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Conferences and short courses

Courses and conferences of interest

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

The Green Wall Centre's International Conference on Green Walls in urban areas was held in September 2014 and was very successful.
For more information see International Green Wall Conference 2014

Short Courses

The following Short Courses are available in the Green Wall Centre

What are green walls and why are they important for urban areas?
An introductory training course on green wall infrastructure:

- presenting the different categories of green walls 
- introducing the existing commercial and DIY systems
- looking at the environmental values of green walls in the urban environment
- examining the solutions provided by green walls to the major challenges faced by the urban environment
For more information about this course, when and where it will be held and other training programmes offered by the Green Wall Centre, please feel free to contact us.

How to choose the green wall adapted to my needs
This training course on green wall infrastructure is looking at the different systems and design issues in greater detail. The aim is to present an overview of the many tools and techniques needed to satisfy your green wall project objectives.

The course will focus on:
- the variety of green wall products and their performance criteria
- identifying the relevance of the different green walls elements to your design intent
- identifying the main benefits you are looking for
- ascertaining the needed costs (financial, time, staff) to reach your green wall goals
We will also look at major designs principles of a successful green wall project and discuss causes of failure.
For more information about this course, when and where it will be held and other training programmes offered by the Green Wall Centre, please feel free to contact us.

To discuss a course tailored to your specific needs and location, please feel free to contact us.

Society of Biology Courses

Valuing our Life Support Systems

Society of Biology Natural Capital Summit
6 & 7 November 2014, British Library, London

Since the launch of the Natural Capital Initiative in 2009, a number of influential activities have emerged across all sectors within the natural capital space - from networks to research programmes, committees to coalitions.  Five years on, we will once again bring together  influencers from across academia, policy, business, and civil society within this expanded community and beyond to assess gains made and further enable the valuing of natural capital in planning and decision-making based on sound science.

Duncan Wingham (NERC), Georgina Mace (UCL), Peter Young (Aldersgate Group),  Inder Poonaji (Nestle), David Pencheon (NHS), Sari Kovats (LSHTM), Camilla Toulmin (IIED), Andrew Clark (NFU), Bill Sutherland (University of Cambridge), Will Evison (PwC), Anthony Kessel (Public Health England), Jo Pike (Scottish Wildlife Trust), and many others will discuss natural capital and health, accounting, ethics, investing, cities, corporate stewardship, food security, conservation, culture, mapping and more.

Book now:

 The Society of Biology also run training courses. For details see the link below:


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