Early Bird Booking Opens for Trees, People and the Built Environment 3

Early bird booking has opened for an acclaimed urban trees research conference. Trees, People and the Built Environment 3 (TPBE3) will return to Birmingham University, 5-6 April 2017.

The triennial conference is a unique gathering of built and natural environment professionals, working towards the shared goal of enhancing green infrastructure. It provides an important platform for collaboration between professions and offers new research on the environmental, social and economic benefits of urban trees. Next year’s conference focuses in particular on two themes: health and highways. Prof Alan Simson, TPBE3 Conference Chair, commented on the significance of these subjects:

“The significant relationship between trees, people and place has been a ‘known known’ for a long time, but it is only relatively recently that research has been able to positively prove the benefits of this relationship, particularly to the places where we live, love, work, recreate and have our being. This conference will focus upon two specific yet inter-related aspects of these benefits – those associated with human health and well-being, and those associated with movement and transport. Key speakers from both overseas and the UK will be presenting aspects of their research and best practice into these important themes at this conference, which will be a significant event in promoting the benefits that trees can bring to urban futures in the 21st century.”

Confirmed keynote speakers for this event include landscape planning and public health expert, Dr Matilda van den Bosch, University of British Columbia; Prof Miles Tight, Professor of Transport, Energy and Environment, University of Birmingham; and Maarten Buijs, Senior Project Manager at internationally acclaimed Dutch urban design and landscape architecture firm, West 8.

TPBE3 is hosted and organised by the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) on behalf of a group of partner organisations, including: Ancient Tree Forum, Arboricultural Association, Birmingham Institute of Forest Research, Forestry Commission England, Forest Research, Fund4Trees, Green Infrastructure Partnership (TCPA), Institution of Civil Engineers, London Tree Officers Association, Municipal Tree Officers Association, National Association of Tree Officers, Place Alliance, Society for the Environment, Trees and Design Action Group, Urban Design Group, Utility Arboriculture Group and Woodland Trust.

Shireen Chambers FICFor, ICF Executive Director, welcomed the opportunity for collaboration with such a wide range of natural and built environment organisations;

“The Institute of Chartered Foresters is proud to host and organise the Trees, People and the Built Environment conference series on behalf of the conference partners. The event is a unique opportunity for professionals from across the natural and built environment sectors to meet and collaborate on the important issue of urban greening. Urban trees are an essential part of our green infrastructure and it is imperative that we provide such opportunities for joined-up thinking across the professions.”

The 2011 and 2014 conferences were sell-out events and international interest is expected once again this year. The Institute is advising early booking to make the most of the early bird rate, which offers a 15% discount on full-price two-day tickets. Early bird booking ends 31 January, 2017.

For further information and booking visit: www.charteredforesters.org/tpbe3

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Notes to Editor

1. Conference host, the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is incorporated by Royal Charter as the only professional body in the UK to award Chartered Forester and Chartered Arboriculturist statuses. Full details of how to join the Institute, and routes to professional membership are available on the ICF website: www.charteredforesters.org

2. Presentations, papers and news coverage from the 2014 Trees People and the Built Environment II conference can be accessed at www.charteredforesters.org/tpbeii-resources

3. The proceedings for the 2011 TPBE conference can be accessed online here (PDF).

4. Join the Trees, People and the Built Environment group on LinkedIn to exchange information and ideas with natural and built environment professionals worldwide.

5. TPBE3 Conference Chair, Prof Alan Simson, is a Chartered Landscape Architect and Urban Forester. Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Forestry at Leeds Beckett University, involved in research, trans-disciplinary teaching and consultancy on adaptive / landscape urbanism, urban forestry and green infrastructure.

6. Dr Matilda van den Bosch has a medical background and has worked clinically as a physician in general practice and radiology. She has a PhD in landscape planning and public health and, since July 2016, she has been an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Matilda holds a shared affiliation between the faculty of medicine and faculty of forestry. In her research she explores how interactions with and exposure to natural environments and ecosystems can protect human health and how this displays in various populations across various socioeconomic conditions. She has published numerous scientific articles, book chapters, and policy reports, and is editor of the coming Oxford University press textbook on Nature and Public Health. Results from her studies may be used for healthier urban planning with improved conditions for both people and environment. Matilda works as a consultant for the World Health Organisation, the UN Environmental Programme, the Environmental Protection Agency of US, and the Climate Change and Innovation Bureau, Health Canada, and she is also president-elect of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment.

7. Miles Tight is Professor of Transport, Energy and Environment in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham. He was previously a senior lecturer in transport planning at the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. Miles has been actively researching safety, equity and sustainability of travel for over 20 years with a particular emphasis recently on sustainability of transport. Most recently his research interests focus on walking and cycling, the nature of long term and large scale change in transport systems and the future design and form of sustainable urban areas. He has been involved in a wide range of research projects funded by UK research councils, the European Union and others in these areas and is currently leading the five year EPSRC STEP-CHANGE (Sustainable Transport Evidence and modelling Paradigms: Cohort Household Analysis to support New Goals in Engineering design) project. Mile is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

8. Maarten Buijs is an experienced senior project manager at West 8 urban design and landscape architecture in the Netherlands; a position he has held since joining West 8 in 2007. He is responsible for business development, general practice management, staff development, and management of the company’s landscape projects. The latter most recently include the former Commonwealth Institute (now the British Design Museum and residential development), Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, NL, the Waterfront Toronto, Canada, and Jubilee Gardens on London’s South Bank. Visit http://www.west8.nl/

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