International Conference on Environmental History - Ecosystem Services in European Floodplains

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May 17, 2017 to May 19, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Environmental History / Studies, Economic History / Studies, European History / Studies

Padua, May 17th-19th 2017


International Conference on Environmental History

Ecosystem Services in European Floodplains


The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) was conducted between 2001 and 2005 on the initiative of the United Nation General Assembly. The MEA was intended to assess the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being and to define the scientific basis for actions aimed to improve the conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems and their contribution to the economic and social progress. Ecosystem services is an integral part of the MEA. Ecosystem services are the multiple benefits provided by ecosystems to humankind and can be divided into supporting services, necessary for the production of all other ecosystem services (such as soil formation and nutrients cycling), provisio­ning services (e.g. food, water, timber or fuel),regulating services (such as flood control, erosion control) and cultural services that provide recreational, aesthetic, and spiritual benefits.

The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment synthesized information from the scientific literature and relevant peer-reviewed datasets and models to evaluate the evolution of ecosystem services in a diachronic sequence. The geo-historical approach, applied to the study of the ecosystem services is also the spirit of the international conference proposed by the DiSSGeA, University of Padua.

This international conference will provide a venue for all researchers interested in interdisciplinary research on ecosystem services in European floodplains from ancient time to the contemporary age. Ecosystem service topics in this conference will not be limited to the following themes in the geographical context of floodplains:

Proposals for participation should be submitted in the form of a paper (maximum 2000 characters) in English or French no later than January 15th 2017.

The proposals should be sent to:

Proposals will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee, taking into account their relevance to the con­ference themes, the originality of the thesis and their interdisciplinary approach. Oral presentations will be in English or French, and will not exceed twenty minutes. The Scientific Committee will provide a response by February 15th 2017.

The final paper must be submitted to the Scientific Committee before May 5th 2017. The papers will be collected and made available at the opening of the conference. After the conference, the Scientific Committee will edit each essay and suggest changes to the authors. The style sheet will be provided soon.


The registration fee for the conference, which includes coffee breaks, lunches, field trip, gadgets, is:

• 100 euro for regular participants

• 50 euro for students

Scholarships will be provided for young researchers who have obtained their PhD within the last three years.

Contact Info: 

For more information contact: Elisabetta Novello, Associate Professor at the University of Padua