Conference Programme

EUGIC 2017 Budapest takes place 29-30 November 2017 at The Akvárium, Erzsébet tér 12, 1051 Budapest, Hungary

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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

  • 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 | 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

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?
  • 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 Oppla and Think Nature

Input 1 | Experiences and lessons learned from previous projects | GreenInUrbs 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 EIT Climate-KIC and PhD at CEU | Detailed presentation of NATURVATION’s database of over 1,000 nature-based solutions, and Nature4Cities indicator catalogue to help assess the impact of nature-based solutions and their applicability

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 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 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 Alice Reil and Holger Robrecht | Opportunities and challenges of joining forces to find and implement the ‘right’ nature-based solutions locally.

Story Corner 5 | Where does all the knowledge go? Establishing mechanisms to pool information and expertise for all to use

Oppla Jonathan Porter Countryscape | Platforms to share knowledge and information, meet and ask questions related to natural capital, ecosystem services and nature-based solutions – resources, marketplace and communities for green infrastructure.

Story Corner 6 | 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

Enter the EUGIC 2017 Awards here
Enter the Green-Go Short Film Awards here


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 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 Environmental 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 World Green Infrastructure Network, University of Neubrandenburg | Berlin as a case study of green roof projects and policies in Germany
  • Erich Steiner 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.

  • 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 | Brownfield landscapes from ‘waste’ for nature and urban green infrastructure
  • 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


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 Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust | 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
  • Ester 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