EUROPARC Conference 2022: Register now!

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The EUROPARC Conference is the event of the year for those working in Europe’s Protected Areas and Natura 2000 sites.

Communicating in the 21st Century? Question your mindset!

Communication is everywhere: from technical reports and social media posts to stakeholder engagement. Those working in Protected Areas need to be equipped with exceptional skills if they want to communicate effectively. That’s why during this year’s EUROPARC Conference, we will dive into the world of Communication and give you the opportunity to question your mindset!

How are we speaking to our audiences? What is our perspective on the numerous challenges Protected Areas face? Can technology help us understand and respect nature more? These are just some of the questions we will ask ourselves.

From May 2 – 6, Neusiedler See – Seewinkel National Park in Austria will host the biggest gathering of Protected Area professionals — the EUROPARC Conference 2022.

It’s time to come together.

This will be the first EUROPARC gathering since the pandemic and our conference hosts are making sure it is a safe and secure environment. We warmly invite you to a reunion of friends and colleagues old and new, to share, learn and work together.

Get all info here!

Our so-called “Early Goose” prices run until 14th of April, so be sure to register by then to enjoy a discount!

The programme

Get inspired by our wonderful Keynote Speakers and intrigued by great case studies from Europe’s Protected Areas.

A birdwatcher’s paradise: will you spot a hoopoe? © R. Kogler

As we need to build a new mindset and approach to communication, our workshops this year will be interactive Mind Factories. In our Knowledge Marketplace, you will have a chance to host a stall to tell everyone about your Park or projects. Please note: if you are running funded projects, they usually require dissemination activities and this may be a route through which you can access funding to attend the conference. For those who love exploring, the Field Trips will offer a range of opportunities to dive into nature. Nationalpark Neusiedler See-Seewinkel in May is a bird watcher’s paradise, so don’t forget to pack those binoculars! For those that cannot come to Austria: the plenary sessions (Keynote Speakers + Speakers’ Corner), as well as 3 Mind Factories will be live-streamed. Access to this is granted through a special online ticket.

What’s even better: all the information about the conference, what is happening day to day, will be available at your fingertips through the WHOVA app. We will let you know when you can access this!

So don’t delay. Reacquaint yourself with what is happening in Protected Areas across Europe. Develop and gain new ideas and insights about your communication and REGISTER NOW!

Please note: This schedule is still open to change. Detailed information on Mind Factories and Field Trips can be found in the sidebar of this page.

World Café

It’s Time to Come Together.

We start off our EUROPARC conference, by gathering around the table to meet, to chat to learn and to share our experiences, our concerns and needs for the future.

Our World Café is a unique opportunity to connect directly with colleagues from across Europe. Utilising a café setting, discussing in relaxed and open conversations, we will explore common issues in small table groups.  You will have the chance throughout the morning to mix, meeting many fellow Protected Area colleagues on the way.

Bringing our collective wisdom and know-how together, this participatory activity will enable us to hear how others have managed in this past two challenging years, what has changed and how Protected Areas have responded. You will surely, pick up some new ideas and insights about our work in Protected Areas and re-establish our common bonds as a Protected Area community.

So don’t miss this exciting new element of the EUROPARC conference experience!

Marketplace

There are also opportunities for conference delegates to present their work. While registering, you can book a spot at the Marketplace. Here you will have the possibility to set up at stall and present your Park, work or project. You can send in your materials beforehand to this address:

  • Hauswiese, A- 7142 Illmitz

After registration, the hosts will be in touch with you to take care of all logistics.

If you have any questions, send them to this email address: epc2022@npneusiedlersee.at

Speakers’ Corner

Would you rather present on stage? Then the Speakers’ Corner is just the thing for you! Following the version we had during the online EUROPARC Conferences, you will get 10 minutes on the main stage to present your work, project or idea. Just select “I want to attend the Speakers’ Corner as a presenter” and the hosts will be in touch with you.

Award Ceremony

It’s time to celebrate success!

The winner of the Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarship in Jurmala, Latvia – EUROPARC Conference 2019

In EUROPARC we like to recognise the great work being done, managing our Protected Areas around Europe. So join us and be inspired by the stories from the Transboundary Parks who will be awarded. Hear of the great projects our young professionals have planned as they receive the Alfred Toepfer Scholarship, and there may even have a lifetime achievement award too.

Make sure you are there to join in the celebration and be rewarded yourself with a great Gala Dinner to finish off our conference.

If you have any questions, please contact epc2022@npneusiedlersee.at

Register now!

Green event

The EUROPARC Conference in Austria aims to adhere to the Austrian’s environmental label for Green Meetings and Green Events. This is Austrian’s environmental label for organisers, participants and locations that are involved and committed in the greening process to create a really sustainable event. You can read more about the label here.

Please note that a second EUROPARC Conference will take place in Argelès-sur-Mer, France from 3 – 7 October. The conference will focus on Climate Change Adaptation for Protected Areas.

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