EUGIC 2019 Programme

EUGIC 2019 London themes and programme outline

EUGIC the European Urban Green Infrastructure Conference is an interactive, inspiring and fun event – celebrating urban greening across Europe and beyond. Short presentations and lots of interactive discussions, workshops, seminars and exhibitions mean plenty of informal knowledge exchange between municipalities, industry, community and academia. Come and share expertise working with nature for climate-adapted, resilient, healthy cities.

EUGIC 2019 London’s varied programme focuses on key themes:

  • Ecosystem services: cooling the city, managing water, improving air quality
  • Integrating nature into planning, design and construction
  • Green Infrastructure – our Natural Health Service
  • Water Sensitive Cities
  • The Big Development Debate: Green Infrastructure Means Business
  • Industry Speed Dating: Meet the supply chain
  • Horizon 2020 Workshops
  • Innovative Finance Mechanisms
  • Cities, governance and policy approaches
  • Collaborative networks to green Europe’s cities
  • People power for nature and green infrastructure
  • Putting nature-based solutions at the heart of communicating

With the evening EUGIC 2019 London Awards Ceremony celebrating the wildest ideas and the best urban green infrastructure projects, strategies and design visions.


EUGIC 2019 London programme outline

DAY 1 | 9.00am – 7.00pm 10 April 2019 

Session 1 | Welcome to London

Conference Chair Jim McClelland Director of Sustmeme

Opening address by London Deputy Mayor for Environment & Energy Shirley Rodrigues

Session 2 | Setting the Europe scene – climate change adaptation, nature and resilient cities

Speakers: Ece Ozdemiroglu UK Climate Change Committee and Founding Director of eftecDr Mark Nieuwenhuijsen Director of Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative, IS Global – Barcelona Institute for Global Health and Russell Galt Director of the IUCN Urban Alliance

Break and EUGIC 2019 London Exhibition

Session 3 | Delivering nature-based solutions in cities

Speakers: Dr Phil Askew, Director of Landscapes & Placemaking, Peabody Housing TrustRichard Ashley Emeritus Professor of Urban Water, University of Sheffield and Director of EcoFutures Ltd, and Agamemnon Otero MBE Founding Director of Energy Garden and Repowering 

Session 4 | Intro to Industry Speed Dating: Speedy intros and invitations to afternoon workshops


Session 5 | Industry Speed Dating: Meet the supply chain helping to deliver urban green infrastructure in Europe, discuss your projects and ideas and find out about products and services that could help you flourish.

Share your company’s green infrastructure expertise as an Exhibitor – get in touch

Break and EUGIC 2019 London Exhibition

Session 6 | Horizon 2020 Urban Green Infrastructure Workshops

EU-funded programmes and projects to share findings on strategies, concepts and implementation greening Europe’s cities.

Including Horizon 2020 projects including CLEVER Cities, URBAN GreenUPNature 4 Cities, Naturvation, and Grow Green 

Session 7 | Feedback Foyer: sharing today’s discoveries, what’s in store tomorrow?

Evening drinks and social networking

Session 8 | EUGIC 2019 London Awards Ceremony & Exhibition

Awards celebrating the best of Europe’s urban green infrastructure projects, design visions, policies and strategies – with VIP guest awards presenters Laura Gatti, Studio Laura Gatti landscape designer of the Bosco Verticale, Milan and many other vertical forest projects around the world, and Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute 2012-2014.

DAY 2 | 9.00am – 5.30pm 11 April 2019 

Session 9 | Keynote address: Dusty Gedge President of the EFB, Founder of, Director of the Green Infrastructure Consultancy, and member of the EU Working Group on Ecosystem Services and Green Infrastructure

Session 10 | Cities: Where are they and where do they want to be? Cities from across Europe and beyond share strategies and projects implementing urban green infrastructure, the challenges and successes and the paths to get there. City representatives from Rotterdam, Manchester, Linz, Melbourne and London

Speakers: Eveline BronsdijkRotterdam City Sustainability Department, Mark Atherton, Director of Environment, Greater Manchester Combined AuthorityEdmund Maurer, City of Linz Planning DepartmentYvonne Lynch, City of Melbourne, Peter Massini Green Infrastructure Lead for the Greater London Authority

Break and EUGIC 2019 London Exhibition

Session 11 | Outside the Silos – sharing nature-based solutions between sectors

A new session, discussions between landscape and building designers, biodiversity and health professionals, contractors, gardeners, green space managers and food growers – to share knowledge and experience ‘outside the silo’. Choose a grouping and join the conversation. Groupings to be announced soon.

The Designers, Architects and Landscape ArchitectsLaura Gatti, Studio Laura Gatti landscape designer with Stefano Boeri of the ground-breaking Bosco Verticale Milan, Nanjing Vertical Forests, La Foret Blanche Paris, Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute 2012-2014Gary Grant, Green Infrastructure Consultancy,  Ivan Mustakov, Landscape Architect Bulgaria, Associate Prof Leila Tolderlund, Landscape Architect and Associate Chair, University of Colorado Denver, Domenico D’Alessandro, D’Alessandro & Associates, Landscape Designer, USA

The Biodiversity SpecialistsNick White, Natural England, David Mooney, Development Director London Wildlife Trust, Taina Suonio, past Chair of the Finnish Horticulturalists’ Association, Dr Phoebe Carter, Chief Ecologist Habitat First Group, Audrey Muratet ARB Ile de FranceRichard Scott, Director of the National Wildflower Centre, Dr Caroline Nash, University of East London and Morgan Taylor of Greengage Environmental

The Greenspace Managers, Gardeners and Food GrowersJulian Briz, President and Founder of Pronatur, Spanish Society of Urban and Rural Naturation, Prof Isabel de Filipe, itdUPMJohn Little award-winning greenspace manager of Clapton Park Estate (‘The Poppy Estate’), Director of The Grassroof Co, Green Roof Shelters and Green Roof Training, and Sara Venn Founder of Edible Bristol

The Health SpecialistsDr Mark Nieuwenhuijsen Director of Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative, IS Global – Barcelona Institute for Global Health, and Dr Tijana Blanusa, RHS Wisley and University of Reading

The Contractors and SuppliersPaulo Palha, Neoturf and President of the ANCV Portuguese Green Roof AssociationChris Bridgman, Director of Bridgman Landscapes and Maurizio Crasso, Director, Harpo Group Italy and Italian Green Roof Association

Others: Ellen Dams of the PCS Horticulture Research Centre, Nora DankoCity of Antwerp Urban Greening Initiatives Coordinator, and Reinhilde Schmit, City of Antwerp Urban Development of Public Space and ‘Garden Streets’ programme

Session 12 | Feedback Foyer


Session 13 | The Real Estate Debate: Green Infrastructure Means Business

Chair: Prof Andrew Edkins, Director of The Bartlett Real Estate Institute

Panel: Speakers from development, investment and property management, including Louise Clarke, Group Sustainability Lead, Berkeley Group

This session aims to explore and discuss some of the opportunities and challenges of adopting a green infrastructure approach, for real estate developers, investors and managers.

What are the pushes and pulls that didn’t exist 50, 20, even 5 years ago? Client demand? Policy and regulatory frameworks? Society awareness and media coverage? The supply chain infrastructure to deliver nature-based solutions – the suppliers, designers, investors and insurers?

What benefits might accrue to the real estate sector? What costs and challenges exist? What responses might portfolio managers, investors and developers have to green infrastructure as an approach? Why are some embracing it as the way to go? What changes, policies, strategies and partnerships might be needed to help real estate deliver a greener urban fabric?

Break and EUGIC 2019 London Exhibition

Session 14 | Valuing green infrastructure – understanding the benefits of nature 

14A & 14B | Water Sensitive Cities (1)  and (2)

How do we design for nature and water, how can green infrastructure benefit water management? What are the developments delivering good water sensitive urban design? The challenges, successes and lessons learned on delivering SUDS, rain gardens, water sensitive cities… What does a water sensitive city look like from your perspective and what do we need to get there?

14A | Water Sensitive Cities (1)

Chaired by Paul Shaffer of CIRIA, with speakers Ian Titherington, Drainage Lead, City of Cardiff CouncilJo Deketelaere, of RainBrain and Founder of Greenbeat AS, Norway, Vera Enzi of GrünStattGrau and Charlotte Markey of GreenBlue Urban

14B | Water Sensitive Cities (2)

Chaired by Gary Grant Director of the Green Infrastructure Consultancy, with speakers Richard Ashley Emeritus Professor of Urban Water, University of Sheffield and Director of EcoFutures Ltd and Wendy AllenDirector of Wendy Allen Designs and Owen Davies, Flood Risk Manager, Royal Borough of Greenwich

14C | Financing nature-based solutions

What is the value of natural capital and where is the money coming from to pay for it? The challenges, the successes and new finance mechanisms for green infrastructure projects and nature-based solutions. What will green infrastructure financing look like in ten years and what is needed to get there?

Chaired by Agamemnon Otero MBE Founding Director of Energy Garden and Repowering with speakers McKenna Davis of the Ecologic Institute Berlin, Jonny Sadler, Manchester Climate Change Agency with Dr Laura Tozer, Durham University, Hendrik Jan Teekens, Enschede Municipality and Netherlands Green Deal and Mark AthertonDirector of Environment, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

14D | Tools for assessing and monitoring green infrastructure

What tools and approaches are being used to monitor and assess green infrastructure delivery and its effectiveness for city climate adaptation? What are the challenges, successes and lessons learned and how are results used to refine the model? What tools are needed in different situations and what do we need to integrate monitoring and assessment of nature-based solutions into city management, research and industry training?

Chaired by Dusty Gedge,, with speakers Pierre Darmet of BiodiverCity, Gemma Jerome of the Building With Nature Benchmark and Bernhard Scharf of GREENPASS

Session 15 | Communicating Urban Green Infrastructure: Putting nature at the heart of the conversation

This is a new panel debate for 2019, with communicators changing the public’s perception and understanding of what working with nature for cities and climate change means. What makes a good conversation? What is the art of good communication? How do we use language effectively? What networks, understanding and approaches do we need, to tell the urgent city stories and help urban nature take root?

Chaired by Jim McClelland Founder of Sustmeme Magazine, with Brendan Montague, Editor of The EcologistArit Anderson award-winning garden designer, writer and BBC2 Gardeners’ World presenter, Daniel Raven-Ellison, Founder of London National Park City and Hattie Hartman, architect, author and Sustainability Editor at the Architect’s Journal

Session 16 | The London Call to Action: How will EUGIC 2019 participants communicate the need for nature-based solutions and green infrastructure in cities in their worlds?