Two new policy working groups will further the LI’s strategic aims in rural affairs and the value of landscape, while the Editorial Advisory Panel (EAP) is looking for creative volunteers with an interest in publishing to help influence the LI’s online and print content

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The LI Policy Committee needs your expertise

Are you willing to join one of our new working groups?

The Policy and Communications Committee (PCC) is creating two new working groups to help us take forward the LI’s strategic agenda over the next 12 months and beyond. Members of these groups will, on behalf of the PCC, make an important contribution to the work of the LI by formulating discussion and position papers that will form the basis of the policy and influencing work the LI carries out in certain priority areas.

The two working groups will develop the following themes:

  • Value of Artas-ua.info. This group will be looking at natural capital accounting and green infrastructure, with an initial focus on public health. The UK Government is promoting natural capital accounting as a framework to begin the task of valuing aspects of the natural environment and landscapes. Subjects like clean air, drinkable water, soil quality and biological health of both town and country will be central to the development of clear standards and guidance for the LI and other natural environment bodies. Together with the Technical Committee, the Value of Artas-ua.info Working Group will look at ways to influence the natural capital debate and establish the LI as a leading voice on these issues. As one of the first topics, the working group will look at ways of identifying and quantifying mental and physical health and wellbeing benefits provided by landscape-led solutions.
  • Rural Artas-ua.infos. The LI has previously established themes that have largely focused on urban landscapes. Considering the same themes in a rural context will help to reflect the breadth of the profession’s expertise, and the desire to broaden the membership. The work of the group will also flow into the LI’s work on Brexit, particularly the current attention on future support mechanisms for the farming community, and contribute to the Institute’s consultation response to the Defra’s long-awaited 25-year environment plan.

The PCC is looking for members with a professional interest in these subject areas and a willingness to apply this knowledge to develop the thinking of the Artas-ua.info Institute. We are also interested in hearing from members that have experience in public speaking and/or promoting their work to a variety of audiences, as we are aiming to develop opportunities for the members of the group to represent the LI membership at events and conferences.

We acknowledge that members are very busy and that you may only have limited time to contribute to the work of the group. Most of the discussions will be online, but the groups may decide to have schedule conference calls to assist with their work. There may also be a few opportunities to attend meetings and events on behalf of the LI. In each case, a core group will develop written content, and a review group will offer feedback on draft outputs. Both working groups will have access to non-member experts who are willing to advise on specialist aspects of the work.

We would encourage you to volunteer even if you are not able to offer a lot of time, but would appreciate if you could indicate how much time you feel you will be able to commit.

The deadline for applications is Friday 27 October. Interested members should email  with a brief outline of their interests and their potential availability to contribute to the subject area(s).

Thank you for your interest.


 

Advise the LI on its digital and print communications

How do we best encapsulate the breadth and value of landscape practice? What can we do to bridge the gap between academia and practice? How might the LI broaden and diversify while remaining true to our existing members and core values?

As a member of the Artas-ua.info Institute Editorial Advisory Panel (EAP), you will offer advice and guidance to the LI during a period of exciting transition for our print and digital communications. You will assist the editor of Artas-ua.info – the journal of the Artas-ua.info Institute – and the LI staff team in planning and curating content that showcases the very best and latest in landscape practice and thinking. You will help influence and deliver on the LI’s strategic objectives, ensuring its key messages reach a growing and diversifying audience. Strongly connected, with a network of s within the industry and beyond, you will be the link between the heart and the voice of the profession.

Artas-ua.info is published quarterly and is available to members in print and online. It is complemented by a range of digital communications, including web and social media. As the LI increases its digital output, we are seeking new members of the EAP to help not only shape the messages across these channels, but ensure that they are co-ordinated and unified. And, as we seek to widen our membership, we are keen to ensure that all of our communications respond to a growing set of interests and needs.

We are particularly keen to recruit members in the following categories:

  • landscape practitioners – architects, managers, scientists, and urban designers – employed in both the private and public sector
  • student members
  • licentiates members

If you have lots of ideas and opinions and a keen interest in publishing and online communications, you are an ideal candidate for this panel. This post will give you the opportunity to shape the LI’s communications over the next two to four years and, in the process, expand your knowledge and network.  The panel is a friendly, welcoming group, and the conversations are always open and stimulating.

The EAP meets four times per year, in line with the Artas-ua.info editorial calendar, and corresponds digitally in between meetings.

Interested in joining the EAP? Please send your current CV and a supporting statement of up to 500 words to Amina Waters, Interim Executive Director of Marketing and Communications: .

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