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Communicate Conference 'Going Mainstream'; 18th - 19th October 2007

5 September 2007

COMMUNICATE 07 is hosted, once again, by Quentin Cooper and Prof. Kathy Sykes and will deliver an intense and exciting programme of  presentations from prestigious speakers, debates, creative activities, as well as networking, learning and skill development opportunities.

George Monbiot, author, environmentalist and columnist in the Guardian, will address the conference as keynote speaker, providing his own personal perspective on how environmental communication has changed in the past decade.

With the ever increasing popularity of environmental issues, the conference will look at how NGOs have dealt with the transition from fringe to mainstream and how this has affected the way they communicate their messages. The session will include presentations from Martin Atkin, Head of Creative Development Director at Greenpeace International, Colin Butfield, Head of Campaigns for WWF UK, and Doug Hulyer, independent environmental adviser.

Nigel Pate, Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility at HSBC will join the session on partnerships which will look at how to create successful and meaningful alliances, and will present the case of a global corporation seeking and heavily investing in partnerships with environmental groups worldwide.

The conference will also look at businesses, media and politicians and find out how traditionally mainstream bodies and organisations have embraced the rhetoric of the environmental movement, and where this leaves the pressure groups. Contributors to these sessions include:

  • Prof. Jaqueline McGlade, Chief Executive -  European Environment Agency
  • Mike Barry, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility – Marks and Spencer
  • James Niven, Head of PR and Communication – Triodos Bank
  • Keith Scholey - Deputy Chief Creative Officer - BBC Vision

Many more prestigious speakers will contribute to the event, and a series of workshops, led by key players in their field, will take place on each day of the conference. For more information about the programme and to read the speaker’s biographies, please check our website (


The early bird deadline is September 21st. After that, an additional £25 fee will apply. A registration form is available on the website (

Share Your Project

One of the key elements of the Communicate community is the opportunity to share projects, best practice, and evaluating results. At this year's conference there will be an important opportunity for delegates to display their organisation’s current work. A booking form is available to download on the website. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Bristol Natural History Consortium is a collaboration between At-Bristol, Avon Wildlife Trust, BBC, Bristol City Council, Bristol Zoo Gardens, University of Bristol, The University of the West of England, Wildscreen and WWF-UK.

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