This event will take place in the Conference Room at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Arboretum Place, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ) on Thursday 12th February 2015 from 2pm – 6pm, followed by an informal reception and networking (until approximately 8pm).

The full programme will be available shortly. The event will feature presentations from keynote speakers in the planning sector:

Anne-Michelle Slater (University of Aberdeen), a specialist in terrestrial and marine spatial planning law.
Rachel Shucksmith (NAFC Marine Centre, Shetland), manager of the Shetland Marine Spatial Plan project.

The presentations will be followed by group workshop sessions focusing on key topics under the theme: what tools are needed to take marine spatial planning from paper to practice? With marine spatial planning coming to the fore at national level, this event will facilitate timely thinking on how it can, and must, deliver sustainable development and ecosystem enhancement for Scotland’s seas. We are keen to gain a wide range of perspectives at this event and would welcome attendance from anyone with an interest in landscapes, terrestrial planning, ecological restoration, environmental law, participative democracy (or decision-making) and related areas.

The event has a limited number of places. To confirm your place for the event, please register online:

For any further information, please contact Esther Brooker (