Portland views (Pictures by R. Scheller)

9th IALE World Congress Portland, Oregon, July 5-10, 2015


The IALE World Congress occurs every four years and brings together a large international community to address problems that range from local to global in scale. During the World Congress, landscape ecologists from public, private, and non-profit sectors will address a broad spectrum of the environmental challenges and their potential solutions. This World Congress' theme is, “Crossing Scales, Crossing Borders: Global Approaches to Complex Challenges” and will highlight challenges and opportunities for understanding complex natural and social processes and the potential for effective stewardship in a rapidly changing world. The meeting will highlight research that address globally relevant topics and that works across scales (what landscape ecologists have always done) and crosses borders (be they disciplinary, political, patch, or other). 

We designed our program to connect attendees representing over 50 countries and to cross-pollinate among the numerous disciplines touched by landscape ecology.  Attendees will find numerous plenaries, symposium, contributed oral sessions, and poster sessions that embrace the future of landscape while respecting the deep roots that serve as the foundation for an integrative approach capable of attracting over 900 people from around the world.  The busy schedule should provide many different venues for learning and engaging with colleagues, including some novel additions such as the Storyteller event sponsored by Springer.

Portland, Oregon is widely recognized for its commitment to sustainability and progressive land use planning, which will allow for quick access to outdoor recreation and opportunities to engage with the rich cultural and historical dimensions of the Pacific Northwest landscape.  Portland has ready access to some of the most diverse and scenic landscapes in the Pacific Northwest and there will be many informative field trips.  Some examples: a rafting tour of the Columbia River Gorge; assessment of urban growth boundaries, successes and challenges; landscapes of the Oregon coast; and a tour of disturbance recovery at Mt. St. Helens, among others..  Shorter excursions include visits to Forest Park, downtown walking tours, old-growth forest hikes, and others.

We hope that you will enjoy the comraderies and science and management advances in landscape ecology that will be presented at the World Congress. 

by Robert Scheller (IALE World Congress Host Committee)


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Registration is open!

The 2015 World Congress is a joint meeting between the International Association of Landscape Ecology World Congress (WC) and the U.S. Chapter of IALE (US-IALE), and will be held at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon, July 5 - 10, 2015. 


Make plans now to attend! Conference registration is open; register by May 22, 2015 to save money! 

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