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 and urban health
  • Water sensitive cities
  • The Big Real Estate Debate: Green Infrastructure Means Business
  • Industry Speed Dating – meet the supply chain
  • Horizon 2020 Workshops
  • Finance mechanisms
  • Cities, governance and policy approaches
  • Collaborative networks to green Europe’s cities
  • People power for nature-based solutions
  • The Big Media Debate: Communicating urban green infrastructure

With the evening EUGIC 2019 London Awards Ceremony celebrating 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 scene – climate change adaptation, nature and resilient cities

Speakers include Ece Ozdemiroglu UK Climate Change Committee and Founding Director of eftec

Break and EUGIC 2019 London Exhibition

Session 3 | Ecosystem services come to town: Urban green infrastructure in action

Speakers include Russell Galt Director of the IUCN Urban AllianceAgamemnon Otero MBE Founding Director of Energy Garden and Repowering, Dr Phil Askew, Director of Landscapes & Placemaking, Peabody

Session 4 | Industry Speed Dating: Speedy intros and invitations to meet the supply chain for afternoon workshops


Session 5 | Horizon 2020 Projects and Workshops: Interactive workshops on Horizon 2020 EU-funded programmes and projects to share findings on strategies, concepts and implementation greening Europe’s cities.

Break and EUGIC 2019 London Exhibition

Session 6 | Industry Speed Dating: Meet the supply chain helping to deliver urban green infrastructure in Europe, discuss your projects and ideas

If you want to sharing your company’s green infrastructure expertise, services or products get in touch

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 to celebrate the best of Europe’s urban green infrastructure concepts, policies, strategies and implemented projects – with VIP guest speaker tbc. The Call for Posters is open, click here for info


DAY 2 | 9.00am – 5.30pm 11 April 2019 

Session 9 | Keynote address: Dusty Gedge President of the EFB, Director and the Green Infrastructure Consultancy, 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

City representatives from Manchester, Rotterdam, Paris, Vienna, Melbourne and more

Speakers include Eveline BronsdijkRotterdam City Sustainability DepartmentYvonne Lynch, City of Melbourne, Peter Massini Green Infrastructure Lead for the Greater London Authority

Session 11 | The Big Real Estate Debate: Green Infrastructure Means Business

Debating the opportunities, benefits and challenges for real estate and development of working with nature for climate resilience and health


Session 12 | Valuing green infrastructure – understanding the benefits of nature 

Session 12A | Green infrastructure & urban health

Speakers include: Dr Mark Nieuwenhuijsen Director, Air Pollution and Urban Environment, Director of Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative, IS Global – Barcelona Institute for Global Health

Session 12B |Water Sensitive Cities – ecosystems in action

Speakers include Wendy Allen Director Wendy Allen Designs

Session 12C | Disruptive finance mechanisms for nature-based solutions

Speakers include McKenna Davis, Ecologic Institute Berlin and Agamemnon Otero MBE Founding Director Energy Garden and Repowering

Session 12D | Tools for assessing and monitoring green infrastructure

Speakers include Pierre Darmet of BiodiverCity and speaker tbc from GreenPass

Session 13 | The Professionals’ Stories – see urban greening through another’s eyes

  • The Designers, Architects and Landscape Architects – including Laura Gatti, landscape designer of Stefano Boeri Architetti’s ground-breaking Bosco Verticale Milan, Nanjing Vertical Forests, La Foret Blanche Paris and more
  • The Biodiversity Specialists
  • The Gardeners


Session 14 | The Big Media Debate: Putting nature at the heart of the conversation – A new debate with communicators and networks that have been instrumental in changing the public’s perception and understanding of working with nature for cities and climate change – what makes a good conversation? What communication and networks are needed to tell the urgent city stories and help urban nature take root?

Participants include Jim McClelland Founder of Sustmeme Magazine, Dusty Gedge Founder of Livingroofs.orgPresident of the EFB and Director of the Green Infrastructure Consultancy 

Session 15 | The London Statement: Call to Action