It is important to us to involve the BR and its inhabitants as much as possible in the conference. Furthermore, we want to try to combine theory and practice more closely. In order to achieve this, we would like to try a new workshop format: about half of the workshops will be organised as excursions connected to a regional example of implementation. The participants will be brought to a location where stakeholders will present and explain e.g. a “best-practice example” or even a problem that fits the workshop topic. For instance, discussion themes could be, e.g.

  • BR school programs / partner schools
  • various educational and visitor programs
  • University cooperation
  • Partnerships with regional producers
  • Tourism cooperations

Afterwards, the workshop will also be held on site. The timetable for a workshop could look something like this:

Workshop Outdoor
8.30 am
9.30 am
10.30 am
12.30 am
1.30 pm
4.30 pm
7 pm
Bus transport to the workshop locations
Guided tour, presentation of a best-practice example (or a problem)
Workshops start
Workshops resume
Arrival at the the hotel
Workshop Indoor (Hotel)
9.00 am 
10.30 am
11.00 am
12.30 am
1.30 pm
4.30 pm
7 pm
Workshops start
Coffee break
Workshops resume
Workshops resume
Workshops end

We kindly ask you to decide in advance for a maximum of two workshops from the draft list of workshops below. These two workshops must then be indicated during the registration process. Should anyone wish to serve as Session Chair, please contact the organizing team (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) immediately. If someone has a suggestion for an additional workshop topic, please let us know as well!

List of planned workshops (modifications possible)

Workshop Proposed moderators Day Location
Cooperation between BRs across national and regional borders

Chair: Barbara Engels (Germany)
Co-Chair: Michael Jungmeier (Austria) 

Wed. 14/09 indoor
Transboundary BRs
Why and how? Governance; Partnerships among cross border BRs; TBBR of the future?

Chair: Friederike Weber (Germany)
Co-Chair: Gordana  Beltram (Slovenia)

Thu. 15/09 indoor
Large carnivores in BRs - challenges and conflicts
Challenges; How to deal with it? Methods for herd protection

Chair: Anatolie Risina (Moldawa)
Co-Chair: Stefan Lütke (Germany)

Wed. 14/09 outdoor
Neobiota in BRs
Challenges; How to deal with it? Methods for prevention/ removal / coexistence

Chair: Angelika Abderhalden (Switzerland)
Co-Chair: Harald Brenner (Austria)

Thu. 15/09 outdoor
Status of Mountain BRs
Challenges; Partnerships; Research strategy

Chair: Pam Shaw (Canada)

Wed. 14/09 outdoor
Sustainable agriculture and food in BRs
(Re)use of traditional knowledge for agricultural production and preparation of food; Agrobiodiversity; BRs and new EU Strategies (Farm to Fork Strategy; EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030); Biocultural heritage

Chair: Hildegunn Opdal (Norway)
Co-Chair: Anna Agostini (Italy) 

Thu. 15/09 outdoor
Renewable energies in BRs
Challenges and opportunities; Possible conflicts with nature conservation

Chair: Kari Natland (Norway)
Co-Chair: Ed Forrest (Ireland) 

Wed. 14/09 indoor
Urban sprawl/settlement development and land use in BRs Chair: Katharina Gugerell (Austria) Thu. 15/09 indoor
Mobility in Biosphere Reserves
Challenges, solutions (good practice examples) and the role of Biosphere Management

Chair: Andy Bell (United Kingdom)
Co-Chair: Annette Schmid (Switzerland)

Wed. 14/09 outdoor
Demographic change in BRs
Challenges; Perspectives; Solutions
Co-Chair: Alicia May Donnellan Barraclough Thu. 15/09 indoor
booked out
BR products and services
Branding/labelling; Role of entrepreneurs

Chair: Eve Ferguson (Canada)
Co-Chair: Ryo Kohsaka (Japan) 

Wed. 14/09 outdoor
Promoting research in BRs
Partnerships between BRs and Universities; How to promote the benefit of research for both BRs and Universities?

Chair: Petr Cupa (Czech Republic)
Co-Chair: Erik Aschenbrand (Germany)

Wed. 14/09 indoor
BRs as living laboratory for combating climate change

Chair: Gaëlle Tavernier (Luxembourg)
Co-Chair: Johannes Prüter (Germany)

Thu. 15/09 outdoor
booked out
Responsible Tourism in BRs
Code of practices; Visitor management and monitoring; How to measure whether people visit an area because it is a BR? Role of ecotourism; Role of BRs as resource for human health and well-being

Chair: Simone Beck (Luxembourg)
Co-Chair: Kelly L. Cerialo (US) 

Thu. 15/09 outdoor
Female Bee Keepers Chair: Ivana Kovacˆevic` Thu. 15/09 outdoor



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