Nature Connections 2020


This event has been postponed with no further bookings being taken at this time. At this time, the health and wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors must be our primary concern. We hope to reschedule the event in due course and once confirmed it will be listed on We apologise for any inconvenience and for any enquiries please contact

Conference overview

The 6th interdisciplinary conference Nature Connections Conference will provide a platform for sharing the latest research evidence on the links between nature connectedness, wellbeing, climate change, and biodiversity and pro-nature behaviours.

Key themes will include:

Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts is now open for the following:

Submit your abstract

The submission deadline remains open until further notice.

Criteria for selection will include alignment with themes, systematic enquiry, and clarity of implications.

To join the mailing list email with the subject "NCx2020".

The fee for this conference including lunch is £85 (15 student places available at £50).

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Keynote speakers

Matthew White, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter. An an environmental psychologist, his interests lie at the intersection of natural environmental, health, and wellbeing. Dr White is recognised as a global leader in this area of research. He has presented research findings to the House of Commons and the House of Lords. His work emphasises the importance of reconnecting with nature for sustainability and for the health and wellbeing of both humans and the greater-than-human natural world to which we belong.

Elizabeth Nisbet, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Trent University in Ontario, Canada. She is one of the foremost early researchers and experts on individual differences in subjective connectedness with nature and environmentally sustainable behaviour. Among her contributions to this field, Dr Nisbet led the development of the widely used Nature Relatedness Scale. Her latest research interests include examining links between nature relatedness and particular aspects of nature.

Dr Nisbet will be joining us by video.

John Zelenski, PhD, is a Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and leading researcher in the area of nature relatedness. He has received over $1m in research funding and heads the Happiness Lab at Carleton. Professor Zelenski’s work includes examination of the psychological and social benefits of nature experiences for children and the emotional benefits of a close relationship with nature.

Together, Dr Nisbet and Professor Zelenski have examined the distinct role that nature relatedness contributes to our basic need to feel connected, how people underestimate the beneficial impact of nature on happiness, and how being mindful in nature enhances connectedness and mood.

Professor Zelenski will be joining us by video.

Please note, pay-and-display parking is available on site but not guaranteed. The rate of £5.20 for more than four hours applies weekdays 8am-4.30pm.

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Conference cost

One-day conference registration fee is £85.

One-day conference registration fee for students is £50 (please send a copy of your student ID to to validate the student rate).

Discounted places are limited, please book now to avoid disappointment.

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