshop enabled participants to evaluate the prospects for initiating payments for ecosystem services in their own location and area of work, and to decide how to respond to any opportunities. More information, including video recordings of presentations and seminars, is available on the event web page.

Putting nature's services on the map, Oxford, 29th April 2013

This workshop was for representatives of local government and their delivery partners who wished to explore what maps of nature’s services can do to achieve cost-effective delivery of local government functions. This event formed part of the Network's mapping ecosystem services theme. See the web page with more infomation about the event.

InVEST workshops, London 5th March, Edinburgh 7th March 2013

These one day events introduced a family of tools to map and value ecosystem services produced by the Natural Capital Project in the United States.  They were delivered by representatives of the Natural Capital Project. See the event flyer for further information..

Mapping ecosystem services, Sheffield, 26th November 2012

The Ecosystems Knowledge Network and Durham Wildlife Trust co-organised a workshop on Mapping Ecosystem Services. Participants heard from three groups that have developed and applied maps, as well as discuss applications for different types of maps, as well as the limitations for creating and using them.

Spatial planning and an ecosystems approach, Barnstaple, 12th July 2012

This interactive one day event explored the practical implications of an ecosystems approach for spatial planning in the context of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Applying an ecosystems approach in urban settings, East London, 25th June 2012

This involved a field visit to the Mayesbrook Climate Change Park, together with an opportunity to identify learning points for application in other urban settings. Read more.

Ecosystems Knowledge and Learning Forum, Birmingham, 13th February 2012

The purpose of this Ecosystems Knowledge and Learning Forum was to help inform the activities of the Network as well as provide opportunities for projects to build connections with each other and exchange ideas. 

Events supported by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network

The science behind the schemes

Ennerdale (Cumbria), 11 June 2013. The Ecosystems Knowledge Network co-sponsored this Science Behind the Schemes event, run by researchers at Lancaster University. The purpose of the day was to increase understanding between farmers, land managers and scientists and for knowledge to flow both ways. All the participants agreed that it was crucial for scientists to understand how their outputs are interpreted on the ground, and also that farmers need to understand new research into how soils work.

What Nature Does for Northern Ireland

Belfast, 6 June 2013. This event, held in partnership with Northern Ireland Environment Link, looked at how the ecosystem services approach could be used to deliver substantial and measurable benefits to the people, economy and environment of Northern Ireland. Delegates heard how the environment can be used to deliver a variety of public goods and what work is taking place in Northern Ireland.

Business engagement in valuing and implementing water-related ecosystem services: making the case for the agri-food sector

Kenilworth (Warwickshire), 14th May 2013. An initial workshop explored what water and ecosystem services/footprinting tools and data are currently available and being used by groups in the agricultural sector. Following discussions with stakeholders, a series of subsequent workshops explored the tools currently available for different stakeholder groups to use, availability and accessibility of data, what barriers and obstacles stop tools and data from being used and what projects could be developed at a regional level to address this. The findings are outlined in this report.