Program & Topics Overview

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Program Overview


Tuesday 20 May 2008

16.00 – 20.00

Registration at the conference venue (Kaisersaal, Futterstrasse 15/16), posters
Informal reception at the Landscape Education Park of the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt (Leipziger Str. 77)

20.00 Guided Tour Landscape Education Park
Wednesday 21 May 2008
7.30 – 19.00 Registration at the conference venue (Kaisersaal, Futterstrasse 15/16), posters
9.00 – 10.00

Opening CeremonyWelcome note  

Dieter Althaus, Minister President of the Free State of Thuringia, Erfurt, Germany

Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary and conference patron, Montreal, Canada

Prof. Dr. Dr. Herbert Sukopp, Honorary President COmpetence NeTwork URban ECology (CONTUREC) and conference patron, Berlin, Germany

Astrid Klug, Parliamentarian Secretary of State, Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and representative of the UNCBD COP 9 President, Bonn, Germany

Prof. Matthias Herbert, Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Leipzig, Germany

Prof. Dr. Heinrich Kill, President of the University of Applied Sciences, Erfurt, Germany
Prof. Dr. Norbert Müller Conference Chief Organiser Urbio2008, University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany, David Knight Conference Organiser Urbio2008 and Executive Editor Urbio - Urban Biodiversity and Human Nature, Wakefield, United Kingdom & Peter Werner, Conference Organiser Urbio2008 and Executive Secretary COmpetence NeTwork URban ECology (CONTUREC)

10.00 -19.00

Scientific program

Introduction Keynote

Topics 1 and 2 incl. Posters Sessions


Welcome by the hosting city Erfurt at the city hall

Andreas Bausewein Lord Mayor of city Erfurt

Masao Yamada, Deputy Mayor of City Nagoya, Japan, Introduction of Aichi-Nagoya - candidacy for COP 10, Japan 2010

Thursday 22 May 2008

8.00 – 13.00

Scientific program Topic 3 and 4 incl. Posters Sessions

14.30 – 18.00

Mid conference excursion - Historical city of Erfurt and Petersberg citadel (on foot)


Possibility for meetings of societies and working groups etc.


Conference dinner at the Kaisersaal with Thuringian food and classical music

Meeting of the Advisory Board and preparation of the “Erfurt Declaration”
Friday 23 May 2008

8.30 – 19.00

Scientific program Topic 5 incl. Posters Sessions and “ Erfurt Declaration"


Press Conference

Saturday 24 May 2008 Thematic parallel excursions
9.30 – 18.30 Excursion 1 Historical landscape park "An der Ilm" in Weimar and historical city of Weimar (by train)
8.00 – 18.30 Excursion 2 Wartburg Castle by Eisenach and Bachhaus in Eisenach (by coach)
6.30 – 20.30 Excursion 3 Nature Park "Schöneberger Railway Area" in Berlin and inner city of Berlin (by coach)
Sunday 25 May 2008 Post conference excursion

8.00 – 17.30

Post conference excursion to the Hainich National Park (by coach)



Topics Overview



Cities and the Convention on Biological Diversity – from Rio via Curitiba to Erfurt - facing the main challenges of this century for life on earth



Prof. Dr. Norbert Müller, University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany (Presenting Author)

David Knight, Natural England, Bullring House Northgate, Wakefield, United Kingdom

Peter Werner, Institute Housing and Environment, Darmstadt, Germany

Topic 1     Biodiversity of urban-industrial areas and its evaluation

The biodiversity of urban-industrial ecosystems has its own distinctive characteristics in the same way as the biodiversity of natural and semi-natural (cultural) ecosystems. Within this topic the evolution and value of this urban biodiversity at different scales will be discussed.

Keynote: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Wittig, J.W. Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany


Topic 2     Cultural aspects of urban biodiversity

In urban-industrial ecosystems and their habitats non-native species play an important role. This topic will focus on the evaluation of non-native species and man made habitats in urban areas.

Keynote: Dr. Andy Millard, Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom


Topic 3     Social aspects of urban biodiversity

This topic will examine aspects of the mutualistic relationship between society and biodiversity in the city environment, and will explore imperatives for sustainable management of urban nature.

Keynote: Prof. Dr. Sarel Cilliers, North-West University - Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa


Topic 4     Urban biodiversity & climate change

Cities and urbanisation are main drivers of climate change. In this session, recorded and predicted relationships between climate change and urban biodiversity will be examined.

Keynote: Dr. David J. Nowak, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Syracuse, USA


Topic 5     Design and future of urban biodiversity

How to design and manage urban-industrial areas in a sustainable way will be the focus of this topic.

Keynote: Prof. Dr. Maria Ignatieva, Lincoln University Christchurch, New Zealand


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