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Engaging with Parliament and responding to inquiries
British Ecological Society and Zoological Society of London
26 May
ZSL Huxley Lecture Theatre

This one day event, aimed principally at established scientists (post-doctoral and above), will review key knowledge and processes involved in engaging with Parliament and responding to Select Committee inquiries relevant to ecology, conservation and environmental management. The day will be structured around a series of talks and tasks, designed to promote active learning experiences and maximise individual networking opportunities for all. Topics to be discussed include the structure and function of Parliament, introduction to Select Committees, the nature and purpose of parliamentary inquiries, as well as practical tips for producing written and oral submissions.

Greener UK 2017 Election Hustings
Greener UK
30 May
Central London
This will be the only hustings focused on the environment, where Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democart and Green Party spokespeople will have the chance to set out their ambitions for the natural environment, climate change, international environmental leadership and what leaving the EU will mean for the environment.

Wales Bat Conference
Bat Conservation Trust
3 June

Swansea University
An exciting weekend event for bat workers and anyone interested in bats who lives in or near Wales with diverse talks and optional evening fieldwork. £75 for BCT members/£80 for non-members, includes food and refreshments but not accommodation.

An epidemiologist's life on the edge (of the science-policy interface)
Zoological Society of London
7 June
ZSL Huxley Lecture Theatre
Ebola, MERS, pandemic influenza, SARS and Zika have all posed serious threats to our health and economic wellbeing in recent years. In each of these cases, statistical (and more broadly mathematical) epidemiologists contributed to top-level policy discussions of diseases control policy development, implementation and contingency planning. The methods build upon foundations of epidemiological modelling and analysis of both human and animal diseases (HIV/AIDS, BSE, vCJD, bovine TB and foot-and-mouth disease, among others). The potential impact of such analyses is enormous, but it can be challenging to provide robust answers to key scientific and policy questions. In the midst of an epidemic response effort, it really does feel like living on the edge.

The Contribution of Green Spaces to Health and Wellbeing in Yorkshire 2017
12 June
Leeds Beckett University
This conference will bring together key organisations in Yorkshire & Humber to investigate how to maximise the benefits of green spaces for health and wellbeing. A key aim of the event is to offer and generate practical ideas for interventions that will utilise green spaces to improve health. Establishing some form of partnership or network amongst attendees to pilot those ideas and develop ways to evaluate them is also an important outcome.

1st UK International Eel Science Symposium
13 - 15 June
Zoological Society of London
The Institute of Fisheries Management, along with the Zoological Society of London and the Environment Agency are hosting this three day international eel science symposium at the world famous ZSL London Zoo. The Symposium will provide a global forum for scientists and researchers to present the latest data and initiatives on the biology and management of anguillid eels. It will foster and develop international links between key academic, policy, industrial and other stakeholders to promote better understanding of the issues, parallels and conservation opportunities for these iconic species. The symposium will bring together speakers and delegates from around the world for three days of presentations, posters, panel sessions as well as a number of social events including an evening reception on the River Thames.

The 15th annual Rural Entrepreneurship Conference
14 - 16 June
Newcastle University
The conference is a forum for academics, practitioners & policy-makers that are involved in rural entrepreneurship – whether it be entrepreneurial farmers, social enterprise, new business models or international development. The programme will commence with a welcome reception at the Newcastle University Business School on the evening of the 14th June. The main programme starts on main campus on the 15th June with a 9:00 registration and finishes on the 16th June at 15:00. For the conference, early bird rates are £185 before 29th April 2017 (After this, the fee will be £220). Please go to their website to find out more and to book your place.

The Mammal Society 6th Student Conference
16 - 17 June
Newcastle University
There will be an exciting range of talks and posters and the opportunity to opportunity to gain new knowledge and experiences. On Saturday, join Northumbria Mammal Group for a day of mammal surveying. Tickets are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Agroforestry 2017
Woodland Trust
22 June
Cranfield University
A practical and inspiring day for farmers, foresters, landowners and researchers interested in agroforestry and how growing trees in fields can boost farms’ productivity and profits.

25 Years of Landscape Ecology
2017 ialeUK Annual Conference
27-29 June
Manchester Metropolitan University

2017 marks the 25th year since the first meeting of ialeUK at the University of Nottingham. This milestone provides an opportunity to reflect on the increasing importance of landscape ecology and how it will guide future landscape change over the next 25 years. As part of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, ialeUK has provided an important link between research, policy and practice in the UK and around the world. ialeUK look forward to welcoming both UK-based and international delegates to the conference.

16th European seminar of the Institute of Outdoor Adventure Education and Experiential Learning
EOE Network
28 June - 2 July

EOE 2017 will bring together experts all over Europe to exchange and share knowledge on learning in the outdoors based on different cultural, professional and developmental backgrounds. Seminar Theme: Outdoor Atmospheres and Narratives: Connecting people to the world.

FACE Farm Education Conference
July 3
Harper Adams University
With an initial introduction from Sarah Mukherjee, CEO of the Crop Protection Association, and former BBC Environment Correspondent, the day will include practical workshops including input from : Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Countryside Learning, A Shropshire Primary School, FACE Farm Members & FACE Regional Consultants.
The event will include tours of Harper Adams, including the 'Handsfree Hectare' - a totally robot/drone-managed field which has been widely covered in the farming press.

Harmony in Food and Farming
Sustainable Food Trust
10-11 July
Llandovery College, Carmarthenshire

In his book, ‘Harmony, A New Way of Looking at Our World’, The Prince of Wales shares his insights about the timeless laws and principles which permeate everything around and within us, an understanding of which can enable us to make better sense of the world in which we find ourselves. He also suggests that we will be best placed to address the climatic, ecological and public health challenges of our time, if our actions are informed by a deep understanding of these principles.

During the conference, our keynote speakers will explore the ways in which Harmony Principles manifest in food, agriculture and other spheres, including the environment, education, health and music. A range of parallel sessions will follow, in which speakers will share their insights about principles of Harmony in food and farming and other related fields. On the afternoon of the second day of the conference, there will be a series of field trips to local producers.

The State of the Thames
Zoological Society of London
11 July
ZSL Huxley Lecture Theatre

Estuaries are one of the world’s most productive ecosystems but their biological value is often over looked. Due to their complexity, they remain poorly understood and are rarely recognised for their importance for wildlife. The historical dependency of man on estuaries has largely resulted in them becoming environmentally impoverished. The Thames, however, is seen as a global success story of a recovering urban estuary. Find out more about how far the Thames has come since being declared ‘biologically dead’ in 1958 and learn about some of the species that live in the estuary and how they use it.

SAHFOS 4th International Marine Phytoplankton Workshop
3 - 14 July

The Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) is delighted to announce they will be running this popular workshop again from 3rd July - 14th July 2017 in Plymouth, UK. This is an introductory workshop aimed at all those working in the marine phytoplankton field. Classification and taxonomy of the major marine microalgal groups will be covered in this interactive workshop. Practical elements using a variety of methodologies and techniques will cover sampling, settling and slide preparation, cell counting, isolation, microscopy and culturing. A team of specially selected international experts will deliver the programme through a combination of seminars and hands-on practical sessions.
In order to keep a small and focused workshop, places are limited to 20. The costs of the workshop are £1,750 per participant and this includes the course fee, including tuition and all materials, accommodation for the complete period, an icebreaker event, breakfast and lunch on weekdays, a social event and two course dinners. The fee does not include travel arrangements, visa requirements and other meals. Successful participants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £250 by 31st March 2017 to secure their place on this popular course.

Wild about...Wildlife filmmaking with Simon King
Shropshire Wildlife Trust
24 July
The Cut Visitor Centre, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
TV presenter Simon King presents an inspirational talk on his life as a wildlife documentary maker. Part one of the new Growing Confidence "Wild about" seminars, which aim to inspire the next generation. Event exclusively for 11-30 years. The topics are chosen by young people participating in the project. #

The 51st AA National Amenity Conference 2017
Arboricultural Association
10-13 September
Exeter University
This year the overall focus is biosecurity – a subject with varied threads and, increasingly, of much concern to the industry and to the population at large. To assist us in addressing this broad and complex area we are working in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) for the middle day of our three-day conference. This will bring in expert speakers with a wider perspective than just the arboricultural view, as well as delegates from the ecology sector with new challenges, ideas and innovative solutions: a chance for delegates to network, compare notes and establish new contacts and business streams.

When senses take flight: understanding avian sensory behaviour in a changing world
14 - 15 September
ZSL London Zoo

This symposium will bring together a distinguished list of international researchers representing the full spectrum of avian senses and how these are being, and could be, used in conservation science.

Extinction and Livestock Conference
WWF-UK and Compassion in World Farming
5-6 October

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London
The Extinction and Livestock international conference is being held at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth 11 Conference Centre, London, and will examine how we can transform our global food and farming systems to work for people, the planet and animals. It will bring together diverse interests – conservation & livestock production, land & water use, the environment & climate change, ethics & economics, healthy & sustainable diets, food security, food business– and act as a catalyst for future collaboration and solution development.

Unknown Wales Conference 2017
The Wildlife Trusts Wales
28 October
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

The 2017 Unknown Wales Conference, run in conjunction with the National Museum of Wales, will celebrate the unknown aspects of Welsh wildlife.