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Fisheries Conference 2017
The Rivers Trust
20 - 21 July
WWF Living Planet Centre, Woking
The two-day conference will be most suited to local Rivers Trusts and their associated organisations. Over the two-days, there will be a series of talks and discussions centred around Fisheries Science and Fisheries Management within the Rivers Trust movement.

The Macroecology of Alien Species: Patterns, Drivers and Consequences of Global Biotic Exchange
British Ecological Society
24-26 July
Durham University
This 2-day symposium will bring together invasion ecologists and macroecologists, working on many different taxonomic groups, to build a global synthesis of alien species distribution and richness. The symposium will explore the major drivers behind the mixing of the world’s biotas, and the consequences for conservation of biodiversity. A broad range of engaging, international and UK-based invited speakers will present the current state of our knowledge of alien species macroecology, and attendees will be able to submit an abstract to present their own work in this field as an oral or poster presentation.

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.

First Friday Fundraising - Online Fundraising
Small Charities Coalition
4th August

First Friday Fundraising Clinics are run in partnership with International Fundraising Consultancy (IFC). The IFC set up First Friday Fundraising sessions to create a free space for non-profit organisations to gain knowledge and advice on a range of fundraising topics.
These workshops are a great opportunity for you to meet face to face with a fundraising expert and get their support with a particular issue or challenge you may be facing.This session will focus on online fundraising and how to maximise your campaigns success.

Frontiers in Natural Environment Research
London NERC
24 - 25 August
Frontiers in Natural Environment Research will showcase the world-leading work being conducted in each of the DTPs. Key themes of the conference are communication and multidiscipliary research, with PhD students presenting work on topics as diverse as ecology and biology, natural hazards, materials science, renewable energy and the fundamental physics of the atmosphere and climate.

Environmental Crime and Technology Conference
Dr Jennifer Maher
12 September
This International Environmental Crime Conference showcases leading research that highlights the intersection between Technology and Environmental Crime. In particular, it focuses on the way technology is used to facilitate and perpetrate environmental crime and respond to its challenges. The conference features four keynote speakers from around the globe, who examine the role of technology in environmental crime

Rewilding Britain: Planning, Policy and Practice
University of Kent
12 September
Marlowe Building - Kent

Rewilding aims to restore natural ecosystems using keystone species in a way that benefits wildlife and people. Can rewilding really be win-win for wildlife and landowners? What are the practical, political and economic risks? How can it be planned and implemented to maximise the benefits? These questions and more will be tackled during a one day conference jointly hosted by the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) and Wildwood Trust.

The programme will comprise presentations and discussions from across the rewilding stakeholder community and will be arranged around three key themes: (1) Species and rewilding; (2) Landscapes and rewilding; and (3) Political and cultural aspects of rewilding. Confirmed speakers include:
Dr Humphrey Crick (Natural England)
Dr David Hetherington (Cairngorms National Park) and more.

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.

Brexit Environmental Update
Castle Debates
20 October
The EU has been the major influence on UK environmental law over the last thirty years. Brexit has raised unique challenges and opportunities for future of environmental law in this country. Will international environmental conventions become more legally significant?
In the absence of the European Commission and the European Court of Justice, do we have adequate legal machinery to ensure that government and public bodies comply with their environmental obligations? Should national Parliament have an enhanced role in the future? Will we see environmental law diverge within the devolved jurisdictions and does that matter? These and other questions will be addressed at this Debate.

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.

The Future of the UK Environment
Environmental Protection UK
9 November
Aston University - Birmingham
This year will be crucial for the future of our environment. The Great Repeal Bill is intended to bring all existing EU legislation, including environmental legislation, into UK law. There will be expert presentations in the sessions for each of the main EPUK topics, air quality, land quality and noise.

Linking behaviour to populations and communities
22 - 23 November
This NERC/ZSL symposium will bring together leading experts in behavioural ecology and conservation to explore how behavioural ecologists can make a difference in support of conservation by relating their research to ecosystem processes. The meeting will critically assess the role of the behavioural ecological community in addressing conservation priorities so far and aims to inspire future conservation-oriented research and action with real impact. Now is a highly promising time for progress in this direction because of the emergence of strong analytical tools and conceptual advances in behavioural ecology in recent years, developments which have yet to find their way fully into the conservation arena.

IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group Training
27- 30 November
This 4-day training workshop is aimed at conservation biologists and managers working on conservation transloations and reintroductions. The IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group aims to create profound benefits for nature and people by saving species and restoring the function of ecosystems. To do so it supports conservation biologists and managers in designing and managing the complexities surrounding conservation translocations in terms of multi-stakeholder interests, biological uncertainties and risk.

Through this workshop it hopes to ultimately increase knowledge to plan, courage to act, certainty to secure resources, skill to respond to challenges, and support the achievement of successful conservation outcomes. The 4-day course will be a mix of lectures, tools training sessions, and small group activities to practice application of lecture and tools material to participant-suggested case studies. Workshop participants will be required to prepare a summary of a conservation translocation project they are currently involved with. By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to apply IUCN Guidelines for Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations.

Expanding the UK’s Green Economy
Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum
5 December

Delegates at this conference will assess the priorities for expanding the UK’s Green Economy, delivering low-carbon electricity and developing green infrastructure.

With the UK set to miss its 2020 renewable targets, and following the recent private acquisition of the GIB and the Green Deal Finance Company, delegates will consider opportunities for attracting further private investment in green projects. Sessions will examine the challenges for engaging investors who traditionally avoid public subsidy models, and for balancing commercial viability with the need for clean energy infrastructure.

In light of the Industrial Strategy White paper and the Clean Growth Plan, both expected later this year, attendees will discuss the Government’s investment priorities for improving energy efficiency, reducing energy costs, and developing new clean-energy projects post-Brexit.
Further sessions will consider the future for less established technologies, such as hydrogen gas heating and carbon capture and storage, and the potential for cross sector strategies to ensure effective emissions management and reduction.

Wild About Plymouth: Britain's Ocean City
Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery
9 December

Join Professor John Spicer on a special tour through Plymouth exploring the city’s unique marine science history. We will visit the Marine Biological Association where marine science really began in the UK, and walk down to the Barbican visiting key spots along the way. Find out what makes our city an international base for marine science research.

European Coral Reef Symposium (ECRS) 2017
13 - 15 December
To celebrate 20 years of Reef Conservation UK (RCUK) ZSL are going big and hosting the European Coral Reef Symposium (ECRS) in Oxford, UK, from Wednesday 13th to Friday 15th December, 2017. This three-day event is organised and hosted by the RCUK Committee, in association with the Zoological Society of London, the International Society for Reef Studies and the University of Oxford.