Working towards the Sustainable Development Goals
2-7 September 2019

Mission statement

Our Planet suffers from human activities. As scientists, we know more and more about our environment, about processes, rates of change, new threats and risks. However, the challenges seem to grow quicker than the solutions we can create.

This conference aims to focus on the scientific research towards finding solutions for the societal issues of our time. TERRAenVISION promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and networking. To bring scientists and stakeholders that have the same goal, work on the same societal issue, but have different scientific backgrounds. By bringing the people and their knowledge together, we may be able to take the steps towards solutions that can bring our society to a more sustainable situation. In this conference, we want to link to International policies such as the sustainable Development Goals, the UN Climate conventions, CAP and COP.

Environmental issues we would like to highlight and discuss:

This conference is framed around themes. Each theme is kicked off by two plenary keynote speeches of 20 min, followed by a discussion. After the plenary session, a range of different parallel sessions will be organised.

We also want to stress that the conference is not only for scientists, but also warmly would like to invite people from outside the scientific world.


Climate change: Mitigation and Adaptation

Water Resources: Quality and Quantity

Land Degradation and Restoration

Nature-based solutions

Fire in the earth system, effects and prevention

Ecosystem services and nature conservation

Science interface: with policy and public

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The SOILS4EU project is organizing two side-to-side workshops on Monday 2nd September in the afternoon to present and discuss two reports that have been developed by the project at request of the European Commission DG-Environment.

Workshop 1: Impacts of soil degradation on human health

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Workshop 2: Potential of Earth Observation for improved soil monitoring

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Organizing committee

Heike Knicker

Research Professor Spanish National Research Council, Institute for Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Sevilla, Spain

Ioannis Daliakopoulos

Senior researcher, Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Greece

Marc Oliva

Senior Researcher, Department of Geography of the University of Barcelona, Spain

Damía Barceló

Full Research Professor at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Studies IDAEA-CSIC

Carla Sofia Ferreira

Researcher, Center for Natural Resources, Environment and Society, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Portugal

Zahra Kalantari

Associate Professor Stockholm University Sweden


Department of Geography and Regional Research, University of Barcelona

Highlights from TERRAenVISION 2018

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