Conference Outputs

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 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

Click here for the detailed Horizon 2020 Session programme.

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

Short Q&A

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?

Urban GreenUP Raúl Sánchez Francés, Nuria García CARTIF Foundation, Clare Olver The Mersey Forest | How can we monitor wellbeing due to nature-based solutions in cities? How can we monetize wellbeing related to green infrastructure in our cities?

H2020 ‘Harvest’ and Q&A

3.30 Afternoon Break

4.00 Session 5 | Emerging Markets and Industry Speed Dating!

Detailed info here

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.

For more information on this IVF Visegrad Side Session, click here.


Day 1 Evening Programme


Presentation of recent work including the Sea Heroes Garden by Daniel Jauslin, DGJ Landscapes, EUGIC 2015 Vienna Award Winner

VIP Awards Presenter is Laura Gatti of Studio Laura Gatti. The EUGIC 2017 Awards and Evening Ceremony are sponsored by Deep Forest.


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 | 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


5.30 End