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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Conference 2020: Environmental Monitoring: meeting evidence needs

1st UKEOF conference

UKEOF conference montage (web version - small file)

Programme | Posters | Venue | Contact

Sorry, registration for this event is now closed. If you have booked and decide to cancel or you no longer plan to attend, please let us know. Thank you.

All poster spaces are filled However, we will try to provide a table space for people to display leaflets, etc. Please let us know if you wish to bring anything.

Introduction

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.


Conference programme

Updated 25 February

9.00:  Registration - coffee

9:50: Delegates are requested to take their seats in the main hall to ensure a prompt start

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 – Prof. Anna Scaife (University of Manchester)

11.20: Monitoring terrestrial biodiversity – Anna Robinson (JNCC)

11.35:  Integrating data across different scales and extents – Dr Peter Henrys (UKCEH)

11.50: Short break

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

12.30:  Lunch and poster session – Posters summarising monitoring schemes, methodologies and examples of application to environmental problems

Session 2 - Application of environmental monitoring and citizen involvement

13.30:  Introduction to Session 2 – Dr Doug Wilson

13.35: Keynote: Hans Schutten (SEPA). Evidence, trust and citizen science

14.00 – 15.00: Case studies from stakeholders illustrating the application and value of monitoring data, needs not currently met and how outcomes could be made more relevant to society (CHAIR: Anita Weatherby – National Trust)

14.00:  Habitat monitoring – Dr Lisa Norton (UKCEH) (joint presentation with Defra)

14.15:  Environmental monitoring and Human Health – Robie Kamanyire (Public Health England)

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

14.45: Monitoring our Woodlands – Christine Reid (The Woodland Trust)

15:00: Short break

15.05 – 15.30:   Panel Discussion with questions from the floor. Theme: Are we meeting the UK’s environmental evidence needs? (CHAIR: Anita Weatherby)

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

15.45:  Tea/coffee/posters

16.30: Close of conference


Call for posters

Sorry, all poster spaces filled! However, we will try to provide a table space for people to display leaflets, etc. Please let us know if you wish to bring anything.

Our call for proposals of posters for display at our conference is now closed. We will notify all proposers of posters of the outcome by Tuesday 11 February.


Venue

The conference will take place at Friends' Meeting House, Manchester, UK

Address: Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
Website:
https://meetinghousemanchester.co.uk/
Tel:
0161 834 5797
Location:
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On the map below, the venue location is shown in relation to the principal rail stations, Deansgate, Oxford Road and Piccadilly. Manchester Oxford Road is the closest.

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Contact

For conference enquiries, please contact the UKEOF Secretariat.


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