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ILI Biennial Conference 2023

Nature-based Solutions | leadership in nature restoration and climate resilience

09:30-16:00 Friday 24th November in the FitzGerald Debating Chamber, Student Centre, University College Dublin

Organised by the Irish Landscape Institute for Landscape Architects, Civil Engineers, Ecologists, Architects, Urban Planners, Environmental Engineers, City Managers, Community Groups, Artists, Nature-based Enterprises, Transport Planners, Heritage Consultants, you...


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08:30 Registration will open to allow for early parking. Teas & coffees served.

09:30 Welcome and introduction to the themes for the conference: 

  • Mark Nugent - ILI President
  • Gillian Dick - Manager of Spatial Planning – Research & Development team within the Development Plan Group at Glasgow City Council.  We are delighted to have Gillian who is a passionate expert on place-based NbS. She is our MC and peer debate facilitator.

09:45 Introductory speaker: 

10:05 Theme 1: NbS - celebrating co-creation, inclusion, sustainability & beauty

  • Case Study: Connswater Greenway, Belfast City
    • Anthony McGuigan - Director, The Paul Hogarth Company
    • Michele Bryans - Chief Executive, East Belfast Partnership
      • Anthony will present the Connswater Community Greenway project in East Belfast sharing his work on the project along with the story of its development into an urban community that is increasingly living the ‘Green Way’. Michele will present the rich and diverse aspects of community engagement that supported the project.

11:10 Networking Break

11:40 Theme 1 continues

12:45 Lunch

13:45 Theme 2: Net gain for nature? Prove it!

  • Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG)
    • Pat Roberts - Principal Ecologist, MKO Ireland 
      • Pat will explain the basic principles of BNG and discuss the application of metrics and the importance of interaction between landscape architects, project managers and ecologists in the delivery of BNG. He will look at the potential barriers and obstacles to the delivery of effective BNG and how they may be overcome.
  • Case Study: collaborative work between ecologists and landscape architects

    • Dr Stuart Connop - Associate Professor in Sustainability, SRI, University of East London 
    • John Little - Grass Roof Company 
      • John Little and Stuart Connop will present their experiences of how researchers and landscape designers can learn from nature, and from each other, about how to renature urban landscapes through nature-based solutions approaches. 

15:30 VIP address

Please Note: All presentations will include a Q + A session plus an opportunity for delegate discussion.

16:00 Close—Mark Nugent, ILI President followed by networking drinks reception


Running in parallel onsite with the conference will be the: 

  • Exhibition | Nature-based Solutions: illustrating projects by members of the Irish Landscape Institute alongside 'Designs for Ballina' - created by participants of the joint ILI and Connecting Nature Enterprise Platform CPD programme 2023
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