Essential information

Date: 27 February 2020

Where: Friends Meeting House, Manchester, UK

Times: 10:00 - 16:00 (registration from 9:00)

Registration fee: £36

Aimed at: Public sector providers and analysts of long-term data; researchers;  stakeholders with interests in environmental change


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Closing date: Tuesday 18 February


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Conference 2020: Environmental Monitoring: meeting evidence needs

1st UKEOF conference

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A wide spectrum of public sector organisations is engaged in the long-term monitoring and observation of the natural and built environment. The resulting evidence is used by scientists, managers and policy makers to: a) assess compliance with environmental standards, and b) develop a clearer understanding of the causes and consequences of environmental change in order to inform approaches to mitigation and adaptation.

The UK Environmental Observation Framework (UKEOF) was established in 2008 in response to a growing need for closer communication between organisations with respect to evidence needs, improved efficiency of data collection and the sharing of observation plans, programmes and data.

The UKEOF conference will bring together public sector providers and analysts of long-term data with researchers and a broad range of stakeholders with interests in environmental change. It will provide a range of examples of current activities and what is being learnt from them, consider opportunities for synergies and efficiencies through more joined up activities and adoption of novel technologies, and attempt to identify areas where important lines of evidence are currently most lacking and what can be done to address these. Outcomes from the event will help inform UKEOF’s future strategic direction.

Keynote talks will be provided by senior representatives from Defra and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, and a range of examples of activities and application will be presented by other organisations including the Environment Agency, the UK Space Agency, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Public Health England, the British Geological Survey, the Woodlands Trust and the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Further opportunities for organisations to promote the nature and outcomes of their monitoring initiatives will be available in the form of a lunchtime poster session, and speaker panels will address questions raised by conference delegates.



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Conference programme

Updated 15 January

Subject to change. Further details will be added in due course once speakers have been confirmed.

9.00:  Registration - coffee

10.00:  Introduction to UKEOF and the conference – Dr Doug Wilson (UKEOF chair)

Session 1: UK long-term monitoring and observation: providers’ perspectives

10.10:  Opening Keynote: Dr Robert Bradburne (Defra). The importance of environmental monitoring and observation in meeting evidence needs

10.35 – 11.50:  Series of 15 minute presentations (CHAIR: Dr Ben Ditchburn – Forestry Commission). Speakers will summarise key monitoring activities across a range of domains, and provide examples of the emerging information and its application in informing scientific understanding, management and policy

10.35: Freshwater quality monitoring – Rich Walmsley (Environment Agency)

10.50: Air quality and effects monitoring – Dr Christine Braban (UKCEH)

11.05:  Land surface monitoring – UK Space Agency (speaker tbc)

11.20: Monitoring terrestrial biodiversity – JNCC – (speaker tbc)

11.35: Use of monitoring data by the research community – UKSCAPE- Linking observations  across scales – Dr Peter Henrys (UKCEH)

11.50  Panel Discussion (CHAIR: Dr Ben Ditchburn) with questions from the floor

12.20  Start of poster session – Posters summarising monitoring schemes, methodologies and examples of application to environmental problems

12.30 Lunch – poster session to continue over lunch

Session 2 - Application of environmental monitoring and citizen involvement

13.30  Introduction to Session 2 – Dr Doug Wilson

13.35: Keynote:  Hans Schutten (SEPA). The potential contribution of citizen science to the wider evidence-base and the potential for engagement and trust building between citizens and institutions

14.00 – 15.00:  Case studies from stakeholders illustrating the application and value of monitoring data. (CHAIR: Anita Weatherby – National Trust)

14.00:  Habitat monitoring – Dr Lisa Norton (CEH) with Defra (speaker tbc)

14.15:  Environmental monitoring and Human Health – Public Health England (speaker tbc)

14.30:  Monitoring impacts of “fracking” – Professor Rob Ward (British Geological Survey)

14.45: Monitoring our Woodlands – Woodlands Trust – speaker tbc

15.00 – 15.30:   Panel Discussion (CHAIR: Anita Weatherby) with questions from the floor. Theme of “are we meeting the UK’s environmental evidence needs?”

15.30: Wrap up session (CHAIR: Dr Doug Wilson)

15.45:  Tea/coffee/posters

16.30: Close of conference

Call for posters

We invite proposals of posters for display at our conference in Manchester. As space is limited, and we wish to ensure that posters are relevant to the conference theme, we ask you to complete a form describing your idea for a poster. We will select the most suitable posters and notify all poster proposers of the outcome on Tuesday 4 February.


For conference enquiries, please contact the UKEOF Secretariat.