Investing in Living Walls: Factors for Specification and Maintenance (19-20 April 2018)

Living Walls have increasingly become more prevalent with numerous new systems on the market. For anyone specifying living walls, trying to determine their value or any underlying problems, there is overwhelming and often biased information that hampers decision making.

Topics Covered:

Day One will held at the University of Greenwich in the new Stockwell Street building and will cover theoretical issues of specifying living walls:

  • The benefits of living walls (ecosystems services)
  • Differing system types and their relative sustainability
  • Plan selection (basic)
  • Maintenance requirements
  • Fire regulations relating to living walls

Day Two will be mainly practical with a study tour of selected living walls, to see first-hand issues relating to their installation and maintenance. This will involve walking outdoors, wear suitable clothing. The day will end with a round table discussion of the theoretical and practical issues of living walls. Participants to pay for own transport costs during the day.

Please note lunch is not provided.

Key Benefits

The course is taught by an industry expert who has designed living walls for many years and is involved in the latest living walls research.

Classes are small allowing plenty of scope for discussion and some tailoring of the course to your individual or company requirements.

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those who attend the course and actively participate in class exercises and discussion.

Who is the course for?

This course is particularly suitable for planners, specifiers, architects, landscape architects, interior designers, housing associations or anyone thinking of investing in a living wall.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Telephone: 0208 331 7688


What’s the refund policy?

The University of Greenwich reserves the right to cancel a course up to 7 days before an event and all payments received will be refunded in full to delegates.

A delegate can cancel their registration up to 14 days before the event and receive a full refund. If the cancellation is received between 7 and 14 days before an event the delegate is eligible for a refund of 50%. If the cancellation takes place less than 7 days before an event the delegate is not eligible for a refund.

Aquaponics: From Science to Practice (09-10 April 2018)

Aquaponics: From Science to Practice‘ is the final COST FA 1305 conference. euah

Join us at the University of Greenwich (London) in April to hear about our achievements over the past four years, and to get insight to the latest research and development in aquaponics. The event is free.

Key note speakers:

Ranka Junge (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland): Strategic points in aquaponics

Janelle Hager (Kentucky State University, USA): Current trends and the potential for growth of aquaponics in the US: A research perspective

Kristina Adams (Adams Aquafarm, Barbados): tbc

Ryan Chatterson (Chatterson Farms, USA): Commercial aquaponics in the United States: The current industry and opportunities for the future

Other confirmed speakers:

Simon Goddek (Wageningen University, Netherlands): Future perspectives on aquaponics

Boris Delaide (University of Liège, Belgium): Mineral elements in aquaponics: their impact on lettuce production and potential improvement of their availability

Zala Schmautz (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland): Nutrient dynamics and microbial diversity in an aquaponic system

Carolina Castro (University of Porto, Portugal): Effects of Nile tilapia and African catfish production on the growth of basil in a coupled aquaponic experimental recirculating system

Carlo Nicoletto (University of Padua, Italy): Evaluation of a low tech aquaponic system: results of the first 3 crop cycles

Robert Röllig (Rostock University, Germany): Microalgae cultivation for bioremediation of nutrients under aquaponic conditions

Peter Dapprich (South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, Germany): A survey of plant pathogens

Hijran Yavuzcan (Ankara University, Turkey): Fish welfare and biosecurity issues

Bozidar Raskovic (University of Belgrade, Serbia): Effects of pesticides on biofilter bacteria in aquaponics

Andras Bittsanszky (InDeRe Institute, Hungary): Plant protecting agents for aquaponic systems

Bettina König (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany): How can aquaponics contribute to more sustainable food production and consumption?

Andrea Forchino (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy): Betting on sustainability: the Life Cycle Thinking approach to aquaponics

Carmelo Maucieri (University of Padua, Italy): Aquaponics for educational purposes: A Life Cycle Assessment

Kyra Hoevenaars (AquaBioTech Group, Malta): EU policies: opportunities for aquaponics

Agnes Joly (Aquaprimeur, France): Aquaponics entrepreneur strategies in Europe

Morris Villarroel (Technical University of Madrid, Spain): Aquaponics in the EU

Harry Palm (Rostock University, Germany): Perspectives and constraints on the commercialization of aquaponics in Germany

Ragnheidur Thorarinsdottir (Svinna-verkfraedi Ltd/University of Iceland): What is special about aquaponics produce?

Faris Farrag (Bustan Aquaponics, Egypt): Commercial scale aquaponics in middle income countries

Download the full conference programme

COST Action FA1305 EU Aquaponics Hub

Organiser of Aquaponics: From Science to Practice

The EU Aquaponics Hub is a four year COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology) networking Action that brings together a heterogenous group of scientists, researchers and SMEs from across the EU and around the globe to better understand the state of knowledge in aquaponics in Europe and around the world and to facilitate innovation and education in this field of sustainable fish and vegetal food production. 

The EU Aquaponics Hub is composed of members from: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UK and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The EU Aquaponics Hub organises regular conferences and training schools on aquaponics, and facilitates the research of PhD students and postdocs through the provision of grants for Short Term Scientific Missions. More details can be found on the EU Aquaponics Hub website.

ABC: Activating Biophilic Cities Conference (4-5 September 2018)

The University of Greenwich Green Roofs and Living Walls Centre and the Department of Architecture & Landscape are proud to announce their ABC: Activating Biophilic Cities London Conference on 4-5 September 2018.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Tim Beatley, University of Virgina – is an internationally recognised biophilic city researcher and author and founder of Biophilic Cities Network Project.

Oliver Heath, Oliver Heath Design – is an industry recognised expert in the field of biophilic architectural and interior design.

The aim of this conference is to bring together academics, built environment professionals (architects, planners, landscape architects, environmental specialists etc.), educational and health professionals in order to share the latest research and best practice in biophilic design and to kick-start the pace of change towards holistically providing healthy places and spaces that improve the quality of life for people in our cities.

The event will consist of keynote addresses by eminent experts and peer reviewed papers on the principles and practice of biophilic design. Workshops will be used to develop a ‘Biophilic City Manifesto‘ which will facilitate the widespread adoption of the principles of biophilic design. The workshops will cover the following themes:

  • Planning the biophilic city
  • Designing restorative landscapes
  • Well buildings
  • The biophilic workplace
  • Designing healing spaces
  • Biophilic learning spaces

Participate and activate your part in this process. Become part of the drive to turn the commonplace into the exceptional place.


81% of the UK’s population currently live in urban areas*, estranged from nature, an essential element for good health. Biophilic design aims to reconnect humankind with nature, sustaining a physical relationship in order to improve overall environmental conditions (e.g. purifying water, detoxifying air pollution, increasing biodiversity etc.) as well as improving well-being, mental and physical health and improving productivity in offices, schools, hospitals and in the home.

Natural elements such as street trees and planting have been a feature of cities for hundreds of years. Today the ecosystem services that city vegetation delivers, through avenues, parks and gardens, urban forests, green roofs and living walls, are well known and largely celebrated. The necessity for clean air, natural light, sunlight, natural materials and plants are also a prerequisite for health and wellbeing outside our buildings as well as inside. By increasing nature and natural elements indoors, sick building syndrome will become a thing of the past.

Help make September the 5th Biophilic Cities Day, a day to celebrate how we incorporate nature into our urban environment.

* Data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division

Purchase your ticket now through Eventbrite and visit the conference website for full details: 

For further information please contact us using the form below:


Dr Tim Beatley is currently ‘Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities’ in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, University Of Virginia. He is an internationally recognised biophilic city researcher, founder of the Biophilic Cities Network Project and author of several books on environmental sustainability, ‘Green Urbanism’ and biophilic city design.  His most recent publication ‘Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design’ is acclaimed internationally by both academics and industry leader.
Oliver Heath is an industry recognised expert in the field of biophilic architectural and interior design and . He is currently involved in ‘The BRE Biophilic Office Project’ to implement biophilic design strategies to provide tangible human well-being benefits. The project will provide both qualitative and quantitative data to understand and benefit from an improved connection to nature in the workplace. As a qualified Domestic Energy and Green Deal assessor he frequently acts as a media spokesperson for the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Energy Saving Trust and the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Other speakers will be added to the website once confirmed.

VLILW – Very Large Internal Living Wall Installed



We are very happy to announce the installation of the first Very Large Internal Living Wall at the University of Greenwich. This is just in time for the opening of the Architecture and Landscape and CPDA exhibitions on Wednesday 15th of June.  The living wall has kindly been donated and installed by NEMEC, a company from the Czech Republic and will be used for research purposes. It is well documented that indoor plants improve air quality and the wellbeing of people especially in the work place. Amongst other things we will be testing a variety of plants for suitability and their effects on air quality, noise as well as people’s attitudes to living walls. The planting design was done by Shelley Mosco (an A&L staff member who has designed numerous living walls across the UK, as well as America, Europe, and UAE) and many landscape and architecture students helped with the installation, for which we are very grateful.  A special thanks to Nic Clear, Greg Sporton, Neil Spiller and FM for their support. Any questions please contact Benz Kotzen and/or Shelley Mosco at

Green Roofs and Living Walls Centre:

NEMECcropped-img_341520copy-2.jpgCascade Garden:


Size: 20m2 (4 metres tall x 5 metres wide.)

System Type: Modular, regular horticultural compost with added vermiculite.

Irrigation: Automatic top up system. Approximate daily water usage 0.1 litre / per square meter, thus 2 litres per day

Lighting:    Horticultural halogen / red & green spectrum.

Plants: There are approximately 700 plants; 16 different plant species.


Scientific Name Common Name
Aglaonema ‘Butterfly’ Chinese evergreen ‘Butterfly’
Alocasia ‘Polly’ Elephant’s ear / African mask
Anthurium andraeanum ‘Almera Rood’ Flamingo flower
Asplenium nidus Bird’s nest fern
Chamaedorea elegans Dwarf mountain palm
Chlorophytum capense ‘Green’ Bracket plant
Cissus alata ‘Ellen Danica’ Grape ivy ‘Ellen Danica’
Coffea arabica Arabica coffee
Peperomia caperata ‘Rosso’ Radiator plant ‘Rosso’
Peperomia rotundifolia var. rotundifolia Radiator plant
Philodendron scandens Heart leaf
Polystichum tsussimense Korean rock fern
Spathiphyllum ‘Alana’ Peace lily
Stromanthe ‘Horticolor’ Prayer plant
Tradescantia zebrina Silver inch plant
Zamioculcas zamiifolia Fern arum