The European Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE-Europe) and Ghent University are hosting the IALE 2017 European Congress, 'From pattern and process to people and action'.
The congress theme reflects landscape ecology as a meeting point - where pattern and process meet people and action - seen as a way of thinking when dealing with European landscapes. IALE-Europe want to put emphasis on the integration of pattern and process as a biophysical component of landscape ecology with people and action, bringing in the social and cultural approaches. This requires a true interaction of natural and social sciences, and of science, policy and practice. Therefore, the congress is seen as an opportunity to reflect on the state of the art of landscape ecology today. Furthermore, the challenge of the congress is what the future directions are of landscape ecology as a social relevant approach for science, policy and practice.