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MARTEC18 conference on technology for managing fishing discards

2-4 May 2018, Vigo, Spain

LIFE Information Day 2018Photo: LIFE iSEAS

Within the framework of the LIFE iSEAS project, the Institute of Marine Research (IIM) of the CSIC is organising MARTEC18 – the International Conference on Advances in Marine Technologies Applied to Discard Mitigation and Management. The event will be held in the Auditorio Afundación in Vigo, Spain. It is aimed at companies, government agencies and academic experts.
MARTEC18 will focus on innovative solutions for reducing and managing discards from commercial fishing to meet the requirements of recent fisheries policy. It will also address issues in ensuring the sustainability of marine resources and the long-term viability of the fishing sector.
LIFE iSEAS is testing technology that automatically monitors and records discard material on-board commercial fishing vessels. This real-time data helps direct fishing activities away from areas likely to produce a high proportion of discard biomass, leading to more resource-efficient and profitable operations.
The three-day conference will be structured around five sessions: advances on-board, data management and processing, solutions on land, environmental and socio-economic implications, and the future of the fishing sector. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Marine Policy journal. Vigo is one of the world’s most important fishing ports, and there will be an optional visit to the Vigo Fish Auction.

The full programme for MARTEC18 is available on the conference website. You can also register for the event here.

For further information, contact the conference organisers:

Quarries alive conference

2-4 May 2018, University of Évora, Portugal

LIFE Information Day 2018

Two LIFE projects, LIFE-ECORESTCLAY and LIFE IN QUARRIES, will contribute to the Quarries alive 2018 conference “Enhancing Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services in Quarries - Challenges, Strategies and Practice”. The conference will be held in the College of Espírito Santo, University of Évora, on 2-4 May 2018.
The University of Évora is organising Quarries alive in collaboration with Ciências ULisboa and SECIL. The goal is to create an interdisciplinary gathering to exchange experiences from research projects, pilot studies and technical engineering approaches that focus on enhancing biodiversity in quarries.

Keynote speaker, Humberto Delgado Rosa from the European Commission, will talk about the role of restored quarries in European Green Infrastructure. The conference will also focus on projects that are restoring and managing habitats in quarried areas.
The LIFE-ECORESTCLAY project is developing a management protocol for the ecological restoration of clay extraction sites in Spain. It is using innovative solutions to create stable landscape reliefs that mimic surrounding natural areas. LIFE IN QUARRIES is enhancing biodiversity in active quarries in Belgium. The project is working with mining activities to create transient and permanent natural habitats that have become scarce in Belgium, such as cliffs, rocky or sandy surfaces, scree, temporary ponds and chalk grasslands.

A field trip on 4 May to the SECIL-Outão cement plant will showcase the rehabilitation of the Outão quarries and the Arrábida Natural Park. A post-conference training school will also be held on 4-5 May. The full programme can be found on the conference website, along with registration details. For further information, please contact the conference organisers.

LIFE Information Day 2018

04 May 2018, in Brussels, Belgium

LIFE Information Day 2018

Save the date! The European Commission is organising an Information & Networking Day on the 2018 LIFE call for project proposals.

The event is open to potential applicants presenting project proposals on green technology, nature protection and climate action. Participants will be invited to a morning information session on the 2018 LIFE call, covering significant changes to the programme compared to previous years.

The afternoon will be dedicated to networking with fellow participants to share experience, match with potential new partners and meet representatives of the LIFE programme from the European Commission.


Compulsory registration for the event is now open. (Click on the "register now" button top right).


The LIFE Information Day will take place at the European Commission's Charlemagne Building on rue de la Loi 170, 1000 Brussels.

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A video recording of the infoday is available here.


IFAT Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management

14-18 May 2018, Munich, Germany

IFAT trade fair

Representatives from the LIFE programme will take part in the 2018 IFAT trade fair at the Münich Messe in Germany. With over 3 000 exhibitors and 130 000 visitors from more than 150 countries, IFAT is the world’s leading trade fair for environmental technologies on water and waste.

The LIFE programme will address audiences in an oral session on Monday 14 May at 10h45 and will man a stand in the exhibition area “” (Pavilion B4) to share project results and answer questions on funding opportunities. Visitors are invited to register to IFAT 2018 online.

Participants at IFAT 2018 will include businesses, NGOs, municipalities and other public bodies. This year’s programme features panel discussions, specialist presentations, live demonstrations and a 230 000-square meter exhibition area showcasing advances in managing water, waste and raw materials.

Peatland restoration in northern England project to hold final conference

15-16 May, Doncaster, UK

Photo: Natural England Photo: Natural England

The UK project That’s LIFE – Restoring the Humberhead Peatlands is holding an end of project conference in Doncaster on 15-16 May that will include presentations, workshops and visits to the National Nature Reserve peatland sites restored by the project – the moors at Thorne, Hatfield, Goole, and Crowle.
Greta Gaudig, director of the Greifswald Mire Centre in Germany and expert on peatland-related policy, will be the keynote speaker, while members of the project team from the regional authority Natural England will also give presentations.

The essential role of bogs as carbon sinks and areas of rich biodiversity in England and across Europe has declined over the past century as a result of mechanised peat extraction and associated drainage.

The That’s LIFE project has extended the area of peat bog habitat under active restoration in the north of England and helped provide a long-term future for the rare plants, birds and insects found in this wetland habitat.
“The completion of the project will leave a lasting legacy for the UK's largest lowland raised bog,” said Helen Laycock, Natural England.

Registration details and a full conference programme will be available shortly. For more information, please email

LIFE-URBANLAKE concluding symposium

17-18 May 2018, Vienna, Austria


The LIFE-URBANLAKE project is organising a symposium on five years of work restoring the Old Danube. The event will be held by local water utility, Wiener Gewässer, under the motto "Together for the Old Danube" (gemeinsam für die Alte Donau) at the Tech Gate in Vienna, Austria.

Covering an area of over 1 square kilometres, the Old Danube is one of the largest urban lakes in Europe. It is clean enough to bathe in, but escalating water demand and climate change are threatening its environmental status. Measures implemented since 2013 by LIFE-URBANLAKE have helped safeguard the water body both as an ecologically valuable habitat and as a recreational area.

The symposium invites water specialists to take stock of these project results. Its first day will feature presentations from the LIFE-URBANLAKE team and invited speakers. The second day will be dedicated to a field excursion to the Old Danube. Participation is by invitation only given restrictions on seating capacity, and the working language is German. Further information is available online or by e-mailing the organiser (

EU Green Week 2018: Green Cities for a Greener Future

21-25 May, across the EU

EU Green Week 2018

The 2018 edition of EU Green Week will present EU initiatives that are making cities more agreeable to live in and turning them into more sustainable workplaces.

The week will showcase policy developments on air quality, noise, nature and biodiversity, waste and water management. It will also promote participatory approaches to urban development, introducing networking schemes and tools for sharing best practices. As in previous years, EU Green Week will engage local authorities and citizens, encouraging them to share their vision of a sustainable future.

Events will run from 21 to 25 May, opening in Utrecht, the Netherlands, closing in Madrid Spain, and featuring a high level EU Green Cities Summit in Brussels from 22-24 May. Registration for the summit opens on 1 April.

Partners across Europe are also organising their own activities in the weeks leading up to EU Green Week. Find out what's happening near you by watching our livestream and join social media conversations with #EUGreenWeek.

European Pond Conservation Network Workshop

21-25 May 2018, Torroella de Montgri, Spain


The University of Girona will hold the 8th European Pond Conservation Network Workshop with support from the Museu de la Mediterrània and the Council of Torroella de Montgrí in northwest Spain. The event will address the state of ponds and lagoons in Europe, and hold the final meeting of the EU-funded project LIFE-PLETERA.

Lagoons and ponds constitute hotspots for biodiversity and supply key ecosystem services to local communities. The workshop will look at how climate change is causing the reduction or even disappearance of many of these habitats. It will notably identify the key factors influencing the diversity of species inhabiting them. The workshop will also hold a session marking the end of the LIFE-PLETERA project to look at the management and restoration of coastal lagoons.

La Pletera is a coastal lagoon system of high ecological importance near Torroella de Montgri that is notably threatened by urban development. The project LIFE-PLETERA has helped restore the lagoons in order to safeguard their ecological function.

The first two days of the European Pond Conservation Network Workshop will feature oral presentations and poster sessions. The third day will focus on the outcomes of the LIFE-PLETERA project and the final day will be devoted to a field trip.

More information on the workshop and online registration is available online.

Sand LIFE Conference

22-24 May 2018, Kristianstad, Sweden

SandLife: LIFE project logo

The Sand LIFE project is holding a retrospective conference on its work restoring sandy habitats in southern Sweden. The event will review project achievements over three days of presentations at the Länsförsäkringar facilities in Kristianstad, Sweden. It addresses matters of nature conservation, invasive species and sandy habitats.

In the 18th century, most local woodlands and trees were removed from the sandy soils of Skåne, leading to wind erosion and severe sand drift across long stretches of this traditional landscape. The Sand LIFE project has helped restore, maintain and increase biodiversity across 23 Natura 2000 sites fostering sandy soils in southern Sweden.

The programme of the Sand LIFE conference includes sessions on the achievements of Sand LIFE and other restoration projects in Europe, as well as general presentations from experts on species and habitats in sandy areas. Speakers include representatives of academia, local government and conservation projects. The second day of the conference will be dedicated to a field excursion to conservation sites in Skåne, Sweden.

The conference is free of charge. Its working language is English. Participants are invited to register online by 07 May 2018.

EAZA Conservation Forum 2018

22-25 May 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia

Eaza logo

Tallinn Zoo in Estonia will hold the 2018 edition of the biennial EAZA Conservation Forum, bringing together over 100 representatives of zoos, aquariums, conservation organisations and in situ conservation projects for three days of workshops, presentations and networking activities.

The Forum's programme features a session devoted to LIFE and EU funding opportunities for conservation. Anita Fassio will introduce the LIFE programme on behalf of the European Commission's Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). Beneficiaries will present field experience from the LIFE+ Northern Bald Ibis and the WildForestReindeerLIFE projects. LIFE representatives will also man an information stand to share past project results and answer questions about the programme.

The European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) puts LIFE NGO funds to work on wildlife conservation. In addition to saving endangered species through ex situ breeding programmes, many of its members take part in activities to protect habitats and ecosystems. The EAZA Conservation Forum 2018 offers an opportunity for zoos and aquariums to exchange nature conservation experience with peers from across Europe. For further information on the event, please contact

European Maritime Day 2018

31 May - 01 June 2018 in Burgas, Bulgaria

European Maritime Day 2018 logo

European Commissioner for the Environment Karmenu Vella will open European Maritime Day 2018 with European Parliament Chair Iskra Mihaylova and Bulgaria’s Transport Minister Ivaylo Moskovski at a two-day event hosted by Burgas Free University in Bulgaria. 

The conference is dedicated to oceans, seas and coasts, sharing project ideas and bringing together potential partners from across the EU. Its programme this year includes over 18 stakeholder workshops and side-events, B2B networking meetings, a high-level debate on how to spur blue growth in the Black Sea region, and a plenary session on EU funds for blue growth and sea-basin cooperation.

The European Maritime Day exhibition will run in parallel with the conference, offering a forum for stakeholders to meet and showcase ideas, products and services related to the sustainable use of oceans, seas and coastlines. In collaboration with the European Commission, DG MARE, the LIFE programme will man a stand in the exhibition area, where a communications expert will answer questions and disseminate LIFE project results.
Participation is free but delegates are invited to register online before 25 May 2018. For further information, please contact the event organiser.


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