Scotland’s EIA Conference 2019


Scotland’s premier Environmental Impact Assessment conference returns for its third year, providing an opportunity for the EIA community of planners, consultants, developers and others to freely assemble and learn from each other experience.

Once again the conference is delivered as partnership between Fothergill Training & Consulting Ltd, the Scottish Government and the EIA consultation bodies – SEPA, SNH, HES.

On Thursday 23rd May 2018, the conference will look at opportunities for enhancing Scottish EIA practice, both now and in the future, by exploring how sharing innovation and experience can drive more effective assessments.

The conference will involve up to 120 delegates freely attending and debating Scottish EIA practice, with speakers drawn from Government, consultancy, Local Authorities and the Consultation bodies, plus an opportunity to explore EIA case law with Brodies. As with previous conferences, the event will feature plenary sessions and breakout workshops enabling opportunities for broad discussion and more focussed debate and learning.

The 2019 conference has been made possible by the kind and generous sponsorship of:

Brodies LLP; Capita; LUC; PBA, now part of Stantec; and Royal Haskoning DHV

Scotland’s EIA Conference 2019 – Program

Arrival & Registration from 9.30am

10.00 Chair’s Welcome – Josh Fothergill

10.05 Keynote Address: IEMA Supporting the Direction of EIA Innovation & Good Practice – Andy Mitchell

10.35 Panel Discussion: How EIA can become both more proportionate & deliver greater societal value?

Panelists include: IEMA, Scottish Government, SEPA and others

Morning Break (11.00 – 11.25)

11.25 to 14.25: Practice Sessions – delegates split into groups and rotate around three discussions sessions related to EIA innovation and good practice, which last 40mins each (11.25-12.05, 12.10 – 12.50, Lunch, 13.40 – 14.20). All delegates will have the opportunity to take attend each of the following sessions:

1) Digital EIA – Royal Haskoning DHV and Scottish Government. This session will explore how EIA learns from developments in digital technology to deliver more effective practice and engaging documentation, using real world examples of advances in EIA practice.

2) EIA Future Baselines – PBA, now part of Stantec and SEPA. Drawing upon recent work in contaminated land remediation, this session will explore the importance of considering baseline evolution, when a future baseline is needed in EIA and how it can be used to support regeneration: “Unlocking the redevelopment of vacant and derelict land – use of EIA Future Baselines”.

3) Collaborative Scoping – LUC and Historic Environment Scotland & Scottish Natural Heritage. This session will focus on the need on improving understanding around the value of a scoping process that allows the EIA to develop alongside the design, success in this can only be achieved through engagement and collaboration.

Lunch – Buffet & Networking (12.50 – 13.40)

14.25 EIA Legal Session – Brodies LLP

Afternoon Break (15.05 – 15.30)

15.30 Plenary: EIA’s role in place-making – with presentations from Capita and the Scottish Government.

16.25 Chair’s Summary

16.30 Conference Close

We are currently confirming speaker details, which will be updated onto the program in due course; however, all speaking slots are filled in the 2019 conference program; as such, we are unable to accept any further requests to speak at this year’s event.

The conference is free to attend, if you would like to reserve a ticket please click the reservation button and enter the code: EIA

If you have any queries about Scotland’s EIA Conference, please contact [email protected]