2020 Irish Conference: Conservation Approaches to Benefit Biodiversity: Big Ideas for Big Challenges

2020 Irish Conference

Sponsored by: 

Wildlife Acoustics


As awareness of the challenges facing biodiversity conservation increases, our work as ecologists and environmental managers will inevitably come under the spotlight. How can we take advantage of new tools and emerging policy approaches that are becoming available to us? Green infrastructure planning, biodiversity net gain, rewilding, ecosystem services assessment and natural capital tools: how do these concepts help us in our work to halt biodiversity loss?

This conference will explore these approaches, looking at how we can use them in a practical setting to achieve the best outcomes for biodiversity enhancement. We will showcase sector-specific examples of how they are applied across a range of landscapes and habitats. We will also explore how they fit into the planning system and current legal and policy requirements. Delegates will get a bigger picture of biodiversity conservation in Ireland and understand where different approaches are appropriate and how to get the best results in their work.

Bookings Open! 

Due to the current restrictions in place to limit the spread of covid-19, we have made the decision to revise the format of our Irish Conference. The two-day conference organised to take place in Galway will no longer be going ahead and instead the conference will run as a one-day online event from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Wednesday 22 April.


We would like to invite you to join us for the conference and to embrace the new format which we hope will offer a way for our members and the wider ecology community to join together virtually and for CIEEM to continue to offer support and continued learning opportunities to our members during this challenging time. We want to thank you all for your support and engagement as CIEEM work to continue to support yourselves and the sector in the best way that we can.

First Speakers Announced...

Biodiversity Finance: Using a BIOFIN approach to assess the National Biodiversity Action Plan - Dr Shane McGuiness, University College Dublin

The framework of natural capital and biodiversity net gain can help to develop truly sustainable solutions for plans and projects, to help address the current environmental crisis - Dr Peter Gilchrist & Corey Cannon, Jacobs

A Novel Results-based Approach to Farming for Ecosystem Services - Ryan Wilson-Parr, Hen Harriet Project

Poster Submission

As part of the conference, there are limited opportunities to present a poster in a 2 minute flash presentation. Please complete and return the submission form by Wednesday 15 April, to krystiehamilton@cieem.net, if this is of interest to you. 


Sponsorship Opportunities

We have limited opportunities available to become a sponsor of this event. Benefits include: An advert of your choice shown in between talks, social media mentions, a blog post, plus more. Please contact enquiries@cieem.net for further information. 

5 Free Student Places

We are giving away free places to 5 of our lucky student members. To be in with a chance to win, please email krystiehamilton@cieem.net by Wednesday 15 April.

Knowledge Level

Suitable for all

Euro Pricelist 

Please see below for the Euro pricelist. If you would like to purchase your ticket(s) in Euros, please contact our Finance Department at finance@cieem.net, to arrange payment. 

Ticket Type   Price in Euros 
 CIEEM Member (Fellow, Full, Associate, Graduate/Qualifying)   €49 
 CIEEM Member (Retired)   €38 
 CIEEM Student Member   €16
 Non Member Ticket   €76 
 Student (not a CIEEM member)   €27


Tickets Person(s) Price
CIEEM Member (Fellow, Full, Associate, Graduate/Qualifying) 1 £45.00
CIEEM Member (Retired) 1 £35.00
CIEEM Student Member 1 £15.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £70.00
Student (not a CIEEM member) 1 £25.00