EUGIC 2017 Budapest took place 29-30 November 2017 at The Akvárium, Erzsébet tér 12, 1051 Budapest, Hungary
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
9.00 Session 1 | Welcome to EUGIC 2017 hosted by the City of Budapest
- Balázs Szeneczey dr. Deputy Mayor of Budapest | Welcome to Budapest
- Vera Enzi GRÜNSTATTGRAU VfB | Impacts of EUGIC 2015 Vienna
- Dusty Gedge President of the EFB – European Federation of Green Roof and Wall Associations, Director of Livingroofs.org and the Green Infrastructure Consultancy | Overview of EUGIC 2017 Budapest
9.30 Session 2 | Climate Change, Cities and Green Infrastructure
Exemplar urban green infrastructure projects for adaptation and nature.
- Laura Gatti Studio Laura Gatti Landscape | From Milan’s Bosco Verticale to China’s Nanjing Vertical Forest Towers
- Gary Grant Green Infrastructure Consultancy | Climate perturbation, cities and green infrastructure
- 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 Lead on nature-based solutions, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission | Research and innovation for adaptation and nature in cities
Panel discussion and Q&A
10.30 Morning Break
11.00 Session 3 | The Benefits of Urban Green Infrastructure
Hosted by Rita Mayrhofer, Biotope City Journal
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 Deputy Regional Director, 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?
- Daniel Podmirseg Vertical Farming Institute | Vertical Farming – towards a new building typology for the 21st century
- Rita Mayrhofer Biotope City Journal | Planning a Biotope City
Panel discussion and Q&A
12.30 Lunch and Exhibition
1.30 Session 4 | Horizon 2020 – Next Generation Nature-Based Solutions for Cities
This session focuses on past and present European projects on urban green infrastructure and nature-based solutions come together to reflect on and showcase activities in cities, by businesses and in the research arena and outline steps towards a (realistic) greener future in European cities.
The session is led by Nature4Cities, NATURVATION and CONNECTING Nature, with support from Think Nature
Input 1 | Experiences and lessons learned from previous projects | GreenInUrbs Dr Carlo Calfapietra Institute of Agro-Environmental & Forest Biology (IBAF), National Research Council (CNR)
Input 2 | EKLIPSE Framework Report NBS | Connecting H2020 Projects Dr Mihai-Răzvan Niță University of Bucharest and Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies
Input 3 | 1,000 Case Studies from 100 European Cities | NATURVATION Database Prof László Pintér Central European University and the IISD
2.10 – 2.30 | Introduction to the six H2020 Story Corners on the main stage
2.30 – 3.30 | The diversity of activities on nature-based solution in Europe, through five H2020 Story Corners with stakeholders from city authorities, businesses and the research community
Story Corner 1 | Can nature-based solutions deliver what we hope for? Looking at what has been done in cities and ways of assessing nature-based solutions
Nature4Cities Flóra Szkordilisz MUTK Hungarian Urban Knowledge Centre, and NATURVATION Attila Katona Central European University | Introduction of three NATURVATION case studies from Hungary, and the application of the Nature4Cities nature-based solutions indicator catalogue to help assess their impact
Story Corner 2 | What can we do better in implementing nature-based solutions? Reflections and recommendations from work so far
EKLIPSE Dr Mihai-Răzvan Niță University of Bucharest and Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies, and GreeninUrbs Dr Carlo Calfapietra Institute of Agro-Environmental & Forest Biology (IBAF), National Research Council (CNR) | Lessons learnt from studying and implementing nature-based solutions across Europe.
Story Corner 3 | Off to new adventures! Exploring the next generation of European nature-based solutions projects
CONNECTING Nature Dr Marcus Collier Trinity College Dublin and TURAS Mobile Green Living Room, and Lilit Khachatryan Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies Armenia | Eleven cities taking the lead in developing and implementing nature-based solutions with the support of researchers.
Story Corner 4 | How can we make nature-based solutions happen? Cities, businesses and researchers share their way of realising nature-based solutions together
ICLEI Europe Holger Robrecht Deputy Regional Director and Alice Reil Climate Resilience Team | Opportunities and challenges of joining forces to find and implement the ‘right’ nature-based solutions locally.
Story Corner 5 | Wellbeing in cities through nature-based solutions: is it possible to improve? Is it possible to measure?
H2020 ‘Harvest’ and Q&A
3.30 Afternoon Break
4.00 Session 5 | Emerging Markets and Industry Speed Dating!
4.00 – 4.15 | Keynote introduction to markets, trends in green infrastructure Manfred Peritsch, IMG Innovation-Management-Group GmbH
4.20 – 4.40 | 120-second Industry Pitches on the main stage
4.40 – 5.15 | Interactive Speed Dating Session with industry
5.15 – 5.30 | Feedback from Industry Speed Dating – what next?
5.30 Close of Day 1, what’s ahead in Day 2
3.45 – 6.00 | Visegrad Side Session
This ‘Smart and Green’ seminar funded by the International Visegrad Fund is also taking place as a parallel side session at The Akvárium 3.45pm – 6.00pm during Day 1.
IVF Participants can also register for the Day 1 EUGIC 2017 programme and evening EUGIC 2017 Awards Ceremony here for 100 EUR.
Day 1 Evening Programme
6.00 | EUGIC 2017 BUDAPEST PRESS CONFERENCE
6.15 | EUGIC 2017 URBAN GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE AWARDS CEREMONY & GREEN-GO SHORT FILM AWARDS
7.00 | SOCIAL NETWORKING IN THE AKVÁRIUM BAR
Presentation of recent work including the Sea Heroes Garden by Daniel Jauslin, DGJ Landscapes, EUGIC 2015 Vienna Award Winner
7.00 – 8.00 | SOCIAL NETWORKING IN THE AKVÁRIUM BAR
At 8.00pm, we will adjourn to a local bar for more social networking in a local ambience, location coming soon
Day 2 Thursday 30 November
9.00 Session 7 | Introduction to Day 2 | Keynote presentation
Dusty Gedge President of the European Federation of Green Roof and Wall Associations, Co-founder and Director of Livingroofs.org | A vision for greener cities in Europe
9.30 Session 8 | Cities: Where are they and where do they want to be?
Leading green infrastructure innovations by European cities:
- London – Peter Massini Green Infrastructure Leader, Greater London Authority | London’s Green Infrastructure Strategy
- Paris – Marc Barra Ecologist, Natureparif | Urban ecology mission
- Budapest – Prof Kinga Szilágyi and Zsombor Tatai Budapest City Planning Department | Urban Green Infrastructure Development Concept – towards a GREEN BUDAPEST
- Wroclaw – Małgorzata Bartyna-Zielińska Wroclaw City Gardener and urban planner | The role of the City Gardener in promoting and implementing nature-based solutions in Wroclaw
- Vienna – Jürgen Preiss City of Vienna EnvironmentalProtection Department | Vienna’s Urban Heat Islands Strategy Plan and its implementation
Panel discussion and reflections from the audience
11.00 Morning Break
11.30 Session 9 | Delivering Nature in Cities
- Dominic Regester Salzburg Global Seminar IUCN Partner | The Parks for Planet Program: health benefits especially for children
- Rostislav Dvořák LIKO-S a.s. | Let’s cool the earth and make cities a place for nature
- Dr Gyongyver Kadas The Kadas Green Roof Ecology Research Center | Biodiversity on London’s green roofs
- Péter Dezsenyi Deep Forest Landscape, Hungary | Green infrastructure and multinationals – private UGI investment in urban biodiversity
- Anna Waibel Municipality of Vorarlberg, Austrian Institute of Ecology | Nature diversity in the municipality – a prizewinning programme by the state of Vorarlberg, Austria
Panel discussion and Q&A
12.30 Session 10 | Pecha Kucha | Introduction to the Story Corner afternoon workshops
1.00 Lunch and Exhibition
2.00 Session 11A | 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.
- Prof Dr Manfred Köhler President of the World Green Infrastructure Network, University of Neubrandenburg | Berlin as a case study of green roof projects and policies in Germany
- Erich Steiner Landscape Architect, Swiss Green Infrastructure Association | The new Swiss Spatial Planning Act and its impact on urban greenery
- Paulo Palha, Beatriz Castiglione ACVN Portugal Green Roof Association | Urban green infrastructure in Porto – the Fifth Façade Project
- Doris Schnepf Green4Cities | The City Green Pass
- Kelai Diebel Architect | UPFARMING – The Aims of Building Integrated Agriculture
2.00 Session 11B | 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.
- Prof Irena Niedźwiecka-Filipiak Head of the Institute of Landscape Architecture, Wrocław University of Environmental & Life Sciences | The green infrastructure network project in Wrocław Functional Area – first steps to implementation
- Prof Rosi Stangl BOKU University of Life Sciences Vienna | Urbane GmbA – Urban green space potential in the Viennese building stock – a pilot assessment study
- Joost de Gier Sempergreen Netherlands | Green roofs and biodiversity – the results of scientific research
- Panos Fetsis LIFE Programme Communications Team | LIFE Urban-Adapt – testing climate adaptation measures for the City of Rotterdam
2.45 Session 12 | 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
- John Little Grass Roof Company | Designing brownfield landscapes and bugs back into urban space
- Dr Leila Tolderlund College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver USA | Involving unlike stakeholders to enable innovation in green infrastructure design
- Dr Bente Knoll B-NK GmbH Consultancy for Sustainable Competence, Austria | Green infrastructure at school requires communication. Setting up engagement processes at two schools in Vienna – first experiences
- Helen Taylor Hosta Consulting, UK | Urban green infrastructure progress since EUGIC 2015 Vienna
- Chris Bridgman Bridgman & Bridgman | A landscape contractor’s perspective of delivering green infrastructure in the UK
- Kinga Lewicka LIFE RADOMKLIMA-PL | Adaptation to climate change through sustainable water management supported by implementation of green infrastructure
3.30 Afternoon Break
3.45 Session 13 | Story Corner 4 – Neighbourhoods, Nature & Community
- Sven Schulz Business & Biodiversity, Global Nature Fund | Benefits of biodiversity-oriented design of business premises – a chance for local authorities and urban areas?
- David Naismith WWT Connsulting Ltd | The WWT’s SUDS for Schools programme
- David Mulholland Mullholland Consultants | Heathrow Terminal Five – a green interchange
- Monika Kotulak CEEweb for Biodiversity | CEEweb Natura 2000 urban nature-based solution projects
- Esther Blaimschein and Simone Rongitsch k.a.r.l.s concept, Austria | Creating productive living spaces for cities
4.30 Session 14 | 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?
- EUGIC 2017 Conference Declaration