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Events: December 2012

"Connect with nature" photo exhibition

04 December - 05 January 2013, Barcelona, Spain


The best 30 images of the "Connect with nature" campaign are part of a travelling exhibition within Europe. More than 250 contributions to the Connect with Nature Campaign were received. The jury has made a final selection and announced the 30 winners.
On the following link you’ll find the best 30 images from the Connect with Nature campaign. They have been chosen for a travelling exhibition in Europe. Each of the images depicts a way to get in touch with nature, showing that there are as many different ways to connect with nature as people who choose to do so.

The jury — formed by a representative of the European Commission, a professional photographer, a representative of Obra Social “la Caixa” and a representative of the LandLife Project consortium — has selected these 30 images out of more than 250 contributions received during the campaign.
The Connect with Nature campaign is part of the European Land Stewardship Week that took place from September 28 to October 7 in Europe within the framework of the LandLife Project (LIFE10/INF/ES/000540).

The exhibition will open on December 4 at CosmoCaixa in Barcelona thanks to support from the Caixa Foundation. It will remain open until January 5, 2013. Afterwards, the exhibition is expected to travel through different European countries. Anyone interested in hosting the exhibition in their region can contact the organizers by email.


Sustainability and Energy Efficiency in Tourism Conference'

10 December, Athens, Greece


In the context of the LIFE project CARBONTOUR (LIFE09 ENV/GR/000297), the North Aegean Regional Authority (Greece) invites interested parties to an international conference on the promotion of sustainability and energy efficiency in the tourism sector. It is particularly aimed at hoteliers, tour operators, travel agents, scientists, environmental experts and public administrators. Conference presentations will aim to promote eco-tourism by stimulating interest in effective technologies and more sustainable practices covering topics including:

  • Waste management
  • Energy efficiency
  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Eco-tourism awareness
  • Green investment

The event marks the closing conference of the LIFE project and will include a special workshop on the application of the CARBONTOUR software tool, which aims to help tourism professionals calculate and reduce their carbon emissions and consumption of natural resources. For more information on CARBONTOUR, please visit the project website.

The event will be held at the Divani Caravel Hotel in Athens, 09-30-18:00, on Monday 10th December 2012. The working languages will be Greek and English. For more information and free registration, please visit the conference website or contact

LIFE+ RESCATAME final conference: 'Eco-innovation : empowering entrepreneurship'

11 December, Brussels, Belgium

'Eco-innovation : empowering entrepreneurship'

The European Commission's Europe 2020 strategy suggests that increasing resource efficiency is key to securing growth and jobs for Europe. Green innovations can help to deliver this aim by addressing environmental challenges, increasing productivity and creating new markets.

By adopting eco-innovations, a company can reduce costs, improve its capacity to capture new growth opportunities and enhances its reputation among customers. Eco-industries and related services have emerged as an important segment of the European economy. The sector has an estimated turnover of €319 billion, corresponding to 3.5% of EU GDP, and directly employs 3.4 million people. Eco-innovations are therefore a prevailing instrument with a positive impact on the economy and society.

This final conference of the LIFE+ project RESCATAME - Pervasive Air-quality Sensors Network for an Environmental Friendly Urban Traffic Management (LIFE08 ENV/E/000107) will discuss the role of eco-innovation policies and businesses in supporting European competitiveness, jobs creation, environmental protection and the well-being of European citizens.

Read more and register on the conference Website


LIFE+ COSMOS closing conference: new uses for fly ash

14 December, Brescia, Italy

Photo: LIFE09 INF/UK/000032 Composites made with

The LIFE+ 'COSMOS' project (LIFE08 ENV/IT/000434) will hold its closing conference on 14 December 2012 at CSMT in Brescia, Italy. The event is open to industrial stakeholders, political authorities and the general public.

The aim of the 'COSMOS' project was to transfer laboratory know-how on treatment of fly ash coming from municipal solid-waste incineration to practical application on an industrial scale. Fly ash was treated with colloidal silica to produce a material, COSMOS, that has the potential to be used as a filler in a variety of industrial situations. As part of the project, a pilot plant was installed at the A2A incinerator in Brescia.

The project has succeeded in demonstrating that the COSMOS filler can be re-used in plaster, cement, plastics and resins, as well as an absorbing material. Results will be presented and discussed at the conference, where attendees can also see gadgets made with the filler by PINOCCHIO ONLUS, an association that offers rehabilitation through employment for recovering drug addicts, people with mental health issues and adults in a serious state of marginalisation and difficulty.

The conference will conclude with an awards ceremony for the best thesis discussing COSMOS technology.

Further information, including the full conference programme, is available at:


Air quality: LIFE project to stage conference on PAHs

18 December, Rome, Italy


Mid-term results of the LIFE project ‘EXPAH’ (LIFE09 ENV/IT/000082) will be presented at 9am, 18 December, at the INAIL-ex ISPESL conference centre, Via Urbana 167, Rome.

The project is aiming to address the environmental and health problems caused by the emission, dispersion and transformation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) – these are complex organic chemicals occurring in the air that are suspected of being carcinogenic. The project seeks to quantify exposure among children and elderly people to PAH content in particulate matter in the city of Rome and to assess its impact on their health. It does so with the goal of supporting environmental policy and regulation in this field.

Places at the conference are limited to 54. For more information, contact Francesco Forastiere – tel: +39 (0)6 83 060 484/404 or email:

Further information about the ‘EXPAH’ project is available at:



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