Oliver Gilbert: A Life in Ecology

A Celebration of the Work and Inspiration of Dr Oliver Gilbert Pioneer Ecologist & Sheffield conservationist

13th & 14th November 2015, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

Two days of Urban Ecology, Lichenology, Invasive & Alien Species, Green Roofs & Urban Commons, Urban Woods, Peak District Lead Rakes, Wildscape Rivers, Land Restoration, & a European Landscape Context

Ten years from Ollie’s premature death this 2-day conference, supported by the BES, is organised by Professor Ian Rotherham and Dr Paul Ardron, both long-term friends and associates of the late Dr Oliver Gilbert. This encompasses his many interests and celebrates his contributions to urban ecology, lichenology, exotic plants, and urban and post-industrial landscapes over a period of 50 years. Invited speakers will deliver papers relating to topics, reflecting Oliver’s many interests from ‘alien’ species, lichens, urban woodlands, and post-industrial flora.

One of the first academic ecologists to examine urban environments establishing terms like ‘the urban commons’. His book ‘The Ecology of Urban Habitats’ still stands as the primary text in this field. He also challenged conventional thinking on invasive aliens such as sycamore and Japanese knotweed, pioneering academic interest in urban habitats and urban ecology. Speakers include Professor Mark Seaward, Dr Penny Anderson, Professor Nigel Dunnett, Dr Jan Woudstra, Ann Le Sage, Dr Rob Francis, Dr Peter Shaw, Professor Melvyn Jones, Dr Anna Jorgensen, Penny Anderson, Dr Peter Shepherd, and Dr John Barnatt. A celebratory volume of conference papers follows from the event.

More information and a booking form are available from our website: www.ukeconet.org/events/. Programme: http://www.ukeconet.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Life-in-Ecology-2015-Provisional-Programme-July-2015.pdf

LIMITED SPECIAL OFFER: Attendance for each day @ £5 only including refreshments but not lunch. Full prices start from £25 per day for volunteers to £50 per day for academics.

If you would like to book your place, be put on our mailing list, or to offer support or a poster presentation for this conference, please email: info@hallamec.plus.com or telephone 0114 2724227.


“Oliver Gilbert: A Life in Ecology” , British Association of Nature Conservationists, www.ecos.org.uk/oliver-gilbert-a-life-in-ecology/.