2016 Annual BASIS Conference

13th & 14th September | London, Queen Elizabeth Park


2016 is a momentous year for sport, both in the UK and internationally – capped off with the Olympic and Paralympic games taking place in Brazil this summer.

In recognition of how far sustainability and sport has progressed in the previous four years we look forward to welcoming you back to the London 2012’s Queen Elizabeth Park – home of the Olympics’ most sustainable games.

In association with the University of Loughborough’s London Campus we will be hosting the 2016 BASIS Sustainable Sport Conference in their state of the art and newly renovated teaching and conference venue.


Day 1 (13th September 2016):

Day 1 Keynote: “Sustainability Champions” –

Presented by Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing, Formula E and Euro 2016.

08:00-09:00 Exhibitor access

09:00-10:00 Registration and refreshments

10:00-10:15 Welcome and Introduction

– Russell Seymour, Chair, BASIS


10:15-11:15 Opening Keynote: Sustainability Champions

  • Susie Tomson, Land Rover BAR
  • Julia Palle, Formula E
  • Neil Beecroft and Matthew Philpott, Euro2016

11:15-11:45 BREAK

11:45-13:00 Plenary 1: Sustainability and the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Session Chair Amanda Curtis

  • David Stubbs, Former Head of Sustainability, LOCOG
  • Jennifer Daothong, London Legacy Development Corporation
  • David Hobson, Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park
  • Julie Duffus, Rio2016

13:00-14:00 LUNCH

14:00-15:30 Breakout 1a - Energy Use, Efficiency and Opportunities

Session Sponsor: Musco Lighting

  • Matt Allen, Become Energy
  • Micheal Clark, Become Energy
  • Chris Limpach, Musco Lighting
  • Kirstin McEvoy, The Jockey Club
  • Antony Turner, Real World Visuals


14:00-15:30 Breakout 1b - How can motorsport drive sustainability?

Session leader: Jean Emburey-Brookes, Driven

International Panellists:

  • Julia Palle, Formula E
  • Kate Robson, FIA
  • Christopher Joseph, Chicane TV

14:00-15:30 Breakout 1c: Sustainability and Sport Broadcasting

15:30-16:00 BREAK

16:00-16:45 Breakout session 2a: Implementing sustainability within the operations of UEFA EURO 2016

Neil Beecroft, Sustainability Manager, UEFA

16:00-16:45 Breakout session 2b: Sustainability and Sport Sponsorship

Rachael Smith, Fuse International

16:00-16:45 Breakout 2c: Legal aspects of Sustainability for Sport

Collen Theron, CLTEnvirolaw

16:45-17:00 First day closing comments

17:00-18:00 BASIS AGM 2016

Day 2 (14th September 2016):

Keynote Address:

“Educating and Involving athletes in the fight against catastrophic climate change”

delivered by Michael Pedersen, former Head of the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (http://minc.ch/).

Michael will be speaking at the BASIS Conference between meeting in Portugal for the Sport Integrity Global Alliance and the European Commission’s flagship event on Sport Governance.

09:00-09:30 Registration and refreshments

09:30-10:00 Plenary 2: Plenary Session: Engaging Athletes in the Fight Against Catastrphic Climate Change

Michael Pedersen, M.Inc> change the game

10:00-11:00 Panel Discussion: Why isn’t sport talking about Climate Change?

Presented in Partnership with Climate Action Discussion

Chair: Claire Poole, Climate Action Panellists:

  • Micheal Pedersen, M.Inc> change the game
  • Dom Goggins, The Climate Coalition


11:00-11:30 BREAK

11:30-12:15 Breakout 3a - Sport, Sustainability and the Oceans

Hugo Tagholm, Surfers Against Sewage Fiona Llewellyn, Zoological Society of London

11:30-12:15 Breakout 3b - University Sports Facilities – Sustainability Challenges

Presented in Partnership with EAUC Session

Chair Nick Roberts, Global Athletes

11:30-12:15 Walking tour of Olympic Park –please pre-book

12:15-13:00 Breakout 4a: Managing Waste: Avoiding and Recycling

  • Joanna Gilroy, Bunzl Plc
  • Matt Cove, Stack Cup

12:15-13:00 Sustainable Sport and Academic Research – a discussion of shared interests and opportunities

Session Chair Dr Graeme Larsen, University of Reading

12:15-13:00 Walking tour of Olympic Park –please pre-book

13:00-14:00 LUNCH

14:00-14:30 Plenary: Sport et developpement durable: How the French Government is delivering Sustainability in Sport

Mael Besson, Ministere de la Ville, de la Jeunesse et des Sports.

14:30-15:30 Panel Discussion: Integrating sustainability into the UK Government Sport Strategy

Panel Chair: James Allen, Sport and Recreation Alliance

15:30-16:00 Closing comments and remarks

16:00-17:00 BASIS Steering Group meeting


Early bird (to 31st August) = £95 one day or £150 for both

Basic price = £115 one day or £190 for both days.

For Member/Concession prices please email info[at}basis.org.uk for more information.


If you would like for BASIS to facilitate a discussion for your sport or governing body let us know.

Alternatively, if you have additional ideas for topics to cover, new projects which deserve recognition or research which will be published we would be very interested to hear from you. Please send an email to info[at]basis.org.uk


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