The Imagining Natural Scotland conference took place at the University of St Andrews on 27 August 2013 with 118 delegates in attendance – approximately 50% were artists, 30% were academics and 20% were professionals.
The keynote speech was given by renowned science writer and leader of the Campaign for Real Farming, Colin Tudge. There were also talks from Professor Hayden Lorimer of Glasgow University on ‘Futurenature? Making room for the ruinous, botched and remediated?; Petra Biberbach, CEO Planning Aid for Scotland on the ‘By Leaves We Live’ project and Tom Dawson from the School of History at University of St Andrews on the need to document – and in some cases preserve – Scotland’s coastal heritage before it is lost to erosion.
There were also a series of fascinating presentations from the fifteen Imagining Natural Scotland project teams on how their projects are developing and progressing. In the evening, there was a reception in Lower College Hall and a screening of the prescient environmental film ‘Edge of the World’ (dir Michael Powell) from 1937 loosely based on the evacuation of St Kilda.
Overall, the response to the conference was very enthusiastic and many new connections were forged.