Symposium 'Nature and Society: Synergies, conflicts, trade-offs'

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students, employees, alumni, press, business
02-05-2017 12:00 to 04-05-2017 18:00
Augustinian Monastery, Academiestraat 1, 9000 Gent
Terrestrial Ecology Unit on behalf of ALTER-Net, Europe's Ecosystem Research Network
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Synergies, conflicts and trade-offs in the relationship between nature and society are key processes in socio-ecological systems. While conflicts are regarded as challenging and difficult trade-offs between ecosystem services are often necessary, the search for synergies and win-win solutions are essential steps in finding lasting solutions to major socio-environmental issues.

Through critical views from a range of disciplines, with plenary sessions and interactive ‘living lab’ type workshop sessions, the conference aims to develop a deeper understanding of conflicts in human-nature relationships, and to explore the possibility that such conflicts may – through their resolution – actually lead to more sustainable solutions.

The conference will be a meeting place for scientists from the humanities, social sciences (including psychology and health), natural sciences (including behaviour and evolution), local, regional and EU level policy makers and NGOs.