Join us on 6-7 September for two days of debate, discussion, bold thinking and creative ideas led by a world-class roster of UK and international speakers.

The greatest value of landscape is the way in which it connects people, place and nature. The LI, in partnership with IFLA Europe and the University of Greenwich Department of Landscape, is holding its 2018 conference on this crucial theme.

Day one of the conference – 6 September – is a day of high-level debate for leaders and practitioners in the fields of landscape architecture, digital, design, future trends and the topic of ‘valuing landscape’, looking at the impact on people, urban design and place making:

  • Valuing the intangible: Frameworks for measuring the cultural, economic and societal benefits of landscape
  • Wellbeing: How landscape infrastructure can reduce health inequality and improve lives
  • Urban value and competitiveness: Local-level transformation, sustainable management and integrated approaches that ensure strong outcomes
  • Innovation: Funding, partnerships and new ways of connecting stakeholders with landscape
  • Leadership: Who we need, what we should do differently, and how we evolve to meet future needs

See the programme for day 1

Day two focuses on policy, planning and management, explored through a packed itinerary of workshops and experiential site visits. It is ideal for landscape managers, planners and public sector members, who will:

  • hear about the latest in UK and EU environmental policy
  • explore opportunities and implications for the profession following Brexit
  • examine how the combined skills of science and management can unlock the value of protected natural spaces
  • visit major regeneration sites in Greenwich and at Thamesmead, where host Peabody Trust is delivering a multi-billion pound, landscape-led development of 20,000 homes

See the programme for day 2

Why you should attend

On 6 and 7 September, some of the world’s foremost thinkers and speakers in the fields of landscape architecture, management and policy, planning, urban design and place making will be under one roof. #VLConf18 is the major networking, learning and knowledge sharing landscape event of the year.

  • Identify how landscape interventions can deliver the greatest possible good for people, place and nature
  • Voice the demands we must make of governments and policymakers worldwide
  • Ask the questions – and deliver the answers – that put landscape at the forefront of positive global change
  • Inform emergent environmental and planning policy across the world

Meet the speakers

Highlights include:

  • Laura Gatti, co-designer of Milan’s Bosco Verticale
  • John Acres, President, RTPI
  • Sarah Weir OBE, CEO, Design Council
  • Ursula Hartenberger, Global Head of Sustainability, RICS Brussels
  • Mark Kristmanson, CEO, National Capital Commission, Canada
  • Howard Davies, CEO, National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Professor Antje Stokman, HafenCity University, Hamburg
  • Dr Antonella Radicchi, Architect and Soundscape Researcher, Technical University of Berlin
  • Tony Williams, President, IFLA Europe
  • Miriam Weber, Senior Advisor, Health Urban Living and Resilience, Utrecht, Netherlands

Day 2 options

Day 2 is split into two halves, each with two separate strands.

Across the day, delegates delegates can either:

  • enjoy further keynotes and panel sessions, and take part in interactive policy workshops; or
  • attend their choice of experiential site visits in key locations in East and South East London.

Upon booking your ticket for day 2, you will receive an email with instructions on how to select your choice of sessions. It is possible to mix and match between the morning and afternoon itineraries. But be aware, spaces on site visits are limited – so book early to avoid disappointment!

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Venues

This two-day conference will take place at the University of Greenwich Stockwell Campus. The modern venue houses the University’s Department of Landscape and boasts excellent conference facilities.

The IFLA Europe General Assembly will take place on 8 and 9 September in the Old Historic Naval College on the University of Greenwich grounds.

Delegates will have access to the now-famous green roofs on top of the Stockwell Campus.

Transport links

Greenwich is just 20 minutes from Central London in Zone 2 of London’s underground travel network. It’s also easy to arrive by Docklands Light Railway (DLR).

Accommodation

The Landscape Institute is holding accommodation at the Daniel Dafoe Halls of Residence. These are single-occupancy, en-suite rooms. To book these rooms for the conference, please email for a discounted rate.

If you would like hotel accommodation elsewhere, you can email us for a list of venues. (Please note that no other special deals are in place.)

Joining instructions and further queries

We will send delegates more detailed instructions on how to join the conference closer to the date of the event. In the meantime, please email with any questions.