IALE 2017 European Congress

From pattern and process to people and action

Ghent, 12-15 September 2017

IALE-Europe and Ghent University are pleased to announce the call for symposia for the IALE 2017 European Congress.

The congress theme reflects that landscape ecology as a meeting point, where pattern and process meet people and action, seen as a way of thinking when dealing with European landscapes. We want to put emphasis on the integration of pattern and process as a biophysical component of landscape ecology with people and action, bringing in the social and cultural approaches. This requires a true interaction of natural and social sciences, of science, policy and practice. Therefor we see the congress as an opportunity to reflect on the state of the art of landscape ecology today. Furthermore, the challenge of the congress is what the future directions are of landscape ecology as a social relevant approach for science, policy and practice.

The overall congress theme will be discussed through three connecting threads/leitmotivs in both the academic and social aspects of the event:


  • Natural and social sciences
  • Nature and culture
  • Local and global
  • Science, policy and practice

This congress

… will give you the opportunity to meet your colleagues from different landscape related disciplines, with different interests and from many generations.

… is open for all scientist, policy makers and practitioners with a special interest for landscape ecological themes.

… will create the opportunity for national IALE chapters or other landscape related networks and project attending the congress to meet the day prior to the congress.

    Current societal, political and global challenges
    From past over present to future
    New landscape functions, services and values

This congress is time to reflect because

… as IALE celebrates 35 years, the IALE 2017 European Congress is the moment to reflect about current trends and approaches in Landscape Ecology

... it is time to look forward to futures directions for landscape ecology research and practice.



    Interactions with landscape and people
    Rural and urban landscapes
    Landscape and heritage

This congress will stimulate interaction because of

… the different formats of sessions, field trips, workshop session, social events

… the open call for symposia makes it your congress

… the participants from all landscape related disciplines


PhD Course

In conjunction of the congress, an Intensive PhD course in landscape ecology will be organised. Further details will be available soon.


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