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The Urban Forests & Political Ecologies Conference: Celebrating Transdisciplinarity

The Urban Forests & Political Ecologies Conference is taking place in Toronto from April 18-20, 2013. Hosted by the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, the Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto, and the Humber Arboretum & Centre for Urban Ecology, this three-day conference will cover a wide range of issues related to urban ecologies and political transgressions. It is designed for students, faculty, practitioners, community members and artists who are interested in enhancing their understanding of the various narratives that shape urban green spaces and the pedagogies that contribute to engaging with those diverse perspectives.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Joanna Dean, Carleton University, Canada
Dr. Owain Jones, University of Gloucestershire, UK
Dr. Nik Heynen, University of Georgia, US
Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Dr. Richard Kahn, Antioch University, US
Dr. Giovanna Di Chiro, Swarthmore College, US

In the Icebreaker on April 17th from 6pm–9pm, early registration is available and is also encouraged. UFPE Conference participants – speakers and artists alike – are invited to set up their poster presentations and artwork and chat with other attendees at Hart House in the lobby of the Great Hall.

As part of the UFPE Conference festivities, there will also be a cocktail soiree on April 18th from 7pm-10pm at the Panorama Lounge. Everyone – whether attending the Conference or not – is welcome and can engage in valuable networking opportunities. Cost is $30.

The UFPE Conference itself (panel presentations and discussions) will run from 8:30am-5:00pm on April 18 and 19, 2013 in Hart House’s Great Hall. The poster and art exhibit is also ongoing both days in the East Common Room.

On Conference days, registration opens at 7:30am. Costs are as follows:

Full Registration – CDN$375 (Includes 2-day attendance, breakfast, lunches, breaks)
One Day Registration – CDN$200 (Includes 1-day attendance, breakfast, lunch, breaks)
Full Student Registration – CDN$150 (Students must be enrolled full time in university, college or high school program. Includes 2-day attendance, breakfast, lunches, breaks)

The UFPE Conference will include boxed lunch and field tours of both the Humber Arboretum & Centre for Urban Ecology, and the Alternative Campus Tour at York University (Keele Campus) on April 20, 2013.  Cost is $35.

9am –Bus leaves Hart House to go to Humber College Campus

10am- 12pm – Tour at Humber Arboretum & Centre for Urban Ecology

12-1pm: Box-Lunch at Humber Arboretum

1-2pm: Bus leaves for York University, Keele Campus

2-4pm: Alternative Campus Tour at York University, Faculty of Environmental Studies

4-5pm: Bus leaves York to return to Hart House, downtown Toronto

Please note: Proposal submissions are being accepted for the UFPE Conference.   If you are interested and would like to participate, please refer to the submission guidelines. All proposals should be emailed to for review. Submission deadline is October 15, 2012!

For more information about the UFPE Conference and to register online, please visit Alternatively, contact Amalia Veneziano (Co-Chair) at 416-978-5480 or email Also visit our UFPE Conference Facebook page and invite friends!