Transformations 2017:
Transformations in Practice

Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR)
University of Dundee, Scotland, UK


Dalhousie Building – Venue for the Conference A warm welcome awaits at the award winning Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee. The Dalhousie Building was designed to encourage innovation and creativity. It was named in honour of the University’s second Chancellor, the 16th Earl of Dalhousie, and opened by the Queen. It was named ‘Best Commercial/Public Building’ by the Dundee Institute of Architects in 2007. The University of Dundee was named Scottish University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2015 and 2016. It has been hailed for excellent teaching quality and student experience, being placed in the top ten in the UK for both key measures in the Good University Guide analysis. The Guide also noted the strength of research at the University and the institution’s economic, social and cultural impact Download a printable map here

Falkland Estate – Venue for the Conference Dinner Nestling under the Lomond Hills, Falkland Estate is located on the outskirts of the beautiful conservation village of Falkland, Fife, Scotland. In this historic landscape, once home to the Stewart monarchs, a community of practitioners are today seeking to transform an old estate into a good place of the future, a Centre for Stewardship where land gives life to people and people give life to the land.

Following a visit to Falkland Palace, once a favourite retreat of the Stuart dynasty (including Mary Queen of Scots who played as a country girl in the landscape), guests will journey through the garden and orchard into the estate. Today, the Falkland Estate is no longer an exclusive resort but is widely accessible to the public. It is unusual as an estate that welcomes land reform, is working up a new business model based on mutuality and is pioneering new opportunities for a range of people to realise their own potential.

Falkland EstateThe Centre is striving to re-skill communities and to address the impact of today’s decisions on the future – whether climate change or the wellbeing of future generations. During the evening, guests will experience the height of Scottish hospitality – in a way that respects the environment, celebrates regional traditions and brings together a vibrant community in which everyone matters. Welcoming the outsiders (not to mention the recent American TV Series “Outlander”) is something Falkland has done for centuries – and today’s community is now cultivating the art of hosting events with thoughtfulness, quality and integrity.