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European Landscape congress in Fryslân

02.02.2012 16:01 Age: 7 years
Category: Cultuurhistorie, Internationaal, Waddenacademie, English
By: Fryske Akademy

The 25th biennial congress of the Permanent European Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscape (PECSRL) will be held in Fryslân at 20-24 August 2012.

Landscape dunes Terschelling. Foto: Thea Smit

The PECSRL committee has requested the Fryske Akademy to host this international scientific congress in the Netherlands this year. Dr Jacob van der Vaart of the Fryske Akademy will head the organisation. The event is co-hosted by the Waddenacademie, like the Akademy situated in Leeuwarden. The Province of Fryslân has agreed to support the congress with a financial contribution. It will be held in Leeuwarden and at the island of Terschelling.

Fundamental and applied landscape research
The PECSRL congress will emphasize fundamental and applied landscape research, where policies and management of past, present and future will be highlighted. The 25th congress’ title is Reflection on landscape change: the European perspective. Themes which are important in 2012: rural areas and urbanization, coastal landscapes, landscape and tourism, landscape and energy, landscape and environmental development, public participation in research, policies and management of landscapes, theoretic aspects of landscape change and innovative methods and techniques in landscape research.

We expect 150-200 participants from various European countries this year. They will spend the first two days of the congress in Leeuwarden, which will be filled with lectures and thematic discussions. The third day is reserved for four different field trips in the northern area of The Netherlands. These will enable the participants to experience the variety in landscape in this part of our country, and the questions and solutions that arise when dealing with the environment. The congress will then move to Terschelling, where the last two days will be filled with presentations from various speakers who will highlight the theme of coastal landscapes.

European network
The Permanent European Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscape (PECSRL) is a European network of landscape researchers, established in 1957. Currently they have over 500 members, from more than thirty European countries. The diversity of disciplines contributes to the stimulating effect of their conferences for all who are concerned with the past, present and future of the European landscape.

More information in the calendar of the Wadden Academy of on http://www.pecsrl2012.com.