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South Downs Research Conference, Sponsored by Coast to Capital

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Thursday 6th July 2017, South Downs Centre, Midhurst

Designed to bring together researchers, students, practitioners and academics this conference showcases research across all disciplines in pursuit of the special qualities of the South Downs National Park.

Programme released

You can view the programme for the day here: Conference Programme 2017

Key Note Speakers

We are extremely excited to announce not one but two keynote speakers for this year’s South Downs Research Conference:-

Dr Ruth Feber

Dr Ruth Feber is a Zoology Research Fellow with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at Oxford University. Brought up in Hampshire, she first moved to Oxford as a Biology undergraduate, and there developed her interest in farming and wildlife, staying on to undertake a D. Phil at the University’s farm at Wytham on the effects of arable field margin management on butterflies. She went on to study the effects of organic farming on biodiversity at HRH’s Duchy Home Farm and, since then, her research has broadened to encompass work on a range of plants, invertebrates and mammals on farmland, from single-site to landscape-scale projects on field margins, ditches, set-aside and woodland, within the wider context of human-wildlife conflict in the UK and abroad.

Ruth has published many scientific articles. She is co-editor of two major academic volumes which synthesize the results of WildCRU’s agroecology studies over the last 25 years, Wildlife Conservation on Farmland, and has written an accompanying practitioner’s handbook communicating key results from WildCRU’s farmland research in a more accessible format. She has just finished writing a similar style handbook on the wildlife of Britain’s canals and navigable waterways for the Canal and River Trust.

Professor Brett Day

Professor of Environmental Economics, Director of the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP). Brett is an environmental economist working in the field of ecosystem services, the particular focus of his research being the development of methods and knowledge for the support of environmental decision-making. He received a PhD in Economics from University College London in 2004, took up a faculty position in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia in 2005, and in 2015 joined the Department of Politics in Exeter University. Brett has published widely in the academic literature including outlets such as Science, the Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. He also maintains close links with government and business, applying the methods of environmental economics to problems of environmental management in both public and private sectors.

Abstracts are invited for poster presentations

The opportunity to submit platform presentations has closed, however, we are still happy to accept posters, Please complete Research Conference Submission Form and return to

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Now in it’s fourth year the South Downs Research Conference is gaining a strong reputation for providing a rare opportunity for a truly multidiscplinary and cross sectoral event.

Previous years have reflected the broad scope of research currently being undertaken across the South Downs from the effects of invasive species or the use of drones to monitor landscape change to the history of the South Downs post service. Presenters have come from a range of academic institutions as well as industry and government organisations such as Forest Research.

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This years conference is sponsored by Coast to Capital, for more information on the work they do, visit their website here.



Past Events

For more information on past events, including full abstract lists, explore the links below

Research Conference 2016

Student Conference 2015

Student Conference 2014