ESF Research Conferences

ESF-Africa Frontier Research Conference

Dynamic Interlinkages between Social and Ecosystem Changes: Towards a Europe Africa Partnership

8-12 November 2010

Hotel Golden Tulip de Beyaerd, Hulshort, The Netherlands

Co-Chaired by:
- Prof. Marja J. Spierenburg - VU University Amsterdam, NL
- Prof. Rashid M. Hassan - Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA), ZA


FINAL PROGRAMME here available.

Recommended poster size is A0 (Vertical, 80cm*120cm). Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance.

that the conference will be over
on Friday 12 November at 11:00, therefore plan
your travel accordingly!

Human wellbeing and the Earth system on which it depends are in transition involving complex dynamic interactions and feedbacks. Global changes include profound alterations of ecosystems and the services they provide to humanity. Drivers of environmental change are likely to intensify as human population grows and consumption expands.  Some of the changes to the Earth system have improved access for millions of people to food, water, and other services satisfying basic human needs.  On the other hand, unintended consequences from these changes threaten food security, energy security, human health, livelihoods and other aspects of our wellbeing. Deeper understanding and awareness of these changes and the underlying social-ecological systems’ interactions enhances our capacity for remedial and corrective action and offers hope of effective response. The challenge of sustainable development is to grasp this opportunity and transform social-ecological systems to provide food, water, energy, health and human security in a manner that is economically, ecologically and socially viable for people in all parts of the world in the current timeframe, and for many generations in the future.

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Conference flyer (PDF - 131 KB) Last updated 13-July-2010

How to Participate

Application is officially closed.

Conference participation is possible only after successful application.
If you are interested in participating, please contact the conference officer Ms Alessandra Piccolotto.

Registration Form

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers, chairs & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.

Closing date for Early Bird Registration & fee payment: 27 September 2010

FINAL closing date for ALL registration & fee payment: 11 October 2010

Fees & Grants

Conference fees cover an all inclusive package which includes all basic expenses that occur during the event. More information.

To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners380 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment by 27 September 2010
730 €
Registration and payment by 11 October 2010
800 €
Conference participation without accommodation550 €

7 EUR of this fee is used to make this conference more ecologically sustainable. This amount will allow us to offset almost 100% of the CO2 emissions created by this conference and are part of our efforts to make ESF Research Conferences greener.. For more information, please click here.

Practical Information

The conference will be held at Golden Tulip de Beyaerd, Hulshorst, the Netherlands. The hotel is only 45 minutes from Amsterdam and it is surrounded by nature: it is bordering on the Dutch National Park 'The Veluwe' and the lovely Veluwe Lake.

Group Transportation: Buses will be arranged on arrival and departure day from Amsterdam Schiphol airport and from Nunspeet trainstation. You are strongly urged to take advantage of this organised transportation, which is included in the conference fee.

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ESF Contact

If you have any questions please consult our FAQ page or contact:
Ms. Alessandra Piccolotto Email
Conference Officer
Phone +32 (0)2 533 2023
Fax +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 10-339 in any correspondence.