Third ESP Europe Conference

Ecosystem Services Science, Policy and Practice in the face of Global Changes

The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) is happy to announce that its third ESP Europe Regional conference will take place in Tartu, Estonia from 21-24 September 2020. The conference theme is 'Ecosystem Services Science, Policy and Practice in the face of Global Changes'.

COVID-19 update
We remain hopeful that the ESP Europe 2020 Conference can proceed as planned in September 2020 but naturally we are following the global situation with the COVID-19 outbreak and take into account that its development may influence the conference realisation.

The organising committee will take a decision regarding the conference date latest on June 1st , or earlier if the circumstances permit. In the meantime, we continue our preparations in full steam. The call for abstracts will be opened as planned mid-April to allow for timely review. Of course a submitted or even an accepted abstract is by no means an obligation to attend.

Furthermore we advise you not to make travel arrangements before June 1st, the date of the official decision by the organising committee. We will make sure that speakers of accepted abstracts will have ample time to benefit from the Early Bird registration fee after receiving the decision regarding their submitted abstracts.

Be well and stay safe!

Conference Organising Committee

Impacts of Global Changes on ecosystems and human societies are manifold. Changes have led to already tangible impacts, such as Climate Change which has unfolded over the course of the last decade in form of weather extremes, droughts and large wildfires, for example. Along with shifting climate patterns, biodiversity loss is causing structures and functions of ecosystems to be more vulnerable to change, and is altering the supply of vital ecosystem services. Land use and land cover changes as well as global trading and land ownership patterns cause further impacts on social-ecological systems. Such changes often lead to inequality between richer and poorer countries and to the radicalization of politics, which then undermine a  society’s capacity to cope with these growing impacts. In this context, ecosystem services science, policy and practice offer tools needed to tackle the challenges ahead. More importantly, the appropriate use of the ecosystems services concept can shift societies and governance systems towards sustainable pathways.

The ESP Europe 2020 Regional Conference is part of the bi-annual cycle of ESP regional conferences around the globe. The regional conferences follow our world conferences, of which the last world conference in Germany hosted more than 750 delegates from over 65 countries.


Call for sessions

The call for session proposals is now closed. The deadline for session submission was 10 March 2020. The Scientific Program Committee (SPC) will review all proposals. The approved sessions will be announced soon. Please keep an eye on the website.

ESP conferences are open to both ESP members and non-members. ESP members receive significant reductions to the conference registration fee and other benefits. ESP conferences are structured around the many ESP Working Groups, National Networks and Regional Chapters.

Call for abstracts

Once the call for sessions is closed and the session proposal are approved, the call for abstracts will open. We expect to do this mid-April.


More information about the registration fees and how to register will be made available in May.


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