The next IALE European Landscape Ecology Congress, which will take place in Warsaw on July 5-9, 2021, aims to highlight landscape ecology as the transdisciplinary platform linking past, present and future. This approach is especially needed now when the world is facing global challenges such as climate crisis, biodiversity loss, environmental pollution, mass migration and urbanization. A holistic, landscape approach to the complex cultural-environmental systems – which is the essence of landscape ecology – provides the perfect framework for combining trans disciplinary tools and perspectives to better understand the diverse phenomena and processes around us and to predict and properly manage them. That is why we want to learn from past experience and knowledge to take responsibility for shaping sustainable landscapes and societies of the future.

To achieve this aim we invite both researchers and practitioners from all landscape-related disciplines, including environmental and social perspectives, to share their experience and interact within the broad, international community of all those interested in landscape related issues. We believe that landscape ecology – as the study of multifaceted interactions in geographical space – has the potential to integrate not only natural sciences and humanities but also researchers and policy-makers, which is the key to implement the Congress theme into practice.

The IALE 2021 European Landscape Ecology Congress is organised by Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences (IGiPZ PAN) and Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw (WGiSR UW) in partnership with European and Polish Associations for Landscape Ecology (IALE-Europe and PAEK)


The general congress theme – making the future, learning from the past – will be discussed through the four interconnected thematic groups covering the whole range of issues relevant for landscape ecology:


Heritage, Reconstructing, Understanding, Drivers and actors of change, Transformations, Nature restoration, Mapping, Paleoecology, History, Memories, Legacies, Identity, Connectivity


Communication/transferring knowledge, Coproduction of knowledge, Multi-/inter-/trans-disciplinarity, Dialogue, Education and awareness, Going to dialogue with landscape, Perception, Learning by doing, Monitoring, Multi-perspectivism, Evaluation of policies/measures


Modelling and scenarios, Transitions, Facing/meeting challenges, Aspirations, Expectations, Technology/new tools, Virtual, Artificial intelligence/big data, Social media, Landscape genetics, Solutions, Novel (eco)systems, Innovation, Regeneration, Sustainability, Resilience, Security, Measuring landscape


Practice, Policy, Design, Identity, Place making, Governance, Management (natural/heritage), Co-benefits, Stewardship, Protection, Conservation, Ecosystem services, Impact assessment, Impact and effect, Conflict solving, Mitigation, Well-being, Valuation, Implementation