The International Association for Landscape Ecology is keen to hear from anyone developing new evidence, policies, strategies, plans or projects related to landscape ecology

The iale calls for abstracts on landscape ecology ahead of UK conference

The International Association for Landscape Ecology (iale) annual UK conference at Wolverhampton University, Telford Campus, from 6–8 September 2011 will explore landscape ecology and ecosystem services.

According to iale, key questions that landscape ecology needs to address at a range of scales include: how drivers of change influence the dynamics of ecosystems; how biodiversity, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services are inter-related; how we can measure ecosystem health; how we can measure the economic value of services and supporting systems.

Ahead of the conference, the iale are keen to hear from anyone developing new evidence, policies, strategies, plans or cross-sectoral projects on the ground that relate to landscape ecology and ecosystem services and are asking people to submit abstracts (300 words) for presentations and posters to 2011@iale.org.uk by 25 February 2011.

Speakers and poster authors will then be requested to contribute eight-page summaries by May 2011, as proceedings will be published in advance as a book.

There will be two days of presentations on science, policy and practice, networking events and workshops, followed by fieldtrips to landscape-scale projects. Telford lies within easy reach of many fascinating landscapes including the Long Mynd and Stiperstones, the Welsh Marches, the Shropshire Meres and Mosses and the urban landscapes of Birmingham and the Black Country. Further details of the conference programme and how to register will be published in early Spring.

For more information visit www.iale.org.uk or email enquiries to conference2011@iale.org.uk

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