Urban Biodiversity and Design

Norbert Müller, Peter Werner, J.G. Kelcey, published by Wiley-Blackwell, April 2010, 648 p., ISBN: 978-1-4443-3266-7, hardback € 115,--, paperback € 62.90

With the continual growth of the world's urban population, biodiversity in towns and cities will play a critical role in global biodiversity. This is the first book to provide an overview of international developments in urban biodiversity and sustainable design. It brings together the views, experiences and expertise of leading scientists and designers from the industrialised and pre-industrialised countries from around the world. The contributors explore the biological, cultural and social values of urban biodiversity, including methods for assessing and evaluating urban biodiversity, social and educational issues, and practical measures for restoring and maintaining biodiversity in urban areas. Contributions come from presenters at an international scientific conference held in Erfurt, Germany 2008 during the 9th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biodiversity. This is also Part of our Conservation Science and Practice book series (with Zoological Society of London).

more: www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/product/Cd-144433266X.html


Stockholm and Hamburg were named as the first winners of the new European Green Capital award. The Swedish capital will be European Green Capital in 2010 followed by Hamburg in 2011.

The European Commisssion´s new award scheme encourages cities to improve the quality of urban life by taking the environment systematically into account in urban planning.

more: www.europeangreencapital.eu

CONTUREC Journal Nr. 3/2008

CONTUREC Nr. 3/2008 is just published.

Journal of the Competence Network Urban Ecology CONTUREC - 3-2008, 181p., ISSN: 1862-0175,  20.-- € + portage

(in general the contributions are written in German with English abstracts, only some contributions are completely in English).

18th -25th October 2009, XIII World Forestry Congress 2009

XIII World Forestry Congress 2009
Buenos Aires,
Forests in development – A vital balance

This section covers the seven main themes of the World Forestry Congress.
These have been divided into sub-themes that include most of the issues
related to forests and the products and services they provide.
Related topics are listed under each sub-theme to facilitate the categorizing
of your paper. This list should not be considered exhaustive. 

Section 3.4 deals with urban and peri-urban forests


"Landscape - Theory and Practice"

15th International Symposium on Problems of Landscape Ecological Research
29.Sept. - 02. Oct. 2009 in Bratislava, Slovak Republic 

Main Topics

  1. Landscape Ecology in the Period of the 15 International Symposiums (1979 - 2009)
  2. Integrated Landscape Research
  3. Multifunctional Landscapes and their Management
  4. Ecological Networks, Landscape Diversity and Biodiversity
  5. Ecosystem Functions in the Context of Landscape
  6. Man in the Landscape
  7. Environmental Communication


Megacities: Risk, Vulnerability and Sustainable development

International Conference, 7. - 10. September 2009 in Leipzig

The conference invites interdisciplinary contributions of worldwide regions from all fields of urban research such as: land use, social polarization, security, energy, water and sanitation, waste, mobility and transportation, air quality, health, food supply, economic productivity, climate, ecology. Proposed work is expected to examine these fields by means of modeling, monitoring, quantitative and qualitative social/political science research and sce-nario techniques. Interdisciplinary contributions are expected to present re-search that connects to any of the three main themes Risk, Vulnerability and Sustainable development.



Deadline for abstract submission is March, 30, 2009

International Conference on Human Ecology

29th June to 3rd July 2009 in Manchster, United Kingdom

"Human Ecology for an urbanising world"

This Conference will examine the status of, and current challenges facing, human ecology around the world. It aims to bring together scholars and practitioners associated with the study and practice of human ecology to demonstrate the relevance of the discipline, and its philosophy and applications, for the contemporary environment and for society.


Cities and climate change, 5th Research Symposium

June 28 - 30, 2009 in Marseille, France

The Symposium is structured around five broad research clusters which represent the most relevant issues faced by cities and peri-urban areas on climate change.

Cluster 1: Science and Indicators of Climate Change and Related Impacts: Understanding and measuring how cities impact, and are impacted by, climate change.
Cluster 2: Infrastructure, Built Environment, and Energy Efficiency: Planning efficiently and effectively to increase the resilience of cities.
Cluster 3: Role of Institutions, Governance, and Urban Planning: Improving management, coordination, and planning of cities to meet climate change challenges.
Cluster 4: Incentive policies, economics and finance: Understanding how and why cities respond to climate change.
Cluster 5: Social aspects of climate change: Understanding and reducing vulnerability of urban populations to climate change. 

more: www.urs2009.net

EESD 2009: "International Conference on Energy, Environment, Sustainable Development"

24th - 26th June, 2009, Paris France

The International Conference on Energy, Environment, Sustainable Development (EESD 2009) aims to bring together researchers, scientists, engineers, and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of Energy, Environment, Sustainable Development, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.

Topic of interest: "Urban landscapes"


ICLEI World Congress 2009

June 14 - 18, 2009 in Edmonton, Canada

The cities, their policy makers, city planners and mayors will meet in Edmonton with experts from business, academia and NGOs to exchange, learn and discuss the challenging developments that local governments will face in the future. The programme will touch upon many areas of urban environmental sustainability, from Climate & Energy to Biodiversity and from Resilience & Adaptation to Water, offering best practices and knowledge in response to different local needs.
14 June - Setting Off Together
15 June - Exchange on Progress & Achievements
16 June - Exploring Eco - Edmonton
17 June - Accelerate Now! Moving Forward Together
18 June - Shaping ICLEI's Agenda

more: www.iclei.org/worldcongress2009/programme

City Futures in a Globalising World

4th to 6th June 2009, Madrid
The European Urban Research Association (EURA) and the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) will hold their second Joint Conference on City Futures in Madrid.

Conference Themes:


The International Conference on Biodiversity Informatics

01. - 05. June 2009, London

The co-sponsors of the e-Biosphere 09 Conference and invited representatives of other initiatives in Biodiversity Informatics will devote two days to strategic planning. The findings and recommendations from the e-Biosphere 09 International Conference will be critical input to these discussions. The findings and recommendations developed during the Planning Meeting will be submitted for publication and will be summarized on the Conference website and the websites of the co-sponsor organizations.


Vegetation processes and human impacts in a changing world

52nd IAVS Symposium
30th May - 4th June 2009, Island of Crete, Greece

Major topics


SUE-MoT Conference

22-24 April 2009 in Loughborough, UK

Second International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment
The conference themes are:


UPE8 - Parallel patterns of urban growth and decline. Sustainable issues and challenges for spatial planning in 21st century cities and regions

23rd - 26th March 2009 in Kaiserslautern, Germany. University of Kaiserslautern and International Urban Planning & Environment Association (IUPEA)

The UPE 8 Symposium aims to

The following conference themes addressing the core sustainability issues and challenges for spatial planning which arise in the context of growth and shrinkage can be deduced.

  1. Planning theory
  2. Built and natural environment
  3. Socio-economic and cultural issues
  4. Politics, governance and legal context
  5. Cross cutting themes


Greenhouse 2009 - Climate change & Resources

23. - 26. März 2009 in Perth, Australia

Climate change is the environmental issue of our times. Scientific understanding is advancing at a remarkable rate, with new information emerging rapidly about the likely impacts of climate change, the options to adapt to these changes, and new approaches to controlling greenhouse emissions.

The program will contain high-profile national and international plenary addresses, parallel sessions, poster presentations, a trade exhibition and social events while maximising opportunities for information sharing and networking.

Panel: Human settlements
Panellists include Dr Ben Preston, CSIRO, Dr John Schneider, Geosciences Australia and Dr Robert Kay, Coastal Zone management Australia Pty Ltd


De Lange Conference VII - Transforming the Metropolis: Creating Sustainable and Human Cities

02nd - 04th March 2009 , Rice Universty, Houston Texas

The De Lange 2009 Conference will examine the transformational influences these emerging changes may entail. A rich mixture of subject specialists with unique perspectives will enliven and enrich this exploration. The De Lange Conference will have a historical perspective as well as be forward-looking and self-reflective; the conference will reveal that transforming the metropolis is of enormous consequence and relevant to the rethinking of fundamental assumptions that structure our understanding of the world and facilitate new discovery.

The following topics will be addressed by some of the world's foremost thinkers:

Globalization and the Transforming Metropolis
Governing Cities of the Future
Engineering Solutions
Education and the Economy
Sustainable, Humane Architecture
Transportation and Movement
Smart Planning
Technology and the Transforming Metropolis
Climate Change Impacts on Cities
The Role of Faith Communities in Building Better Cities



Climate Change - Global Risks, Challenges & Decisions

University of Copenhagen, 10th - 12th of March 2009

Theme 1: Exploring the Risks: Understanding Climate Change
Theme 2: Sharing the Burdens and Opportunities: Equity Issues
Theme 3: Reducing the Risks of Climate Change: Opportunities for Mitigation
Theme 4: Preparing for Impacts: Adapting to the Inevitable
Nr. 33: Adapting Urban Areas to Climate Change, Chair Prof. Roberto Sanchez Rodriguez, University of Californis Riverside
Theme 5: Managing the Planet
Theme 6: Mobilising the Populance: Human Dimensions of Climate Change


Contact: micb(at)adm.ku(dot)dk


European Green Capital

08. December 2008, First award ceremony The award ceremony for the European Green Capital Award in 2010 and 2011 is tentative scheduled for December 2008.

Annual award from 2010
Starting in 2010, one European city will be selected each year as the European Green Capital of the year. The award will be given to a city that:

Now 35 European cities have joined the race for the prestigious title of European Green Capital 2010 and 2011.


17th and 18th october, 2008

4. Congress  of the Graduiertenkolleg 780, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Berlin

Perspectives on Urban Ecology III - Optimizing urban nature development

Topic block1: Area use in change
Topic block 2: Mobility and traffic
Topic block 3: Ecological aspects of urban grounds
Topic block 4: Urban biodiversity


15. - 19. September 2008

Biodiversity in an Ecosystem Context

Leipzig (Germany)

The EURECO-GFOE 2008 is a joint meeting of the EEF - European Ecological Federation, http://www.europeanecology.org  the umbrella organisation of the national ecological societies in Europe, and the GFOE - the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, http://www.gfoe.org.

The conference will take place at the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL) in the area of the New Fair Leipzig. It is organised by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ and the Universities of Halle and Leipzig. The organisation is supported by F&U confirm (Leipzig).


1. – 4. September 2008, XIII World Water Congress

GLOBAL CHANGES AND WATER RESOURCES: confronting the expanding and diversifying pressures

Montpellier, France

The objective of the XIIIth World Water Congress is to enhance the world’s knowledge and raise global consciousness of the impact of global changes on water resources. The Congress contributes to the study of our planet’s water resources by bringing together wide-interest participation, conferences and communications. This Congress is an important occasion on a global scale for open dialogue between public and private partners, between users and decision makers and between developing, emerging and developed countries. To achieve these objectives, the Congress will organize numerous debates, presentations and exhibitions among key water stakeholders.

For example, objectives of topics 2 and 4 are urbanisation and urban infrastructure.


Conference, 5. - 6. August 2008


"Conservation For A Green Future"

5-6 August 2008
Prince Hotel & Residence, Kuala Lumpur

The main objectives of this regional symposium are:

  1. To disseminate the latest research findings on environment and natural resources
  2. To enhance understanding on the importance of the integration between science and policy for managing environment and natural resources.
  3. To build platform among researchers and research institutions for potential research collaboration.


Events 2008

Informations from EPBRS

EPBRS – European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy – published interesting recommendations concerning „urban ecology and biodiversity in Europe“.
More www.epbrs.org