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Events: September 2018

Roadshow to promote app for greener travel by public transport

17-21 September 2018, various locations in Greece

LIFE GreenYourMove LOGO

LIFE GreenYourMove is holding a roadshow during European Mobility Week that will visit a number of towns and cities across Greece. The tour will showcase the project’s new web platform and smartphone application, designed to help users make the most environmentally friendly journeys on public transport.

The roadshow is scheduled to kick off on 17 September in Alexandroupoli, where members of the project team will present the planner and how it works with the local transport network. They will demonstrate the tool for the general public, local media and the drivers, shareholders and associates of transport operators, highlighting its benefits. Those who then register and install the LIFE GreenYourMove application on their mobile phones will receive a discount on tickets for specific routes.

Similar events will take place across Greece up to 21 September as the roadshow moves on to Komotini, Larissa, Trikala, Katerini, Volos, Chalkida, Lamia, Serres and finally Patras.

The transport planner will also be presented at two events in Thessaloniki earlier in the month – the 83rd Thessaloniki International Fair, which runs from 8 to 16 September, and the University of Thessaly conference ‘Urban and Interurban Transportation Today and Tomorrow’ on 9 September.

LIFE GreenYourMove developed the app and web platform to help minimise greenhouse gas emissions in Europe. Its planner covers all types of urban public transport (urban and suburban buses, metro system, trams, trolley-buses and trains). It calculates the emissions for different scenarios and provides the user with the most environmentally friendly routes, combining more than one mode of transport if necessary.

European Mobility Week takes place from 16 to 22 September. Since 2002 it has sought to improve public health and quality of life through promoting clean mobility and sustainable urban transport.

Bringing Bugs Back to LIFE: action for threatened invertebrates

18-20 September 2018, Stirling, Scotland, UK

LOGO LIFE UNIOPhoto: Marián-Filípek

Since 1992 the LIFE programme has supported nature projects that benefit invertebrates.  Many projects have directly targeted the conservation needs of species listed in Annexes II and IV of the Habitats Directive. In 2011 a platform meeting on terrestrial invertebrates was held in the UK to share experience across Europe. An immediate outcome of the meeting was the opening up of the LIFE programme to species listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Now, it is time to review how well LIFE has targeted actions for threatened invertebrates and to consider what more could the programme do to support these sometimes forgotten species groups.  To this end, the European Commission is holding a platform meeting on threatened invertebrates at the STEP Scotland Business Enterprise, Stirling. ‘Bringing Bugs Back to LIFE’ will be hosted and co-organised by the EcoCo LIFE+ project.

As well as the IUCN lists of butterflies, dragonflies and saproxylic beetles discussed at the 2011 platform, this meeting will cover the IUCN lists for bees, grasshoppers, spiders and terrestrial molluscs.
LIFE projects are invited to participate in the meeting which will address the following questions:

  • What type of projects do we need to improve the conservation status of threatened Habitats Directive and IUCN Red List invertebrates?
  • What is the best way to target the overlooked groups?
  • How can we address the ecological, taxonomic and biogeographical knowledge gaps?
  • Would a focus on umbrella species improve the overall situation for invertebrates?
  • Are habitat restoration projects adequately targeting invertebrate species?
  • Can invertebrate assemblages be used as an indicator of habitat quality?
  • What features of landscape scale approaches will specifically address the needs of invertebrates?
  • How do we plan for long-term monitoring?

The discussions and outcomes of the meeting will be considered by the European Commission in developing its ideas for the next LIFE Regulation.

The two-day event will include plenary sessions, thematic workshops, excursions and posters. It will also provide opportunities for networking and for proposing priorities for future LIFE projects.

For further information contact the EcoCoLIFE+ project coordinator: Paul Sizeland

LIFE platform meeting: Volunteering for Nature Conservation

19-21 September 2018, Tartu, Estonia

Photo: LIFE ChoonaPhoto: LIFE CHOO-NA!

Volunteers play a crucial role in the success of the LIFE programme. LIFE Nature and Biodiversity projects in particular have benefited from the ability of nature conservation NGOs to leverage their networks of volunteers.

The main objective of this LIFE platform meeting is to share experience between LIFE projects and to identify what is most important for increasing the impact of volunteers in nature conservation. It is hosted by the wetland conservation project, LIFE Mires Estonia, which is coordinated by the Estonian Fund for Nature. More than 500 people are taking part in volunteer camps to help the NGO restore Estonia's wetlands.

The three-day event will include plenary sessions, thematic workshops and a poster session presenting and discussing the experiences of projects from several EU countries. Invited experts will highlight the work of other programs that involve volunteers and offer lessons on attracting,  motivating and utilising volunteers. The meeting will also explore the social aspects of volunteering and make links with other policy areas. It will provide excellent opportunities for networking and feature the possibility to work as a volunteer for a day helping to build dams in a mire.

For further information visit the meeting’s website. Registration closes on 20 July 2018.

LIFE at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto

20-24 September 2018, Turin, Italy

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto

LIFE will have a healthy presence at the 2018 Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, the major international gastronomy exhibition held every two years in Turin. Co-organised by Slow Food with the city and regional governments, the exhibition brings together food producers and artistans from across the world.

With more than 1 million visitors last time round, this event is an ideal opportunity for LIFE projects to make a large audience aware of achievements that fit with its theme of 'food for change'. Six projects will be giving presentations or interactive demonstrations, with another three projects showcased at the European Commission – DG AGRI stand.

LIFE's food for change

The full calendar of LIFE participation in Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is as follows:
Thursday 20 September (all day) - LIFE project TRiFOCAL London will be present at the European Commission stand to story-tell interactively its recent communication campaign “Small Change, Big Difference” (iPad videos, posters)

Thursday 20 September (13:00-15:00) - LIFE projects TRiFOCAL London and LIFE Food.Waste.StandUp will participate in the thematic forum “Fighting food waste with intelligence and creativity”. European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis will be taking part in the panel discussion.

Photo: LIFE Help SoilPhoto: LIFE Help Soil

Thursday 20 September (15:30-17:30) - The LIFE Help Soil project will participate in the thematic forum “Food for change: Grow a climate-friendly agriculture”.

Friday 21 September (all day) - The Clean Sea Life project will do a series of interactive actions with the public, at the European Commission stand (touch and feel ocean waste, the story behind litter…)

Saturday 22 September (10:30-12:30) - LIFE Olivares Vivos project representative Carlos Ruiz (SEO-Birdlife) will be a panelist at the session “Feeding the planet with agroecology”.

Sunday September 23 (11:00-13:00) - LIFE Agri Adapt will participate in the thematic forum “Seed biodiversity as a response to climate change
September 20-24 – Information about the following three projects - OLIVE4CLIMATE LIFE, LIFE TTGG and SheepToShip LIFE – will be available at the European Commission stand.


LIFE platform meeting on climate change mitigation in energy intensive industries

26-27 September 2018 in Utrecht, Netherlands


The European Union has set ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2020, 2030 and 2050, in response to global efforts spearheaded by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its Kyoto Protocol and the recent Paris Agreement.

Energy intensive industries play a critical role in achieving these targets. This LIFE platform meeting will bring together beneficiaries of the LIFE programme and other EU funding mechanisms, policymakers and stakeholders to discuss how energy intensive industries can contribute to realising the EU roadmap to eventual decarbonisation. The discussions and networking will facilitate exchange of good practices and synergies between projects that are designed to increase energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions, in particular in the cement, ceramic, glass, steel and metal industries.

The meeting is hosted by LIFE OPTIMELT, a project that is recovering waste heat in glass manufacturing, and is organised in cooperation with the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA).

The two-day gathering will include plenary sessions on the policy context, industry commitments and technological solutions; workshops; a poster session; and field visits to the OPTIMELT project at the Libbey Leerdam glassware factory and Tata Steel’s Horizon 2020 project, HIsarna, both in the Netherlands. For further information contact:

To download a copy of the final agenda, click here.

Presentations from the platform meeting are available here.  

To download the Final report, click here



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