CIEEM 2020 Annual Conference Presentations

Time to Change:
Putting the Environment at the Heart of Social and Economic Wellbeing


Day 1: Chair: Max Wade CEcol CEnv FCIEEM, CIEEM President

Main Session:  Delivering a Green Recovery for Nature and People (1st December a.m.)


Government’s plans for a Green Recovery

Rebecca Pow MP, (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Defra)


Advocating nature’s role in a Green Recovery

Tony Juniper CEnv (Chair, Natural England)


Health and the Environment

Emma Howard Boyd (Chair, Environment Agency)


The role of the profession in delivering a green recovery

Des Thompson FCIEEM (Principal Adviser on Science and Biodiversity, NatureScot) and Dr Clive Mitchell (Outcome Manager for People and Nature, NatureScot)



PM  Chair: Sally Hayns CEcol MCIEEM, CIEEM CEO

Session A: Practical approaches to promoting nature’s recovery (1st December p.m.)


ELMS: Restoring biodiversity through new approaches to agri-environment

James LePage, (Head of Advice and Technical Guidance, Defra)


Local Nature Recovery Strategies

Jo Traill Thompson (LNRS Pilots, Natural England)


How can we turn the tide on nature’s decline? Learning from the North Devon Landscape Pioneer

Alice Lord (Natural England)


Biodiversity delivery through heritage site conservation

Kate Jeffreys CEnv MCIEEM (Geckoella Ltd) and Dr Hannah Fluck (Historic England)



Day 2: Chair Sally Hayns CEcol MCIEEM, CIEEM CEO

Session B: Connecting people and nature – taking a more diverse and inclusive approach (2nd December a.m.)


Towards a diverse environmental sector

Judy Ling Wong (Hon. President, Black Environment Network)


Nature for all – using the evidence to support an equitable green recovery

Cheryl Willis & Beth Brocket (Natural England)


Driving forward diversity and inclusivity at the National Trust

Tiger de Souza, (Volunteering, Participation and Inclusion Director. National Trust)


Being powerful influencers

Diana Pound CEnv FCIEEM (Managing Director, Dialogue Matters)



PM  Chair: Max Wade CEcol CEnv FCIEEM, CIEEM President

Session C: Mainstreaming the value of nature (2nd December p.m.)


Nature-based solutions. Unlocking urban potential?

Professor Harriet Bulkeley (University of Durham)


Evidencing the value of alternative investments in nature

Ben Aston CEnv MCIEEM, Gemma Wren MCIEEM (Yorkshire Water & National Trust)


Mainstreaming nature through biophilic design

Joe Clancy (Principal Landscape Architect, WSP)


Natural capital atlases

Dr Patricia Rice (Natural England)



Day 3: Chair Jason Reeves CEnv MCIEEM, Head of Policy and Communications, CIEEM

Session D: Biodiversity Net Gain and Environmental Net Gain (3rd December a.m)


Biodiversity Net Gain and Wellbeing

Dr Julia Baker CEnv MCIEEM (Balfour Beatty) & Joseph Bull


The revised Defra metric and a proposed metric for small-scale sites 

Nick White (Principal Adviser Net Gain, Natural England)


From Biodiversity Net Gain to Environmental Net Gain

Dr Steph Wray CEcol CEnv FCIEEM (RSK Biocensus)


The new Ecometric

Clare Warburton (Principal Adviser Green Infrastructure, Natural England) & Andrew Thompson (Natural England)



PM  Chair: Carlos Abrahams MCIEEM

Session E: New tools and techniques advancing professional practice (3rd December p.m.)


Artificial Intelligent Naturalists – Friend or Foe?

Tom August (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology)


Remote sensing for biodiversity gains

Jonny Miller and Josh Aves (WSP)

What if you have so much data it’s hard to make sense of it?

What if you have so much data it’s hard to make sense of it?

Greg Slack MCIEEM & Matthew Whittle ACIEEM (Jacobs)


Ecoacoustics – Theories, methods and emerging trends

Oliver Metcalf (Manchester Metropolitan University)