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Nature Connections 2018

Hosted by: College of Life and Natural Sciences, University of Derby

Location: University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby

Date: Wednesday 20 June 2018

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Nature Connections brings together research, policy and provider communities with an interest in engaging people with the natural world for nature’s and human wellbeing. The day will provide a forum for sharing and learning from the latest research and practice in nature connection. Taking the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan as a starting point, the conference will be focussed on the core themes of:

• Connecting people with nature for wellbeing.
• Nature friendly education - encouraging children to be close to nature.
• Connecting people with nature in towns and cities.
• Connecting with the beauty of nature.

Keynote Speakers include:

Cindy McPherson Frantz
Prof. of Psychology & Environmental Studies, Oberlin College & Conservatory, USA
Leading researcher into the construct of nature connection.

Howard Davies
Chief Executive - National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs)

Gregor Henderson
National Lead, Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England

Nature Connections 2018 - Call for abstracts

Submissions invited:
• Presentations - 300 word abstracts for presentation as 12 minute talks.
• Poster Presentations – 300 word abstracts.
Criteria for selection will include alignment with themes, systematic enquiry and clarity of implications. For submissions and to join the mailing list email the team at with subject NCx2018 

Submission deadline 08.04.2018

Full day conference fee including lunch and refreshments - £95

There is an option to book on to the pre-conference dinner that will be taking place at Masa on the evening of 19th June. To attend please select the box below in the booking form, payment for this must be made prior, you will find this option on our payment page.



Staying over in Derby

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Getting to the venue

The Conference will be held at University of Derby, Kedleston Road Campus on the 20 June 2018. Derby is located right in the heart of the East Midlands and easily accessible by road, rail or air.

By Road
The University Campus is located just 8 miles from the M1, Junction 25 and 0.2 miles from the A38.
Please not that free parking will be available onsite, please ask at the security barrier for a parking ticket for the Nature Connections Conference. 

By Rail
The closest train station is Derby train station; this is approximately 2.6 miles from our Kedleston Road Campus and will take 10-15 minutes in a taxi.

By Air
The closest airport is East Midlands, located just 15 miles from the University Campus. This should take around 25 minute by car. Alternatively Derby Skylink operate a 24 hours bus service, picking up directly outside the terminal building and dropping off at Derby Bus Station. This service runs every 30 minutes during the day and hourly during the night, seven days a week and takes approximately 40 minutes.
For further information on how to find us and maps and directions please follow the link below

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