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) .