Almost 180 delegates from 19 countries attended the International Conference on Green Infrastructure in Poland

Almost 180 delegates from 19 countries attended the International Conference on Green Infrastructure, which took place from 19 to 21 September 2019 in Wroclaw, Poland. Under the theme Current status, problems and possibilities of implementation Green Infrastructure in modern cities with particular emphasis on green roofs and living walls, the event demonstrated the importance of implementing greenery to cities as well as green policy. It was also an opportunity to learn about green building examples from around the world.

The conference was held to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Polish Green Roofs Association. As a conference venue was chosen Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, because the idea of establishing the association was born here. The first two days of the conference were devoted to lectures given by 40 speakers. Most of the presentations were held in English and simultaneous translation into Polish was provided. Four presentations were translated from Polish to English.  On the third day of the conference there was a trip during which you could see green roofs and living walls in Wroclaw. The trip ended in the gardens of the Arboretum in Wojsławice.

Countries represented at the conference: Austria, China, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, UK and USA.

The most prominent conference speakers

  • Manfred Köhler | Germany - President of World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN)
  • Dusty Gedge | UK – President of European Federation of Green Roof and Wall Association (EFB)
  • Tadeusz Trziszka | Poland – Rector of Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences
  • Katarzyna Szymczak-Pomianowska | Poland - Director of the Sustainable Development Department of the Municipal Office in Wrocław
  • Dhiru Thadani | USA - Architect and urbanist, Washington D.C
  • Laura Gatti | Italy - Vertical Forest Landscape Designer, Studio Laura Gatti
  • Julian Briz | Spain - Emeritus Professor - President of Pronatur
  • Maria Boey | Singapore -  President of Institute of Parks and Recreation in Singapore
  • Maurizio Crassco | Italy - Harpo S.p.A. Green Roof
  • Isabel De Felipe | Spain – Professor, Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM)
  • Peter Dezsenyi  | Hungary - Deep Forest company
  • Pavel Dostal | Czechia  - Managing Partner at GreenVille
  • Mert Eksi | Turkey - Istanbul University-Cerrahapasa
  • Ulrike Grau | Mexico - Chapingo University
  • Aslan Jonoubi  | Iran – President of Iranian Green Infrastructure Network (IGIN)
  • Petro Lakyda | Ukraine - Kiev University of Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Janusz Mazurek | Poland - Clinic for Plants company
  • Paulo Palha | Portugal – President of Portuguese Green Roof Association ANCV
  • Heiko Schmidt | Germany - Project Manager at German Green Roof Assocation (BuGG)
  • Zhaolong Wang | China - Shanghai Jiaotong University

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