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Events: May 2014

LIFE sigAGROasesor workshop on meteorological and phenological information

07 May 2014, Madrid, Spain

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The LIFE Environment project sigAGROasesor (LIFE11 ENV/ES/000641) will hold a workshop on meteorological and phenological information in the facilities of Madrid’s Polytechnic University next month. The project seeks to help farmers and farm managers achieve the most efficient and sustainable production of crops. This is being achieved through the development of an online tool capable of displaying customised recommendations for extensive agriculture, in real time, and for specific areas of cultivation, on the basis of a series of detailed variables and values.

Organised by the Spanish Meteorology Agency and PREMIO ARCE foundation, the main goal of the event is to provide attendees with a practical demonstration of (and training in) current and forthcoming meteorology and phenology support tools. The event is targeted at all agriculture professionals and among those making presentations will be NEIKER (the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development), the University of Cordoba and INTIA (Navarra’s Institute for Agri-food Technologies and Infrastructures).

Agenda (document in Spanish)

To register, click here.

Polish project organises conference on the impact of invasive predators on waterfowl

07-10 May, Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Poland

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The LIFE Nature project ‘Polskie Ostoje Ptaków (LIFE09 NAT/PL/000263) is holding a conference on the ‘Meaning of invasive species in waterfowl birds and their habitat protection’. The event, which is being organised by the coordinating beneficiary, the Mammal Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences and project partner, the Warta Mouth National Park, will be held on 7-10 May in Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Poland.

Around 80 delegates are expected to attend the conference, which will mainly focus on waterfowl and invasive mammal species, specifically the American mink (Mustela vison) and common raccoon (Procyon lotor). The four-day event will include a guided tour of the museum of Kostrzyn fortress and a field trip to the Warta Mouth National Park, where some project actions have been carried out.

The aim of the ‘Polskie Ostoje Ptaków’ project is to protect water and marsh birds in five of Poland’s national parks by reconstructing habitats and curbing the influence of the American mink and raccoon. Project actions have focused on land purchase, establishing safe nesting places for breeding waterfowl and reducing invasive predator numbers by means of live traps and a limit on the number of new mink farms.

For more information about the project, visit:
For more information about the conference and registration, visit the national park website.

International Seminar on the Management of Invasive Exotic Reptiles

08-09 May 2014, Gran Canaria, Spain

LIFE10 NAT/ES/000565

The LIFE Nature project LAMPROPELTIS (LIFE10 NAT/ES/000565) is holding an international seminar on Gran Canaria next month. The event is an opportunity for participants to share and exchange information on invasive species amongst themselves and with experts in the field. Presentations will be held on challenges and issues surrounding invasive species in Europe, with a particular focus on invasive exotic reptiles, in particular the California kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula) and the results of the LAMPROPELTIS project.

Invasive alien species are organisms that are non-native to an ecosystem but which have either been introduced or have spread outside their natural habitats. They pose particular risks for biodiversity, often causing the decline or elimination of native species and the disruption of local ecosystems and their functions. The Californian kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula californiae) is an invasive alien snake that is quickly spreading on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria. It is a powerful predator with a wide range of endemic targets and other endangered species. The LAMPROPELTIS project aims to reduce and eventually eradicate the number of these snakes on the island and thus to minimise its impact on native biodiversity.

Follow this link for more information on the seminar or to register

Public workshop on monitoring endangered insects

10 May 2014, Badia Prataglia, Italy


The LIFE+ Nature project MIPP (LIFE11 NAT/IT/000252) is hosting a public workshop on the “Conservation of Dead Wood and Old Trees in the Natura 2000 Sites of the Casentino Forests”. The workshop forms part of the project’s activities to improve monitoring and protection of nine endangered insect species in the Lombardy Region of Italy.

The event will include a presentation of the new web portal and smartphone app developed by the MIPP project to allow citizens to report the presence of one of the nine target insect species anywhere in the region. These target species include the stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) and Apollo butterfly (Parnassius apollo).

The event is aimed at technicians, researchers, public authorities, forest professionals, NGOs and cooperatives, as well as those local to the Casentino Forests. Participants will discuss monitoring techniques and management and reporting strategies for the target insect species. Specific themes of these discussions will include:

  • Dead wood and its important role in forest ecosystems and in the Natura 2000 Network more generally;
  • Monitoring of saproxylic beetle species of Community interest; and
  • The innovative use of citizen science in nature protection – including practical instruction for the public to collaborate through the MIPP project tools.

The meeting will start at 10am in the Casentino Forests National Park Conference Room in Badia Prataglia. Attendance at the public workshop is free, but participants are requested to confirm their participation by contacting Alessandro Campanaro: (+33 4 6197732).

For more information on the MIPP project, which aims to develop an official protocol for monitoring insect population for the Lombardy Region, please visit the project website:

Futurescapes project to host LIFE Platform Meeting on climate change adaptation

13-15 May 2014, Norwich, United Kingdom


The LIFE Information & Communication project Futurescapes (LIFE10 INF/UK/000189) will host a LIFE project Platform Meeting in the East Anglia region of England in May on Climate change – ecosystem services approach for adaptation and mitigation.

The meeting is relevant to the new LIFE programme 2014-2020 and will help to bring together case studies and experience to help both DG ENV and DG CLIMA promote the development of future projects.

The event is being organised through the LIFE Programme’s external monitoring team, Astrale GEIE, and will bring together projects addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Platform Meeting will include project presentations, field trips and discussions. The themes for the meeting will be:

  • Coastal change: the need to adapt to rising sea levels and predicted increasing storminess;
  • Rivers and floodplains: the value of river restoration in reducing flood risk whilst improving wildlife value;
  • Upland and lowland bogs, fens and mires: for carbon sequestration, water management and wildlife; and
  • Agricultural land: changing agricultural patterns and the importance of sustained management.
  • The event will focus on the Natura 2000 network and is also supported by the Prioritised Action Framework (PAF) project for England, IPENS (LIFE11 NAT/UK/000384) and the recently completed European river restoration project, RESTORE (LIFE09 INF/UK/000032).

The Futurescapes project is led by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and promotes landscape-scale conservation. Two other RSPB projects addressing climate change issues will present their work in field visits: Securing the stone-curlew (LIFE11 INF/UK/000418), and LIFE Little Terns (LIFE12 NAT/UK/000869).

Download the agenda here.

To register your interest in attending or presenting your work at the Platform Meeting please contact Chris Rose at

LIFE DOMOTIC project's final conference

14 May 2014, Valladolid, Spain

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The LIFE+ project DOMOTIC (LIFE09 ENV/ES/000493) is holding an international conference to present its findings on the economic, social and environmental benefits of intelligent construction. The event marks the conclusion of the project which has aimed at the “Demonstration of Models for Optimisation of Technologies for Intelligent Construction”, specifically seeking to bridge the gap between the availability and application of appropriate technologies.

The seminar will include presentations on: the latest management software for energy efficient buildings; energy certification of buildings using the project’s intelligent construction models; specific tools for older people and people with disabilities; and tools for historic and protected buildings.

The meeting is aimed at the full range of construction professionals - including architects, designers, managers and builders - as well as public sector bodies. In addition to hearing the main results of the LIFE project, participants will be able to network and share broader information, news and experiences in the home and building control sector.

The meeting will be held in the offices of PRAE – a regional public institution which offers social, technical and educational support around the natural environment - in Valladolid, Spain, 09:30 - 18:20, 14 May 2014. Attendance is free, but participants are requested to register with: For more information, please download the programme and visit the project website:


Workshop on dune habitat conservation

14-16 May 2014, Catania, Italy

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The University of Catania, Department DiGeSA, which is carrying out the project
Leopoldia (LIFE11 NAT/IT/000232), is holding a workshop on the conservation of dune habitats in the Gulf of Gela on 14-16 May at its premises (Via S. Sofia, 100). The last day of the event will feature a visit to the Randello nursery forest.

Many Mediterranean dune areas are threatened by exploitation by local residents, the tourism sector, industry and intensive farming. The landscape of the Gulf of Gela has been particularly affected by the use of its natural resources, destroying the landscape and reducing biodiversity. The LIFE Leopoldia project is aiming to re-establish and protect those psammofila dune habitats that are most suitable for the conservation and spread of the priority plant species Leopoldia gussonei

The project is also introducing the concept of ‘landscape planning’ in order to balance the needs of nature conservation with human activities, respecting the principles of the European Landscape Convention, which established the limits of land use. For more information, visit the project website.

The workshop, which is open to students and professionals, is free of charge. For more information, email or call: +39 366 452 0644.


Nature protection in Hungarian military areas

14-16 May 2014, Veszprém, Hungary

Photo: LIFE10 NAT/FR/000197

An international conference on Nature protection in military areas will take place on 14-16 May 2014 in Veszprém, Hungary. The conference is hosted by the economic office of the Hungarian Ministry of Defence and other partners involved with two LIFE+ Nature co-funded projects located in military sites: Eastern - Bakony (LIFE07 NAT/H/000321) and Hungarian Little Plain (LIFE08 NAT/H/000289).

The conference aims to share the results and best practices gained and applied during the two projects -providing examples of the harmonisation of military activities with nature protection. The event, will also provide opportunities for networking with other similar projects, and examine the future of the LIFE+ programme under the new financial framework (2014-2020) of the European Union. The conference programme also includes guided field visits to the project areas to show participants the results of the conservation actions performed. Moreover, as part of the field trip, a demonstration of artillery shooting will be given.

The first day of the conference will start with the plenary sessions, followed in the afternoon by a choice of seminars in two strands. Within these sessions, participants are offered the opportunity  to give a 20 minutes presentation about the results,  experiences, and challenges of their projects, either from a nature conservation or military point-of-view. Please note, the deadline for registration is 30 November 2013. More information about participation, the agenda and online registration can be found on the following websites:  and

For any further questions, please contact the organisers:


International workshop on nanocomposites

21 May 2014, Madrid, Spain

Photo:(LIFE11 ENV/ES/000596)

The LIFE project SIRENA (LIFE11 ENV/ES/000596) is holding a workshop at the International Conference on Structural Nanocomposites, NANOSTRUC 2014, in Madrid on 21 May. The workshop is aimed at manufacturers of composite products and will include presentations on the benefits of nanomaterials for the plastics industry, best practices in risk assessment and regulatory aspects, as well as the LIFE SIRENA project itself.

The project aims to improve understanding of the risks associated with nanomaterials by testing and demonstrating a methodology to simulate their unintended release from consumer products. It is replicating different lifecycle scenarios that could be adopted by a wide range of industrial sectors in order to obtain the necessary information for making exposure assessments.

The EU’s 2020 Strategy highlights nanotechnology as one of the key emerging technologies to promote smart and sustainable growth throughout the EU. Engineered nanomaterials (ENM) - and in particular their use for nanocomposites manufacturing by the plastic industry - represent a significant step towards reaching the goals of the 2020 Strategy. The workshop will also outline the different applications of ENMs.

The workshop is free of charge but attendees must register in advance by sending an email to or by completing the registration form on the NANOSTRUCT website.

For more information, see the event agenda:


Seminar on nitrogen fertilisation in vulnerable intensive irrigation areas

27-29 May 2014, Pamplona, Spain

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The LIFE Environment projects NITRATES (LIFE10 ENV/ES/000478) and sigAGROasesor (LIFE11 ENV/ES/000641) will organise a technical seminar on nitrogen fertilisation in irrigated areas.

The seminar, which is targeted at all professionals dealing with nitrates in the agriculture sector, will present preliminary results, tools and best practices developed by the two projects.

The NITRATES project aims to improve knowledge of the impact of farming and cattle-raising on nitrate contamination of waters and to define and promote best practices to reduce this. The seminar will include a presentation of the project’s preliminary results on lixiviation and the efficient use of nitrogen in agriculture, as well as its recommendations for good practices on the use of nitrogen in vulnerable intensive irrigation areas.

LIFE sigAGROasesor seeks to help farmers and farm managers achieve the most efficient and sustainable production of crops. This is being achieved through the development of an online tool capable of displaying customised recommendations for extensive agriculture, in real time, and for specific areas of cultivation, on the basis of a series of detailed variables and values. The Pamplona seminar will include a demonstration of this tool.

For registration and more information on the seminar, please contact Ms Isabel Gárriz:

Agenda (document in Spanish)


Final workshop LIFE+ RENEIX

28-30 May 2014, Ciutadella de Menorca, Spain


The LIFE+ project RENEIX (LIFE07 NAT/E/000756) is holding its closing workshop in the town of Ciutadella de Menorca, 28-30 May. The event will present the project’s habitat restoration efforts on the Balearic Island and showcase other demonstrative experiences in restoration of Mediterranean habitats that favour biodiversity.

Practical habitat restoration initiatives will be presented, including the work of the RENEIX project in the Albufera des Grau Natural Park and the work of the LIFE+ project PROVIDUNE (LIFE07 NAT/IT/000519) in restoring dune habitats in Sardinia, Italy. Participants will have the opportunity to visit RENEIX habitat restoration sites at Binimel là and the ‘Zona dels Alocs’.

Other Mediterranean habitat restoration examples will be presented including on: aquatic habitats in the Delta del Ebro; Mediterranean rivers in Andalusia; and dune and cliff habitats in Cascais, Portugal.

The event will officially open on the evening of 28 May with an audiovisual presentation of the project followed by an initial discussion of the RENEIX project experiences. The main workshop (29-30 May) will also see presentations on key habitat restoration themes: conservation of endangered species; the importance of genetic diversity; and population displacement and support.

Participants are invited to present posters of their habitat restoration work. The event will be interpreted between Spanish, Catalan and English. For free registration to the workshop and/or project visits please contact For more information on the project, please read the project summary or see the project website.

View the programme and register on the event pages (in Spanish)


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