April Conference Brings Together Industry Leaders Sharing Emerging Concepts in Biophilia: Awe, Neuroaesthetics, Thin Places, Mass Timber, Recharge Rooms

CHATTAHOOCHEE HILLS, GA, March 28, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Biophilic Institute is pleased to announce the 2023 agenda for the Biophilic Leadership Summit, taking place April 23-26 at The Inn at Serenbe. The Summit is hosted by global leaders in biophilia, Serenbe, The Biophilic Institute, and Biophilic Cities, providing an annual platform for the industry to gather with their peers surrounded by nature to learn about and discuss the most impactful biophilic projects, principles and research.

As the only multi-day conference entirely focused on biophilic projects, the Biophilic Leadership Summit brings together top industry thought-leaders in an intimate natural setting to network, build partnerships and learn from each other. Presentations focus on biophilic projects or research that have measurable outcomes and can be replicated at scale. From these talks, leaders discuss the best applications of biophilia to dissect the “biophilic effect” on health and wellness, sustainability and global warming and how it affects their work, policy and future developments.

“From the eclectic speakers to placemaking walking tours, forest bathing, book signings, cocktail hours, networking and more, there is nothing like the Biophilic Leadership Summit anywhere else in the world.,” says Steve Nygren, Serenbe Founder. “This year’s Biophilic Leadership Summit will bring together the greatest minds in biophilic design and principles for unparalleled conversation and experiences.”

This year’s summit is themed around “Emerging Concepts in Biophilia” featuring topics at the forefront of current research including awe, neuroaesthetics, mass timber, thin places, and more. Author Fred Dust, former Senior Partner and Global Managing Director for the design firm IDEO, will give the Sunday evening keynote address about how to have impactful, biophilic conversations. See all confirmed speakers and topics here.

Here is our detailed agenda:

Sunday, April 23
Full Summit Pass Holders
5:00 PM | Keynote: Biophilic Conversations with Fred Dust
6:00 PM | Cocktails & Book Signing with Fred Dust, presented by Hills & Hamlets Bookshop
6:45 PM | Dinner on the Farmhouse lawn, under the stars

Monday, April 24
Full Summit & Monday Day Pass Holders
9:00 AM | Nature & Neuroaesthetics with Anjan Chatterjee, M.D. in Conversation with Jennifer Walsh
10:00 AM | Teaching Biophilic Design with Tuwanda Green, PhD & Robin Puttock, PhD, facilitated by Ellen Bassett, PhD
11:00 AM | Highlighting New Student Research, facilitated by Meghan Mick and Alfie Vick, PhD
12:30 PM | Lunch in the Farmhouse Dining Room
1:15 PM | Placemaking Tour of Serenbe with Steve Nygren
2:50 PM | Urban Density & Nature with Elizabeth Gearin, PhD
3:50 PM | Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Panel with Karen Pearson, PhD and Chui-Lian Lee
5:00 PM | Cocktails & Book Signing, presented by Hills & Hamlets Bookshop
6:00 PM | Dinner in The Oak Room (Full Summit Pass Holders Only)

Tuesday, April 25
Full Summit & Tuesday Day Pass Holders
9:00 AM | Thin Places & Biophilia with Phillip James Tabb, PhD
10:00 AM | Biophilic Recharge Rooms with Mirelle Phillips and Mar Cortes, M.D.
11:00 AM | Creating Dynamic Human Habitats with Biophilic Design with Alan Booker and Gary McNay
12:00 PM | Lunch in the Farmhouse Dining Room
1:00 PM | Wellness Walk, Led by Jennifer Walsh
2:10 PM | Biophilic Cities Panel on Eco-Gentrification with Chandra Farley, Dan Immergluck, PhD and Alison Johnson
3:10 PM | The Nature of Wood with Bill Browning
4:10 PM | Panel on Mass Timber with Laura Cullen and David Fell
5:15 PM | Cocktails & Book Signing, presented by American Farmland Trust and Hills & Hamlets Bookshop
6:15 PM | Dinner on the Wraparound Farmhouse Porch (Full Summit Pass Holders Only)

BONUS Wednesday, April 26
Full Summit Pass Holders
10:00 AM | Tour and Charrette at Chatthoochee Hills Charter School

Register today at biophilicsummit.com. Pass options include: Full Summit Pass, Monday Day Pass, or Tuesday Day Pass. The Full Summit Pass includes access to all presentations including the Sunday keynote address and Wednesday tour at the Chattahoochee Hills Charter School as well as dinners each night and two lunches. Day Passes include access to all presentations on your selected day, Monday or Tuesday and includes lunch. Full Summit Pass Registration closes April 16th, and Day Passes are available up until 48 hours prior to the event.

Please email [email protected] to inquire about nonprofit and student rates. This year’s summit is sponsored by Serenbe, American Farmland Trust and Nygren Placemaking. Your brand can become a sponsor and support a future full of biophilia by filling out the form on our website here.

About Serenbe: Founded by the Nygren family in 2004, Serenbe is a biophilic community connected to nature on the edge of Atlanta. The community of over 800 residents and growing is set among acres of preserved forests and meadows with miles of nature trails that connect homes and restaurants with arts and businesses. Focused on wellbeing, Serenbe is a neighborhood with fresh food, over 300 days of arts and cultural programming, multiple independent shops, a 27-room Inn, a new wellness retreat, four restaurants and a working organic farm. The best reason to live here is the life here. Serenbe.com

About Biophilic Institute
The Biophilic Institute was established in 2013 by a group of engaged professionals from a range of disciplines who share a common passion for educating and sharing best practices in fields that promote well-being, prosperity, and a healthy, sustainable future. The mission of The Biophilic Institute is to move biophilic ideas and principles into action, develop a robust network of professionals and thought-leaders who are committed to building a biophilic movement, and to provide tools and education that empowers people to take meaningful action on behalf of the natural world. The Institute’s vision, therefore, is a world in which individuals take local and global actions that nurture the living, social, and economic systems that will sustain future generations. The Institute brings this vision to life with university semester away programs, compiling industry research, and bringing experts together at the annual conference, Biophilic Leadership Summit. www.biophilicinstitute.com

About Biophilic Cities
Biophilic Cities partners with cities, scholars and advocates from across the globe to build an understanding of the value and contribution of nature in cities to the lives of urban residents. As a central element of its work, Biophilic Cities facilitates a global network of partner cities working collectively to pursue the vision of a natureful city within their unique and diverse environments and cultures. These partner cities are working in concert to conserve and celebrate nature in all its forms and the many important ways in which cities and their inhabitants benefit from the biodiversity and wild urban spaces present in cities. Biophilic Cities acknowledges the importance of daily contact with nature as an element of a meaningful urban life, as well as the ethical responsibility that cities have to conserve global nature as shared habitat for non-human life and people. biophiliccities.org

For details, images and inquiries please contact Nichole Hetchkop with Serenbe at [email protected].

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