The Polish Green Roofs Association invites you to participate in an international conference

Greening Modern Cities


Current status, problems and opportunities for the implementation of
Green Infrastructure in modern cities with a special focus on green roofs and living walls.


We would like to invite you to the international conference “Greening Modern Cities”, which will accompany the 15th anniversary of our association.

The first day of the conference will include speaker sessions. For the second day of the conference a study tour is planned. Examples of green and blue-green infrastructure in the city of Warsaw will be presented that day.

The conference will be held in English.

The conference is a satellite event of the New European Bauhaus Festival.

The aim of the conference is to present:

The conference is aimed at municipality workers, academics, architects and landscape architects, developers and contractors, experts in the green roof and green-blue infrastructure industry, journalists, students and everyone passionate about the subject.

Our Speakers

Ewa Burszta-Adamiak
Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences
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Founding member and first president of the Polish Green Roof Association, her scientific activity is related to the subject of sustainable rainwater and snowmelt management in urban areas, with particular emphasis on the hydrological benefits of green roofs in research; cooperating with the municipalities by condacting tasks aimed at improving the management of urban water resources and promoting solutions for dispersed retention and infiltration in urban areas

Dusty Gedge
He was the President of EFB for 16 years and in 2023 he became the Ambassador for the EFB
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Dusty is a co-founder of Gentian Limited which specializes in using technology (satellites, AI and deep learning) to remotely assess urban, peri-urban and rural green infrastructure with a key focus on biodiversity.
He is a recognised designer, technical and policy advisor in urban green infrastructure and biodiversity enhancement in the UK and abroad, with 30 years of experience. A published author, he has been instrumental in writing strategic reports on both green roofs and green infrastructure including the technical report that lead to the initial green roof policy for the Greater London Authority (2008). In 2019 he also co-authored a further report sponsored by the London Mayor that celebrated 10 years of the policy. He was also instrumental in supporting both the Greater London Authority and City of London in developing the new Urban Greening Factor policy that replaces the London green roof policy. the most recent of which was the new London Green Roof Report. He has also been instrumental in developing approaches to delivering biodiversity on green roofs in the UK, most recently writing the green roof metrics for Biodiversity Net Gain. In 2004 he also founded which is still the leading green roof portal in UK and out of this helped establish the UK green roof trade body – the Green Roof Organisation of which he was a board member 2020 – 2023.
He was the President of the European Federation of Green Roof for and Wall Associations (EFB), a role which he has held for 16 years. He is now International Ambassador for the EFB. His work for the EFB has enabled him to use his talents and experience to have an impact on urban nature and climate resilience through the introduction of multi-functional green infrastructure. Through the Federation he is actively involved at an EU level on nature-based solutions and biodiversity, especially in urban areas, including sitting on the EU working group on Ecosystem Services (2014 – 2019).
In 2021 Dusty was appointed as the Industry Expert-in-Residence to the prestigious Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London and in 2022 worked with UCL looking at biodiversity and carbon neutrality. Between 2002 -2006 he helped set up the first UK research into biodiversity on green roofs and only the second in the world. He has supported several academic institutions in this area over the years including University of East London. He is also a recognized national authority on Black redstarts and his work on invertebrate biodiversity and green roofs is summarized in this report by Buglife – the invertebrate charity.
A lifelong birdwatcher, botanist, and wild bee naturalist, when he is not working is out still learning about nature. In fact 2014 he discovered a new bee for the UK – Osmia cornuta – Orchard mason bee in Greenwich. He has a colony on his balcony on Blackheath in Lewisham.

Dhiru A. Thadani
Architect and urbanist, Washington D.C
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Dhiru A. Thadani is an architect, urban designer, author, and educator who has been in practice since 1980 and has worked in five continents. He has been the principal designer of new towns and cities, urban regeneration, neighborhood revitalization, and infill densification.
Dhiru was born in Bombay, India, and moved to Washington, DC, in 1972 to study architecture. During his fifty-one years in Washington, DC, he has taught, practiced, and strived to place architecture and urbanism in the public eye. Since its formation in 1993, Dhiru has been a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) and served as Task Force Chair and Board Member from 1997 to 2013. He currently serves as the President of the CNU DC Chapter.
In 2015 he was appointed to the inaugural CNU College of Fellows and received the International Society of City and Regional Planners’ (ISOCARP) Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the recipient of the 2011 Seaside Prize, an award for significant contributions to the quality and character of communities. In 2001 he was a Knight Foundation Community Builder Fellow. He is the recipient of eight CNU Charter Awards and numerous other accolades.
Dhiru is the author of The Language of Towns and Cities: A Visual Dictionary, published by Rizzoli in 2010; Visions of Seaside: Foundations, Evolution, Imagination, and Built & Unbuilt Architecture, published by Rizzoli in 2013; Reflections on Seaside: Muses, Ideas, Influences, and New & Future Projects, published by Rizzoli in 2021; and Washington Drawings: Abe to Zoo, published by TAU in 2022.

Laura Gatti
Studio Laura Gatti
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Co-author not only of the award-winning Bosco Verticale in Milan but also of the Vertical Forest in Nanjing, La Forêt Blanche in Paris and the Trudo vertical forest Eindhoven. Agronomist, Landscape Consultant and Landscape Designer. Firm founded in 1992, specialized in horticultural advisory, tree care, tree management plans, soil consultancy, with special skills and experiences in restoration of historical sites and green integrated to buildings (green roofs, green walls, hanging gardens). Winner of many competitions together with different international architecture and engineering firms. Founder and first president of the Italian Society of Arboriculture. Adjunct professor in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Milan since 2005.

Magdalena Biela
Deputy Head, City Greenery Unit in Katowice. Member and Inspector of the Polish Society of Tree Surgeons NOT, the Polish Association of Green Roofs, SAK.
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Graduate of Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences (, Faculty – Agriculture, Specialization – Shaping green areas. A graduate of postgraduate studies in surdopedagogy. In my professional work, I dealt with the design and maintenance of public green areas, issuing permits based on the Nature Protection Act, and ecological education. Currently, I am conducting research at the University of Silesia financed by the Ministry of Education and Science, as part of the project “Development and implementation of a functional model of plant species composition in systemic green roofs due to the creation of green infrastructure as part of the adaptation of cities to touch changes. Implementation doctorate program in 2021-2025 Additionally, I am the chairwoman of the working team of the City of Katowice in the UPSURGE Horizon 2020 project.

Anna Bocheńska
Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Poland
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Designer and academic teacher (Assistant Professor, Wrocław University of Life Sciences). Since 2008, designer (Lower Silesian Regional Chamber of Architects). Certified moderator of the Design Thinking method. Main areas of interest: shaping buildings fitting into the landscape, designing energy-saving buildings, sustainable urban planning and applying inventive methods in design. A native of Wrocław and lover of Lower Silesia.

David Brasfield
Chairperson of Norwegian Association for Green Infrastructure
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Architect currently working on climate resilience planning inventories in the national healthcare sector in Norway.

Pavel Dostal
Czech Association Zelené Střechy, EFB vice president
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Ing. Pavel Dostal has been working in the Czech Green Roof Association since its founding in 2013. He participates in the Association’s projects, is a speaker, author and co-author of several articles and publications and represents the Association at national and international events. Pavel Dostal also runs a green roof installation company GreenVille.

Aslan Jonoubi
Owner, J&R Design Build inc.
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Architect with design studios in Iran and Canada, professor at Shiraz Azad University.

Jan Łukaszkiewicz
Warsaw University of Life Sciences
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Landscape architect, the member of the Polish Dendrological Society (PTD), Association of Polish Architects (SARP) and Polish Association of Green Roofs (PSDZ). Research interests: tree growth in historical and contemporary of landscape architecture; estimating the age of trees; shaping woodlots in urbanized and open areas in the context of mitigating collisions with technical infrastructure; shaping greenery on architectural surfaces (eg. green roof, green trams corridors, green facades). The author of publications, expert opinions and projects in the field of landscape architecture.
Contact: Department of Landscape Architecture, Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW, Nowoursynowska 159, 02-776 Warsaw;

Jacek Nowak
Research Institute of Horticulture in Skierniewice
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Head of the Department of Crop Management and Plant Nutrition of the National Institute of Horticultural Research in Skierniewice. A specialist in the cultivation and fertilization of ornamental plants, also dealing with horticultural substrates, chemical and physical analysis of soil/substrates. Expert of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the field of fertilizers and agents supporting plant cultivation (soil improvers, growing media, growth stimulators).

Luigi Petito
Business Solutions Europa, WGIN
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Luigi Petito is founder of Business Solution Europa, within the World Green Infrastructure Network responsible for liaising with the European Commission.

Jan Rapan
Slovak Association of Green Roofs and Green Infrastructure
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Data scientist and consultant in the field of Energy and Telecommunications, who has been engaged in research in the field of Climate Change for a long time. It cooperates with international scientific centers and publishes in-depth analyzes and solutions to minimize the anthropogenic impacts of Climate Change.
Now as Vice president of the Slovak Association for Green Roofs and Green Infrastructure, Principal Data Scientist in the World Green Infrastructure Network. In these institutions, it covers international scientific research activities related to the impact of Blue and Green infrastructure, including energy efficiency to minimize Urban Heat Islands and Climate Change.

Pedro Nicolas Romera

Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
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Pedro Romera García, doctor of architecture, master in energy efficiency in architecture and engineering, professor of architectural projects at the school of architecture of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. He founded ROMERA architects in 1999, developing since then different architecture and urban planning and landscape projects, as well as participating in numerous cultural activities at the national and international level. His architectural work has been awarded, exhibited and published in various national and international media, highlighting the following awards:
2023 Finalist in the Rosa Barba International Landscape Award.
2022 Selected proposal – Architecture Awards 2021 Superior Council of the Colleges of Architects of Spain (CSCAE). Stacked Houses, Local residential building and garages on Lola Massieu street.
2021 Finalist – Architizer A+Awards. Horizons Landscape. Maritime Front of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
2020 Miguel Martín Fernandez de la Torre XX Award, Stacked Houses, Local housing building and garages on Lola Massieu street. In its “New residential construction” category. Winning Entry
2020 Miguel Martín Fernandez de la Torre XX Award, Stacked Houses, Local housing building and garages on Lola Massieu street. Award-winning work in its category of “New residential work”
2020 Miguel Martín Fernandez de la Torre XX Award, Entrelímites, Renovation and expansion of commercial premises on Primero de Mayo Avenue. Work awarded in the category of “New work for other uses”
2020 Miguel Martín Fernandez de la Torre XX Award, Moving Shadows, Landscape and architectural rehabilitation of the Tony Gallardo park in Maspalomas. Work awarded in the category of “Urban design and landscaping”
2020 Miguel Martín Fernandez de la Torre XX Award, Remodeling of the Brains School on the Angostura road, Telde. Selected work in its “Rehabilitation and restoration” category
2019 Special Mention ARCHITIZER A+AWARDS Award
2018 NAN Architecture and Construction National Award – Best Rehabilitation Project.
2018 Miguel Martín-Fernández de la Torre Architecture Award – Interior Design
2017 Business Excellence Award – Architectural practice of the year.
2017 Excellence Award – Most Outstanding for housing restoration.
2016 Architecture Awards Build 2016 Award.
2015 Finalist World Architecture Prize (WAF 2015).
2014 Selected FAD Architecture Prize 2014.
2013 Endesa National Award for Sustainable Architecture.
2011 World Architecture Prize (WAF 2011).
2010 VPP Applus Architecture Award
2010 Finalist for the 2010 Endesa Sustainable Architecture Award.
2010 Finalist in the 2010 Próxima Award.
2009 Finalist in the Brit Insurance Design of the year 2009 Award (London).
2009 Work selected at the 10th Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism.
2008 Finalist World Architecture Prize (WAF 2008).
2008 Canary Islands Regional Architecture Award 2008 – Manuel Oraá.

Adam Stępkowski
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From the very beginning of his career, Adam was looking for a place where he could not only solve engineering problems, but also create projects that had a real impact on the environment. turned out to be such a place. The topics he has completed range from multi-million dollar drainage grants for large cities in Poland, reservoir projects, investment programmes and green-blue solutions concepts for small urban and industrial areas. In each topic, he seeks the simplest way to convey often complex knowledge. He is also co-author of catalogues promoting green- blue solutions in cities, in which he describes in an accessible way how to tame rainwater.

Katarzyna Wróblewska
Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Poland
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Ph.D. Katarzyna Wróblewska, prof. is an employee of the Department of Horticulture at the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences. Her specialty is ornamental plants, especially native ones. In addition to plant physiological research, her interests include green infrastructure and the preservation of urban biodiversity. She is a member of the Management Board of the Polish Green Roofs Association and co-author of two “Catalogues of good practices – principles of sustainable rainwater management” published by the City of Wrocław. As a lecturer, she tries to convey an understanding of plants as living organisms that “eat and drink”, breathe, “love” and feel fear. She also gains experience in her own garden, which is not only a testing ground, but also an expression of her sympathy: only native plants grow there and it is open to animals.

Balbina Gryczyńska
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President of CALLA Group, a family company operating in the landscaping and interior greenery industry for more than 30 years. Founding member of PSDZ (Polish Green Roof Association) and delegate of this association in EFB (European Federation Green Roofs and Walls) structures, currently also Member of the Board of Directors of EILO (European Interior Landscaping Organization). Advocate of ‘small steps’ and stable, sustainable development. Privately a lover of sports.

Jacek Dudziak
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He has been working as Product Manager in Dörken company for over a dozen years and has been operating in the green roof industry for two decades. He is a specialist in technical consulting and sales with extensive practical experience gained on numerous projects.

Oleksandra Strashok
Ukrainian Association of Green Infrastructure

Manfred Köhler
President of the World Green Infrastructure Network
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Senior – Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Koehler, Landscape architect, BDLA,
Univ. of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg,
Faculty: Landscape science and Geomatics,

Education: Technical University of Berlin, Germany. Diploma Degree 1981, PhD: 1987:
about “Eco effects of vegetated facades”.
Professional activities:
– 1981 – 1990: Scientist; Institute of Ecology, Technical University, Berlin, Germany,
– 1990 – 1994: Executive Director of the Research Centre of Landscape Ecology,
Bremen, Germany,
– 1994 – March 2021: Professor of Landscape ecology at the University of Applied Sciences, Neubrandenburg,
– Since April 2021: Senior Professor Univ. of Applied Sciences,
– April to August 2021 also visiting Professor Warsaw University of Life Sciences,
– Part time lecturer Jiao Tong University, Shanghai,
– Landscape architect,
– Member of related Associations, such as FLL, BUGG, BDLA.
Co-founder of World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) in 2008; since 2008 President of this organization (
More than 200 related scientific publications, with main focus on green roofs, living walls or indoor greening.


Scientific committee

dr hab. Edyta Sierka, University of Silesia in Katowice – chairperson

dr hab. inż. Katarzyna Wróblewska, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences – member of the committee

dr hab. inż. Jan Łukaszkiewicz, Warsaw University of Life Sciences – member of the committee

dr inż. Marta Weber-Siwirska, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences – member of the committee

dr inż. Ewa Walter, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences – member of the committee

dr Pedro Romera García, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria  – member of the committee

Organizing committee

Marta Weber-Siwirska – chairperson

Katarzyna Wolańska – member of the committee

Jacek Poziemski – member of the committee

Kamil Rawski – member of the committee

Katarzyna Wróblewska – member of the committee

Karolina Kaczor – member of the committee

Aleksandra Niespuj – member of the committee

Aleksander Lech – member of the committee


8.00 – 9.00 registration of participants

9.00 – 9.30 Official opening of the Conference

9.30 – 11.20 Session I: The greening of modern cities: strategies and actions

Chairman: Jan Łukaszkiewicz
Dusty GedgeHe was the President of EFB for 16 years and in 2023 he became the Ambassador for the EFB, Member of the Board of Directors Green Roof Organisation (GRO), expert on green roofs and urban green infrastructure, UK 
A special approach to green roofs

Luigi Petito / Business Solutions Europa, World Green Infrastructure Network, Belgium
Greening of buildings in EU strategies

Laura Gatti / Studio Laura Gatti, Italy
Role of plants in projects like Bosco Verticale

Anna Bocheńska / architect, ARCHITEKCI. PL, Wrocław, Poland
BGI as an essential element of multifunctional public space in a more resilient and sustainable city.

Dhiru Thadani / architect, urbanist – Washington DC, USA
Greenery in contemporary urban planning

11.20-11.40 Coffee break

11.40 – 13.30 Session II: Green roof vegetation in the functioning of modern cities

Chairwoman: Balbina Gryczyńska
Jan Rapan / Slovak Association for Green Roofs and Green Infrastructure, Slovakia
Climatology and green/blue infrastructure tied up as the comprehensive sustainable solution

Ewa Burszta-Adamiak / Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Poland
Green roofs as a solution for rainwater and snowmelt retention

Magdalena Biela / vice director of Department of Urban Greenery in Katowice, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, 
Edyta Sierka / University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland
Plant species selection for green roofs based on the idea of a habitat template: old or new approach?

Katarzyna Wróblewska / Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Poland
Does green infrastructure meaningfully help to keep the air clean?

David Brasfield / Norwegian Association for Green Infrastructure, Norway
The role of greenery in hospital grounds

13.30 – 14.20 Lunch

 14.20 – 15.50 Session III: The implementing green solutions in contemporary cities

Chairwoman: Katarzyna Wróblewska
Pavel Dostal /Board Chairman of the Czech Green Roof Association, Czech Republic
Greening Czech cities: Lesson learned

Aslan Jonoubi / architect, J&R Design Build inc., Iran
Biophilic design in multi-residential buildings

Pedro Romera García / architect – School of Architecture University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Projects from the landscape: between sustainability and aesthetics

Jacek S. Nowak / Institute of Horticulture National Research Institute in Skierniewice, Poland
Substrates for green roofs – quality characteristics, marketing authorisation

15.50 – 16.00 Coffee break

16.00 – 17.25 Session IV The technical support and good practice in urban greening

Chairwoman: Małgorzata-Żydek-Piątek
Jan Łukaszkiewicz / Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland
The Maintenance of green roofs – selected issues

Jacek Dudziak / DÖRKEN Membranes, Poland
Green and blue infrastructure on the example of urban investments in Warsaw

Balbina Gryczyńska / Calla Group sp. z o.o. sp.k., Katowice, Poland
Living wall in the Supersam shopping centre in Katowice

Adam Stępkowski / RETENCJAPL Sp. z o.o., Poland
How to facilitate the design of green and blue infrastructure in cities

Oleksandra Strashok / Ukrainian Association of Green Infrastructure, Ukraine
Ukrainian Association of Green Infrastructure. First Steps and Possibilities for Cooperation

17.25 – 17.45 Summary and official end of the conference

19.00 Gala dinner

The conference organizer reserves the right to make changes to the program,

18 April

19 April

9:00– 15:00 a study tour which will present examples of green and green-blue infrastructure in Warsaw. A lunch for participants of the field session will be provided around 13:00. 

Place of assembly and end of the tour: the bus will be parked in front of the Sound Garden Hotel, where the conference takes place (18 Żwirki i Wigury Street, Warsaw).



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The conference will be held at the Hotel Sound Garden
ul. Żwirki i Wigury 18, 
02-092 Warsaw, Poland



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