Combining Scientific Expertise with Participation: The Challenge of the European Landscape Convention



Conference dates: 28 & 29 April 2014
Venue: Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Brussels – Belgium

The adoption of the European Landscape Convention (ELC) in 2000 represents a major event in taking landscape into account at the European level. As of June 2013, 38 Council of Europe member states have ratified the Convention.

By specifying that landscape is an essential component of the quality of life of Europeans, the Convention is, first and foremost, in line with a territorial dimension. Moreover, a strong foundation of the ELC lies in its specific definition of landscape, notably based on the notion of perception by populations. One of the scientists’ major concerns is therefore how to reconcile objective scientific approaches with the subjective aspect of citizens’ perception.

After more than a decade of practice, the Conference will be an opportunity for scientists who have been working in line with the ELC to present the tools developed and to reflect on their tangible, measurable and observable effects.

Landscape atlases e.g., as well as numerous studies provide policy makers and practitioners with a language and a common foundation. The main practical question is how to understand the real scope of scientific inputs into landscape management.

The Conference will also be an opportunity to examine how tools are developed in landscape characterization and how they can help to act in accordance with societal needs.

In addition to the selected papers and posters, the conference will feature eminent keynote speakersenriching the conference with their specific perspective:

  • Prof. Dr. Marc Antrop, Universiteit Gent, Belgium
  • Dr. Yves Luginbühl, Senior researcher emeritus, CNRS, France
  • Prof. Ingrid Sarlöv Herlin, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden


The conference languages will be English or French (no translation provided).

Participant are requested to take this into consideration when preparing their presentations.

Scientific Committee

Dr. Dimitri Belayew, geographer

Dr. Mireille Deconinck, Université Libre de Bruxelles and SPW, Belgium

Prof. Marie-Françoise Godart, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Prof. Laurence Le Du-Blayo, Université de Rennes 2, France

Prof. Frank Lohrberg, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Prof. Isabelle Parmentier, Université de Namur, Belgium

Prof. Lionella Scassozi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Prof. Veerle Van Eetvelde, Universiteit Gent, Belgium

Organising Committee

G. Devillers, SPW

Prof. M-F Godart, ULB

Prof. I. Parmentier, UNamur

IGEAT-ULB : GESTe team (L. Bellefontaine, E. Castiau, V. Cawoy,  A. Coppens,  X. Courtois, S. Demuynck, M. Haine,  C. Patris, T. Pons, S. Spaeter et S. Queriat) .



Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture invites applications for: 

The focus of the new professorship is on creating new knowledge and on developing expertise in emerging fields of landscape architecture. The professor may be specialized in EITHER landscape construction technologies and management OR the history and
theory of landscape architecture OR landscape urbanism. 
The Department of Architecture offers high-level studies in Architecture and Landscape Architecture advancing artistic development work within these fields as well as artistic and scientific research. The Landscape Architecture degree programme at Aalto University
is Finland’s only academic institute in the field of landscape architecture. The degree programme is currently divided into three study areas: 1) landscape design and construction, 2) landscape planning and ecology, 3) urban design and planning (shared with the Degree Programme of Architecture).
The closing date for applications is May 7 th, 2014.
The position will be based at the Department of Architecture, Espoo Finland. To see the complete position description, please go to

Aalto University is a new university with over a century of experience. Created from a high-profile merger between three leading universities in Finland – the Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki – Aalto University opens up new possibilities for strong multidisciplinary education and research. The university has 20 000 students and a staff of 5 000 including 370 professors.

KURCHATOV – Architekturen im Atombombentestgebiet


Exhibition:March 22 to May 8 2014
Location: Aedes Am Pfefferberg, Christinenstraße 18-19, 10119 Berlin
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 11-18.30 hr, Sat-Sun 13-17 hr

In October 2012 the photographer Ursula Schulz-Dornburg had the opportunity to photograph the former USSR atomic bomb test site near the city of Kurchatov. Here, near the border w ith Siberia, lie the remnants of urban life – houses, streets and bridges – which stood on the nuclear test site between 1947/48 and were used to analyse the destructive strength of atomic bombs. The images are silent witnesses to this destroyed topography that stretches out as far as the eye can see. Additional archive images, which Schulz-Dornburg and her assistant Aljoscha Puschkin were able to photograph in the museum in Kurchatov and in the Eco Museum in Karaganda, form the accompanying documentation presented in a newspaper format.