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Ecology: Into the next 100 years

18th – 23rd August 2013, London, UK

The 13th edition of the International Association for Ecology (INTECOL) Congress, entitled Ecology: Into the next 100 years, will take place between 18th and 23rd August 2013 at the ExCeL London International Exhibition and Convention Centre, as part of the centenary celebrations of the British Ecological Society.

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The INTECOL 2013 Congress, which will focus on the theme of advancing ecology and making it count, will be attended by 2500 academics and professionals as well as eleven international plenary speakers including Professor Tim Clutton Brock from University of Cambridge (UK), Professor Martin Nowak from Harvard University (USA) and Professor Susan Trumbore from Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (Germany). The programme includes 43 symposia providing insights and latest approaches on ecological research across the globe, a selection of interactive workshops, as well as a series of ecologically themed trips in London and South East England.

To find out more information on the programme, please click here.

Ecology and the European Green Capital Award

The appropriate management of ecology is essential for the continued protection of Europe’s rich biodiversity. Nature and biodiversity is one of the 12 indicators a European Green Capital is assessed on, and Nantes, which is the current green title holder, has demonstrated that biodiversity is a fundamental part a green city.

The Loire, France’s longest river, crosses Nantes, and connects the city to the Atlantic port of Saint-Nazaire. Through the years, it has played a fundamental role in the city’s history and evolution, and in forging its character. Where once shipyards and docks dominated the waterfront, industrial change means that the people of Nantes have been able to re-appropriate the river for their own use: building new communities and protecting and restoring the special ecosystems of the Loire estuary. The estuary is a unique environment, where citizens can connect directly with their territory and see and ‘feel’ it in a new way. The waterways, wetlands, parks and agricultural land that make up Greater Nantes put green and blue spaces at the heart of the urban area.

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Nantes’ green spaces are home to many animals, birds, plants and insects

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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