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Nature and society: synergies, conflicts, trade-offs

An international conference on synergies, conflicts and trade-offs in the relationship between nature and society

2-4 May 2017
Ghent, Belgium


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- even more details of keynote speakers, side events & parallel sessions!

The call for abstracts & proposal sessions is now closed. After having received numerous contributions for the different sessions and after having received numerous proposals for new sessions we have closed the call. Due to a limit on space and time during the actual conference, we are now in the process of deciding on and rearranging the different sessions. Those who have provided contributions will hear more in due course. In case of urgent requests, please contact Jiska van Dijk (

Synergies, conflicts and trade-offs in the relationship between nature and society are key processes in socio-ecological systems.  While conflicts are regarded as challenging and difficult trade-offs between ecosystem services are often necessary, the search for synergies and win-win solutions are essential steps in finding lasting solutions to major socio-environmental issues.

Through critical views from a range of disciplines, the conference aims to develop a deeper understanding of conflicts in human-nature relationships, and to explore the possibility that such conflicts may – through their resolution – actually lead to more sustainable solutions.

Through a mix of plenary sessions and interactive ‘living lab’ type workshop sessions, representatives from a wide range of disciplines (including those who may not be considered the ‘usual players’ in environmental debates) will collaborate towards developing a practical guide to nature-related synergies, conflicts and trade-offs, focusing on positive outcomes for nature and society.

The conference will be a meeting place for scientists from the humanities, social sciences (including psychology and health), natural sciences (including behaviour and evolution), local, regional and EU level policy makers and NGOs.

The event is organized by the conference committee with additional support from our communication team and the ALTER-Net secretary Tessa van Santen (INBO). Jiska van Dijk of NINA will lead the organisation.

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2-4 May 2017




Augustinian Monastery, Academiestraat 1,
Ghent, Belgium



Registration / fees:

  • Registration is closed

  • Please note, the conference is limited to 200 participants


  • 100€ - attendees from elsewhere




General enquiries, registration, proposals, etc.: Tessa Van Santen (INBO, Belgium)


For further information: Jiska van Dijk (NINA, Norway)




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