Debates, deliberations and discussions!

Join us for debates, deliberations and discussions at the Nottingham Environment Conference 2019!

How can environmental organisations work most effectively together to drive urgent, multisectoral change to resolve the global crisis of plastic pollution? By which innovative ways can environmental practitioners maximise engagement with a diverse range of communities? How can future UK agricultural practices be honed to ensure sufficient high-quality food is produced to meet growing demand whilst exerting minimal detrimental impacts on wildlife, the environment, and national net zero carbon emissions targets? What are the views and key policy recommendations of three diverse environmental sector organisations in response to the UK Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan? These are just a few of the pressing, complex and multisectoral environmental issues that are to be discussed at the Nottingham Environment Conference 2019 (NEC 2019), to be held on Monday 24th June at the University of Nottingham.

I will be there with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust team and I am really looking forward to listening to the speakers, getting involved in the debates and sharing information with visitors.

Wildlife light night

Co-organised by the University of Nottingham and the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, this popular and highly successful annual event brings together environmentalists, researchers, policy makers and practitioners working in the environmental sector to foster new collaborations, and provides an opportunity to showcase the breadth of environmental research undertaken at the University of Nottingham. So whether you’re an environmentalist interested in learning more about the latest issues in the environmental sector, or are a researcher or practitioner looking to benefit from making new connections, we would be delighted to welcome you to NEC 2019. Key session themes for NEC 2019 include plastic pollution, community engagement, future farming and food, and the UK Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. I am really looking forward to the debates!

The itinerary encompasses talk sessions, cross-disciplinary panel debates, research poster presentations and a public lecture.  The event has a real cross-sectoral diversity of speakers and participants, with a wide range of practitioners and policy makers joining academics and researchers at the event, including, Bex Lynam (North Sea Marine Advocacy Officer, Wildlife Trusts), Tom Santon (School of Geography, UoN), Serena Brown (Environment Officer, UoN Sustainability), Philip Lymbery (CEO, Compassion in World Farming), David Salt (Director, Future Food Beacon of Excellence, UoN), Simon Fisher (NFU, Environmental Adviser, East Midlands region) Georgina Bray (Acting Manager, RSPB Hope Farm, Cambridgeshire), Penney Poyzer (Chair, Nottingham Good Food Partnership), Nicola Johansen (Group Stability Manager, Redrow Homes), Jessica Chappell (Senior Policy Officer, RSPB). As well as our very own:

Picture of Paul Wilkinson standing near some sheep

Paul Wilkinson

Chief Executive, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Picture of Trish Evans

Trish Evans

Head of Audience Engagement, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Picture of Tom Huggon at Light Night 2019

Tom Huggon

Nottingham Green City Champion

In addition to co-organising the event, the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust team, including myself, will be promoting the Trusts’ Wilder Future initiative, campaigning for a strong Environment Act to ensure that the UK’s much threatened wildlife is protected and given the opportunity to recover. Please come and find us at the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust stand to find out more, plus a chance to grab some of our free wildflower seed giveaways! I'd be happy to talk to you about it all.

Further Information and How to Register

Further information about the Conference, along with the itinerary, can be found here.

The Conference will be held on Monday 24th June 2019 from 09:00 – 19:00 BST at the University of Nottingham, UK. To reserve your place, please register online here. Registration is free of charge, but we request that registration is completed in advance of the event (by end of 23rd June).

We very much look forward to meeting you on the 24th.