Why Having The Congress In Berlin

Urban ecology has matured over the past decades and has become an organized and modern discipline. Enough research and application in urban ecology is occurring to justify an international congress that is independent of other conferences. In the past 10 years, smaller symposia and conferences have been held at the World Congress of Landscape Ecology in 2007 and 2011, etc as well as at conferences of the National IALE Chapters.

Why having the Congress in Berlin? Berlin is the city where urban ecology emerged especially under the inspiration and direction of Prof. Dr. Herbert Sukopp. To understand how urban ecology will advance, the Congress will be held in the place where urban ecology emerged as a discipline. Moreover, today – more than 20 years after the political transition in Germany, Berlin offers a lot to be seen and to be studied, from project to city level. This is an invitation to study processes and patterns of both urban development and urban ecology at “living places” during field trips. The local host, the Institute of Geography of the Humboldt University of Berlin (in personae Wilfried Endlicher), was the coordinator of a nearly 10-year graduate school about “Urban Ecology”.

The Congress will be hosted by the Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, at the following venue:

– Erwin Schrödinger Congress Centre, Berlin

NOTE: Now the conference will only be held at only one venue for the ease of participants. This Congress Center is just next to the Geography department of the Humboldt University of Berlin. 


All the delegates are responsible to make their own arrangement of accommodation during the conference. List of the hotels below are just some suggestions due to their proximity with the conference venue. The delegates are free to make their choice.

Airport Hotel Adlershof

We have received special rates from the Airport Hotel Berlin for the delegates of the SURE Congress. This Hotel is situation exactly in the next building to the Geography Department. Therefore, it will among the most easiest and favourite of the accommodation for the participants.

  • Single Room: €61/room/night excluding breakfast
  • Double Room: €72/room/night excluding breakfast
  • Breakfast: €12/person/day

Booking: By email to reservierung@airporthotel-berlin-adlershof.de and mention the keyword “SURE 2013″ to get the discount/special rates.

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Keynote Speakers

The following esteem speakers have confirmed to be the keynote speakers at the SURE World Congress:
Prof. W.-N. Xiang – The Shanghai Key Lab for Urban Ecological Processes and Eco-Restoration, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.

Title of Presentation: Where should the 21st century urban ecology be headng to? Black swans, wicked problems, and a smiling curve Prof. Karen Seto – School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, USA.

Title of Presentation: Rethinking urban land change: From theory to models

Prof. Ingo Kowarik – Department of Ecosystem Science/Plant Ecology, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Title of Presentation: The discovery of urban nature in Berlin: from patterns to mechanisms and integration into urban development

Dr. Steward T.A. Pickett – Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, NY, USA

Title of Presentation: Emerging principles of urban Ecology: Steps toward synthesis

Scientific Committee:
Jürgen Breuste (University of Salzburg, Austria),Dagmar Haase (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany)
Stephan Pauleit (Technical University of Munich, Germany) ,Jari Niemelä (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Sarel Cilliers (North-West University, South Africa) ,Junxiang Li (East China Normal University, China)
Glenn R. Guntenspergen (US Geological Survey, USA) ,Clas Florgard (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden) ,Salman Qureshi (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany) ,Maria Ignatieva (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden) ,Laura Musacchio (University of Minnesota, USA) ,Richard Coles (Birmingham City University, UK) ,Robert F. Young (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)

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