Environment Evidence 2020

Resilience in the Welsh Uplands - An Evidence Perspective

Abstract submission open now– closing 30th April  

Over 80% of Wales is classed as upland. These landscapes provide important societal, environmental and economic benefits. Their health and resilience is critical to the wellbeing of people and nature within and across the Welsh borders.  

The unprecedented climatic and economic challenges that our uplands currently face exacerbate the historic challenges posed by anthropogenic activity. The resulting pressure on ecosystems and communities requires urgent action. With many competing points of view it is not yet clear how we should be managing our uplands to maximise societal and environmental benefit over the long term.  

Environment Evidence 2020 will explore the theme of resilience in the Welsh uplands from an evidence perspective. We will look at the challenges faced by policy makers, land managers and upland communities through the lenses of environment, society and economy. Over three days the conference will bring together cross-disciplinary experts and stakeholders from the public, private and third sectors. It will provide a showcase for relevant research, demonstrating how it might inform policy development and environmental management in Wales.  

With contributors attending from across the UK, we aim to challenge current thinking and open new opportunities for innovation and collaboration. 

Join us in Aberystwyth 14th – 16th September 2020 to add your voice to the conversation.  

We welcome contributions from disciplines including (but not limited to) the natural sciences and engineering, social sciences, economics, arts and humanities. We would like to hear about uplands research that addresses the past, present and future on themes including; 

  • Sustainable agriculture  
  • Forestry 
  • Peatlands 
  • Fresh water 
  • Environmental monitoring 
  • Climate change impacts  
  • Communities  
  • Wellbeing 
  • Cultural heritage  
  • Conservation  
  • Ecology 

We are aiming to showcase a broad range of disciplines to stimulate a rich discussion of the challenges and potential solutions. In addition to presentations, academic posters and workshops there will also be opportunities to exhibit artworks and short performances throughout the conference.  

Presentations will be 10 – 15 minutes in duration with exhibition areas for posters and artworks open throughout the conference. All abstracts will be peer reviewed and authors notified by June 5th.  

Abstract submission is closes on 30th April.  

If you have any questions about the suitability or fit of your submission, please get in touch via info@epwales.org.uk.  

Keep in touch via social media using #WelshUplands2020

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