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Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe

2nd International Interdisciplinary Conference on Land Use and Water Quality Agricultural Production and the Environment

A conference on the cutting edge of science, management and policy to minimise effects of agriculture and land use changes on the quality of groundwater and surface waters. The conference is aimed at scientists, land and water managers and policy makers involved in water quality improvement.
When 21 Sep, 2015 01:45 PM to
24 Sep, 2015 01:45 PM
Where Vienna, Austria
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This conference aims to discuss the entire policy cycle for water quality improvement. This cycle includes problem recognition, formulation of technical options, the process of policy development, interaction with policy makers, stakeholders and pressure groups, policy implementation, monitoring and research. This conference also aims to intensify contacts, on the one hand, between scientists with a background in natural sciences and scientists with a background in social and economic sciences and, on the other hand, between scientists, water managers and policy makers. In short, the objectives are:

    • to provide forum for exchange of scientific knowledge, research on system knowledge, modelling and uncertainty; 
    • to discuss the entire policy cycle for water quality improvement; 
    • to intensify contacts (a) between soil/water related scientists, agro related scientists, social scientists, ecological scientists and economists, and (b) between scientists, water managers and policy makers.

Target groups are scientists, managers and policy makers involved in the policy cycle for water quality improvement. It includes activities characterised by the following keywords: agronomy, agro-economics, agro-sociology, water management, water policy, hydrology, aquatic ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems, unsaturated zone, groundwater, surface waters, drinking water, monitoring, modelling, water quality, nutrients, pesticides and other organic agrochemicals, heavy metals.

Themes

A. Increasing system knowledge: research to increase understanding and improving modelling of the hydro(geo)logical, geochemical and biochemical reality

B. Impact of climate change and hydrological/weather variability: assessment of effect on groundwater and surface water quality and distinguishing from manmade effects

C. Assessment of national policy: effectiveness of programmes of measures on water quality on a regional and national scale

D. Field research and data interpretation: research (monitoring and modelling) at plot and field scale for quantifying effects of farming practices and changes in land use

E. Managing protected areas: risk assessment monitoring and modelling of water quality and quantity, for drinking water supply and ecosystem conservation within Habitat and Species Protection Areas

F and G. Decision-making and implementation: role of policy, stakeholder and science in decision-making, and social and economic incentives and constraints for implementation (carrots and sticks)

Important Dates

February 1, 2015 Deadline abstract submission
After February 1, 2015 Late abstract submission ... possible
March 31, 2015 Notification about acceptance of papers (oral, poster) based on abstracts by February 1
April 15, 2015 Deadline receipt requests for reduced fee for students
May 15, 2015 Notification to students about the reduced student conference fee
May 31, 2015 Deadline receipt of early fee payment (late fee after May 31)
May 31, 2015 Deadline receipt of payment of reduced student fee
September 20, 2015, Sunday Pre-registration and Welcome / Icebreaker, Vienna

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