Thank you to everyone who joined us on 13 and 14 November at the Albert Hall, Nottingham, we hope you enjoyed this year’s NBN Conference as much as we did!

Links to all of the presentations and a selection of photos can be found below.

You can read a selection of Tweets, which help to sum up the hive of Twitter activity from the two days on the NBN Conference Review page.

Planning the NBN Conference 2020

We have already arranged the dates and venue for 2020 and it will be held at the Open University, Milton Keynes.  This will be a collaborative event with iSpot, which will be completing its 10 year anniversary celebrations.  The dates are Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 November for the NBN Conference, with plans for an iSpot seminar on Tuesday 17th.

Whilst the dates and venue are in place, we would still like your feedback to help with compiling the programme, so please help us by completing our Conference survey, which should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.  Thank you!

2019 Presentations

Sir John Lawton – NBN Trust Patron, President of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Vice-President RSPB (Keynote address)

“Thoughts from a boy birdwatcher, bug-hunter and botanist”

Dr Jo Judge – NBN Trust

“The NBN, a year in review”

Daniel Hayhow – RSPB (State of Nature)

“State of Nature 2019”

Richard Fox – Butterfly Conservation

“What do recorders think about open data?”

Caroline Van Dierkson – NBN Trust

“NBN Atlas: recent and planned developments”

Sophia Ratcliffe – NBN Trust

“Measures of data quality to monitor the success of the NBN Atlas as a resource for high-quality wildlife records across the UK”

Dr Erika Newton – British Ecological Society

“Increasing the preservation and discoverability of management-relevant information: introducing Applied Ecology Resources (AER)”

Dr Sandy Knapp – The Linnean Society (Keynote address)

“Building knowledge and narratives through open networks”

Philip Stephens – Durham University

“MammalWeb: public participation in monitoring the UK’s wild mammals”

Dave Raffaelli – The Woodmeadow Trust

“How useful are biodiversity data for assessing natural capital?”

Thomas Doherty-Bone – Independent conservationist

“Using the NBN Atlas to plan conservation and research”

Dr Roddy Fairley – Scottish Natural Heritage

“Emergency and Crisis”

Rachel Tierney – SBIF

“Collaboration, integration and innovation: shaping Scotland’s data future”

Tim Corner – Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre

“How rubbish am I?”

Ian Wallace – UK Caddis Recording Scheme Organiser

“The best caddis maps possible”

Ian Wallace, Rachel Tierney, Roddy Fairley and Tim Corner answer questions
Ian Wallace, Rachel Tierney, Roddy Fairley and Tim Corner answer questions

Tony Juniper CBE – Chair of Natural England (Sir John Burnett Memorial lecture)

“Conservation successes, challenges and future directions” (this lecture was delivered without a PowerPoint presentation)

Neil Hodges presenting Tony Juniper with the Sir John Burnett Memorial Medal
Neil Hodges presenting Tony Juniper with the Sir John Burnett Memorial Medal

Kimberley James – Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

“Gilbert White 300”

Dr Philip Wheeler – The Open University

“How to map a million trees”

Philip Wheeler

Loreena Jaouen – Student intern – Geospatial Analyst, 2Excel geo

“Quantification of Birch and Bracken Encroachment on Heathland using Airborne Hyperspectral Imagery and Sentinel-2 Satellite Imagery

Loreena Jaouen

Harriet Carty – Caring for God’s Acre

“The Beautiful Burial Ground”