About GGN2016

Health and Well Being through Creative and Active Engagement

We believe that therein conference theme of Health and Well Being through Creative and Active Engagement at GGN2016 will offer a landmark meeting, where a renewed sense of collective purpose will emphasise the Global Geopark Network's capacity to led the way in local, national and transnational wellbeing.

Wellbeing is a complex idea. It is a term that moves between nations and cultures, epochs and trends. And yet it is essential. A United Nations conference in 2014 emphasised that new understandings of economic progress are needed, understandings that go beyond GDP to think about other measures of wellbeing. It emphasises that wealth is not just about finance, but also about other sorts of social and environmental wealth. 

The conference will have a strong emphasis on sharing research of an international quality both during and after the event. This will build on our existing collaborations with partners such as Torbay Council and Arts Council England, and our academic colleagues at Exeter Medical School, Plymouth University, and Exeter University

Why attend?

In September 2016, over eight hundred delegates representing the Global Geoparks, senior UNESCO officials, scientists, policy makers and government representatives from all over the globe will gather in Torquay on the English Riviera.

The main conference theme of Health and Well Being of communities through Creative and Active Engagement will explore how well being can be measured beyond the traditional economic indices of GDP.

The Conference

GGN2016 is the 7th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks, under the patronage of UNESCO.

The conference takes place every two years and has previously been staged in China (2004) Northern Ireland (2006) Germany (2008) Malaysia (2010) Japan (2012) and Canada (2014.)

2016 will be the first occasion that the conference takes place in Great Britain. Click here for details of the conference programme and here for field trip options. 

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in Science Education, Sustainable Economic Development, Community Engagement and of course the conservation of Earth’s landscapes and Heritage will find the conference both engaging and informative.

Sponsors and exhibitors who want to reach a truly international audience from every corner of the Globe can take part in the GeoFair, or support specific sessions and elements of the conference. 

You can find out more here.

Conserving Earth's Heritage

Sustaining Local Communities

Promoting Science Education

"Landscapes have shaped society, local industry and culture over millennia. The conference will inform, educate and celebrate what this means for life in the 21st Century." iainstewart[1]_2_large

Prof. Iain Stewart, Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute, Plymouth University, broadcaster and patron of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark.


Discover our Global Geopark

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Conference Field Trips


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Global Geoparks are landscapes of global scientific, geological, social and cultural importance. There are seven UNESCO Global Geoparks in the UK, out of a total UNESCO supported network of one hundred and twenty across thirty three countries.

A Geopark is concerned with conservation of natural heritage, sustainable economic development, promotion of science education and community engagement.





Geofair exhibition

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Call for papers is open!


“The conference provides not only an opportunity for areas aspiring to be UNESCO Global Geoparks to come along, listen, interact and learn it is also a vitally important part of the life of the Global Geoparks Network, providing as it does the perfect platform for exchange of experience, ideas and the developing of common projects.

The conference is very much at the heart of the networking which is so central to the concept of Global Geoparks.”






Prof. Patrick J Mc Keever, Chief of Section, Earth Sciences and Geohazard Risk Reduction, UNESCO


Click on the image below to download the new guide to UNESCO Global Geoparks recently published by UNESCO. 

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Registration fees

including UK VAT at 20%




standard rate £550

student rate £295



Geofair exhibitors £300

Partner Programme £300

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