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The conference environment and program will provide opportunities for dynamic presentations and discussions, moderated by international professionals.

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Submission of abstracts is closed (15.06.2017)

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Urban Green Infrastructure - Connecting People and Nature for Sustainable Cities

Day 1 - 20 Sept. 2017

08:00 Registration & Coffee
09:00 Opening

Andreas Schönström, Deputy Mayor, Malmö City, Sweden.

Helena Bjarnegård, Head of The Parks Department in Gothenborg, Sweden.

NN, Copenhagen Municipality, Denmark

09:45 Stephan Pauleit, GREEN SURGE project leader
10:15 Maria YeroyanniSenior Expert at European Commission -Innovating Cities
10:45 Cathy Oke, Councillor, Melbourne City, Chair of the Environmental Portfolio
11:45 Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch, University of British Columbia,  moderating a discussion by researchers, policy makers, cities representatives
12:00 Lunch

Biocultural diversity: linking biodiversity with cultural diversity

Ecosystems services by green infrastructure - What
ecosystem services can
we expect to
be delivered
by green infrastructure?
Urban green infrastructure governance.

for diversity, diversity of governance
Urban green infrastructure planning.

Upscaling and mainstreaming UGI planning
14:00 Coffee
15:00 Session#5
Urban woodlands and trees.

Biocultural diversity in cities across

the world.

Urban gardens: 
key elements of green infrastructure and icons of civil culture in the city
Co-planning and managing UGI: 
Bringing government and non-government actors onto the same page
Understanding the merits of UGI: 
integrated approaches to valuation
Speaker's Corner -
A discussion forum, encouraging critical reflections and participation from a diversity of the conference participants.
Possible themes:
Management - the need for long term perspectives.
Citizen engagement - why engage, and how to engage.
From vulnerable user groups to assets in planning and management.
Moderator Gil Penalosa
19:30 Town hall dinner hosted by Malmö City


Urban Green Infrastructure - Connecting People and Nature for Sustainable Cities

Day 2 - 21 Sept. 2017

08:00 Gathering, coffee

Technical Visits

Plenary introduction to the sites (15 minutes)
Four different excursions to:
The contemporary Western Harbor projects
The Limestone Quarry (Kalkbrottet)
The People’s Park (Folkets Park)

Augustenborg Greenhouse and Augustenborg District

It will be possible to choose one of the four destinations. 

12:00 Lunch
13:00 Cities and universities learning together effectively: what does it take?

Panel with city representatives of 5 main GREEN SURGE case cities + Urban Learning Lab coordinators + Focal Learning Alliance facilitators
Moderator:  Barbara Anton (ICLEI)
14:00 Coffee
15:00 Session#10 
Governance for diversity – flexible partnerships and novel solutions
Green, yes, but just? 
Towards more environmental and social justice in cities
Linking green infrastructure and nature-based solutions
The innovation area is a display of innovative and hands-on ideas for green infrastructure research and planning
Discussion Forum, plenary
Outlook: the next generation sustainable cities through nature-based solution

Keynote: Maria Yeroanni Senior Officer, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation (Outlook: What’s next? Sustainable cities through Nature-based Solutions
19:30 Town Hall dinner hosted by Malmö City

The sessions are organized and moderated by experts such as:

Prof Stephan Pauleit, Technical University Munich. Prof Jari Niemela, University
of Helsinki, Dr. Kati Vierikko, Underversity of Helsinki. Prof Dagmar Haase, Humboldt University, Berlin. Prof Marina Pintar, University of Ljubljana. Prof Ingo Kowarik, Technical University Berlin. Prof Jakub Kronenberg, University of Lodz. Dr Erik Andersson, Stockholm Resilience Center. Dipl-Ing Rieke Hansen, Technical University Munich. Dr Alexander Van der Jagt, Forestry Commission Scotland. Dr Nadja Kabish, Humboldt University Berlin. Dr Arjen Buijs, Wageningen University. Dr Birgit Elands, Wageningen University, Dr Freerk Wiersum, Wageningen University, Dr. Gil Penalosa, Prof Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch together with ICLEI Europe, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences & University of Copenhagen and more!