NBN Conference 2012

The Royal Society, London
Friday 23 November 2012, 10:00

“Biological Recording – Fit for Purpose?”

This year's NBN Conference will take place on Friday 23rd November at The Royal Society.  The theme is “Biological Recording – Fit for Purpose?”

The programme is shown below.  The Sir John Burnett memorial lecture will be delivered by Sir John Lawton.


10.00 Registration and coffee.

Morning session:

Chairman:  Dr Jim Munford

10.15 Welcome and introduction by NBN Trust Chairman – Professor Michael Hassell

10.20 Biological Recording: change and transition – Keith Porter, Natural England

10.55 Anyone can send in records! – Linda Davies, Imperial College/OPAL Project

11.30 Citizen science and its role in policy, research and engagement – Michael Pocock, NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

12.05 Interpreting biodiversity under diverse syndromes of recording behaviour – Nick Isaac, NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

12.40 The mineral products industry – uniquely placed to benefit nature – Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive, Mineral Products Association

13.00   Lunch, posters, displays and demonstrations:  Mineral Products Association; Indicia implementations including iRecord; Open University – iSpot; NBN data access developments; Angela Marmont Centre – Natural History Museum; Natural England – Defra Projects; The Woodland Trust.

Afternoon session:

Chairman: Professor Michael Hassell 

14.15 Award of NBN Honorary Membership

14.20 The Sir John Burnett Memorial Lecture, 2012 – Making space for nature – the importance of biological recording Sir John Lawton

14.55 Complex mosaic or patchy mess?  – the current picture of Local Record Centre data – Tom Hunt, ALERC National Co-ordinator

15.30 Axiophytes – using plant indicators for landscape conservation – Sarah Whild, University of Birmingham/BSBI

16.05 Riverfly recording – 10 years on – Craig Macadam, Ephemeroptera Recording Scheme/Buglife

16.40 Chairman’s summing up.

16.45 Tea and depart.

You can also download the programme here.


Bookings are now closed.  The deadline was 2nd November 2012. 

Ticket fee: £50 Final booking deadline: 2nd November 2012

Early Bird ticket fee: £40 (closed on 21st September 2012)

Conference sponsor

We are delighted that the Mineral Products Association will be sponsoring this year's Conference.

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. MPA membership is made up of the vast majority of independent SME companies throughout the UK, as well as the 9 major international and global companies. It covers 100% of GB cement production, 90% of aggregates production and 95% of asphalt and ready-mixed concrete production and 70% of precast concrete production.

MPA members manage or control an area of land that adds up in size to a small national park. The mineral products industry has a proven legacy of high quality restoration and has further significant potential to protect and enhance biodiversity. Mineral sites could meet 100% of the targets for nine out of the 11 priority habitats in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, so the MPA and its members have a unique role to play.


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