Connecting People and Environment: Scottish Biodiversity Science Conference 2016

This year’s Biodiversity Science Conference will explore the relationships between people and their environment, preceded by a policy training day for early career researchers hosted by our Scottish Policy Group.

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Policy Training Day

Tuesday 8 November 9:30 – 17:30

Taking place the day before the Biodiversity Science Conference, our Policy Training Day, hosted by the Scottish Policy Group, will give early career ecologists an insight into the processes of environmental policymaking, and an understanding of how to feed research results into the policy process. The day will include talks from policymakers, and interactive sessions and opportunities for networking.  TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT FOR THE POLICY TRAINING DAY.

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Biodiversity Science Conference

Tuesday 8 November (keynote lecture) 19:00 – 21:00

Wednesday 9 November 9:30 – 16:00

The 2016 Biodiversity Science Conference will explore the relationships between people and the environment.


These are central to both driving and addressing the major current threats to biodiversity. There is growing concern that many people are becoming increasingly disconnected from their environment. Conserving biodiversity, and sustainably managing our environment, needs an understanding of how people interact with the environment to produce the benefits that they receive, and to find ways to overcome barriers to sustainable management.

Addressing and understanding these issues – which are at the heart of current efforts to conserve biodiversity – needs a wide range of research skills and disciplines. Reflecting this the Biodiversity Science Conference is aiming to take a multi-disciplinary look at the ways in which people and their environment interact, and the consequences of this for sustainable land management and biodiversity conservation in Scotland.

This event is co-organised by the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy Science Support Group, the British Ecological Society Scottish Policy Group, and CIEEM. It is sponsored by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science.


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Tickets can be booked for separate or combined parts of the two days of events e.g. BES policy training day only; policy training day + science conference; policy training day + evening reception + science conference. Discounts are available for CIEEM and BES members, and for those booking for both the training day and the science conference.

15 bursaries to make a contribution to travel & accommodation are available for early career researchers (PhD students and those no more than 5 years post-PhD) – these are by reimbursement and on a first come first served basis. The budget limit is £70. Please contact Camilla Morrison-Bell.

Keynote speaker and evening reception: free

Policy training day only: £20 BES/CIEEM members/£30 others

Conference only: £10 BES/CIEEM members/£20 others

Policy training and conference: £25 BES/CIEEM members/£35 others