EUGIC 2017 Budapest takes place 29-30 November 2017 at
Conference Programme Overview
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. The latest city nature-based projects – green roofs, green walls, rain gardens, street trees and other approaches – will be on show, including a specific Horizon 2020 Projects Session. We even have Industry Speed Dating!
We are very pleased that the Chair of EUGIC 2017 Budapest is the excellent Jim McClelland, Sustainable Futurist.
Day 1 Wednesday 29 November
Session 1 | Welcome to EUGIC 2017 hosted by the City of Budapest
- Dr Balázs Szeneczey Budapest Deputy Mayor for Environment & Development | Welcome to Budapest
- Vera Enzi Green For Grey / Grün Statt Grau | Impacts of EUGIC 2015 Vienna
- Dusty Gedge President of the EFB – European Federation of Green Roof and Wall Associations, Director of Livingroofs.org | Overview of EUGIC 2017 Budapest
Session 2 | Climate Change, Cities and Green Infrastructure
Exemplar urban green infrastructure projects for adaptation and nature.
- Laura Gatti Studio Laura Gatti Landscape | From the Bosco Verticale to Nanjing Vertical Forest Towers
- Gary Grant Green Infrastructure Consultancy | Nature in the City
- Ronan Uhel Head of Programme, Natural Systems & Sustainability, European Environmental Agency | Green infrastructure benefits and urban policies: synergies and conflicts – some European experience
- Marco Fritz Biodiversity Lead, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
Panel discussion and Q&A
Session 3 | The Benefits of Urban Green Infrastructure
Nature-based solutions for sustainable cities – from health and well-being benefits, food growing, and vertical farms to air quality, urban cooling and stormwater management.
- Holger Robrecht ICLEI Europe – Local Governments for Sustainability | Sustainable cities and the benefits of green infrastructure to reach our goals
- Bernhard Scharf BOKU University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences Vienna | The urban heat island and how to cope with it through urban green infrastructure?
- Nadja Kabisch Humboldt University, Berlin | Co-benefits of urban green infrastructure for social well-being
- Péter Dezsenyi Deep Forest Landscape, Budapest | Green infrastructure and multinationals – private UGI investment in urban biodiversity
- Daniel Podmirseg Vertical Farming Institute | Urban green infrastructure and food
Panel discussion and Q&A
Lunch and Exhibition
Session 4 | Horizon 2020 – Next Generation Nature-Based Solutions for Cities
The past, present and future of Horizon 2020 urban green infrastructure projects, implemented nature-based solutions. What can we learn from each other?
- Marc Lotteau Nature4Cities | A pan-European platform for urban green infrastructure
- László Pintér NATURVATION, Central European University and the IISD | Transdisciplinary approaches and partnerships for urban nature-based solutions
- Pecha Kucha of H2020 projects followed by interactive, dynamic group discussions
- Feedback to conference
Session 5 | Meet The Industry – Speed Dating!
- Introduction by Manfred Peritsch, Innovations Management | Urban green infrastructure markets
- Industry Speed Dating | An interactive and exciting new session – meet the companies, designers and project drivers, the people behind the businesses and the projects
Session 6 | Graffiti Wall and Feedback
Close of Day 1, what’s ahead in Day 2
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 | London’s green infrastructure strategy
- Paris – Marc Barra Naturparif | Paris Zero Pesticide Mission
- Budapest – speaker tbc City of Budapest Architect’s Office | Budapest’s new green infrastructure audit
- Wroclaw – Małgorzata Bartyna-Zielińska Wroclaw City Gardener | The role of the City Gardener in promoting and implementing nature-based solutions in Wroclaw
- Vienna – Jürgen Preiss City of Vienna Environmental Department | Vienna Urban Heat Islands Strategy Plan and implementation
Panel discussion and reflections from the audience
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 | The Eklipse GI Framework Report – Accounting beyond benefits in the evolution of nature-based solutions
- Doris Schnepf Green4Cities | The City Green Pass
- Paulo Palha, Beatriz Castiglione Portuguese Green Roof Association | Urban green infrastructure in Porto
- Erich Steiner Swiss Green Infrastructure Association | New Swiss Spatial Planning Act and its Impact on Urban Greenery
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
- Dr Rosi Stangl BOKU University of Life Sciences Vienna | Mapping of GI Green Roof and Living Wall Assessment Vienna Kretaviertel
- Dusty Gedge Livingroofs.org | Mapping urban green infrastructure in UK cities
- Dr Manfred Köhler World Green Infrastructure Network | Topic tbc
Session 9 | Delivering Nature in Cities
- Dominic Regester Salzburg Global Seminar IUCN Partner | The Parks for Planet Program: health benefits especially for children
- Simon Peter Czech Green Roof Association | Recent Czech urban green infrastructure projects
- Dr Gyongyver Kadas Kadas Green Roof Ecology Research Center | Biodiversity on London’s green roofs
- Speaker tbc
Panel discussion and Q&A
Lunch and Exhibition
Session 10 | 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 | Involving stakeholders in designing UGI projects
- Bente Knoll b.nk GmbH, Austria | Green infrastructure implementation projects – lessons learnt
- Helen Taylor Hosta Consulting, UK | UGI progress since Vienna 2015
- Chris Bridgman Bridgman & Bridgman | A landscape contractor’s perspective of delivering green infrastructure (UK)
- Monika Kotulak CEEweb for Biodiversity | CEEweb Natura 2000 urban nature-based solution projects
Session 11 | Story Corner 3 – Neighbourhoods, Nature & Community
- John Little Grass Roof Company | Creating modular business for urban green infrastructure
- Stefan Hörmann Head of Business & Biodiversity, Global Nature Fund | Greening industrial parks
- Ester Blaimschein and Simone Rongitsch k.a.r.l.s concept, Austria | Creating productive living spaces for cities
- Andy Graham Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust | SUDS for Schools programme
- Dave Mulholland Mullholland Consultants | Heathrow Terminal Five – a green interchange
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?