The Tallinn Forum, is a professional practice forum established in partnership with the Estonian Environmental Institute (EKI). The objectives of the Tallinn Forum are to provide networking opportunities for the exchange of best practice knowledge, debate and research between practitioners in government, consultancy, industry and academia.
Tallinn Forum events present a unique opportunity for European and international IA professionals to promote best practice in EIA and SEA in Europe, enhance the impact of IA within sustainable development and decision making, take part in continuing professional development, and to discuss regulatory amendments impacting on practice.
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Participants are free to register now in order to submit an abstract and to reserve an early place at both the academic workshop and main conference. However priority registration will be given to those who reserve and pay before the registration deadline. The Tallinn Forum organisers recommend booking early to reserve your place.
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is part of a family of related impact and decision-making tools that have developed globally since the 1990s. The European Union and its Member States, in partnership with regions of the UN Economic Commission for Europe, has been one of the most active supporters in the application of SEA as a driver for sustainable decision making, incorporating SEA into the heart of its legal instruments. Frameworks for SEA have also emerging internationally and within key economic development sectors. SEA practice has also extended into donor assistance activities, particularly within the lending operations of International Finance Institutions.
Key issues we are inviting consideration and contributory papers within this complex and evolving field include:
This inaugural conference of the Tallinn Forum on Advances in European SEA Practice provides a rare international opportunity for Europe’s SEA community of leading Practitoner and administrators to gather and debate current practice.
The conference will offer plenaries, focused workshops and free paper sessions to discuss specific topics and sectors of SEA interest and concern, examine best practice case studies and learn how SEA is influencing the promotion of sustainable development.
Priority is given to:
Since the focus of the conference will be to promote best practice, the Program & Technical Committees will review submitted case studies and papers and invite those that are most likely to effectively stimulate discussion or debate.
There will be opportunities to present short research papers during some sessions, as well as posters. For an additional fee, an Academic seminar will be held preceding the Conference on Current Approaches within the Pedagogy of SEA as well as Training courses on SEA topics during the week before the conference start. The conference & its related forums will all be held in English.
The Tallinn Forum is inviting academics in IA to a workshop centred around teaching and research methodology in SEA that will be held 8th of November. The fee of the workshop will be 95€. The workshop will be chaired by Charlotta Faith-Ell together with Lone Kornov and Gesa Geißler.
Much of the early research on Environmental Assessment (EA) was carried out in the form of ex-post evaluation of EA documents (i.e., evaluation of EA quality, implementation, and outcomes). This was primarily achieved through document review and practitioner interviews post decision. However, SEA researchers have now concluded that SEA research needs to get closer to SEA practice, i.e. evaluations of on-going processes.
This part of the workshop aims at discussing research methods and knowledge production in SEA and thereby move SEA research approaches from ex-post evaluations towards more participatory or evaluation research. Furthermore, as SEA research is very applied, it will be of academic interest to discuss the dissemination of research results. The ability of SEA researchers to influence the take up of their research findings by practitioners and decision makers will be of increasing importance in influencing the direction of future SEA practice.
Several research studies show that there is a high demand for SEA training among practitioners. At the same time there is a long tradition of training of SEA practitioners as well as teaching SEA at universities. Quite often one can see courses that equally mix teaching with training…. However, within the field of SEA, there has been little discussion on teaching and learning in SEA. Also, in light of the new requirements on EIA ‘competence’, questions have been raised within the field of SEA with regards to what teaching in SEA is supposed to deliver?
This part of the workshop aims at reflecting and discussing SEA teaching and learning both for university students and practitioners.
Opening Plenary - Introductions
Digital shift and its consequences on sustainability
Infrastructure, sustainable communities & the natural environment
Lunch – College Refectory
Breakout Sessions 1:
Breakout Sessions 2:
Parallel Sessions 3:
Breakout Sessions 4:
Breakout Session 5:
Summing Up of Key Issues
Coffee and registration
Introduction to the workshop
Teaching and learning in SEA
Introduction of the IAIA best practice principles
How we frame our teaching depending on target groups and purpose? Content – pedagogy-skills
Methods and knowledge production in SEA research
Research impact and change agent methods
Which methods are used today? Challenges in SEA research methodology? Future of SEA research with regards to methodology?
Summing up of the day
The conference will provide a unique forum for discussion amongst European Town & Country Planners, IA Professionals, Government Officials, Researchers and NGO leaders. Participants from other international countries and institutions are equally welcome to participate.
This 2 day conference will have a single registration fee of
395€ (excludes VAT)
The conference will host a maximum of 300 participants. Due to the limited space available, we encourage all interested applicants to register early.
On-line registration is now open
The conference will be held on the premises of the Goldsmith College, University of London
The University campus is in the south-east of Central London close to Greenwich and Deptford, both of which have strong maritime connections. The Goldsmith’s campus is easily accessed from two London Overground stations, New Cross and New Cross Gate with both running frequent tube connections into the centre of London. New Cross Gate has mainline services running north to London Bridge (for Luton Airport) and south to London Victoria (for Heathrow Airport) and direct to Gatwick Airport. A wide variety of accommodation types can be accessed throughout the area.