ALTER-Net 2017 Conference - An international conference on synergies, conflicts and trade-offs in the relationship between nature and society. *** CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS CLOSES 20 JANUARY ***
There is a call for contributions for this event. The closing date is 20 January 2017
ALTER-Net's 3rd international conference is 2-5 May 2017 in the beautiful city of Ghent, Belgium concerns synergies, conflicts and trade-offs in the relationship between nature and society. These are key processes in socio-ecological systems. While conflicts are regarded as challenging and difficult trade-offs between ecosystem services are often necessary, the search for synergies and win-win solutions are essential steps in finding lasting solutions to major socio-environmental issues.
Through critical views from a range of disciplines, the conference aims to develop a deeper understanding of conflicts in human-nature relationships, and to explore the possibility that such conflicts may – through their resolution – actually lead to more sustainable solutions.
Through a mix of plenary sessions and interactive ‘living lab’ type workshop sessions, representatives from a wide range of disciplines (including those who may not be considered the ‘usual players’ in environmental debates) will collaborate towards developing a practical guide to nature-related synergies, conflicts and trade-offs, focusing on positive outcomes for nature and society.
The conference will be a meeting place for scientists from the humanities, social sciences (including psychology and health), natural sciences (including behaviour and evolution), local, regional and EU level policy makers and NGOs.