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Creative Conversations Workshop March 2021

Organised by the AALERT 4DM project this workshop will consider arts-based research related to landscapes and the environment, and discuss barriers and opportunities for further integrating these approaches into decision making.

Providing opportunities for discussion and constructive dialogues between diverse disciplinary perspectives and professional practices. It will bring artists (practitioners and researchers) into conversation with other academics and stakeholders (including land managers, policymakers and natural and social scientists) to critically reflect on emerging interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary examples involving arts research from the UK and abroad.

The workshop will also be used to help set the agenda for AALERT 4DM regional case studies planned for later in the year.

Events Projects

Creative approaches for understanding and influencing landscape decision making

Webinar Style Event

Friday 18th September 2020

Two Sessions: 10.00 – 11.30 am & 2.00 – 3.30 pm

Coordinated by The Landscape Decisions project AALERT 4 DM and hosted by the Programme Coordination Team

A number of projects funded under the Landscape Decisions Programme explore how creative approaches can influence landscape decision making.

The event is organised by AALERT 4DM with the Landscape Decisions Coordination Team and it will be delivered in two sessions.

  • The morning session will explore and debate perspectives of different projects about engaging with creative practices and understanding landscape decision making in the context of specific projects.
  • The afternoon session in an open conversation will debate how creative approaches can influence landscape decision making.

The event is open to wider audiences and all speakers and hosts will be participating in both sessions.

Sign up for the workshop on Eventbrite here:

MORNING SESSION 10.00 – 11.30 am


General overview to event scope and structure by AALERT


Short talks by a number of participating projects

To outline their practices and explain how they understand decision making in the context of their project. Open discussion – speakers to respond to each other and take questions posted in the chat

AFTERNOON SESSION 2.00 – 3.30 pm


Stimuli presentation on barriers and opportunities in influencing Decision Making – by member of the LDCT – TBC


General discussion to reflect on issues raised in the morning session and explore:

How do we believe creative approaches can influence decision making?

We hope that the discussions will lead to a written output that will complement the writing themes that emerged from the Landscape Decisions discussion events in July on the general theme of “Principles for participatory landscape decision making, the role of creativity, and best practice for interacting with landscape stakeholders”

List of Participating Projects

  • AALERT 4DM – Arts and Artists fro Decision Making
  • Changing landscapes, changing lives: how can narrative and biographical perspectives improve landscape decision making?
  • Connecting disadvantaged young people with landscape through arts
  • Creative landscape futures: making decisions with the arts and humanities
  • Decommissioning the Twentieth Century:
  • Design Innovation and Land-Assets: Towards New Thinking & Communities
  • Energy Landscapes, Heritage and Community
  • Field\work
  • HydroSpheres: co-design for landscape decision-making
  • Imagining the measure of change: art, science and the estuary community
  • Landscape Futures and the Challenge of Change: Towards Integrated Cultural/Natural Heritage Decision Making
  • Landscapes of the Mind
  • Multisensory multispecies storytelling to engage disadvantaged groups in changing landscape
  • TREESCAPES – Making visible the cultural values at risk from tree pests and diseases through arts approaches.
  • Unlocking Landscapes: History, Culture and Sensory Diversity in Landscape Use and Decision Making
  • Tipping Points: Cultural Responses to Wilding and Land Sharing in the North of England

Virtual workshop

Integrating quantitative social, ecological and mathematical sciences into landscape decision making. 

7th to 11th September 2020

Organised by the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

A follow-up to the highly successful Isaac Newton Institute (INI) Programme Mathematical and statistical challenges in landscape decision-making held in July 2019. The aim of this workshop is to build on this success by exploring how to integrate state-of-the-art social modelling approaches with environmental and mathematical approaches in landscape decision-making. The workshop will also, provide an opportunity to feedback on methodological advances made since the INI programme and match these to the changing needs of stakeholders. 

The primary goal of this follow-on workshop is to further extend these interdisciplinary links to the social sciences community. This is crucial in order to advance a holistic understanding of landscape decision-making. 

All talks and discussion sessions will be available virtually  


If wish to participate virtually, please contact

This workshop will include: 

  • Talks on the state-of-the-art in quantitative social and environmental and mathematical approaches to modelling landscape systems. 
  • Discussions on how to integrate quantitative social modelling approaches into existing quantitative approaches in landscape decision-making 
  • Summary of key outcomes and research roadmaps that emerged from the INI programme “Mathematical and statistical challenges in landscape decision-making”. 
  • Stakeholder perspective on current challenges in landscape decision-making. 
  • Feedback from projects funded under the UKRI Strategic Priority Fund (SPF) “Landscape Decisions: Toward a new framework for using land assets” mathematical and statistical challenges call. 

Participants in the workshop will include a highly interdisciplinary mix of both academic and non-academic researchers as well as stakeholders working on land-related research and policy questions. These will include (but not be limited to) participants interested in ecological modelling, social modelling, as well as mathematicians, statisticians and computer and data scientists with expertise in system modelling, uncertainty quantification and decision-making who are also interested in these wide ranging applied questions. 


Imagining the Measure of Change Launch Event

Follow the links above to find out more about this exciting new event from the IMOT project!



Short presentations will be added to our YouTube page in a series of bite-sized themes: 
(contact the team for access to the videos) 
You’ll be able to see general overviews of projects including non-specialist introductions and how projects will enhance the landscape decision-making process in the UK 
Theme 1: Comparing, combining and improving models, and creating tools and frameworks – Upload date 21 May  

Theme 2: Modelling specific factors – Upload date 26 May  

Theme 3: Understanding shared social values (making invisible values visible) – Upload date 28 May  

Theme 4: Assessing how the social sciences/hums/arts can contribute to landscape decision making and inform landscape decision making models and tools – Upload date 2 June  

Theme 5: Multidisciplinary understanding – understanding how decisions are made and integration between disciplines – Upload date 4 June 
Work Package leaders from the Programme Coordination Team (PCT) will deliver short presentations focusing on how projects fit into the overall Landscape Decisions objectives and highlighting commonalities and links between projects.    

Presentations will be about 15 minutes long and will be added to our YouTube page on 18 June for viewing   
An opportunity for Project Teams to get together for group discussions – via Zoom  
Dates of sessions: 25th & 30th June, 9th & 16th July 2-4 pm. 

For technical reasons numbers will be limited to a maximum of 150 per session.
Entry to the discussions will be via a pass code sent to project teams ahead of the day 

Each session will focus on a specific topic and last for a maximum of 2 hours.  Sessions will be held on 4 separate days to minimise video-conference fatigue.  

Sessions will be recorded to inform the subsequent writing retreats.  
The Topics 
Topic 1: Understanding people’s interaction with landscapes and landscape decision making 
Topic 2: Multi-functional landscapes and ES  

Topic 3: What pressures on Landscapes are currently not being considered – i.e. where are the gaps in our understanding of the pressures  

Topic 4: Can we understand different levels/scales of landscape decision making and the interactions between them?   


Wednesday 15th July 2-4 p.m.

This is an addition to our Virtual Event series and is a workshop style event for those interested in:

Fitting Models and Quantifying the Uncertainty of Predictions.

Aim and Scope: The Landscape Decisions Programme contains a number of projects that involve the use of computer models designed to aid the decision-making process. This workshop will bring together researchers working with models, and in particular, will discuss the issues of calibrating models (also known as “parameter estimation/tuning/fitting/optimisation”, or as the “inverse problem”) and comparing or combining models. For this workshop we intend to focus specifically on stochastic models that cannot be fit using standard likelihood-based inference techniques.

This 2-hour zoom event run by Richard Everitt and Richard Sibly will have the following structure: 

  1. Organisers’ welcome and introduction (5 min).
  • Individual case studies. Each will consist of a brief description by a participant of their model, and the challenges associated with estimating its parameters and quantifying the uncertainty attached to its predictions (max 5 min). This will be followed by a discussion of how new inference techniques might help.
  • Conclusion and proposals for future collaborations.

Call for Participation: If you are interested in speaking at this workshop, please by Friday 3rd July fill in the form at If you are interested in parameter estimation, assessing model fit, or uncertainty quantification, but are not sure if your work fits into the scope of this workshop, please get in touch via the form above, and let us know what you are working on. We would like to get an idea of the different types of models being investigated in the Programme and where applicable of the progress being made on parameter estimation and uncertainty quantification. We hope from this to see where future collaborations might be helpful.

Any questions, please email or