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15–17 September 2020 The 8th World Sustainability Forum


September 2020 marks the 5th birthday of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. If it were a child and given the right circumstances, it would now have developed fine motor skills, be able to stand on one foot for 10 seconds, have long conversations, and start to develop independence and responsibility. With The 8th World Sustainability Forum, we are not only celebrating a birthday, but are also taking stock of where we are in relation to a more sustainable world, what has worked, what has not yet worked, and where we need to go next. Sustainability has gained considerable traction: Many countries have integrated sustainability and environmental protection as part of their national development agenda, many businesses have realized the considerable long-term potential in sustainable development, and many research agendas have aligned with sustainability goals. It is now time for the research, policy, and business communities to enter into enduring dialog and to embrace greater global responsibilities. With this event, we hope to contribute to building a platform and network for a sustainability agenda that fosters partnerships among stakeholders beyond the boundaries of academic disciplines, narrow national agendas, and quarterly spreadsheets. The quest is to conceive of ways to assure long-term sustainable development for our people, our planet, as well as societal and corporate profit. In light of the importance of developing institutional partnerships and networks, this forum will be coordinated by MDPI, the UN Global Compact, the Global Footprint Network, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

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6–9 April 2020 1st Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development of Energy Water and Environment Systems

Gold Coast, Australia

The 1st AP SDEWES Conference will be held in Gold Coast, Australia in April 2020 and it will be dedicated to the improvement and dissemination of knowledge on methods, policies and technologies for increasing the sustainability of development by de-coupling growth from natural resources and replacing them with knowledge-based economy, taking into account its economic, environmental and social pillars. One of the main issues of the coming decades is to improve efficiencies by integrating various life-supporting systems, using excess from one, as resource in other, and in exact moment when it is beneficial to all, integrating electricity, heating, cooling, transport, water, buildings, waste, wastewater, industry, forestry and agriculture systems. Sustainability being also a perfect field for interdisciplinary and multi-cultural evaluation of complex system, the SDEWES Conference has become a significant venue for researchers in those areas to meet, and originate, discuss, share, and disseminate new ideas, continuing to successfully cover the following areas (examples in parentheses, but not confined to them), with particular focus on AP region wherever possible:

  • Sustainability comparisons and measurements (metrics and indices; multi-criteria analysis; external costs; exergy analysis; footprint methods; emergy; life cycle analysis)
  • Green economy and better governance (circular economy; low carbon development/economy; resource efficiency; water reuse; jobs and regional development; financial and regulatory mechanisms; models and tools; rebound effect; energy economics; environmental economics; development economics; sustainability economics; blue economy)
  • Smart energy systems (demand response; power-to-X; integration of power, heating/cooling, transport, water and waste sectors; smart grids; markets; dynamic electricity pricing, microgrids; prosumers; digitalisation; blockchain)
  • Energy policy (security of supply; climate change mitigation; energy transition; renewable energy support schemes; energy efficiency policy; employment creation; carbon pricing; markets; fossil fuel subsidies)
  • Smart transport systems policy and management (transport system analysis; fuel/carbon economy; transport electrification; congestion and road pricing; multimodal management; alternative fuels; social aspects; autonomous mobility; railways; shipping; aviation)
  • Water-energy nexus (water management; water system analysis; water pricing; water desalination; hydro energy; water-renewables integration, water resources; river basin management; arid areas)
  • Environmental policy and management (waste management; wastewater management; climate change mitigation; climate change adaptation; air pollution policy; water pollution policy; haze pollution and avoidance; particulates pollution and avoidance; land management; biomass management; reclamation and rewilding; social aspects; strategic environmental impact assessment; environment and corporate social responsibility; quality management systems; environment management systems; eco-management and audit schemes; integrated management systems)
  • Agricultural policy (energy and water use in agriculture and food processing; food vs. biofuels; sustainability of biofuels production)
  • Social acceptance (reform; NIMBY; nuclear; wind; biofuels; hydrogen; cost-based pricing; inclusion; fossil fuel subsidy; green economy and employment; gender issues; energy poverty; energy affordability)
  • Sustainable resilience of systems (resilience of energy systems; resilience of water systems; resilience of environmental systems; resilience of agricultural systems; resilience of social systems; resilience of engineering systems )
  • Sustainable tourism (green hotels; certification)
  • Urbanism (smart cities; urban planning; zoning; transport; zero energy buildings/districts; sustainable energy action plans; district heating/cooling; sustainable waste management)
  • Regional planning and cooperation (sustainable islands; regions and cities; 100% renewable regions)
  • Research, innovation and development (industry-academia partnership; quadruple helix; knowledge-based society; knowledge management; learning curve; technology foresight; science diplomacy; clusters and incubators)
  • Education in sustainable development (governance; environmental awareness; higher education; engineering education)
  • Energy system analysis (energy planning; power system planning; smart energy systems; smart energy networks; natural gas system greening; 100% renewable energy systems; island energy systems; development of energy planning tools; internalizing environmental externalities; electrification of transport; long term demand planning; integration of power and district heating systems; integration of power and water systems; integration of power and transport systems; power to gas; power-to-X)
  • Renewable energy resources (biomass; hydro; wind; solar; geothermal; wave and ocean; technical and economic potentials; barriers; cost and benefits; integration)
  • Primary energy resources (oil peaking; gas as transition fuel; coal phase-out; nuclear fuels)
  • Renewable electricity generation systems (biomass; hydro; wind; photovoltaic; concentrated solar power; geothermal; blue energy; offshore wind; wave; tide; ocean thermal)
  • Thermal power plants (advanced cycles; flexible operation and cycling; carbon capture and utilisation; nuclear)
  • District heating and/or cooling in smart energy systems (integration of renewable heat; cogeneration; industrial waste/excess heat; waste to energy and CHP; power to heat; electric boilers; heat pumps; integration of CHP with district heating and electricity markets; heat maps; distribution; absorption; adsorption)
  • Nano and micro technologies and science for sustainable development of energy, water, and environment systems
  • Advanced sustainable energy conversion systems (fuel cells; thermoelectric; thermionic; organic; ORC; waste/excess heat recycling; thermoacoustic; piezoelectric; high altitude wind)
  • Low temperature renewable heat systems (waste/excess heat; solar thermal; geothermal; heat pumps)
  • Biofuels and biorefineries (biodiesel; bioethanol; biogas; second and third-generation biofuels; waste to biofuels; algae; anaerobic digestion; pyrolysis; torrefaction; coproduction; BTL; biorefining; use for transportation; infrastructure; sustainability assessment)
  • Alternative fuels (hydrogen; electro-fuels; power to gas; synthetic fuels;DME; resources; production; vehicles; infrastructure)
  • Electric and hybrid vehicles (electric; plug-in hybrid; hybrid; charging; batteries; infrastructure)
  • Water treatment for drinking water
  • Water desalination (distillation; reverse and forward osmosis; electrodialysis; energy recovery; discharge management; flexible desalination with variable renewables)
  • Waste and wastewater treatment and reuse (avoiding waste; composting; recycling; waste to energy; anaerobic digestion; gasification; mechanical biological treatment; mechanical heat treatment; plasma arc waste disposal; pyrolysis; RDF/SRF)
  • Modelling for pollution avoidance and energy efficiency (CFD models; air pollution spreading; water pollution spreading; heat and mass transfer modelling; combustion modelling)
  • Cogeneration, trigeneration, polygeneration (heat/cold and power; water and power; biofuels and power; transport and energy; food and energy; applications and operation strategies; photovoltaic-thermal)
  • Storage (heat/cold storage; hydrogen storage; hydropower as storage; pump storage; compressed air storage; batteries; water storage; biofuels storage; storage optimisation modelling; financial support mechanisms; power market arbitrage)
  • Electricity transmission and distribution (grid extension and robustness; long-distance transmission; power quality)
  • Gas security of supply (diversification; shale gas; pipelines extension; LNG; Southern Corridor; renewable gas)
  • Energy and water efficiency in industry and mining (cement and lime; construction materials; glass; pulp and paper; food industry; metallurgy; chemical industry; process optimisation; kilns; boilers; heat exchange networks; pinch analysis; exergy and exergoeconomic analysis; energy audits; water use and waste minimisation; eco-innovation; total site integration; life cycle assessment; eco-design and eco-labelling; product cycle assessment; cleaner production; environmental impact assessment)
  • Energy efficient appliances (smart appliances; labelling and standards; user behaviour; eco-design)
  • Buildings (nearly zero energy buildings; passive buildings; smart buildings; smart metering; ICT; load and demand-side management; green buildings; building codes and standards; buildings certification; HVAC; insulation; renewables integration; heat pumps; storage; sustainable architecture)
  • Energy markets (market/price coupling; liberalisation/deregulation; modelling; demand response; role of district heating; desalination and water pumping; storage; retail markets; grid parity; net metering; fuel switch)
  • Emission markets (emission trading system; cap and trade; transport participation)
  • Political aspects of sustainable development (energy democracy; long term planning; sustainable development goals; the role of political leaders and of voters; international conflict vs. sustainable development; security and sustainability; resource and political security; community and citizen participation in the energy transition)

22–24 April 2020 5th Oxford Interdisciplinary Desert Conference

School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford

Conference abstract

Deserts and drylands encompass 40% of the globe and shelter two billion people. Arid regions are home to the major religions, valued natural resources, scarcity, wealth and poverty, and face issues that dominate our time. Geopolitics, climate change, development, land degradation, population growth and conflict are issues that have relevance beyond any singular department or perspective.

The Oxford Desert Conference brings together academics and non-academics who research, work and live across the world's desert and semi-desert regions for two days of vibrant talks, presentations, panels and networking opportunities. It is a truly interdisciplinary event which allows social and physical scientists to exchange views, develop lasting collaborations and make a positive global impact.

For the 2020 Desert Conference, we encourage presentations, panel and roundtable proposals on issues related to social and physical sciences. Topics may include mobile pastoralism (including veterinary sciences), health, heritage, interdisciplinary methodologies, migration (mobility), conflict and development broadly conceived. Environment, remote sensing, archaeology, climate, water and related topics are most welcome.

We encourage participants from the Humanities to join us. Also, we will accept poster presentations as well as proposals for exhibitions and films.

The flyer is attached here.

26–28 May 2020 Earth Observation for sustainable cities and communities

Liège, Belgium

A Joint workshop of

6th EARSeL Joint Workshop Urban Remote Sensing

4th Joint EARSeL LULC & NASA LCLUC Workshop

1st EARSeL Remote Sensing For UN Sustainable Development Goals


  • Abstract submission open – 21/10/2019
  • Abstract submission deadline – 04/12/2019
  • Notification of authors – 10/02/2020
  • Preliminary programme – 15/02/2020
  • Early registration deadline – 30/03/2020
  • Final programme – 10/04/2020


Papers will be presented orally and as posters. For abstract
submission, please visit the EARSeL Conference Administration Tool.

Early registration with reduced fees is mandatory for authors of oral
and poster contributions (March 30, 2020). Otherwise, contributions
will be removed from the program.

26–28 May 2020 LAND USE 2020: A Place for Biodiversity Offsets

Banff Centre, Albeta, Canada

Against the backdrop of the sky-high mountains and beautiful scenery, the Alberta Land Institute along with our Premier Partner, Alberta Innovates, invite you to join us as we aim to advance understanding respecting policy and practices in the area of biodiversity offsets.

Land Use 2020 marks the Alberta Land Institute’s fourth land-use conference. This conference program is specifically designed to bring together policy makers, stakeholders, and academics to engage with expert researchers and practitioners from around the world on the use of market-based instruments to conserve biodiversity and ecosystems. Engage in discussions and powerful presentations that will address and highlight the impacts of biodiversity offsets in policy and practice. A half-day introduction to offsetting for biodiversity is being offered for both conference attendees and others wanting only the introduction

Connect with students as they showcase their research during the student poster presentation, and take part in a variety of networking opportunities including a Wine & Cheese Reception, tour of the Cave & Basin National Historic Site, or simply embrace the many other activities that the Banff National Park has to offer.

3–6 June 2020 XV Urban Geography Colloquium

The Canary Islands, Spain

The Department of Geography of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Urban Geography Group of the Association of Spanish Geographers (AGE), organise the XV Colloquium of Urban Geography under the slogan "The capitalist reconfiguration of urban spaces: transformations and inequalities".

After two decades of intense real estate and urban growth at the turn of the century and the subsequent constructive paralysis, new processes of urban reconfiguration are taking place in Spain, which makes us focus our attention on the inherent changes of the reorganisation of capitalism.

The internationalisation of the real estate market, the emergence of new agents that promote large urban projects or that contribute to consolidate the tourist functions of the city, the modification of the role of cities in global urban networks, the rents increase, the development of rehabilitation, etc. introduce a huge complexity in the current urban landscape. This is produced in a context of increasing inequalities and social conflicts, population aging, mobility and migration, environmental problems, the depopulation of many small and medium cities, gender perspectives and feminism demands.

Such a complex and disparate outlook of the current situation requires a soothe analysis of the processes and urban dynamics, in order to deepen the reflection on the city model that is being developed and the study of the emerging responses from the citizenship and public powers.

In this context, the XV Colloquium of Urban Geography aims to be a tool of comprehension of the current situation of the city from an approach that encompasses the concerns and geographical perspectives and other related disciplines. Therefore, we intend to direct special attention to social conflicts, the increase of urban inequalities, the functional and morphological changes of the city and the new urban dynamics, both from the perspective of a better knowledge of the current situation as well as from the social response and public management.

Hence, theoretical, methodological and cases studies contributions are welcome, and especially those that take into account different scalar perspectives, among which we would like to highlight the insular ones.

13–19 June 2020 5th International Conference on Soil, Bio- and Eco-Engineerin (SBEE2020)

BFH-HAFL, Zollikofen, Switzerland

As in the preceding SBEE conference series, we will bring together researchers, practitioners, geotechnical and civil engineers, biologists, ecologists, geomorphologists and foresters to discuss current problems in soil-resource sustainability, soil erosion and slope-stability research, and how to address these problems using soil, bio- and eco-engineering techniques.

Over the last 50 years, alterations in land use coupled with the consequences of climate change have led to severe degradation of mountainous and hilly regions around the world, compromising several aspects related to their ecosystem services (e.g., protection against natural hazards, water quality, sustainability of soil resources, etc.). Once erosion processes are underway, the replacement of soil on the denuded slope can take thousands of years through natural processes. The world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2040 and as such, agricultural soil is precious, and the importance of hillslope stability is becoming more a priority of governments needing to protect and feed the rapidly increasing populations. Therefore, the prevention of hillslope instability, the restoration of degraded slopes and the correct management of steep farmed slopes is of utmost importance. In response to the need for better mitigation strategies, major advances in research and applications for using vegetation to improve slope stability have been established during the last ten years, largely due to the development of techniques and models for the study of root-soil interactions at different scales. These advances will be presented and discussed at the conference, where sessions will focus on root-soil mechanics, vegetation on slopes over time and space, vegetation for reversing soil degradation and soil bioengineering case studies. Proceedings will be published in special editions of the international journals ‘Plant and Soil’ and 'Ecological Engineering’.

Conference topics include
− Root-soil interactions and distribution
− Root reinforcement
− Soil erosion and conservation
− Riverbank and coastline protection measures
− Slope stability modelling
− Effects of vegetation on hillslope hydrology
− Bioengineering, ecology and biodiversity
− Eco-DRR measures, protection forests, and soil bioengineering
− Risk management and decision support systems
− Benefits and liabilities in slope and erosion control

2–3 July 2020 LANDac Conference 2020—Land Governance Challenges and Climate Change:Handling Pressures, Upholding Rights

Muntgebouw Utrecht, The Netherlands

The LANDac Annual International Conference offers a podium for researchers, practitioners and private sector representatives interested in land governance for equitable and sustainable development. The 2020 Conference looks at the challenges that climate change poses for land governance systems, processes and actors and at relevant lessons that can be drawn from experiences with land governance to date.

In debates about appropriate climate change mitigation and adaptation policies, plans and actions, the implications for land governance are rarely a central focus. This conference will do just that. We welcome contributions which examine how land governance ambitions and arrangements shape and conflict with climate change ambitions; how land related livelihoods and bio-diversity are considered in climate change debates; and how the land governance landscape is responding to climate change challenges. Similarly, we welcome contributions on impacts of land transfers and transformations under the guise of climate related disaster risk reduction; and on how climate change might become a rationale for lowering the ambitions of good land governance. A concern is that lessons learnt around due diligence and the need to protect rights become ‘unlearnt’ under the pressure of climate change and associated challenges of food security and disaster risk reduction.

31 August–4 September 2020 SER2020: 12th European Conference on Ecological Restoration

University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain

Dear colleague.

The organizing committee and the University of Alicante welcome you to the 12th European Conference on Ecological Restoration SERE2020!

Between August 31 and September 4 2020, we will discuss challenges facing ecological restoration in post-2020 Europe, and particularly, how can ecological restoration promote the recovery of damaged, degraded and destroyed socio-ecological systems in these critical times.

Ecological restoration is increasingly present in our lives. UN Declaration of 2021-2030 as the Decade of Ecological Restoration clearly responds to social concerns and illustrates commitment towards using ecological restoration to fight major environmental problems. Yet, international high-level initiatives should scale down and translate into concrete actions. The advance of ecological restoration in Europe has been slow for reasons that are political and socio-economical, rather than ecological, as shown by a recently published analysis where many SER Europe members participated. Because of the imminent onset of the UN Decade, and ongoing reviews of the EU Strategy on Biodiversity (2021-2030), the Common Agricultural Policy (2021-2027), and the Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030), 2020 should be the turning point to develop an ambitious transversal European strategy for ecological restoration that will help member states meeting the ambitious targets agreed in Aichi.

In parallel, our societies are undergoing profound changes. The diversity of policies concerning nature and environmental protection in EU Member States clearly illustrates the search for new ways to understand growth and re-define human role in the Biosphere, and the tensions behind them. Europeans look astonished at the magnitude of the global damage and hesitate on how to establish a healthier relation between culture and nature.

In ERE we know about this, and the way ecological restoration can sustain the new deal. For almost 30 years, our Society has helped to bridge the gap between humans and nature, and we know firsthand that ecological restoration can contribute to adapt and mitigate climate change, halt species extinction and combat desertification, while contributing to reduce poverty and inequality.

For some late-summer days, academics and practitioners from Europe and beyond will meet in the Mediterranean town of Alicante, Spain, to discuss these topics, and advance the theory and practice of socio-ecological restoration in Europe. Won’t you be part of it?

1–4 September 2020 6th international conference on biohydrology

Krakow, Poland

BioHydrology 2020 is the 6th international conference on biohydrology, after those of Prague (2006), Bratislava (2009), Landau (2013), Almeria (2016) and Valencia (2019). The aim of the BioHydrology conference is to provide a forum to share knowledge and networking any topic related to the interactions between biotic systems and hydrology.

The Conference aims to gather scientists and practitioners dealing with issues in the field of hydrology, biohydrology and engineering in natural and anthropogenic areas, as well as other disciplines related to Earth Science.

The topics of the conference will include all issues connected with water balance between atmosphere-plant-soil.

We hope the Conference will provide an excellent opportunity to present research results and to discuss current trends in hydrology, as well as to create a platform for exchanging experiences at the interface between theory and practice. A rich agenda will be added to the field session.

In particular:

the role of rainfall in the water cycle
the effect of vegetation on soil water erosion
the role of fires in the water cycle
irrigation of nurseries and artificial crops
the importance of water for plant physiology
the effect of vegetation on the quality of water
water in soil
technology and mechanization improving water circulation and increasing retention of habitats

14–18 September 2020 IALE-Russia International Conference—Landscape Science and Landscape Ecology: Considering Responses to Global Challenges

Moscow, Russia

Dear colleagues, we are pleased to invite you to participate in the 1st International conference «Landscape Science and Landscape Ecology: Considering Responses to Global Challenges» which will take place on 14-18 September 2020 in Moscow, Russia and will be hosted by Lomonosov Moscow State University and IALE-Russia.

We expect the conference will serve as a platform for the knowledge exchange about the landscape spatial organization, land cover dynamics, changes in ecosystem functioning, landscape resilience to natural and man-made disasters, such as wildfires, floods, droughts, biodiversity loss and pathogen outbreaks. We envision shedding light on the anthropogenic component of landscape change and the evolution of landscapes.

The special focus of the conference will also be on spatial sustainable landscape planning. For instance, we invite talks and fruitful panel discussions on how landscape science may address topics about land use efficiency, land sparing and sharing in the complex multifunctional land-use settings. We also invite talks on the connectivity of protected areas, their efficiency and resilience to existing challenges, but also on the potential coexistence of biodiversity conservation, recreation and other land use opportunities in nearby areas.

We also welcome presentations on the human perception of the landscape, such as the aesthetic value of natural and urbanized territories and how such perceptions could enhance non-material benefits from ecosystem services and the landscape as a whole.

15–18 September 2020 3rd GLP Asia Conference 2020—Hazards, Disasters and Land Science: Towards Asian and Global SDGs for Land Systems

Sapporo, Japan

On behalf of the Organizing Committee we cordially invite you to participate in the 3rd Global Land Progamme (GLP) Asia Conference that will take place in Sapporo, Japan, from 15th to 18th September 2020.

GLP is an interdisciplinary community of science and practice fostering the study of land systems and the co-design of solutions for global sustainability. The GLP also takes a role of a leading research programme under the Future Earth which is a global network of scientists, researchers, and innovators collaborating for a more sustainable planet.

The 3rd GLP Asia Conference will be hosted by GLP Japan Nodal Office and Taipei Nodal Office, which will provide opportunities for sharing and exchanging state-of-art knowledge and experiences in land science with colleagues from various background. The conference will highlight issues of a wide range of land change researches with special attention to hazards and disasters from geological, hydrological, atmospheric and biological events/incidents to agricultural, ecological, industrial, and technological malfunctions. The conference will cover natural and anthropogenic hazards, sustainability, vulnerability, risk management, adaptation and mitigation, awareness, education, monitoring and modeling of various land systems.
Topics of interests include, but not limited to:

  • Disaster risk assessment, management, adaptation and reduction for climate-sensitive sectors such as forestry and agriculture
  • Community-based disaster management
  • Connectivity and feedback of land systems across multiple temporal and spatial scales
  • Ecosystem and biodiversity under various natural and anthropogenic pressures and hazards
  • Urban risk, built management, and infrastructure design
  • Policy framework of environment and disaster management
  • Disaster mitigation and risk reduction using natural (green) infrastructure
  • Monitoring and evaluation of climate-related risk management
  • Climate extreme on land processes, biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Foods, water, nutrients and energy securities on changing land system under disaster risk environment
  • Post disaster recovery issues
  • Sustainable resource use and protection/conservation
  • Assessment of environmental hazards to both humans and ecological systems
  • Statistical models, methods, databases, GIS, remote sensing, early warning systems, and monitoring technologies related to hazards and disasters
  • Discussion and development of effective warning and educational systems for risk management
  • Resilience against disasters
  • Management of landslide, liquefaction, tsunamis, storms, floods, and other types of hazards
  • Climatological hazards, hydrological hazards, earthquake hazards, volcanic hazards, glacial and snow hazards
  • Dissemination, education, outreach, and teaching related to hazards and disasters

We invite the submission of session proposals (until 31st January 2020), which will be reviewed by experts. The submission deadline of high-quality abstracts will follow the session acceptance. We encourage session proposals by young scientists.

We look forward to welcoming you to the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido, in September 2020.

21–27 September 2020 PECSRL 2020

Jaén and Baeza, Sapin

The 29th Session of the Permanent European Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscapes, biennial International conference -Living together in European Rural Landscape– will be held in September 2020 in Jaén and Baeza (Spain). It will be hosted by the University of Jaén and the UNIA-Antonio Machado in Baeza.

The Conference brings together geographers, historians, landscapes architects, archeologists, ethnographers, ecologists, rural planners, landscape managers and all other scholars interested in European landscapes.

The PECSRL 2020 is especially focus on the following issues:

  • Living together with (or despite/against) nature and climate change in the rural/natural/urban landscape
  • Living together with other people and cultures (locals, immigrants, tourists, insiders/outsiders, neighbors etc.) in the landscape
  • Living together with the social, economic, cultural/ heritage past in the landscape
  • Living together towards future processes, dynamics and change in the landscape
  • Research and scientific inroads in sustainable and democratic/ participatory ways of living together: theory, methodology, tools, policies.

Also an important matter of 2020 it is the 20th anniversary of the European Convention of Landscape and for that we particularly welcome paper related with the implementation of the ECL along Europe.

More information in:

21–24 September 2020 3rd ESP Europe Conference 2020—Ecosystem Service Science, Policy and Practice in the face of Global Changes

Tartu, Estonia

The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) is happy to announce that its third ESP Europe Regional conference will take place in Tartu, Estonia from 21-24 September 2020. The conference theme is 'Ecosystem Service Science, Policy and Practice in the face of Global Changes'.

Location: Tartu, Estonia
Date: 21-24 September 2020
Venue: Dorpat Conference Centre

Impacts of Global Changes on ecosystems and human societies are manifold. Changes have led to already tangible impacts, such as Climate Change which has unfolded over the course of the last decade in form of weather extremes, droughts and large wildfires, for example. Along with shifting climate patterns, biodiversity loss is causing structures and functions of ecosystems to be more vulnerable to change, and is altering the supply of vital ecosystem services. Land use and land cover changes as well as global trading and land ownership patterns cause further impacts on social-ecological systems. Such changes often lead to inequality between richer and poorer countries and to the radicalization of politics, which then undermine a society’s capacity to cope with these growing impacts. In this context, ecosystem services science, policy and practice offer tools needed to tackle the challenges ahead. More importantly, the appropriate use of the ecosystems services concept can shift societies and governance systems towards sustainable pathways.

The ESP Europe 2020 Regional Conference is part of the bi-annual cycle of ESP regional conferences around the globe. The regional conferences follow our world conferences, of which the last world conference in Germany hosted more than 750 delegates from over 65 countries.

7–10 October 2020 1st International Joint Congress—Sustainable Management of Cultural Landscapes in the context of the European Green Deal

Santo Stefano di Camastra, Italy

The European Society for Soil Conservation (ESSC) & the European Ecocycles Society (EES) are delighted to invite you at their 1st International Joint Congress.

The Congress, focused on “Sustainable Management of Cultural Landscapes in the context of the European Green Deal”, is open to scientists, students, educators, managers, policy and decision-makers. It will consist of invited lectures, scientific sessions with oral and poster presentations, and a scientific and cultural excursion.

We look forward to meeting you in Sicily!

3–6 November 2020 FES2020-1st International Congress on Fire in the Earth System: Humans and Nature

Valencia, Spain

Fire is a key component of the Earth System and humans used as hunters and farmers. In the 21st century, fire is in the forefront of the environmental management and there is a need to find the role fire must play in our landscape. To achieve success, scientists, citizens and practitioners must interact and networking. FES2020 propose a hybrid conference with scientists, citizens and practitioners to share information, ideas and goals to use fire as a tool to achieve sustainability.

We invite participants with backgrounds such as fire dynamics, fire risk management, fire effects on vegetation, fauna, soil and water, and socio-economic, historical, geographical, political perception and land management approaches. We wish to connect the scientific communities from different regions of the world with the practitioners and citizens that will contribute to see different experiences and will boost the emergence of new approaches to fire research.

fEs2020 will power synergistic collaborations between research groups, citizens and stakeholders. fEs2020 will help to synthesise the existing knowledge, to create fire-resilient landscapes based on integrated approach that include from biological, biochemical and physical research approaches, but also socio-economic, historical, geographical, sociological, perception and policy constraints.

fEs2020 will contribute to prepare society, practitioners and scientists to the intensification and geographical spreading of wildfires under the impact of Climate and Land Use Change. Global Change and fire will be two key actors for the fate of the humankind, and they will be discussed in fEs2020.

10–15 January 2021 2021 Soil Erosion Research under a Changing Climate—A decadal ASABE Soil Erosion Research Symposium

Punta Borinquén Resort, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, USA

Soil erosion caused by wind and/or water is a continuing problem throughout the world that threatens the capacity of the Earth to produce food, fiber, and renewable sources of energy for an ever-increasing population. Additionally, eroded sediment and agricultural chemicals are major water and air pollutants, causing many detrimental off-site impacts. Compounding the erosion problems are the effects of climate change, driven by increases in global atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. Warmer air temperatures also increase ocean water temperatures, that can result in larger and more severe storms and hurricanes. For example, Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September 2017, with 2975 fatalities, as well as infrastructure and erosion damages across the island. This symposium provides a forum for international participants to discuss the status and future of soil erosion research.


Soil Erosion by Water Research
Soil Erosion by Wind Research
Erosion Control Research
Coastal Zones and Soil Erosion: Dynamics, Mechanics and Damages
Conservation Innovations on Steep Lands in the Tropics to Avoid Erosion
Impacts of Climate Change on Soil Erosion
Soil Erosion Impacts on Water and Air Quality
Modeling of Agricultural Systems and Erosion Prediction
Modeling of Erosion Processes in Forests and Agroecosystems at Watershed and Basin Scales
Remote Sensing and Geospatial Technology in Erosion Quantification and Prediction
Hurricane Effects on Erosion and Water Quality
Emerging Technologies in Soil Erosion Research
Watershed Scale Soil Conservation
Measurement Techniques in Soil Erosion Research
Historical Soil Erosion Research in Puerto Rico

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