Register now for the EUROPARC 2021 Conference!

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Register now for the EUROAPRC 2021 Conference: THE event for nature professionals in Europe. Join us online on the 6th and 7th of October.

The EUROPARC Conference 2021 is launched! #EUROPARC2021

The long wait is over: you can now register for the EUROPARC online Conference 2021 “Parks in the Spotlight: Powered by People; Inspired by Nature” on the 6th and 7th of October. We’ve worked hard to create a programme that will not just inspire nature professionals, but also give them the opportunity to actively participate.

Register now!

Of course, EUROPARC members enjoy a 50 euro discount upon registering, but not just that:

When registering 3 people from a member organisation, the 3rd person can attend for free!

Additionally, we also want to empower the next generation of nature professionals, so young people under 26 will be able to join the conference for the special rate of 50 euros.

Now, keep on reading to find out what we have in store for you…

Keynote speakers

On Tuesday the 6th of October we will start the day off with 3 inspiring keynote speakers. These experts will consider, from differing perspectives, how the Parks and Protected Areas community need to respond to this spotlight they are under. We will be joined by:

Ladislav Miko…

… an environmental expert and politician. Ladislav is the former Minister of Environment in the Czech Republic in 2009. Between 2011 – 2017 he served as the Deputy Director General of Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANCO) with responsibilities for the food chain. From January 2018 he was appointed as a Head of EU Representation in Slovakia. Learn more about him here.

Dr. George Holmes

Dr. George Holmes…

… is an Associate Professor of Conservation and Society at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, United Kingdom. His research is focused on conservation and conservationists, and the interaction between Protected Areas and local communities in two ways: how conservation regulations may affect local people’s lives and livelihoods and how local people can in turn shape Protected Area policies to their own liking. Learn more about him here.

Frans Schepers…

… is the co-founder and Managing Director of Rewilding Europe since 2011. Frans graduated in forestry, land and water management and worked in various positions in nature conservation, starting in Dutch government. From 2000-2014 he worked at WWF Netherlands where he was responsible for international conservation programmes. He is specialised in rewilding large landscapes, in particular in Africa, Europe and Central Asia. Learn more about him here.

Participatory workshops

Good ideas are created in cooperation – that is something we believe in at EUROPARC!

That is why we have created workshops with participatory elements. It’s time to get out your thinking caps, as you will not just be observers, but also “doers”. You can help work on challenges and solutions to all topics related to Parks management like:

  • Climate Change
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Youth Involvement
  • Building Partnerships
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Health
  • Technology
  • Visitor Management
  • Periurban Parks

Plus, you do not need to worry about missing a workshop because it overlaps with another one: ALL workshops will be repeated on BOTH days! The hard decision now will be, deciding for which two workshops you will sign up…

Find all the info on workshops here!

Speakers’ Corner

EUROPARC knows like no other, that our members and those working out in the field are constantly involved in innovative projects. That is why we want to open the stage FOR YOU! In the morning of October 7, we are putting the spotlight on our delegates. In the program, a one-hour session is open to conference participants to come and shine a light on their work. The goal is to increase awareness about our members’ work and facilitate networking among our community.

Concretely, Delegates are welcome to present the highlights of their project in a 5 minutes/3 slides format on the main stage. Presentations must be made in English. Speakers’ Corner is exclusively for delegates! You will receive the link to sign up when registering for the conference. The deadline to sign up for the Speakers’ Corner is 21st of September, so be sure to register by then!

Connect & Network

Of course, it wouldn’t be a EUROPARC Conference without networking! That is why Conference Delegates will have the opportunity to see who else is attending the Conference and write them a message in the delegates area on the website. Additionally, we’ve created a LinkedIn Group “EUROPARC Conference 2021 Delegates” that is exclusive to those participating in the Conference. We welcome delegates to share interesting information there and connect before and after the Conference with friends old and new.

So, what are you waiting for? Register now for the EUROAPRC 2021 Conference! Join us on the 6th and 7th of October for two half days full of inspiration, networking and, of course, fun. We look forward to welcoming you on Zoom!

The face to face Conference originally planned to take place in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands has been postponed to 2023. You can find more information here.