Call For Papers 2020

Amenity Conference 2020 Trees & Society

Trees & Society


The Arboricultural Association Amenity Conference 2020 will be held on 6-9th September 2020 at the University of Exeter.

Conference 2020 is to be on the main theme of Trees & Society. This is a wide subject area which incorporates many questions of interest and relevance to everyone who works in arboriculture and urban forestry, as well as other professions.

  • Are we properly considering those benefits of trees which are impossible to quantify?
  • Are the benefits of trees equally distributed across society?
  • What role can trees play in education, healthcare and community cohesion?
  • Why are trees important to people?
  • And how can we apply these ideas to our day to day work?

In order to address these questions, and many more, we invite submission of papers on the central theme of Trees & Society to explore the following topics:

Health and wellbeing

  • Physical health
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Trees in the health sector
  • Green prescriptions
  • Trees for healing and exercise

The social benefits of trees

  • Social cohesion
  • Crime reduction
  • Community engagement
  • Trees in education
  • The spiritual value of trees

Trees and people

  • Public perception of trees
  • Trees, politics and protest
  • Trees, conflict and conflict resolution
  • Trees in social history and mythology
  • The importance of ancient trees

Equality and the urban forest

  • Green inequity
  • Green gentrification
  • Diversity in arboriculture
  • Trees and social justice
  • Governance and policy

Innovation in arboriculture

  • New techniques
  • New ideas
  • New research
  • New perspectives
  • New voices

AA members, non-members, arboricultural professionals, professionals from other disciplines, activists, friends and colleagues from across the globe are invited to submit abstracts under one or more of these topic headings to be considered for a presentation at conference.

If you have an idea which fits beneath the overall Trees & Society headline but does not necessarily within one of the categories listed above, then please submit anyway as long as it is relevant to the main conference theme.

We will also consider other technical subject areas related to practical arboriculture and these will be assessed on their merit in conjunction with the evolving conference content.

Most presentations will be 30 minutes in length but longer or shorter talks, workshops or demonstrations will also be considered; please specify this in your proposal. We also welcome the submission of poster presentations for display at the conference.

How to Submit

Proposals should be sent to or using the form below and must include the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Job title and organisation
  3. Brief speaker biography (100 words maximum)
  4. Title of presentation
  5. Subject area (from the list above, or something new)
  6. Abstract (summary of content, maximum 300 words)
  7. Proposed presentation type (PowerPoint presentation, workshop, poster etc.)

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday December 9th 2019. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and we will aim to have responded by early February 2020.

Please share this this call for papers to anyone else who might be interested in participating.