Environment Evidence 2019

Launching the Wales Marine Evidence Strategy

Swansea University, Bay Campus 17th – 19th September

We are still taking last minute registrations. Register here

Information for delegates

Take a look at our programme and timetable below for information on themes, presentations and timings. We will have copies displayed around the venue but in an effort to save paper will not be providing paper copies for delegates. If you prefer a paper copy please print one and bring it with you.

Registration opens at 10am on day 1 (Tuesday 17th) with talks starting at 11am. Registration opens at 8:30am on days 2 and 3 with talks from 9am.

Volunteers will be on hand at the reception desk throughout the conference to help with any queries. There will be a range of vegan and vegetarian options available for lunch each day. We are trying to reduce single use waste and so would encourage you to bring your own water bottles to refill on site.

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The poster presentation and networking reception at the National Waterfront Museum on Tuesday evening is open to all (no need to book). This is a fantastic opportunity to meet colleagues, visit Swansea University’s new research vessel the Mary Anning and hear about Swansea’s maritime industrial heritage from Prof Louise Miskell. There is a regular bus service from the Bay Campus which stops a few minutes walk from the Museum.

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Marine Spatial Planning Tuesday 17th September – 15:30 – 17:30

The Severn Estuary is a single waterbody subject to two marine planning systems across the English and Welsh borders, supporting a diverse range of ecosystem services, natural resources and human activities that do not always easily adhere to human administrative boundaries.

This session will take an interactive format through the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Challenge which has previously been used to support the process of Scottish Regional Marine Planning. It will challenge participants to respond to and plan for different development scenarios by considering the interactions between uses and stakeholder interests.  We will also explore the practical complexities of planning for a cross-border estuary that is covered by different policies, such as the Severn.

Offshore Renewable Energy Wednesday 18th September – 15:30 – 17:15 (Fully Booked)

Wales’ natural resources give huge potential for wind, wave and tidal energy generation within our waters. However, Wales’ natural environment is also highly valued and protected, and we need to ensure it is sustainably managed for future generations to enjoy.

This workshop will explore evidence gaps relating to environmental impacts of increased deployment of offshore renewable energy schemes. Outputs of the workshop will inform strategic evidence gathering and will play a key role in enabling sustainable blue growth in Wales.

The session will conclude with a round table discussion on the leadership and funding of strategic evidence programmes for marine renewable energy in Wales. We will consider options available through existing programmes as well as the establishment of a bespoke programme for Wales.  

Marine Social Sciences Thursday 19th September – 12:45 – 14:15

Our Welsh seas and coasts support rich and diverse ecosystems, habitats and landscapes, providing numerous benefits to communities and individuals across Wales.  Recent changes to Welsh national legislation have increased the need to understand the human dimensions of the seas and coastline, and to ensure that these factors are taken into consideration in decision making, management and governance.

Through a facilitated discussion, this workshop will identify existing challenges, highlight potential pathways to impact for sustainable marine management in Wales, and identify next steps and priorities for the future, through the following questions:

  1. What are the challenges of integrating marine social sciences into the wider marine evidence base?
  2. How can marine social sciences be used to support SMNR, the Welsh National Marine Plan and the ambitions of related governance?
  3. What should the priorities be for a forward thinking marine social science research agenda in Wales?

Sign up for workshops here.


Academic visitors should connect via Eduroam.

ISS have launched a new Wi-Fi network for non-academic visitors to the university to use called:- SwanseaUni-Visitors. This network is an open network which requires users to sign in via a web page.

The first thing you need to do is view the list of available wireless networks on your device and then connect it to the open SwanseaUni-Visitors SSID

Once you are connected you should be prompted to sign-in, follow the log in instructions.

If you are not prompted, open a web browser and type in the URL of https://socialwifi.swansea.ac.uk 

Stay in touch

Please make sure you stay updated with any new developments on the Environment Platform Wales website. For any conference related enquiries, please contact the EP Wales team directly on: Sue.Cody@epwales.org.uk /Gemma.TF@epwales.org.uk

For Swansea University enquiries please contact events@swansea.ac.uk

Please note, the conference is at Bay campus, not Singleton Campus.

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