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Tree Maintenance

Sunday 1st December
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh

Placemaking for a Healthier Belfast

Monday 2nd December
Assembly Buildings, 2–10 Fisherwick Place, Belfast

The UKERC project OverCoME (Overcoming Conflict in Marine Energy)

Monday 2nd December
Waterfront ICC Belfast

Visitor Safety Group Managing Informal Mountain Bike Trails Workshop

Tuesday 3rd December
Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Newcastle

The Role of Energy Storage in a Sustainable Future

Tuesday 3rd December
CREST – Centre for Renewable Energy & Sustainable Technology – SWC, Lough Yoan Road, Enniskillen BT74 4EJ

Building cyber resilience for small organisations

Wednesday 4th December
NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB


Thursday 5th December
RSPB’s Window on Wildlife, 100 Airport Road, Belfast


How wild is wild? Rewilding the island of Ireland

Monday 9th December
W5, 2 Queens Quay, Belfast BT3 9QQ
£5.98 – £9.21

BES Science Slam 2019

Tuesday 10th December
The Black Box, 18–22 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LA

CFC Carbon Quiz – BES Annual Meeting Social Event

Wednesday 11th December
ICC Belfast, 2 Lanyon Place, Belfast BT1 3WH


Making Environmentally Friendly Christmas Decorations

Saturday 14th December
South Belfast


Placemaking for a Healthier Belfast

Monday 2 December 2019

Assembly Buildings, 2–10 Fisherwick Place, Belfast


The built environment has an important influence on a child’s development, particularly through its adverse impacts on health challenges that affect children disproportionately, such as obesity, asthma, unintentional injuries and mental health and well–being. Child friendly placemaking is about the need for planning authorities and professionals working to shape the built environment to consider children as a way to create places that are healthier as well as more inclusive, equitable and people centred. Such an approach goes beyond the protection of basic children’s rights and promotes a wider definition of children’s well–being.

This seminar aims to promote the concept and good practice of child friendly placemaking among policymakers, planners and health professionals.

Speakers include  

Dr Kate Bishop Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Built Environment University of New South Wales, Australia

Dr Kate Bishop specialises in the research and design of environments for children with special needs; child and youth–friendly urban planning and design; and participatory methodologies with children and young people. She is the co–editor of the publication ‘Designing cities with children and young people: Beyond playgrounds and skate parks’ (2017).   

Dr Maria Nordström Senior Researcher Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Dr Maria Nordström is a Senior Researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, where she researches children’s environments from a developmental psychology perspective. She is a member of the steering group for the European Network of Child Friendly Cities and has expertise in conducting child impact assessments (CIAs).  

Mr James Hennessey Director The Paul Hogarth Company  

James Hennessey is a qualified Urban Designer and Chartered Landscape Architect.  He leads on strategic projects across the practice including masterplans; public realm strategies; and regeneration frameworks as well as being involved in policy development.

Ms Grania Long  Commissioner for Resilience  Belfast City Council

Grania Long is Belfast City Council’s first Commissioner for Resilience – a role that aims to help the city prepare for potential scenarios which could challenge the city’s ability to function and progress as a sustainable economy and good place to live.

Marianne Mannello Assistant Director (Policy, Support and Advocacy) Play Wales

Marianne Mannello is Assistant Director (Policy, Support and Advocacy) at Play Wales. She has over 25 years experience in many aspects of play and playwork, including play strategy consultation and development. Marianne has worked with the Welsh Government to support the development of a toolkit to support local authorities to undertake the Play Sufficiency Assessments. 

Denise Cahill Coordinator  Cork Healthy Cities

Denise Cahill is the Healthy Cities Co–coordinator in Cork City. She has worked as a researcher in the area of Public Health and has worked in the area of health promotion for the past 16 years. 

Allan Heron, Director Angela Stallard, Regional Manager Playboard NI

Allan Heron is the lead organisation for the development and promotion of children and young people’s play in Northern Ireland.

To register, please email stating any access, dietary or other requirements.


Cost   More Details Free
Time   More Details 09:00am – 1:30pm
Contact   More Details Caroline Scott
028 9032 8811