Introducing Prof. Noelle Aarts!

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The EUROPARC Conference in Austria will take participants through the wide world of communications. Our expert keynote speakers will be our guides. Today, get to know Prof. Noelle Aarts.

Noelle Aarts is a professor of Socio-Ecological Interactions and director of the Institute for Science in Society (ISiS) at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. Her research focuses on interactional processes for creating space for change towards socio-ecological transformations, developing insights into the interplay between everyday conversations and wider structures and developments in society. In other words:

If you want to change how people think, start by changing the way they talk (Bate, 2004: 37).

This is one of Noelle’s favourite quotes. Understandable: as a professor of socio-ecological interactions, she studies communication in multi-stakeholder processes on complex societal challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss and human-animal relationships in the context of crossing boundaries. With her research she tries to contribute to a sustainable and healthy society.

During her Keynote Address “The Art of Dialogue – Understanding conversations for Sustainable Change”, Noelle will speak about multi-stakeholder collaboration processes. In these situations, multiple conversations are taking place at the same time, however, they are not always effective! Instead of building fruitful relations, these conversations often result in an even bigger distance between opponents. In her presentation, she will explain why these conversations are so difficult and how we can improve these processes.

Noelle will join us through a livestream for an interactive address. Want to get a taste of what’s in store? Check out this video:

Early bird prices are still running until the 14th of April, so register now!