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Making London Nature Smart – One Day Symposium

24 September, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

 Hosted by the Zoological Society of London. 24th September 2015 9.30-6pm
Organised by ZSL, Imperial College’s Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment initiative, and the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, UCL.

London is not just a world-class capital city, leading the way in finance and politics, the arts and culture, but its landscape is recognised as amongst one of the world’s most important urban habitats; green, blue and open spaces comprise over 60% of the city. London has over 1,300 Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation including; 36 sites Special Scientific Importance, four UNESCO world Heritage Sites, 3,000 parks, two national and 142 local nature reserves all provide homes to more than 13,000 different species of wildlife.

With London’s population of over 8.3 million people set to rise by a further million by 2024, the pressure on biodiversity is only set to increase. However, the benefits it provides are being recognised and range from improving people’s mental health and wellbeing to providing essential services such as flood protection.

The aim of this symposium is to highlight new, inclusive approaches to securing the future of biodiversity in London.

This symposium will bring together interested parties who represent all sectors of London life, including government, scientists, academics, businesses and citizens.

We will focus our day around three key themes which will be integral to gaining a better knowledge about the habitats and species present in London, and how these are important in our urban environment. We will hear about how biodiversity is currently being monitored in London. We will discuss how best to engage with London’s citizens and decision-makers. Finally, we will consider new ways to monitor biodiversity and understand people’s relationships to nature, including using new technologies and citizen scientists.

Panel Session

Key stakeholders will lead a final discussion on how a “Nature Smart London” would look, based on the talks held throughout the day, and propose a potential roadmap for making this vision a reality.

Call for Posters and Speakers

We welcome abstracts of up to 250 words for consideration for speaking opportunities or posters based around our three key themes as mentioned above. These do not have to be research or projects carried out in London, but should be applicable to London and other urban environments.

Download the application form from the ZSL website page here 

Deadline for Posters – 10th September

Deadline for talks – 31st August


Download the full programme here:

Full programme coming soon

Speakers and chairs includeMore to be announced shortly

E.J. Milner-Gulland, Imperial College London

Muki Haklay – ExCiteS / University College London

Kate Jones, University College London

Daniel Raven Ellison, Greater London National Park City campaign

Tickets can be purchased through our Eventbrite site here

​Full Rate £25  Discounted Rate £15 (Including lunch and refreshments)

Discounts are applicable for Students, ZSL Members and Fellows.

For further information, please contact the MLNS Coordinator Carlyn Samuel: carlyn@naturesmartlondon..or


24 September, 2015
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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