Conference Programme

EUGIC 2017 Budapest – Conference Programme Outline

Nature-based solutions and urban green infrastructure are vitally important to the future of European cities and citizens.

EUGIC 2017 Budapest‘s style is a dynamic, interactive and exciting mix of keynote speakers, audience discussions and group sessions, with workshops and storytelling on a wide range of urban greening topics. We even have an Industry Speed Dating session!

The latest nature-based projects – green roofs, green walls, rain gardens, street trees and other approaches – from Europe and around the world will be on show.

We are also pleased that the Chair of EUGIC 2017 Budapest this year is the excellent Jim McClelland, Sustainable Futurist.

Day 1  Wednesday 29 November

Session 1 | Welcome to EUGIC 2017 hosted by the City of Budapest

  • Budapest Deputy Mayor for Environment Welcome to Budapest
  • Vera Enzi Grün Statt Grau/Green Not Grey
  • Dusty Gedge President of the EFB – European Federation of Green Roof and Wall Associations and


Session 2 | Climate Change, Cities and Green Infrastructure

Exemplar urban green infrastructure projects for adaptation and nature:

  • Laura Gatti Studio Laura Gatti Landscape
  • Gary Grant Green Infrastructure Consultancy
  • Ronan Uhel Head of Programme, Natural Systems & Sustainability, European Environmental Agency
  • Marco Fritz Biodiversity Lead, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Panel discussion and Q&A

Morning Break

Session 3 | The Benefits of Urban Green Infrastructure 

Sustainable cities, health and well-being benefits, food growing – vertical farms, air quality, cooling and stormwater management

  • Holger Robrecht ICLEI Europe – Local Governments for Sustainability,
  • Bernhard Scharf BOKU, Vienna
  • Nadja Kabisch Humboldt University, Berlin
  • Péter Dezsenyi Deep Forest Landscape, Budapest
  • Daniel Podmirseg Vertical Farming Institute

Panel discussion and Q&A

Lunch and Exhibition

Session 4 | Horizon 2020 – Next Generation of Nature-Based Solutions

  • The past, present and future of Horizon 2020 projects
  • Implemented urban green infrastructure
  • What can we learn from each other?

Pecha Kucha followed by interactive, dynamic group discussions led by H2020 and NBS projects and partners

Afternoon Break

Session 5 | Meet The Industry – Speed Dating!

  • Introduction by Manfred Peritsch, Graz Technical University

An interactive and exciting new way to meet each other – meet the companies who can help your project and the people who can help your business


Session 6 | Graffiti Wall and Feedback

Close of Day 1 and what’s ahead in Day 2


Evening Programme

Green-Go Awards, EUGIC 2017 Projects and Posters Awards and social event

Awards, celebration, networking and discussions in the Akvárium Bar & Entertainment Area


Day 2 Thursday 30 November 


Session 7 | Cities: Where are they and where do they want to be?

Green infrastructure innovations in:

  • London – Peter Massini Head of Urban Greening, Greater London Authority
  • Paris – Marc Barra Naturparif
  • Budapest – speaker tbc
  • Wroclaw – Małgorzata Bartyna-Zielińska City of Wroclaw Landscape Management
  • Vienna – speaker tbc

Panel discussion and reflections from the audience

Morning Break

Session 8A | Story Corner 1 – City-Scale Projects and Tools

Nature-based solutions for cities – green roofs, walls and rain gardens, street trees, permeable surfaces SUDS, swales and more! Short panel presentations followed by detailed discussions.

  • Mihai-Răzvan Niță EKLIPSE
  • Doris Schnepf Green4Cities
  • Paulo Palha, Beatriz Castiglione Portuguese Green Roof Association
  • Erich Steiner Swiss Green Infrastructure Association


Session 8B | Story Corner 2 – Mapping and Evaluation of Urban Green Infrastructure

Valuing urban green infrastructure – green infrastructure assets and audits, quality control, assessment, evaluation and project certification.

  • Irena Niedźwiecka-Filipiak Head of Institute of Landscape Architecture, Wrocław University of Environmental & Life Sciences
  • Speaker tbc, Mapping of urban GI and related programmes in Vienna
  • Speaker tbc, UK mapping of cities


Session 9 | Urban Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity

  • Marc Barra Naturparif, Paris
  • Gyongyver Kadas London
  • Other speakers tbc

Lunch and Exhibition

Session 10 | What next for European Urban Green Infrastructure?

Keynote speakers tbc

Session 11 | Story Corner 3 – Neighbourhoods, Nature & Community

Communities working together for healthy, resilient neighbourhoods, community-led local planning and design, creating productive living and working spaces for cities

  • Leila Tolderlund University of Colorado Denver, USA
  • Bente Knoll b.nk GmbH, Germany
  • Helen Taylor Hosta Consulting, UK
  • John Little Grass Roof Company, UK
  • Ester Blaimschein and Simone Rongitsch k.a.r.l.s concept, Austria


Session 12 | World Cafe Synthesis – gathering the threads and creating a green tapestry 

Group discussions and feedback in the main hall:

  • What are the key urban green infrastructure successes?
  • What challenges still remain?
  • What key themes have emerged from EUGIC 2017?
  • What next? EUGIC 2019?