Professor Simon Schama and Rene Bihan of SWA Group, San Francisco to headline UK Landscape Conference.

Simon Schama and Rene Bihan of SWA Group, San Francisco will be keynote speakers at the UK Landscape Conference 2010.

The conference opens on 8 November with the presentation of the six shortlisted entries for the UK Landscape Award and the announcement of the winner. At the conference dinner on 9 November, Schama will share his perceptions about how landscape has changed since he wrote Landscape and Memory, 15 years ago.

The conference will feature an array of high-profile speakers. Rene Bihan of SWA Group, San Francisco, will share his company’s experience of working in China, where the government is backing ambitious, large-scale projects to transform and reshape blighted industrial landscapes. Dr Mechtild Rossler, Chief, European and North America Section, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, will talk about Global Landscape Heritage and the challenges for conservation.

Steve Quartermain, the UK Government’s Chief Planner, will speak about how planning is being reformed under the new government, while Sir Michael Pitt, Chair of the UK Infrastructure Planning Commission, will speak about its work to date in implementing the Planning Act 2008.

The Heritage Lottery Fund will discuss its commitment to landscape with tips on securing funds, and the Landscape Institute will lead a session on valuing ecosystem services, ‘Putting a price on landscape’.

On 10 November, the conference will conclude with a specially chartered ferry trip up the Mersey River made famous by Gerry and the Pacemakers who sang Ferry Cross the Mersey.

The awards ceremony, conference dinner and the Mersey tour are included in the conference price of £185. For more information on the conference, or to register, click here.

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