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International SEEDS Conference 2017

Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society

13 – 14 September 2017, Leeds Beckett University

Healthy environments, buildings, and spaces

The built environment has a greater impact on natural resources and produces more waste than any other industry. However, beyond the green rhetoric research is being applied on the ground to address the balance between the built and natural environment.

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Sponsored by CITU, the International SEEDS Conference brings together experts from around the world focusing on the changes that are taking place and the benefits or consequences that are being predicted and measured regarding the built environment’s impacts. As well as addressing technical issues, measuring energy efficiency and modelling energy performance, emphasis is placed on the health and well-being of the users of spaces occupied and enclosed.  As we are all guardians of nature and the environment, the conference will also explore the areas we protect and preserve for greater natural environmental influence. Understanding how buildings and spaces are designed and nurtured to obtain the optimal outcome will be a focus of much discussion and debate. This holistic approach draws together the research themes of energy, building performance and physics while placing health, well-being and ecology at the heart of the conference.

Through research and proven practice, the aim of the SEEDS conference is to foster ideas on how to reduce negative impacts on the environment while providing for the health and wellbeing of the society. The professions and fields of research required to ensure buildings meet user demands and provide healthy enclosures are many and diverse. The SEEDS conference addresses the interdependence of people, the built and natural environments, and recognises the interdisciplinary and international themes required to assemble the knowledge required for positive change.

  • Protecting nature and the natural environment
  • Building and environment design
  • Energy efficient modelling, simulation and BIM
  • Integrating urban and natural environment
  • Building performance, analysis and evaluation
  • Thermal comfort, air quality and overheating
  • Green spaces, enclosures and buildings
  • Green technologies and IT
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy flexible buildings
  • Energy behaviour and lifestyle
  • Dampness, water damage and flooding
  • Building surveys, thermography, building pathology
  • Water and air quality education & training
  • Planning and sculpturing positive change
  • Reducing consumption and waste
  • Sustainability, ethics and responsibility
  • Occupant behavioural change
  • Community building and master planning
  • Health benefits of alternative and natural materials
  • Urban heat island and mitigation
  • Building resilience
  • Sustainable cities
  • Zero energy and energy plus buildings
  • Local producers and urban environments, edible
  • Trees and green city landscape
  • Edible urban landscape
  • Biomimicry and biophilic design

Other related fields will be considered

Download the keynote presentation schedule.

Conference Package

If you would like to become a SEEDS Conference Member from 1st September 2017 to 31st August 2018 you will receive a £35 discount off the price of the SEEDS Conference and free entry to two CKE twilight sessions (normally costing £25 to £35). Details of CKE group events can be found at ckegroup.org or email ckeevents@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or by phoning the CKE team on 0113 812 7601.

  • Booking Standard Rate with SEEDS Member discount - £355
  • Booking Standard Rate without SEEDS Member discount - £390
  • Student Booking Rate with SEEDS Member discount - £215
  • Student Booking Rate without SEEDS Member discount - £250

These prices include:

  • Attendance at two full days of the SEEDS Conference including all keynotes, plenary sessions and associated activity on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th September 2017.
  • Delegate Pack including Conference Brochure, Abstracts Booklet and SEEDS canvas bag. All delegates will get a USB stick containing all the conference proceedings.
  • Access to keynote presentations from 10 leading experts representing a wide spectrum of research into sustainability in many areas.
  • Regular coffee and refreshment breaks with a buffet lunch provided on both dates (dietary requirements must be specified on booking)
  • Access to our academic posters exhibition area displaying our selection of innovative sustainability research, schemes and products.
  • Attendance at the official SEEDS Conference on the evening of 13th September in our event space in the prestigious Headingley Campus. Your complimentary ticket includes a welcome drink, three course meal, beverages and entertainment provided by our talented music students.
  • Attendance at the Conference finale and showpiece event, the RISE Awards, on the evening of Thursday, 14th September, 2017. The RISE Awards are a cross sector collaborative awards ceremony for industry, academia and third sector groups rewarding the most pioneering initiatives across four key strands; Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise. Your complimentary ticket includes a networking drinks reception, a three course banquet meal with wine, high quality entertainment and our professional awards presentation to officially close our Conference.

RISE cover


Please note the Early Booking Rate ceased on 14 July 2017.

Scientific Committee

Plus Icon Scientific Committee 2017

Dr Emmanuel Abogye-Nimo, University of Brighton, UK

Mr Martin Adlington, University of Derby, UK

Dr Dominic Ahiaga-Dagbui, Robert Gordon University, UK

Associate Professor Patricia Aloise-Young, Colorado State University, USA

Mr Zaid Alwan, Northumbria University, UK 

Associate Professor Karl Andersson, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden

Professor Sodagar Behzad, University of Lincoln, UK

Associate Professor Martine Buser, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Dr Talib Butt, University of Wales, Trinity St David, UK 

Professor Jean Carassus, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees, France

Dr Pedro-Pablo Cardoso-Castro, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Mr John Cavanagh, University of Aberdeen, UK

Professor Anita Ceric, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Dr Paul Chan, University of Manchester, UK

Dr Udeaja Chika, University of Salford, UK

Dr Nicholas Chileshe, University of South Australia, Australia

Dr Ang Mei Choo, Universitii Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia

Dr Alex Copping, University of Bath, UK

Professor Richard Cozzens, Southern Utah University, USA

Professor Mohammad Dastbaz, University of Suffolk, UK

Professor Jan de Wit, University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Professor Olaf Droegehorn, Harz, Germany

Principal Lecturer James Durrant, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Professor Charles Egbu, London South Bank University, UK

Dr Aitor Erkoreka, University of the Basque Country, Spain

Professor Fidelis Emuze, Central University of Technology, Free State, South Africa

Dr Richard Fitton, University of Salford, UK

Dr Roberto Garay Martinez, Tecnalia Research and Innovation, Spain

Dr Jean-Phillipe Georges, University of Lorraine, France

Professor Putrus Ghanim, Northumbria University, UK

Professor Jaqui Glass, Loughborough University, UK

Professor Barry Gledson, Northumbria University, UK

Dr David Glew, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Professor Anatoliy Gorbenko, Khal National Aerospace University, Ukraine

Professor Christopher Gorse, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Professor Rajat Gupta, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Senior Lecturer Tahira Hamid, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Dr Anthony Higham, University of Salford, UK

Dr Paul Hirst, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Professor Arnold Janssens, Universiteit Gent, Belgium

Dr Carlos Jimenez-Bescos, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

Eric Johansen, Northumbria University, UK

Professor David Johnston, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Senior Lecturer Allan Jones, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Dr Andrew King, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Dr Alexandra Klimova, ITMO University, Russia

Dr Ah-Lian Kor, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Dr Mikkel Kragh Dansk, Arkitektur Center, Denmark

Professor Richard Laing, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK

Professor Tim Lang, City University London, UK

Dr Guillaume Lethe, Belgian Building Research Institute, Belgium

Dr John Littlewood, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

Professor Martin Loosemore, University of New South Wales, New Zealand

Professor Peter Love, Curtin University, Australia

Dr Shu-Ling Lu, University of Reading, UK

Professor Phebe Mann, University of East London, UK

Dr Wilfred Masuwa Matipa, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Dr Angela Maye-Banbury, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Ms Chrissi McCarthy, Constructing Equality Ltd., UK

Dr Henrik Medsen, University of Reading, UK

Mr Darryl Newport, University of East London, UK

Senior Lecturer Killian Ngong, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Dr Sunny Nwaubani, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

Dr Edward Ochieng, Cranfield University, UK

Dr Adebayo Oladapo, University of Central Lancashire, UK

Dr Alex Opoku, University College London, UK

Mr Emeka Osaji, Energy Globe, UK

Dr Mohamed Osmani, Loughborough University, UK

Dr Alice Owen, University of Leeds, UK

Dr James Parker, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Professor Colin Pattinson, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Dr Poorang Piroozfar, University of Brighton, UK

Dr Francesco Pomponi, Edinburgh Napier University, UK

Professor Jari Porras, Lappeeranta University of Technology, Finland

Dr Martin Pritchard, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Professor David Proverbs, Birmingham City University, UK

Dr Ani Raiden, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Professor Christine Raisanen, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Professor Gustaaf Roels, University of Leuven, Belgium

Professor Eric Rondeau, Université de Lorraine, France

Professor Andrew Ross, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Professor Mushatat Sabah, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Associate Professor Dirk Saelens, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Dr Ajayi Saheed, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Professor Jose Maria Sala Lizarraga, University of the Basque Country, Spain

Professor Martin Samy, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Dr Lloyd Scott, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

Dr Jennifer Seavers, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Dr Fred Sherratt, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

Professor Alan Simson, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Professor John Smallwood, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

Dr Robby Soetanto, Loughborough University, UK

Dr Lisa Stansbie, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Professor Paul Stephenson, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Professor Ian Strange, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Dr Christian Stuck, University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Professor Andrew Sumner, CBRE Cost Management, USA

Dr Andrew Swan, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Professor Will Swan, University of Salford, UK

Dr Kevin Thomas, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Dr Craig Thomson, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Professor David Thorpe, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Professor Robert Tregay, LDA Design, UK

Associate Professor Apollo Tutesigensi, University of Leeds, UK

Professor Andre Viljoen, University of Brighton, UK

Dr Phil Webber, University of Leeds, UK

Dr Stephen Wilkinson, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Dr Hannah Wood, University of Brighton, UK

Professor John Woodward, Northumbria University, UK

Dr Hong Xiao, Birmingham City University, UK

Professor Peter Young, Colorado State University, USA

Professor Arkady Zaslavsky, CSIRO, Australia

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