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2016 Autumn Conference

Skills for the Future: Understanding the impacts of new tools, techniques and approaches  

1st & 2nd November, Nottingham

Biographies and Abstracts

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Conference presentations can be downloaded below.  Please click the presentation title to download a PDF version 

Tuesday 1st November

The road to today – what has it been like over the last 25-40 years?

Penny Anderson CEcol FCIEEM, Penny Anderson Associates

Current and future skills of the profession: Feedback from the 2016 members’ survey

Debbie Bartlett FCIEEM, CIEEM Training, Education and Careers Development Committee & Eulalia Gomez Martin, University of Greenwich

Legislation and policy as skills drivers: The impact of the new Environment (Wales) Act 2016 on how we address biodiversity issues in development

John Ferry, Jacobs UK Ltd

A New Habitat Classification System

Bob Edmonds CEnv MCIEEM, Jo Treweek CEcol CEnv MCIEEM, Bill Butcher, Peter Carey, Lisa Norton – UK Habitat Classification Working Group

Developing mobile field technology to assess SSSIs

Andrew Windrum, Natural England

Current and future use of eDNA analysis techniques, for ecologists – theory and practical application

Carl Halford & Lucy Cash CEcol MCIEEM, University of Wolverhampton & Crestwood Environmental Ltd

Carrying out eDNA analysis in the field – is that possible?

Jonathan Cranfield MCIEEM, Herpetologic Ltd

A molecular toolbox for demonstrating ecosystem change

Kat Bruce, NatureMetrics

Where to focus restoration efforts for ecological networks? The application of decision-support software (Condatis).

Jenny Hodgson, University of Liverpool

Systems thinking for environmental management policy and practice

Professor Andy Lane CEnv MCIEEM, The Open University

Wednesday 2nd November

Discussion Topics:
a) Getting to grips with the use of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (SUAVs) in ecological practice.
Cameron S Crook MCIEEM, Cameron S Crook & Associates
b) A new era of GIS: user friendly, web-enabled and free
Matt Davies, Maplango - Presentation notes
c) Monitoring the effectiveness of mitigation: using research skills in professional practice.
Dr Claire Wordley, Conservation Evidence Team
d) Pantheon: Developing an online analytical database for invertebrate conservation
Jon Webb, Natural England
e) Metabarcoding: Will it cost you your job?
Martyn Kelly CEcol CEnv FCIEEM, Bowburn Consultancy

Building skills in using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Object-based Image Analysis (OBIA) for ecological surveys

Simon Pickles, North and East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre and Paula Lightfoot MCIEEM, Newcastle University

Remote sensing data – the new frontier of ecology

Ross Johnson, Thomson Ecology

Why freely available Sentinel satellite data is a game changer for supporting integrated land management

Neil Parker CEnv MCIEEM, Environment Systems Ltd

Conference debate: What could the profession look like in 10 years’ time? Will technology have changed the profession beyond recognition? Three short presentations by representatives of Academia, Consultancy and the Voluntary Sector followed by Q&A discussion

Chris Smillie MCIEEM, Scotland’s Rural College, Max Wade CEcol CEnv FCIEEM, AECOM & Janice Bradley CEnv MCIEEM, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Shaping the future: our role as a profession in driving the development of tools, techniques and new approaches to our work

Peter Gilchrist CEnv MCIEEM, Jacobs UK

After dinner speaker

Merrick Denton-Thompson OBE - President of the Landscape Institute