Conferences

Our conferences are designed to share ideas, bring people together and to put the spotlight on great work. We like to mix things up and often plan conferences that cross professional boundaries and encourage a mix of disciplines to come together and discover common ground. In our experience this is how the best ideas emerge.

Access all Areas - Sharing best practice for accessible tourism - Tuesday 4th October 2016

Bookings now being taken for our Autumn conference; Access all areas - sharing best practice for accessible tourism. Working with Disability Cornwall and McCaren Access, we have designed this event to help businesses respond to the accessible tourism market. The day will showcase leading examples of how to make venues welcoming and accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

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Highlights from previous conferences and events

Let Nature Feed Your Senses series

Part of our Let Nature Feed Your Senses project with LEAF, these annual conferences from 2010 - 2013 have brought together farmers, environmental organisations and community groups to learn how sensory-rich experiences, play, drawing and stories help make connections with nature, food and farming for people who don't normally have the chance. Read more and download conference reports >>

UK Dementia Congress, Nottingham 2013

Wendy Brewin hosted a poster presentation at the UK Dementia Congress in November 2013, highlighting the importance of linking older people with dementia with their local places and communities. Read more >>

Place based learning, Burrenbeo, Ireland 2012

The Burrenbeo Trust is working to make the Burren a centre of place based learning in Ireland and Jane Stoneham joined others from around the world to explore creative ideas at the Burrenbeo's international place based learning conference in Ireland this summer. Read more >>

Agents of Change, Moscow 2012

The Strelka Institute is putting the spotlight on the transformation of urban life in Moscow and Jane Stoneham was invited to join them as part of their summer 'Agents of Change' programme. Read more >>

A Sense of Place conference series

Our first Sense of Place conference was in 2004. Sense of Place is about how we make better places. It is about making connections: connections between people and their environment; between people who didn’t realise they need to work together; and between ideas that have never existed in the same room before. To read more and to download conference reports follow these links:

Dementia, Environment and Community 2009

As part of our Creative Spaces project, this seminar was an insight into positive, creative and inspiring techniques that support and improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their families/carers. Read more and download the conference report >>

Connecting young people and place

This conference at the University of Reading in 2008 brought together a multi-disciplinary mix of contibutions from the UK, Japan and Sweden to address the promotion of better quality environments for young people and better opportunities for nature-based play. Read more and download the conference report >>

Inclusive landscapes 2007

A one day seminar and training event to explore the role of landscape architects and landscape designers in creating environments that are valued and enjoyed by the widest range of people. Read more about Inclusive Landscapes >>

Accessible Heritage

A series of conferences focused on improving access to historic landscapes, parks and countryside and following the production of two guides by the Sensory Trust: Easy Access to Historic Landscapes for English Heritage, and By All Reasonable Means for the Countryside Agency. Read more about the publications >>

Learning from nature: environmental facilities in UK and Japan

Sensory Trust and the Association for Children's Environment (ACE, Japan) held this successful one-day conference in Tokyo, Japan. Led by Lynsey Robinson, it was attended by university professors and students, and practitioners from botanic gardens, museums, design firms, environmental groups, amusement parks, schools, local governments and disabled peoples' organisations. Read more about the Ask project >>

Public Parks: Keep Out

Sensory Trust and GreenSpace worked in partnership to run this international conference. Hosted in Manchester by the City Council, the event highlighted the importance of accessible parks and green spaces. Read more and download the conference report >>