12:00am - 12:00am




£850 + concessions available

CPD description

This short online course, developed by Cranfield University together with NbS experts from all around the world, enables professionals with an interest in NbS to broaden their understanding of how they can be applied for improved water quality through integrated land and water management.

The 8 week course is primarily delivered online and can be completed at your own pace. The course is open to delegates from a variety of backgrounds, including environmental scientists, biologists, civil and environmental engineers, and those interested in using ecological principles to solve environmental challenges in urban and rural settings. This is a professional development course that thrives on the diversity of viewpoints and backgrounds, reflecting the varied expertise and context in which NbS can be applied.

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe, contextualise and explain nature-based solutions to technical and non-technical audiences,
  • Assess benefits from an economic, social and environmental standpoint,
  • Recognise best practice and identify current limitations of nature-based solutions,
  • Identify trade-offs of nature-based solutions in different contexts,
  • Understand the barriers and enablers for successful implementation of NbS schemes

This course is formally CPD accredited by CIWEM and CIWEM members receive a 10% discount on standard fees.

Register for 6th March 2023

About the course

Estimated commitment is 4-5 hours per week, but you can do as much or as little as you wish. At the suggested commitment, you should be able to complete it within 2 months. Once you register, you will have access to the course private portal, where you can access learning materials, the online forum, and contact your instructors and fellow students as you progress. The course has a mixture of targeted lectures, live hands-on workshops and case studies in video and presentation format, tutorials on key techniques and expert knowledge from the field, live webinars, and a new, practical assignment every week. Your instructors will be available for live Q&A sessions every week, for the duration of the course. The course should be completed within four months (60 hours CPD).

Core content

  • Principles of ecological engineering and NbS context,
  • Environmental and economic quantification of NbS benefits,
  • Ecosystem services and life cycle analysis,
  • The importance of multipurpose designs,
  • Treatment wetlands for water and wastewater treatment,
  • Sustainable urban drainage systems,
  • Green roofs and green walls,
  • Natural flood management strategies,
  • Ecosystem restoration and biodiversity net gain,
  • Integrating NbS in the circular economy,
  • Implementation and funding guidance.

Participant feedback

“This course is the perfect mix of theory and practice. The fundamentals taught on this course will help guide practitioners, researchers and policymakers through the basics of NBS implementation. The deep-dive components will provide participants with the knowledge to implement NBS projects at scale. A wonderful course for those starting out in NBS and those looking for more practical approaches to designing and implementing NBS.” - Gregg Brill, Pacific Institute

“I really did enjoy the course, it was very useful to both learn new things, solidify knowledge in other areas, point my thinking in different directions and gain different perspectives both from peers, during the workshops and from the many case study/examples presented. I think learning about the attitudes towards NBS and the challenges will really assist me during my career and I hope to put what i have learned into practice in my organisation soon! Thank you!” - Olivia Rowe, Mott Macdonald Bentley

Cranfield team:

Dr Gabriela Dotro, Professor Jim Harris, Professor Bruce Jefferson, Professor Paul Leinster, Dr Nick Girkin, Dr Joanna Zowadzka, Dr Heather Smith, Dr Andrea Momblanch, Dr Adrian Williams, Dr Tao Lyu and Dr Robert Grabowski.

In addition, this course will be supported by a number of external speakers:

Dr Fabio Masi, Dr Diederik Rousseau, Dr Andrew Freeman, Dr Abraham Esteve, Dr Guenter Langergraber and more.

Why Cranfield University?

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally.

Cranfield University work in partnership with business, academia, governments and other organisations to develop and deliver applied research and innovative education in science, technology, engineering, and management.

Cranfield's distinctive expertise is in their deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.

Their education portfolio is renowned for its relevance to business and industry. They are the largest UK provider of master's-level graduates in engineering and offer a flagship MBA, extensive world-class customised executive education and professional development programmes. Cranfield's work informs government policy and leads the way in producing cutting edge new technologies and products in partnership with industry.

The research and consultancy they carry out for industry, government and business provides their students with a real-world learning environment, allowing them to develop as professionals and then transfer their knowledge to the global economy. This has always been the 'Cranfield way' but it has never been more important than in today's world.

If you have any queries about this event, please contact Gabriela Dotro at g.c.dotro@cranfield.ac.uk.

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