IALE EU Conference Changing European Landscapes: Landscape ecology, local to global
Manchester (England), 9-12 September 2013
25 March 2013: submission of abstracts.
16 May 2013: Early bird discount ends.
16 August 2013: Registration deadline.
ialeUK and IALE Europe invite you to Manchester for the IALE 2013 European Congress. This major international event will examine how and why European landscapes are changing and how landscape ecology can help us to plan for the future at local to global scales. It will consider local projects alongside international programmes and provide many opportunities for researchers, policy makers and practitioners to interact. The congress will have a European focus but we look forward to welcoming participants from around the world.
This is your congress and you can get involved now by registering to receive updates about the Congress, displaying a poster or by joining your local IALE chapter. You can also contact us – we will be very happy to hear your questions and suggestions.
We are all aware of changing landscapes. Changes are caused by complex and inter-related drivers including climate change, demand for renewable energy, migration, urbanisation and the need for food security. There is an increasing demand for multifunctional landscapes that deliver ecosystem services to support human needs, whilst protecting biodiversity and cultural heritage.
New research and policy is needed in response to the European Landscape Convention, EU Water Framework Directive, EU Biodiversity Strategy and EU Adaptation Strategy. There is an increasing need for trans-disciplinary research to reconcile competing demands on European landscapes. There is a particular need for integrated landscape objectives to be developed with the genuine involvement of the people who care for and live in the landscape.
Landscape ecology is the study of interactions, across space and time, between the structure and function of physical, biological and cultural components of landscapes; marine, freshwater, and on land. Landscape ecology integrates natural and social sciences and is well placed to play a key role in planning for the future of changing European landscapes.
The congress will examine how and why European landscapes are changing and how landscape ecology can help us to plan for the future at local to global scales. It will consider local projects alongside international programmes and provide many opportunities for researchers, policy makers and practitioners to interact.
Changing European Landscapes will explore all aspects of landscape ecology, encouraging interaction between researchers and policy-makers from different disciplines. Each symposium will include presentations and opportunities for discussion.