Joint BES/UK Conservation Agencies Symposium: Securing Our Natural Environment for Future Generations

This Joint meeting of the British Ecological Society and UK’s Statutory Nature Conservation agencies will bring together policy officials, practitioners, natural and social scientists from across the UK and internationally to set the direction for nature conservation in the UK #N4FG18

We are heading towards a different environment from anything humans have known or experienced. Climate change, consumption, population growth and competition for resources are all impacting heavily on the natural environment. We are also undergoing pivotal social and political change. In the UK, this is in part driven by EU Exit, but also by the changing needs and expectations of society and the economy. A wide range of factors are likely to be increasingly influential in the way we use and impact upon our environment: trade relationships, new technologies, natural capital-informed approaches, innovations in practice, involving people in decisions, inequalities and justice, devolved and evolving policy agendas, people’s evolving relationship with the natural world and our responses to environmental disasters and change. Where does nature conservation sit in relation to these changes? Who is nature conservation for and what should be our policy and delivery priorities? What role do we need and want the natural environment to play in the UK’s future?

This conference, organised by the UK’s Statutory Nature Conservation agencies (Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Natural Resources Wales, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland) and the British Ecological Society, will bring together policy officials, practitioners, natural and social scientists from across the UK and internationally to explore these questions and set the direction of travel for nature conservation in the UK.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Baroness Barbara Young of Old Scone HonFRSE, House of Lords (Chair of the Woodland Trust, and Chancellor of Cranfield University).
  • Susan Davies (Scottish Wildlife Trust Director of Conservation)
  • Martin Harper (RSPB Global Conservation Director)
  • Tony Juniper CBE (WWF Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns, President of The Wildlife Trusts, and  Special Adviser to the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit)
  • Professor Chris Thomas FRS (University of York)
  • Professor Sir John Lawton CBE FRS (RSPB Vice President, President of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, President of The Institution of Environmental Sciences)
  • Louise Macdonald OBE (CEO of Young Scot, and Chair of the Scottish Government’s Advisory Council on Women and Girls)


Registration is due to open by the end of January 2018.

Please register your interest with BES Events Manager, Amy Everard to be updated when registration opens.

You can also join the conversation on Twitter with #N4FG18