by Anastasia Nikologianni
20th -25th June 2016, Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens, Greece
Participating at the 6th International Conference on Landscape and Urban Horticulture was a great opportunity to present a part of my PhD research to an international and broad audience of experienced academics and professionals. The event was staged in Greece’s capital city of Athens and included industry and academic attendees spanning all over the world including the United States of America, Australia, Asia and Europe.
The conference went very well and I received a very good response on the broader research as well as my presentation. This was a visit that placed significance on the multi-disciplinary nature of the event. It was an international conference that dealt with issues around both landscape and horticulture, emphasising the need for a holistic and technological approach. This blend of artistic and scientific aspects of landscape is very important for my PhD research looking at landscape design, low carbon and aesthetic elements in regional landscape strategies.
Personally I was very happy to meet fellow landscape architects and to find out about local activities and projects. I had the opportunity to showcase my current research work and present two sustainable landscape projects from my placement in the Netherlands. This also enabled me to engage with former colleagues as I have a horticultural background and start embracing a future collaboration between those two disciplines.
Anastasia Nikologianni is a 2nd year Landscape Architecture PhD student funded by a Climate-KIC Scholarship based at the School of Architecture, BCU.