Call for Abstracts

Architecture and roadmap to manage multiple pressures on lagoons – Final Conference

Call for Abstracts

24th - 26th June 2015

Newcastle University, Newcastle UK

The ARCH project aims to develop participative methodologies to manage the multiple problems affecting lagoons in Europe. To achieve its aim, ARCH has worked in collaboration with managers, policy makers and stakeholders to generate realistic solutions and provide roadmaps for their implementation at the lagoon/estuary scale.

The final conference of the project aims to bring together academics and practitioners from across Europe to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing those living, working and managing lagoons and other estuarine environments. The organisers welcome papers that explore the complexities involved in the management and governance of socio-ecological systems such as lagoons. For more details about the ARCH project please see and for full details about the conference see

The conference and workshop takes place between 24th and 26th June and includes a conference dinner on the evening of the 24th June and a fieldtrip on the 25th June both of which are free of charge.

The ARCH Training Workshop

The third day of the conference will be a full day dedicated to a practical, hands-on training. The training is aimed at policy makers, coastal zone managers and related researchers. As a participant you will have the opportunity to be introduced to the ARCH methodology and work with the instruments developed within ARCH. It will give you new insights in interdisciplinary working, stakeholder involvement, roadmap development within the focus of lagoon and coastal zone management. The training will be strongly interactive, and will give you hands-on experience. At the end of the training you will receive a certificate from the ARCH project, signed by the Project coordinator and Scientific coordinator of the project to state that you have successfully fulfilled the training.

The conference and workshop are free to attend but places are limited and registration is essential. Please register at here.

Keynote Speaker

Prof Mike Elliot (Director of the Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies, University of Hull and Co-Editor of Estuarine Coastal & Shelf Science).

Prof. Selina Stead (Professor of Marine Governance and Environmental Science, University of Newcastle)

Russell Badbury (Marine Planning Manager, UK Marine Management Organisation)

Further keynotes to be announced



Track 1 - Multidisciplinary science in coastal zone management

Track 2 - Stakeholder participation towards policy implementation

Track 3 - Ecosystem services in lagoon management

Track 4 - Case studies to illustrate balancing multiple pressures in lagoon and estuary management

Track 5 - Bridging the scientific/local knowledge gap


On the afternoon of 25th June there will be a fieldtrip to the North Shields Fish Quay. The Fish Quay is situated at the mouth of the river Tyne and demonstrates the complexity of governing and managing areas where sea meets land. The local community has recently undertaken a neighbourhood planning exercise which provides a useful insight into how various stakeholders may be enabled to produce a strategic plan for the area. Please indicate when registering for the conference if you would like to attend the fieldtrip (attendance is free).

Abstract submission

The deadline to submit abstracts is 30th Arpil 2015. Abstracts should be no more than 200 words, should include a maximum of 5 keywords, and be submitted to Delegates will not be expected to submit a full paper for this conference.

Enquiries should be made to the conference organisers by email: