Other Initiatives and Conferences

Science, Business and Environment Conference

 15 September 2016, Warsaw, Poland

On 15 September 2016 GRID-Warsaw will be holding the international conference “Science, Business and Environment”, being a part of celebrations of its 25th Anniversary.
The conference is organized in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The main objective is to present the state, changes and threats (hot issues) for the pan-European continent, identified in the latest UNEP report (“GEO-6 Assessment for the pan-European region”), published in June 2016 and released as part of the Global Environment Outlook series.

The conference is connected to ECOPOTENTIAL, as it covers issues of relevance and interest to the project, namely collecting, sharing, and utilizing data and geoinformation tools for environmental investigations and assessments, employing the concept of ecosystem services. These topics will fill the most of a special panel session dedicated to biodiversity and will be also present at the plenary opening session “Environmental changes in the pan-European region – current trends and challenges. Using environmental data in science, business and administration.”

For further information about the event: agenda, invited panelists, descriptions of sessions, registration form etc. please visit www.gridw.pl/geo6.

European Ecosystem Services Conference

19-23 September 2016, Antwerp, Belgium
From 19-23 September 2016 the European Ecosystem Services Conference ‘Helping nature to help us’ will take place in Antwerp, Belgium. The conference is organized by several EU funded research projects (OPERAsand OpenNESS), ECOPLAN and the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), and hosted by the University of Antwerp. It will be the biggest European event in 2016 that links science, policy and practice on ecosystem services and natural capital. ECOPOTENTIAL will be present with its own stand together with its sister project SWOS (http://swos-service.eu/) at the Ecosystem Services Fair on Tue 20th


Mountains’ vulnerability to climate change: how can people and territories adapt and mitigate its effects?

3-5 October 2016, Bragança, Portugal

Mountain areas have difficult climatic and environmental conditions, but mountain people are used to adapting to these. This X° European Mountain Convention will present a state-of-the-art of the situation in mountain areas and of how experience and technical knowledge have been used to provide solutions to adapt to and mitigate climate change.  The focus will be on solutions not only at the policy level, but also at the practitioners’ level, on different issues such as agriculture, energy, water, transport and tourism.

In addition, the First International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions on Ecosystem Services will take place the 6 and 7 October in Bragança (Portugal).

More information can be found at Euromontana’s website: www.euromontana.org/events/x_euro_mountain_convention_braganca/ or directly at the website of the Mountains 2016 events: cimo.esa.ipb.pt/mountains2016/

For registering, go to: cimo.esa.ipb.pt/mountains2016/?page_id=324

International LTER network’s first Open Science Meeting

9-13 October 2016, Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Long-Term Ecosystem Research for sustainability under global changes: Findings and challenges of LTER from local to global scales. The first ILTER OSM will take place in the Kruger National Park in South Africa from Sunday, 9 October to Thursday, 13 October 2016. The conference will be hosted by the National Research Foundation, (NRF), the Department of Science and Tecnology (DST) and the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON). The OSM themes are:

  • Nitrogen impacts on ecosystems structures and functioning
  • Carbon and water cycles under climate change
  • Towards sustainable usage of ecosystem services (local, regional & global)
  • Drivers of biodiversity across scales
  • Data integration and interoperability enabling global scale ecosystem research and linking with environmental monitoring
  • Linking local, regional and global Earth system observations and models.

2016 African ESP Conference

21-25th November, Nairobi, Kenya

First Conference of the Regional Africa chapter of ESP in Nairobi, Kenya on November 21-25 2016. The conference theme will be Ecosystem Services for SDGs in Africa. Discussions will focus on Africa’s contribution towards data and evidence on best practices for management, restoration of ecosystem services for decision making particularly towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The issue of Ecosystem Services is crucial for the African continent given that it already experiences negative effects of climate change and the situation is projected to worsen. Proper management and restoration of essential ecosystem services will to a large extent ensure we are equipped to deal and or cope with climate change.

Africa’s participation in this forum is also heightened by the fact that there is underwhelming data and information on ecosystem services and climate change from the continent. This makes it difficult to formulate strategic policies and implement action for sustainable development. The conference will bring together 250 African experts, students, policy makers, and the private sector to discuss, explore and exchange research as well as action on preserving and restoring ecosystem services in the content. In particular we would like to bring as many early career practitioners, specialists and researchers from around the continent to enable learning, exchange and exposure to knowledge, ideas, experiences and contacts that will enhance contributions when they get back home.

Info here: www.espconference.org/africa2016#.V6D3hpN97_Q.

GEO-XIII Plenary Session

7-10 November, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

The GEO-XIII Plenary and Exhibition will take place at the Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltiyskaya hotel in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation from 7 to 10 November 2016.

Info here: http://www.earthobservations.org/geo13.php

2nd International Marine Science Communication Conference

Slide19-COMMOCEAN6-7 December, Bruges, Belgium

The IOC of UNESCO is organizing, together with the European Marine Board and the Flanders Marine Institute a conference and training on Ocean Science Communication. The conference, CommOCEAN, will be held in Bruges (Belgium) on 6-7 December 2016, and the training in Ostend on 8 December 2016. The training is done in the context of the IODE-IOC Ocean Teacher Global Academy. All the information on the website www.commocean.org