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ALTER-Net: A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network

Europe’s ecosystem research network


Programme & abstracts

Current conference programme and abstracts


The main conference will take place from Tuesday 19 May to Wednesday 20 May 2015.

There are additional pre-conference events on Monday 18 May:

  • 13:00 - 16:00: For ALTER-Net members: informal researcher meetings - This is an opportunity for the ALTER-Net community to organise informal meetings (at least 7 meeting rooms are available) on any issue relevant to discuss with colleague scientists, e.g. brainstorming on (forthcoming) calls for proposals, bringing together people who might be willing to step into proposal development, brainstorming on new ALTER-Net activities, e.g. shared training programmes, shared workshops, multi-site experiments, high impact actions, etc. See the programme overview below for current plans/contact persons. To organize such an event you should take the initiative yourselfand invite potential participants yourself​; please also inform the ALTER-Net secretariat, in order to enable us to reserve a conference room.
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Mini training course organised by ALTER-Net on concepts of nature-based solutions.This is open to all
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Programme in detail


An overview of the programme is shown below. The programme is subject to change. Please refer to this website for the most up-to-date programme. The final programme will be included in the delegate packs.

Programme overview

18 May - Monday - Pre-conference events



Pre-conference event:
For ALTER-Net members: informal researcher meetings - these can be organised by ALTER-Net members. See message above for details.
Planned meetings so far:
13-16h in room Hippo: Brainstorm concerning the upcoming Biodiversa call ( - contact if you want to join
15-16h in room Nicolaas: Potential cooperation in NBS - Establishing linkages between initiatives - contact if you want to join


Conference registration


Mini training course on concepts of nature-based solutions


Welcome reception

19 May - Tuesday - Main conference - Day 1





Session 1: PLENARY I. Scene setting: Research and Innovation on Nature-Based Solutions


Session 2: PLENARY II. Learning from cases of Nature-Based Solutions in urban contexts


Session 3: Seven parallel sessions
3.1 Nature-based solutions should be socially inclusive
3.2 Nature, urban health and wellbeing
3.3 Waterscapes, blue infrastructure and urban health
3.4 Re-naturing citizens
3.5 Biodiversity and businesses, winning partners
3.6 Nature-based solutions for risk management
3.7 Discover the inside of sustainability


Session 4: Thematic poster sessions


Session 5: PLENARY III. Highlights from parallel sessions 3 and thematic poster sessions 4


Conference dinner in monastery
With display of the video 'An Urbanized Planet'

20 May - Wednesday - Main conference - Day 2



Session 6: PLENARY IV. Inter-disciplinary Operational Nature-Based Solutions


Session 7: Six parallel sessions
7.1 Europe’s urban health & equity challenge and the sustainable Development Goals: Is there a nature-based solution?
7.2 Access to nature: Environmental justice and Socio-Economic Health inequalities
7.3 Improving urban health by nature
7.4 Urban biodiversity for the delivery of ecosystem services
7.5 Urban designs and innovations for wellbeing
7.6 Green space and green growth potential
7.7 Thinking urban wellbeing in terms of nature-based agriculture


Session 8: Five parallel sessions
8.1 Using nature-based solutions to improve health and wellbeing for urban citizens
8.2 Open Space enquiries to identify future directions
8.3 Green infrastructure for nature-based solutions in urban planning
8.4 Evaluation of recreation and revitalization potential
8.5 Is there room for value integration over disciplines?


Session 9: PLENARY V. Highlights from parallel sessions 7 and 8


Session 10: PLENARY VI. Strategic actions on Nature-Based Solutions

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19-20 May 2015 plus pre-conference events on 18 May




Augustinian Monastery, Academiestraat 1,
Ghent, Belgium



Press release:

View press release




Overview of programme

Download the full programme (PDF)

Download abstracts (PDF)

The programme is subject to change



Presentations & posters:

View available presentations & posters (PDF files)




A4 full flyer

A4 short flyer - for noticeboard displays

(PDF files)




Sanna-Riikka Saarela & Timo Assmuth (SYKE, Finland)


Hans KeuneTessa Van Santen (INBO, Belgium)