Day 1
Science, Water and Nature: striving for a sustainable future 

Engineering, agriculture, ecology and the water industry – collaborating to maximise the use of nature-based solutions. What have we learnt and what can we do to facilitate a sustainable future ensuring costs and benefits for industry and society are understood? 

PROGRAMME
 TIME  SESSION  SPEAKER
 10.00  Welcome and opening

 Heidi Mottram

 Northumbrian Water

 Group

 10.10

 Opening message via video

 (pre-recorded)

 His Royal Highness,

 The Prince of Wales

 10.20

 Session 1:

 Challenges for the water industry:

 How can nature and science help

 provide solutions?

 

 Ian Barker -

 Vice President

 Environment,

 Institute of Water

 

 Water industry – challenges

 Keith Haslett

 Northumbrian Water

 Group

 

 Jo Harrison

 United Utilities

 Land owner – challenges

 Jon Dearsley

 Savills

 Economist – challenges

 Lucy Watkinson

 HM Treasury

Q&A
 11.45 Break
 12.05

 Session 2: How can legislation,

 policy and guidance facilitate

 implementing nature-based

 solutions?

 What innovations can ecologists,

 planners and land managers work

 together on to add to this?

 Penny Simpson

 Freeths 

 Government / Defra perspective

 via video (pre-recorded)

 Rebecca Pow

 Defra 

 Private investment through

 emerging markets

 David Hill

 Environment Bank 

 Green economy, environmental

 accounting & capital investment

 Jacquie McGlade

 UCL 

 Land owner perspective

 Matthew Morris

 Duchy of Cornwall 

Q&A

 13.20 Lunch
 14.30

 Travel to Abberton

 Site tour 4 stops on walking tour: 

 Water resources 

 Land issues – pre & post construction 

 Engineering 

 Conservation & science 

 16.45

 – 

 18.00

 Young professionals’ session

 6 x students or graduates presenting

 on their studies or work within the

 industry.

 Presentations to be alongside a

 poster to be displayed following the

 session

 Tom Cameron &

 Corinne Whitby

 University of Essex 

 19.30 Dinner
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