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Events: March 2017

Meet LIFE at the World Sustainable Energy Days

01-03 March 2017, Wels, Austria

World Sustainable Energy Days

The LIFE programme will be present at the 2017 edition of the World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) a major event that takes place from 1-3 March 2016 in the Austrian city of Wels.

The event will cover a total of eight conferences, namely the:
- European Pellet Conference
- European Energy Efficiency Conference
- Young Researchers: Energy efficiency + Biomass
- Energy Efficiency Services and Business
- E-Mobility & Smart Buildings
- European Research Conference: Buildings
- European Nearly Zero Energy Buildings
- Energy Efficiency Watch

For the fifth consecutive year the LIFE Programme will be present at the event to demonstrate some LIFE project results on renewable energies and energy efficiency. Look for us in the exhibition area. We will be more than happy to present our projects to you and to discuss sustainable energy issues.

Organised by the Upper Austria Region, over the course of three days the WSED will gather the most relevant stakeholders on energy sustainability from all over the world.

For more details about World Sustainable Energy Days see the programme.
To register, click here.

Meet LIFE at the River Basin Adaptation Conference

07-08 March 2017, Nova Gorica, Slovenia


The LIFE programme will partake in the River Basin Adaptation Conference to be held in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) on 7-8 March 2017.

The event is to be the final conference of the BeWater project. BeWater is funded by the European Union’s 7th Framework programme for research, technological development and demonstration. The project takes a proactive approach to water-related global challenges at the river basin level by fostering a dialogue between science and society.

Consisting of both a conference and a field trip the event will examine dialogue and collaboration between science and society for sustainable water management and adaptation to the impacts of global change in the Mediterranean.
The LIFE programme will be represented at the conference. We will take part in the interactive parallel session on adapting to climate change in Slovenia, highlighting the LIFE programme’s promotion of good practices for river basin adaptation.
The conference will also be an occasion to learn about successful initiatives and methodologies applied by the beneficiaries of LIFE projects on the themes tackled by the event. 

The conference programme provides more information about the River Basin Adaptation.

To register, click here.

International Conference on Sustainable Mobility at University

08-10 March 2017, Barcelona, Spain


The first International Conference on Sustainable Mobility at University will see universities from several European countries and other territories sharing their experiences, challenges and solutions in the accessibility and sustainable mobility field.

Taking place from 8-10 March 2017, the initial encounters are dedicated to understanding the theoretical approaches to sustainable mobility that universities as territorial and social actors are implementing. The current and future tendencies on mobility management will be then discussed, considering the application of green economy theories to transport. The speakers will subsequently  illustrate how the governance of universities and territories can shape and condition sustainable mobility management at different scales.

Taking place at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona the event will promote knowledge transfer and networking among European universities on sustainable mobility practices, by welcoming university mobility managers, academics, public urban mobility officers, entrepreneurs and businesses, NGOs, civil society representatives and students.

The event is organised by U-MOB LIFE (LIFE15 GIC/ES/000056), a 5-year project running since July 2016.  The overall objective of the LIFE project is to facilitate the exchange and transfer of best practices in sustainable mobility on university campuses across the EU.

The EU strategy on the urban environment proposes to, "change radically the balance among different transport systems, favouring public over private and reducing the impact of car traffic in our cities." This requires effective tools to encourage greater use of public transport, vehicle-sharing, intermodal transport, cycling and walking. University campuses are significant start/end and transit points for a huge number of journeys. The implementation of sustainable urban mobility practices in the many thousands of campuses across the EU can play a significant role in mitigating climate change.

To register for the event see the U-MOB website.

Those interested in participating as a speaker in the first U-MOB LIFE conference can submit their proposal online.

Sustainable forest management conference

21-22 March 2017, Sopron, Hungary


The LIFEinFORESTS (LIFE13 INF/HU/001163) project is holding a conference on 21-22 March 2017 at the University of Sopron in Hungary. The event will focus on the sharing of experience regarding sustainable forest management including the management of species and habitats of Community interest and the social aspects of Natura 2000 network sites.

Experts from Hungary and elsewhere in Europe will present their latest results and sustainable forest management practices. The event will include complementary study trips in the field and a poster exhibition. More than 200 attendees are expected.

A final list of the speakers and further details of the conference programme is to be published on the LIFE project’s website.
LIFEinFORESTS was set up to improve communication, cooperation and capacity building to preserve biodiversity in Natura 2000 network  forest sites. It is developing a set of tools to support active communication and cooperation among key stakeholders in the management of such sites. The overarching aim is to create a common viewpoint for the implementation of the Natura 2000 objectives. The project is being coordinated by WWF World Wide Fund for Nature Hungary Foundation.


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