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Meet LIFE at the 6th European Sustainable Development Symposium

01 - 03 June 2016, Granada, Spain


The Sustainable Development Symposium (SDS) is an annual event that brings together young researchers and academics from different disciplinary backgrounds – including architecture, urban planning, technologies and social sciences – interested in tackling the major challenges posed by sustainable development.

The SDS 2016 is a three-day event organised by the University of Granada. The meeting will explore how to create a better and a friendlier environment for the present and future generations. Themes to be addressed include: (re)use and recycling techniques; land planning and management policies and practices;  transport, urbanism and energy; environmental monitoring and modelling; and policies and practices on management of natural resources.

Over the past five years, the symposium has been building a unique platform for the discussion on the important topic of sustainable development. A goal of the Granada meeting is to create a research network for further synergies.

The LIFE programme will participate in the event with a presentation, and LIFE thematic publications will be made available to the participants.

More information on the conference is available here.

International conference on oil shale ash usage

02 June 2016, Tallinn, Estonia


The LIFE project OSAMAT (LIFE09 ENV/EE/000227) is organising an international conference in Tallinn on 2 June 2016. The event, Management of Environmentally Sound Recycling of Oil Shale Ashes into Road Construction Demonstration in Estonia, will feature input from specialists representing the project’s key target groups, including politicians, transport authorities, road managers, contractors and scientists. Case studies from Estonia and other European countries will ensure that all aspects of oil shale ash usage are covered.

Over 90% of the power supply in Estonia comes from oil shale-fired thermal power plants. The disposal of oil shale ash (OSA), which is spread on land, causes pollution of rainwater. The objective of the OSAMAT project, which was launched in 2010, is to show how to convert OSA into a material that can be used in the construction sector. The project is thus demonstrating the technical, environmental and economic feasibility of producing aggregates and additives from OSA that have applications in the construction sector and disseminating the results to target groups. The project is examining the application of three types of OSA produced by Narva power plants in Estonia and used in the construction of two pilot road sections. An overview of the main activities and preliminary results are featured in this video and on the project’s website.

The conference will deliver the results of the OSAMAT project and cover:

  • The presentation of OSA from a new perspective, as a material for road construction. 
  • Technical information about pilot road construction sites, quality control and monitoring.
  • Environmental safety considerations when using OSA, including laboratory research and monitoring of pilot sites.
  • A legislative overview. 
  • International networking and case studies from Finland, Germany, Greece and Sweden. 

The Conference is to be held at the KUMU museum in Tallinn. To register contact:, mentioning your name and organisation. The conference will take place in English.

Meet LIFE at the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2016

13-17 June 2016, Brussels, Belgium

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Members of the LIFE programme’s communications team will be showcasing some of the projects developed by LIFE on renewable energies and energy efficiency during the 2016 edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week.

EU Sustainable Energy Week brings together public authorities, energy agencies, research organisations, NGOs, businesses, and private consumers to share best practices and inspire ideas on secure, clean and efficient energy.

The week’s activities are structured around a three-day conference, the most important EU annual meeting on sustainable energy issues. An awards ceremony, now in its eleventh year, will recognise the successful EU-funded sustainable energy projects.

LIFE’s communications team will be participating in the Networking Village, which brings together EU officials and a diverse range of stakeholders to explore policy developments and ideas for new projects. The team will host an information space at the Networking Village about the LIFE Programme from 09.00-12.30 on 15 June 2016.

The team will also be active in Speakers’ Corner from 14.30-15.00, also on 15 June 2016. Speakers’ Corner is an area set aside for presentations and debates among participants, where they will provide an overview of the contribution of the LIFE programme to sustainable energy initiatives and developments.

Both events are taking place at the Résidence Palace International Press Centre, 155 Rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels. Registration and more information about the EUSEW 2016 can be found at

Meet LIFE at the Simposio LIFE 2016 on soil contamination

15-16 June 2016, Madrid, Spain

Simposio LIFE 2016

With the world currently facing soil degradation on a scale never seen before, ensuring the conservation and sustainable management of this essential natural resource is a top priority. Four LIFE projects dedicated to the recovery of contaminated soils in Spain have therefore joined forces to organise a symposium on soil decontamination which will take place on 15-16 June 2016 at the Politecnic University of Madrid.

The aim of the symposium is to bring together scientists, companies and public administrations involved in the sector of soil management to share knowledge, examine common challenges and to consider the latest experiences and techniques for soil decontamination.

During the conference the four LIFE projects will present their latest findings and conclusions. The four projects involved are:

  • BIOXISOIL (LIFE11/ENV/ES/000505) which aims to reduce soil pollution while improving soil functionality by developing a new concept for soil and groundwater remediation. Specifically, the project plans to combine biological processes such as phytoremediation and biodegradation with in-situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) in a new, full-scale process to be demonstrated on contaminated industrial and military sites.
  • I+DARTS (LIFE11/ENV/ES/000547), which looks at identifying the best techniques for the remediation of soils contaminated by arsenic and heavy metals in regions undergoing industrial restructuring, particularly in Asturias.
  • RIVERPHY (LIFE11/ENV/ES/000506) which looks at the riverbed and banks of the Guadalentin River in Murcia which are contaminated with heavy metals and where vegetation cover is degraded. The plan is to use native accumulator plants and bioengineering techniques to mitigate soil erosion and re-establish a stable ecological equilibrium.
  • DISCOVERED LIFE (LIFE12 ENV/ES/000761) which aims to design, install and operate a prototype pollution mitigation system to restore water quality in aquifers that have been contaminated by the pesticide Lindane from landfill sites in Spain's Aragon region.

The LIFE communications team will also be present at the symposium to share some of the good practices developed by the LIFE programme on soil remediation. There will also hold an information space where LIFE team members will be more than happy to present projects to you and to discuss sustainable soil issues.

The programme of the symposium can be found here. Please note that the conference will be in Spanish with no interpretation into English. Online registration is required to participate in the event.

LIFE platform meeting on restoration of sand dune habitats

15-17 June 2016, Zandvoort, Netherlands


LIFE will hold a platform meeting and networking event on the restoration of coastal and inland dune habitats in June.

The platform will, for the first time, bring together projects focusing on the restoration of these habitats ahead of the next Atlantic and Boreal Seminars for the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process. The experience of LIFE projects in the restoration of coastal and inland dune habitats will make an important contribution to the background documents for the seminars.

A key element of the Biogeographical Process is ongoing networking and the exchange of knowledge and best practices amongst those involved in managing Natura 2000 network sites, with the aim of promoting synergies amongst Member States that will help them achieve the targets the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. Best practices demonstrated by LIFE projects in the management of dune habitat types and key species have a valuable role to play.

The main aim of the platform meeting will be to extract and compile the contributions of the LIFE programme to the Process, in order to encourage the creation of expert networks and to bring about coordinated regional actions. The results and recommendations of the meeting will be widely disseminated to relevant Member State authorities, experts and NGOs. They will also be made available on the Natura 2000 Communication Platform , as well as via the LIFE website.

The LIFE Unit and Nature Unit of DG Environment are organising the event, with the support of the Neemo external monitoring team and ECNC-European Centre for Nature Conservation. The platform meeting will be hosted by the LIFE Nature projects Dutch Dune Revival (LIFE09NAT/NL/000418) and Amsterdam Dunes: Source for Nature (LIFE11NAT/NL/000776) and will take place in the Dutch coastal town of Zandvoort. The three-day event will include presentations, working group sessions and field trips. Themes will include:

    • Sharing best practice in the rejuvenation of active dune processes and raising awareness of the value of open and bare sand habitats;
    • Innovative approaches to the management of semi-fixed dune mosaics in inland and coastal dune systems;
    • Tackling the problems of invasive alien species and the need for early-warning systems;
    • Highlighting the ecosystem services values of dune systems;
    • Confirming the next steps for networking, research priorities and the exchange of knowledge.

To register your interest please contact John Houston

The programme is available here.

ESSC conference on soil conservation

15-18 June 2016, Cluj Napoca, Romania

European Society for Soil Conservation 2016

The European Society for Soil Conservation (ESSC) is organising the eighth edition of its international conference entitled Soil - Our Common Future in Cluj Napoca, Romania from 15-18 June 2016.

The conference, which coincides with the World Day to Combat Desertification on 17 June, will bring together soil scientists from around the world to stimulate reflection on the importance of soil resources for mankind.
The conference will be divided into 12 sessions addressing issues such as: desertification and food security; protection and conservation of organics soils; management of soil function; post-fire soil management for natural and anthropogenic fire; urban soil evaluation and engineering; soil conservation issues in organic farming and conservation agriculture; conservation policies for forest soil; land management in a changing environment; soil quality improvement using natural materials; ans climate-smart agriculture. The conference will close with a field excursion on Saturday, 18 June 2016. 

The LIFE Thematic publication on SOIL protection will be distributed to delegates during the event. The 68 page brochure includes an overview of EU soil policy, analysis of LIFE's contribution to its implementation and interviews linking soil science to policy-making to practical action. It also addresses in detail the impact of LIFE actions on the key issues around soil sustainability.

More information on the conference and how to register are available here.

Come and join the first EU wide Info Day in Brussels

17 June 2016, Brussels , Belgium

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The 2016 Call for proposals for LIFE Action Grants has been published on 19 May 2016.

The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) is organising an international Information Day to meet all Brussels based stakeholders and interested parties to explain everything you need to know to prepare and submit a successful LIFE proposal.

If you are interested in the LIFE program, if you or any of your associates is considering submitting a proposal or if you are only thinking about this for the future, come and join us.

Registration is now open, please follow this link.

Presentations from the info day are now available, follow this link

LIFE networking workshop on fish and aquatic systems restoration

21-24 June 2016, Murcia, Spain

Iberian Congress logo

The restoration of a major river ecosystem in southeast Spain part-funded by the EU’s LIFE programme will come under the spotlight at a major conference for conservationists, researchers and managers working with marine fish, freshwater fish and aquaculture.

The SEGURA RIVERLINK project (LIFE12 ENV/ES001140), which aims to address biodiversity and environmental problems caused by the construction of multiple dams and weirs on the river Segura, will feature as part of the sixth Iberian Congress of Ichthyology on 21-24 June 2016.

The congress, organised by the Iberian Society for Ichthyology, will take place in Murcia, a city through which the Segura runs on the way to discharging into the Mediterranean.

On 22 June, experts from SEGURA RIVERLINK will share at a special workshop with counterparts – including representatives of at least eight other LIFE projects – their experience of reviving the connectivity of the Segura and improving the habitat of the river’s fish species. To date the following LIFE projects have confirmed their participation in the session:

The workshop is intended to spark debate and promote exchange of knowledge about the restoration of aquatic systems and riparian environments. It is one of a series of technical workshops at the congress to promote networking among LIFE beneficiaries.

SEGURA RIVERLINK is a four-year project ending in mid-2017. The EU is providing €1.65 million of the €3.42 million project budget.

SEGURA RIVERLINK aims to mitigate the effect of decades of human interference in the river basin, which has not only damaged the contiguity of the Segura but has disrupted the natural hydrological cycle in the area.

Specifically, the project is seeking to remove and adapt weirs to allow fish and other aquatic life to move more easily along the river. The project is also working to enhance the river’s biodiversity and ecological status, notably through a stronger network of public and private stakeholders.

More details about the Iberian Congress of Ichthyology, including how to register and participate, can be found on the event website.

Final MinAqua workshop on environmentally-friendly car washes

22 June 2016, Girona, Spain

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The MinAqua project (LIFE11 ENV/ES/000569) is holding its final workshop on Wednesday, 22 June 2016, at the University of Girona in Spain.

MinAqua is addressing the high levels of tap water consumed in car washes (about 350 l/car) and the presence of polluting detergents. The project is demonstrating an integrated water management system on a pilot scale at the car wash facilities of coordinating beneficiary the Ramon Negura Foundation in Girona, and at the GUREAK group in San Sebastian, in collaboration with the University of Barcelona, the Chemical Institute of Sarrià, and Aqualogy.  

The MinAqua pilot system uses innovative biodegradable detergents, alternative waxing products and natural wastewater treatments, to reduce clean water use and the volume and pollutant load of wastewater.

The project team will present their findings at the workshop, including sessions on installing eco-friendly car wash systems and recycling water after cars are washed. In the afternoon, there is a visit to the project’s demonstration car wash in Girona. Further details of the workshop programme
and a registration form are avilable online. 

For additional information, please contact Ms Montse Aulinas:

Further information about MinAqua can be found on the project’s website.

LIFE FoResMit information day on forest management

22 June 2016, Monte Morello Territorial Park, Italy

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The LIFE FoResMit (LIFE14 CCM/IT/000905) project will hold its first information day event in the Monte Morello Territorial Park, near Florence, in Tuscany (Italy) on 22 June 2016. The event is being organised to illustrate the criteria and methods of tree thinning that the project will soon be carrying out in the pine forests of Mount Morello.

LIFE FoResMit aims to define guidelines for good silvicultural practices in the restoration of peri-urban degraded coniferous forests with native broadleaved species in Italy and Greece, so as to improve their ecological stability and climate change mitigation potential.

The event will start with an introduction to the LIFE project by Alessandra Lagomarsino of coordinating beneficiary the Research Centre for Agrobiology and Pedology of Florence (CRA-ABP). It will also include presentations on the management of the forests of Mount Morello, the project’s monitoring areas, and related topics.

The organisers ask participants confirm  their attendance via email:  
For further information on LIFE FoResMit visit the project’s website.

Meet LIFE at the 4th International conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management

23-25 June 2016, Limassol, Cyprus


CYPRUS 2016, the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management, will be held in Limassol on 23-25 June. The conference is being organised by the National Technical University of Athens, the Cyprus University of Technology and the department of environment of Cyprus along with the universities of Verona and Santiago de Compostela.

The conference will provide a significant networking opportunity for all waste-related LIFE projects and will include a visit to a livestock waste treatment facility that was developed by the LIFE project, LIVEWASTE (LIFE12 ENV/CY/000544).The main objective of the project is to demonstrate and evaluate an innovative decentralised approach to sustainably managing such waste.

Representatives of the European Commission and David Newman, the president of the International Solid Waste Association, will be among the keynote speakers at the event. A Horizon 2020 session will be included in the oral sessions.

The LIFE programme will participate in the event with two presentations, one on the contribution of the programme to waste management and the circular economy and the second on specific waste-to-energy solutions developed by LIFE projects. The draft version of the programme is available here.

LIFE will also have an information space in the exhibition area. Do not hesitate to drop by to learn more about the good practices developed by LIFE on the circular economy.
The best CYPRUS 2016 papers will be published after evaluation in a special issue of Waste and Biomass Valorization in collaboration with Prof Ange Nzihou, editor of the journal, and Prof Maria Loizidou, guest editor and co-chair of the scientific committee.

LIFE COBRA project conference on innovative green braking systems

24 June 2016, Stezzano, Italy


The LIFE+ COBRA project (LIFE13 ENV/IT/000492) is holding a conference at the offices of the project beneficiary, Brembo, in Stezzano, Italy. The morning conference will feature presentations by the beneficiary’s research team and its partners, the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research and Italy CTG. They will outline the project’s preliminary results to major stakeholders with a view to maximising their potential uptake.

The COBRA project was launched to demonstrate a completely novel brake pad technology, based on the use of cement instead of phenolic resins. In this way, the project aims to shows that emissions of harmful chemicals and PM from the production and use of brake pads can be reduced, while at the same time maintaining braking performance comparable to conventional technologies. Brembo is a manufacturer of high-performance disc brake systems, clutches, seat belts and other car components. 

The conference is free, but attendees must first register by sending their name, company and email address to:

Visit the website here.

LIFE platform conference on waste management and the circular economy

27-28 June 2016, Milan, Italy

Green Week 2016

The challenge of managing, making safer and reducing industrial waste will be the focus of a LIFE platform conference promoting the circular economy.

Environmental experts, EU officials and managers of LIFE projects will gather in Milan on 27-28 June 2016 to share best practices, discuss the development of the circular economy concept and identify opportunities for more effective waste management to contribute to jobs and growth across Europe.

Conference participants will also make a site visit to a nearby LIFE project (LIFE 13 ENV/IT/1225) which has pioneered an innovative waste management and recycling system for bitumen polymer and glass fibre scraps from a local factory producing insulation for the construction industry. This project has led to considerable reductions in landfill disposal and reduced consumption of energy and raw materials.

The conference is an opportunity to showcase LIFE projects in the waste management, reduction and recycling sector, and to elaborate lessons learned so far to benefit future projects in this field. Working groups will discuss in detail how waste management, policy development, the jobs and growth agenda and commercial opportunities overlap as elements of the circular economy.

LIFE project experts are welcome to attend the conference and contribute to its outcomes. LIFE projects in Italy should register with Riccardo Giandrini and projects elsewhere in Europe should register with Claudia Pfirrmann.

Donwload the agenda: LIFE platform conference on waste management and the circular economy agenda

Military land conservation conference

28-30 June 2016, Nîmes, France

Photo:LIFE11 NAT/FR/000734

The French Ministry of Defence and the Conservatoire d’espaces naturels Rhônes-Alpes, an NGO specialised in biodiversity management, are holding an international conference about conciliating operational training with the preservation of biodiversity on military camps on 28-30 June 2016, at Nimes, France.

The conference is being organised within the framework of the LIFE project, Nature Défense 2 Mil (LIFE11 NAT/FR/000734), which is carrying out restoration and protection measures for habitat types supporting bat, gull and raptor species in four Natura 2000 sites in France. Many of these areas are owned and used by the military.

Those who would like to make a presentation or to present a poster at the event are requested to register online now. Presentations will be selected at the end of January 2016.

The three-day event will begin with a plenary session devoted to national and international issues. Other activities planned include a visit to the military land of the Garrigues Camp to observe the actions being carried in support of biodiversity
The sharing of experiences of NGO and military cooperation is scheduled for the final day.

An additional excursion is also offered on 1 July 2016. Participants have the opportunity to join a land tour group to discover ancient UNESCO protected sites in Nimes.

More information about the work of the LIFE project is available from their website.  


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