April 30th, 2013

Today the first newsletter of 2013 has been sent, featuring information on the publication of results of the URBIO conference in Mumbai/India during October 2012, a workshop of URBIO during July 2013, oncoming conferences etc.

If you are not registered, you can download it from our website as well, and, if you wish to, register to get the letter via e-mail.

 

February 26th, 2013

Dear colleagues,

as you may already noticed, we changed the appearance of the URBIO website during the last two months from the design of the old URBIO2008 conference website to a completely new one. During March we will complete the last missing pages. A big thank you goes to Matthias Rembold, from University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, for his great help and support in creating the new website.

We tried our best to reroute all old pages, but you may still encounter problems with old bookmarks. So we ask you to set them anew, please.

We hope you like the new design as much as we do and appreciate any notes and comments!

October 25th, 2012

Our 3rd URBIO conference on Urban Biodiversity and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, which took place as a side event to COP11 at Mumbai, India from 8th to 12th October 2012, is successful finished. Hopefully all our friends and colleagues of URBIO we have met there made it home save and well! Especially for all those who could not travel to Mumbai, we’ll provide some information on the conference and its results.

During the 3rd URBIO conference over 200 scientists and practitioners from more than 25 countries discussed the challenges for cities in the future in more detail. Six keynotes analyzed the influence of climate change and natural disasters on urban ecosystems, the economy, urban design and human health; and presented the first global assessment on the impact of urbanization on biodiversity and ecosystem services: The Cities and Biodiversity Outlook, where several members of URBIO are involved. In 22 scientific symposia we discussed in depth the influence of urbanization on food production, security and human health as well as on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Strong emphasis was given to questions of how to embrace all actors (local governments, citizens, corporations, etc.) in urban design and management to solve these problems in a sustainable and resilient way and make our cities fit for the future.

We therefore again want to express our heartfelt thanks to Prof. Dr. Haripriya Gundimeda and her staff of organisers and helpers for making such a wonderful conference happen! Also, we want to thank all participants for interesting presentations and posters, as well as lively discussions and inspiring conversations!

As result of the conference the Mumbai Declaration URBIO 2012 was adopted by the delegates at the last conference day. It was then brought to and presented at the City & Subnational Biodiversity Summit on Tuesday, 16th October 2012 in Hyderabad, India by Prof. Dr. Haripriya Gundimeda. The Mumbai Declaration URBIO 2012 is also available online on our website.

Organisational matters of the URBIO network were discussed at an advisory board meeting during the 3rd conference; its main results as well as more information about the conference’s results will be communicated within the next newsletter, which is already in preparation.

 

December 10th, 2012

Two months after our conference in Mumbai, India, the new URBIO newsletter has been sent, featuring information on URBIO2012 in Mumbai and URBIO2014 in Seoul, City Biodiversity Outlook, oncoming conferences etc.

If you are not registered, you can download it from our website as well, and, if you wish to, register to get the letter via e-mail.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

October 02nd, 2012

Just a few days in front of our conference in Mumbai, India, the new URBIO newsletter has been sent, featuring information on URBIO meetings in Mumbai, an open PostDoc position in France, oncoming conferences etc.

If you are not registered, you can download it from our website as well, and, if you wish to, register to get the letter via e-mail.

We are looking forward to meet you in Mumbai!