SYMPOSIUM PRESENTATION

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) incollaboration with the European Federation of Soiland Water Bioengineering (EFIB) and support from the ECOMED Erasmus+project, organise the International Symposiumon Soil-and Water-Bioengineering in a Changing Climate, held on the 7th and 8th of September 2017.

The aim of the symposium is to present and discussthepossibilities offered by the technical discipline of Soil-andWater-Bioengineering to the ecological, economic, and societal challenges faced within a changing climate. As a society are experiencing a period of uncertainty, in which we perceive that the solutions could come from finding a balance within our environment based on the sustainable management of our ecosystems, the restoration of their functionality and services, and the use of nature-based construction systems such as soil-andwater-bioengineering techniques. It is envisaged that UK practitioners and researchers will foster a deeper and more meaningful relationship with their international counterparts at the symposium by sharing experiences around common areas of interest.

According to the E.F.I.B.,soil- and water- bioengineering is a discipline that combines technology and biology, making use of plants and plant communities as building materials which can protect the soil and infrastructure as well as contributing to landscape development. It includes technical(protection and stabilisation), ecological (ecosystem restoration), landscape (improvement of landscape integration),and a consideration of socio-economic (efficiency and employability) aspects.

It is recognised as an emerging Engineering discipline,because of the application of scientific and practical knowledge in order to design and build structures, processes and solutions to control Soil and Water erosion and stability, but is also a Biological discipline because of the critical role of native plants and its bio-technical properties in these solutions.

GCU and the membership of EFIB are currently collaboratingwithintheErasmus+projectECOMED (www.ecomedbio.eu) and this willbe promoted and presentedatthissymposium. Attheendofthissymposium, the attendees will be involved in the formal process of founding the UK AssociationforSoil- andWater- bioengineering.

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM -THEMATIC AREAS

We invite practitioners and researchers to submit papers for presentation at the symposium covering research and practice related to the restoration of degraded areas, using primarily water- and soil-bioengineering techniques in the following thematic areas:

  • River restoration and revitalisation
  • Storm water management and rain gardens
  • Regeneration of wetlands, reservoirs, and coastal areas
  • Hydro forest restoration activities in mountain areas, slope stabilization
  • Planning and restoration of urban and peri-urban areas
  • Restoration of fire or drought affected areas
  • Design, construction and restoration of linear infrastructure: highways, railways,  and gas pipelines
  • Restoration and remediation of land under extractive activities: mining, quarrying and landfilling
  • Soil and Water Bioengineering techniques, materials, modelling, and design.