Our Sponsors

The 7th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks, under the patronage of UNESCO, is proud to work with the following companies and organisations which are supporting us to welcome you to the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark in 2016. Here you can learn more about these partners which have made GGN2016 possible. 

Click HERE to find out more about sponsoring the conference.


Conference organisers

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Hosting GGN2016, The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark looks forwards to welcoming delegates, exhibitors and guests to this celebration of Earth's heritage, science education and sustainable development for our communities. 

Situated within the stunning, rolling hills of South Devon, Torbay’s geology has created the beautiful coastline of today, which fundamentally links the rich diversity of landscape with wildlife, people and culture.

Our geopark



Torbay Council is the local authority of Torbay in Devon, England, delivering the GGN2016 conference in partnership with the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark and Torbay Development Agency. 

A driving force behind the creation of the Geopark, the council and elected Mayor Gordon Oliver are proud to welcome delegates to the English Riviera in 2016. 

The warmest of welcomes awaits you on the English Riviera, South Devon’s Beautiful Bay. Surrounded by stunning coast and countryside, the towns of Torquay, Babbacombe, Paignton and Brixham offer fantastic all year round holidays for everyone, from couples to families.

We are sure you will enjoy your time in the English Riviera! 

Torbay Council Website



As an award winning provider of business and property services, the Torbay Development Agency makes a real difference to the lives of people living and working in the South West, delivering innovative and practical programmes in areas including job and business creation.

The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark is the perfect location for investing in cutting edge technology, and we are delighted to support the GGN2016 conference and welcome you to Torbay. Learn more about our local economy here

The TDA website


Silver sponsor




We created Churston Farm Shop in 2007 to market the fabulous food and drink that is produced in the South Hams. So we have two priorities: to sell quality and to sell local.

To that end 55 per cent of all our products come from within the South Hams area and a maximum of 35 per cent from wider Devon and Cornwall.

Our produce is displayed as it would be in any luxury food store. In fact we pride ourselves on running one of the most elegant and sophisticated farm retail outlets in the country.

The Churston Farm Shop website





Bronze sponsor

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Francis Clark is committed to bringing the very best accountancy service and tax advice to clients of all sizes throughout the South West of England, including individuals, partnerships, SMEs and larger incorporated businesses and PLCs.

It is our commitment to the communities in which we work that has delivered our success as a multi-award winning firm.

The Francis Clark website

bronze sponsor


The Inn on the Beach – exuding charm, fun and all the values of a good English inn with the style and comfort of a boutique hotel.

Sitting in the sheltered and sunny spot of Babbacombe Bay on the south Devon coast, the outstanding setting and views are breathtakingly beautiful, 365 days of the year. Hearty breakfasts, long lunches and lazy suppers; it's about delicious food made with fresh, local ingredients, simply and creatively cooked according to the season.

Great seaside gastro-pub dining, family friendly (including the dogs) complemented by chic rooms and cute cottages.

The Cary Arms website


bronze sponsor


We have created a relaxed and friendly environment where learning English is a real pleasure and where everyone is treated as a special guest. 

As an independent, family-run school, we can react quickly to the latest developments in teaching and preserve that “personal touch” for which we are well-known.

Understanding and satisfying an individual student’s needs and objectives lie at the heart of our approach to the learning experience, encouraging students to take responsibility for their own progress.

Our courses aim to respond to your interests, needs and professional or academic contexts and are based on the belief that fluency comes from confidence and pleasure in the language and language learning.

The Devon School of English website


bronze sponsor


Based in Devon, ESW are one of the leading audio visual companies in the UK working on more than 500 events annually. Celebrating 20 years in the business in 2016, ESW are proud to supply the audio visual for the GGN2016 Conference and Welcome Ceremony.

Specialising in conference AV, medical broadcast, video production, live streaming and sound & lighting systems, ESW are also renowned for their excellent customer service and have many long-standing clients in South Devon and across the UK.


The ESW website

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our partner


The UK National Commission for UNESCO works to support the UK’s contribution to UNESCO and bring the benefits of UNESCO to the UK.

The UKNC for UNESCO has supported the process for Global Geoparks to formally become part of UNESCO.

The UNESCO UK Commission website



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UNESCO started to be active in this area in 1999 when Global Geoparks were first proposed as a UNESCO programme.

Today UNESCO gives its ad hoc support to national Geopark initiatives which are coordinated through a Global Network of National Geoparks.

The UNESCO Earth Sciences website

our partner


The Global Geopark Network provides a platform for cooperation and exchange between experts and practitioners in geological heritage, through development of sustainable tourism and other economic and cultural activities.

The Global Geopark Network website





Our partner


The European Geoparks Network was established in June 2000 with the objective of protection of geological heritage and the promotion of sustainable development of their territories in Europe.


The European Geopark Network website



Our partner


The Geological Society is both the learned society and professional body for geoscientists across the UK, and through its programme of cutting edge science meetings and publications, constitutes a forum in which 12,000 members from across academia, industry and government develop and share knowledge and views. It is a world-leading communicator of Earth science – through its scholarly publishing, library and information services, cutting-edge scientific conferences, education activities and outreach to the general public. It also provides impartial scientific information and evidence to support policy-making and public debate about the challenges facing humanity.

The Society works to support the promotion, protection and conservation of our geological heritage through a number of activities. Our Geoconservation Committee aims to help conserve the diverse geology and rich geological heritage of the UK, and to pass it in good order to future generations for their investigation, education and enjoyment. In 2014, we launched a major initiative to identify and celebrate 100 Great Geosites in the UK and Ireland, with the help of our Fellows and members of the public. It featured some of the most diverse and beautiful geology in the world, spanning most of geological time, from the oldest Pre-Cambrian rocks to the youngest Quaternary sediments, as well as some of the industrial and social achievements which have sprung from this unique geological heritage. You can find out more about this work and all our activities on the Geological Society website.



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