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International Conference 2014

Meeting the Challenge of a Sustainable Urban Future: the contribution of green walls

September 4th-5th 2014 

Science Centre, Staffordshire University, Leek Rd, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2DF, UK

Convenors: Professor John Dover & Mme Caroline Chiquet

We are pleased to announce our first International Conference on Green Walls in urban areas.

Abstracts for posters are still being accepted! Please see below for details.

Key Deadlines
Deadline for poster submission21st August 2014      
Late bookings still being accepted! 
Conference4th-5th September 2014

Keynote Speakers

Keynote addresses at the conference will be delivered by

Dr Patrick Blanc (CNRS\verticalgardenpatrickblanc), the man who did more than anyone to kick-start interest in the Living Walls concept with his dramatic Mur Vegetal installations. Patrick will talk on "High Plant Diversity: the key for sustainable Vertical Gardens in challenging situations".

Gary Grant (the Green Roof Consultancy), one of the leading advocates of green walls in the UK, will talk on "Living Walls: a multi-functional approach".

Conference Programme

Download the conference programme here (PDF, file size: 199KB) .


If you would like to present a poster at the meeting, please contact Professor John Dover (j.w.dover@staffs.ac.uk) or Mme Caroline Chiquet (C.Chiquet@staffs.ac.uk)

with the following information:
Title of contribution
Nature of presentation (e.g. Research/Case Study/Technical Evaluation)
Contact information (e-mail + postal address)


Ross WF Cameron, Jane E Taylor, Martin R Emmett (University of Sheffield , UK) Green Façades - How does plant choice affect wall cooling?
Caroline Chiquet, John W. Dover, Paul Mitchell (Green Wall Centre, Staffordshire University, UK) How the characteristics of living walls and green façades influence their animal biodiversity.
LM Chu (Chinese University of Hong Kong) Vertical greening in a subtropical city: System and species selection.
Eloi Chuzel (Tracer, France) Green Wall solution system by Tracer: featuring environmental benefits for urban sustainability.
Sophie Cohen, Philippe Gourdain (Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, France) For a real integration of biodiversity in Green Wall conception and maintenance.
Julià Coma, Gabriel Pérez, Cristian Solé, Albert Castell, Luisa F. Cabeza (Universitat de Lleida, Spain) Vertical Greenery Systems for energy conservation in buildings.
Bernd Eisenberg (Institut für Landschaftsplanung und Ökologie, Universität Stuttgart, Germany) Urban climate comfort zones and microclimatic benefits of green lounge/living room.
James Farrell, Ben Kimpton, Martin Eade (Brighton & Hove Building Green; The Ecology Consultancy; Brighton & Hove City Council, UK) The Volks Wall – Two centuries in the life of a green wall on Brighton seafront.
Dick Lauwerijssen (Mobilane, Netherlands) Market-oriented development of green wall products.
Mark Grañén (PhytoKinetic, Spain) Global creativity: new challenges for urban landscape.
Veronica Lawrie, Octavia Neeves (Atkins) A tale of two green walls: from BREEAM to ecosystem services.
Maria Manso, Ana Lidia Virtudes, João Castro Gomes (Centre of Materials and Building Technologies, University of Beira Interior,  Portugal) Modular system design for vegetated surfaces: Integration of sustainability concerns.
Hans Müller (Institut für Landschaftsplanung und Ökologie, Universität Stuttgart, Germany) Green lounge/living room, Ludwigsburg. A site report.
Chris Pianta (Chidean Industrial Corporation, Taiwan) Aerogation™ Active Greenwall System - featuring active dynamic botanical air filtration.
Luis Pérez-Urrestarazu, Gregorio Egea, Rafael Fernández-Cañero (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain) Influence of different variables on living wall irrigation
Katia Perini, Paolo Rosasco (Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy) Vertical greening systems: social and private benefits and costs.
Agnes Petit, Laurent Daune, Robert Perroulaz, Jacques Kaufmann, Sébastien Polli, Séraphine Hirtz, Stéphane Burgos, Marco Ammon, Görge Blendermann (Creabeton Matériaux and hepia, Western Switzerland University of Applied Science, Switzerland) Vegetal Envelop - a new generation of living walls.
Arnie Rainbow (Vital Earth Ltd., UK) The role of green compost in sustainable growing media.
Lynette Robertson (Independent/Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Centre (MEARU), Glasgow School of Art, UK) Enhancing health and wellbeing with living walls - inside and out.
Richard Sabin (Biotecture Ltd., UK) The role and potential of vertical greening in sustainable cities
Michelle Sánchez de León Brajkovich (Green Roofs and Living Walls Centre, University of Greenwich, UK) Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of green walls systems.
Daniele Schönle, Moritz Bellers (Institut für Landschaftsplanung und Ökologie, Universität Stuttgart, Germany) Meeting the challenges of a sustainable urban future with Baubotanik (living plant construction).
Peter Vujakovic, David Powley (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK) Walking the walls:  the importance of wall plants as part of a developing ‘sense of place’ narrative for the Canterbury UNESCO World Heritage Site
Juri Yoshimi, Hasim Altan (University of Sheffield, UK) An observational study on the thermal benefits of green walls in the UK climate.


Conference Location

The Conference will be held at Staffordshire University’s new £30 million Science Centre in Stoke-on-Trent. The campus is well served by major communication routes, with a train station a short walk away from the Science Centre and road access via the M6 motorway. Birmingham International Airport is probably our closest. There are direct trains from the airport to Stoke-on-Trent. Information on travel to the University campus can be found at: http://www.staffs.ac.uk/about/campuses/stoke/index.jsp and our Conference Office can advise if you have particular questions concerning travel.

Fees, Accommodation and Meals

CostVAT 20%Total Cost
Conference Fee
Accommodation (B & B)
Bed and Breakfast, night of 3rd September, in en suite accommodation31.006.2037.20
Bed and Breakfast, night of 4th September, in en suite accommodation31.006.2037.20
Bed and Breakfast, night of 5th September, in en suite accommodation31.006.2037.20
Evening Meals
4th September20.004.0024.00
5th September20.004.0024.00

Conference Fee
The Conference fee will include admittance to the conference, a conference bag, lunch on the 4th and 5th September 2014, refreshment breaks (tea & coffee) in the morning and afternoon of the 4th and the 5th September.

If booked, en suite accommodation will be provided as Bed & Breakfast at a University Hall of Residence a short walk from the Science Centre where the meeting will be held. Accommodation can be booked for the nights of the 3rd, 4th and 5th September 2014

Evening Meals
Evening meals can be booked for the nights of the 4th and 5th September and will be held in the on-site restaurant near the Science Centre. Unfortunately we cannot provide meals on the nights of the 3rd or 6th September and delegates should aim to use restaurants in Stoke-on-Trent please see http://www.visitstoke.co.uk/food-drink/food-drink.aspx

Sponsorship and Manufacturers/Commercial Packages

If you are interested in sponsoring this conference, please contact Christine Dover at the Conference Office (details below).

Manufacturer/Commercial Packages
Packages exist for manufacturers and service providers who wish have publicity material placed in the delegate packs and/or to erect display stands. Package details may be found here.


Please download the booking form (DOCX, file size: 1.17MB) and send via email or post to Mrs. Christine Dover at the address below



Christine Dover
Science Centre
Staffordshire University
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294110
e: c.j.dover@staffs.ac.uk