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The John Muir Conference 2014

National Parks and Protected Areas for the 21st Century – 12 & 13 May, Perth Concert Hall

john-muir-photo2014 marks the centenary of Muir’s death and the year of Homecoming.

In honour of this truly influential Scots born figure and as part of our Homecoming celebrations, Scotland’s National Parks and conservation bodies have come together to create a one-off conference that will explore our approaches to managing protected areas and national parks in the UK and around the world.

Are they delivering for our 21st century society?


Inspirational speakers will share innovative approaches to protecting, engaging and developing sensitive landscapes, and examine the viability of John Muir’s principles in the 21st Century.

The conference programme includes study tours to see first-hand the challenges of balancing conservation, visitor management and economic development in our protected areas and the new techniques and solutions being developed to address these challenges.  The tours cover a range of projects from renewable energy schemes and estate management to innovative visitor management projects and woodland regeneration.

The conference will provide a unique opportunity to network with fellow professionals and practitioners.


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When & Where

Monday 12 & Tuesday 13 May 2014

Perth Concert Hall
Mill Street,


Conference admission
only – £100 inc VAT

Conference admission and dinner
£140 inc VAT

Conference admission, dinner and study tour
£190 inc VAT

Book now to receive 3 tickets for the price of 2.


To register for the conference please click here to access our registrations system.

The John Muir Conference 2014

“A time to evaluate the contribution that National Parks and Protected Areas make to society, focussing on the themes of Protecting, Engaging and Developing.”

Key speakers

William C. Tweed

William C. Tweed

Former Chief Naturalist United States National Park Service (Speaker Amendment)
Nigel Dudley

Nigel Dudley

Vice Chair of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas

George Monbiot

George Monbiot

Writer and activist
Mike Cantlay

Mike Cantlay

Chairman of VisitScotland
Jason Leitch

Jason Leitch

Clinical Director, The Quality Unit, Scottish Government
Louise Macdonald

Louise Macdonald

Chief Executive of Young Scot