General Information

Conference IV, Madrid (23 – 25 September 2015): Facing Global Change through Landscape

Download in .pdf here or go the the Call for Posters page

Our first three conferences (Ghent, July 2014,  Amersfoort, November 2014 and Oslo, May 2015) discussed the use of landscape and heritage theory and practice in mainstream policy and decision-making, the role and value of science and research in providing the knowledge, evidence and tools, and most recently in Oslo the fundamental cultural, social and community aspects of landscape and heritage. Our fourth conference will move on to explore the potential that landscapes can provide for confronting the challenges of the major global changes that are seen around us today. There will be three themes:

  • Global environmental change. Session 1 addresses the issue of global change and how it affects the landscape. This issue encompasses many current challenges to society, notably though not only climate change. The aim of the session is to understand the relation between climate and the landscape, with an eye on how to protect and adapt the latter to the former.
  • Tourist pressure. The second session covers another issue, tourism pressure, which is a great challenge for landscapes, particularly – though not only– in southern Europe. Our intention is to address this issue by providing non-standard viewpoints focused on assessment and solutions.
  • Land abandonment and old landscapes. This final session aims to grasp the specificity of a major current threat to landscapes: abandonment and ageing. When people leave rural areas to find new lifeways abroad or in cities, the landscapes left behind can often lose their purpose, and become neglected and unmanaged, and in extreme cases even a ‘return’  to ‘nature’, constituting a very direct threat to their inherited character. In this session we will see some of the effects of this constant tension between anthropic landscapes and ‘naturalization’. Special attention will be paid to how this tension can be managed or controlled.

In addition, partly in parallel, this conference will include a separate series of presentations in Spanish aimed primarily at a domestic audience. (Programme can be found here)

Practical Information:

The conference will take place at the offices of CCHS – the Humanities and Social Sciences Centre of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) – is located in an industrial landscape which is being transformed into a major office building area. See more:

Registration for the conference via Newcastle University will be open from 10 June 2015 on the website There will be a three-tier registration fee:

  • Full fee: £90 GBP, including all sessions on the 23rd and 24th, the conference dinner on the 24th, and the excursion on the 25th. It also includes lunch and coffee.
  • Fee for participants who present posters: £70: (a £20 discount), including all sessions on the 23rd and 24th, the conference dinner on the 24th, and the excursion on the 25th. It also includes lunch and coffee.
  • Reduced ‘domestic’ fee: 50 GBP. Includes all sessions on the 23rd-25th, as well as lunch and coffee.

A list of possible hotels (with reduced fee for the conference) can be found here.