2nd Open Science Meeting

2nd Open Science Meeting

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 (All day) to Friday, March 21, 2014 (All day)
Berlin, Germany

From 19 to 21 March, the Second GLP Open Science Meeting 'Land Transformations: between global challenges and local realities’ took place at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, hosted by IRI THESys in cooperation with Geography Department.

650 participants from 50 countries met in Berlin to discuss the role of the land system as a platform for human-environment interactions, connecting local land use decisions to global impacts and responses.

The conference aimed to bring together large parts of the international research community working on land change issues, showcase the width and scope of ongoing research, help build a community in this highly interdisciplinary field, inspire new research and facilitate review, theory building and extrapolation.

The conference‘s main issues were:

  1. Rethinking land change transitions:
    Drastic changes in land cover and subtle changes in land management
  2. Local land users in a tele-connected world:
    The role of human decision making on land use as both a driver and response to global environmental change
  3. Impacts and responses:
    Land systems change to mitigate global environmental change impacts and adapt to increasing demands for food, fuel and ecosystem services
  4. Land governance:
    The ways in which alternative approaches to governance of land resources can enhance the sustainability transition