European Conference on Solutions for Environmental and Coastal Contrasts: "Rome Capital: From the metaphor of Fori Imperiali to the City on the Water", Rome - 21 November 2013
The two public events will be hosted by the Municipalites of Ostia and Rome

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University Ghent and the City of Ghent (BE), 22 -24 April 2015. UDMS 2015: 30th Urban Data Management Symposium

The Urban Data Management Society has organised international symposia at various locations throughout Europe since 1971, and UDMS 2015 will visit Ghent, Belgium, for the first time. From its outset, UDMS has highlighted changes and trends in urban data and urban data management. The organising committee invites you to submit a paper for presentation and to take part in this important event.

Submission deadline: 1. full scientific paper: December 15th 2014; 2. Abstract technical paper: December 31st 2014; 3. Technical papers, especially from local authorities January 15th, 2015; 4. Abstracts for the UDMS-website, January 15th, 2015.
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 Gothenburg and Mariestad (SE), 8-12 September 2014. 26th session of the PECSRL biennial international conference - "Unraveling the Logics of Landscape"

The 26th session of the PECSRL biennial international conference - "Unraveling the Logics of Landscape" - will be held on 8-12 September 2014. The conference will take place at two locations: in the city of Gothenburg and the town of Mariestad in the west part of Sweden. The congress will be hosted by the University of Gothenburg. The conference brings together geographers, landscape architects, historians, ethnographers, archaeologists, ecologists, rural planners, landscape managers and other scholars interested in European landscapes. The conference offers ample facilities to meet colleagues from all parts of Europe, to get informed about various aspects of European landscape research and to initiate new projects. Besides paper sessions, poster presentations, workshops and plenary sessions there will be one full day of field trips to provide the PECSRL-participants with a detailed knowledge of some rural landscapes in the region of Västra Götaland.

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19-21 November 2013 - 8th Project Meeting. Rome, Italy.

The 8th SECOA project meeting took place in Rome from the 19th to 21st of November 2013 and was hosted by the Municipality of Rome. At the same time, two International Conferences have been organized. The first was held in Ostia where also some project stakeholders and SECOA end users participated. The second was held in the Capitol Hill in Rome.
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 University College London (UK), Open Call Competition in Extreme Citizen Science

This is an open call for a prospective PhD student to propose a novel and exciting project to develop new methods in Extreme Citizen Science, or which addresses a particularly interesting or unusual problem. The Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) group at UCL is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research team, with the vision to challenge the way we do traditional science and engineering. While existing Citizen Science practices assume that educated citizens can participate in scientific data collection, but not in formulating research questions and/or in the analysis of results, we believe that the greatest future impacts of science are likely to be gained when almost everyone is empowered to participate in research and use scientific tools to improve their environment locally and share the knowledge globally. Extreme Citizen Science is essentially science by citizens, where people take real ownership of the issues that concern them. Regardless of their level of literacy or education people can collect scientifically valid data to evidence, illustrate and frame the issue, then visualise and analyse the results to subsequently develop strategies in order to address it. Our team is working together to develop tools and methodologies that facilitate this process in which anyone (from individuals to groups and communities) can start their own scientific investigation. Closing date: 26 January 2013.

Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geographers, London (UK), 28th - 30th August 2013. International Conference 2013 "Using GIS in Interdisciplinary Research" - Call for Abstracts
Abstracts are invited for a session on using GIS in Interdisciplinary Research, to be hosted by the GIScience Research Group (GIScRG) at the Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geographers International Conference 2013. Titles, abstracts (no longer than 250 words) and 5 key words, along with contact details should be emailed to Patrick Rickles ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by Monday 11 February, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be given by 12 February, 2013. The session will be run by Patrick Rickles and Dr. Claire Ellul (University College London).

University of Amsterdam (NL), 26 - 28 June 2013.  7th MARE People and Sea Conference: "Maritime Futures" - Call for Papers
“Maritime Futures”, the central theme of the 7th MARE People and the Sea conference, addresses the opportunities and constraints for the development of maritime governance, knowledge production maritime communities and maritime regions.
Conference themes: 1) Knowledge Production; 2) Maritime Governance; 3) Maritime communities; 4) Maritime regions; 5) Coastal shocks; disasters and recovery; 6) Fisher wellbeing, human rights and shifting vulnerabilities - challenges and opportunities.
Deadline to send the proposals: 7th January 2013.

19-21 June 2013 - 7th SECOA Project meeting. Lisbon, Portugal.
The 7th SECOA project meeting took place in Lisbon from the 19th to 21st of June 2013 and was hosted by the University of Lisbon. The project has entered in its final phase where possible case studies scenarios will be presented and the foreseen results should be obtained. All these issues were presented and planned during the meeting.
Lisbon, Portugal. 17-18 June 2013. International Conference: HUMAN MOBILITY and URBAN GROWTH  in COASTAL AREAS - conflict mitigation and spatial resilience.

The International Conference was hosted by the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (University of Lisbon - Portugal) and organised by the national team from the project SECOA. For more information:

 Swansea University (UK), 5 June 2013. Seminar series on Network Research
Dr Maria Caterina Bramati, from Sapienza University of Rome, has been invited to give a talk about her research at Swansea University in occasion of the Seminar series on Network Research. The seminar talk title will be "A taxonomy of environmentalcontrasts: a network approach". 

University College London (UK), 29 -31 May 2013. UDMS 2013: 29th Urban Data Management Symposium - "Recent and Emerging Trends in the Management of New Urban Data"

The Urban Data Management Society has organised international symposia at various locations throughout Europe since 1971, and UDMS 2013 will mark its second visit to London. From its outset, UDMS has highlighted changes and trends in urban data and urban data management. The organising committee invites you to submit a paper for presentation and to take part in this important event. Submission deadline: November 9th 2012
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Island of San Maggiore, Venice (Italy), 20 - 25 May 2013. Summer School on Climate Change Impacts and Policy in the Mediterranean Basin
The Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC) and the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) are pleased to announce their first edition of the Summer School on "Climate Change Impacts and Policy in the Mediterranean Basin" for postgraduate students.
The main purpose of the School is to deeply investigate the key issues of the Climate Change Impacts and Policy in the Mediterranean Basin with the objective to enhance a real awareness among students, policy makers, governments and representatives of the local communities involved in the field. In doing this, an interaction between various disciplines and a deep analysis of multiple factors appears to be fundamental for achieving a concrete understanding of the peculiar situation of the Mediterranean basin.
The Summer School will take place from May 20th to May 25th, 2013 at the CMCC (CIP Division) and ICCG offices on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, in Venice, located just in front of St. Mark’s Square.
Deadline for Application: 15 January 2013
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 Rome (Italy) 6-10 May 2013. GEOHAB 2013 Conference - "Multidisciplinary and Multiscalar Approaches to Habitat Mapping"

The 2013 GeoHab conference will be hosted by the Geological Survey of Italy at the Italian National Research Council (CNR) Headquarters.
GEOHAB (Marine Geological and Biological Habitat Mapping) annual forum brings together 80-120 geologists, biologists, acousticians, statisticians, spatial analysts and environmental managers from around the world who are developing new methods and procedures to link remotely sensed data with seafloor geology and marine biology within a geo-spatial environment. GeoHab 2013 welcomes oral and poster presentations covering a wide range of aspects related to habitat mapping.

 Barcelona (ES), 15 -16 April 2013. GEO European Projects' Workshop (GEPW7)
Due to the coincidence of the initially foreseen dates for the GEO European Projects' Workshop (GEPW7) with those of the EGU General Assembly meeting in Vienna, and after confirming the availability of the venue premises with the hosting organisation, we have decided to shift the dates of the GEPW7 to the 15th and 16th of April 2013, thus avoiding important absences and incompatibilities in the agenda for most of you.   
This event is intended to bring all those interested in and actively contributing to the GEOSS from all over Europe together in order to present their work and actively discuss how Europe can contribute to GEO and GEOSS. The GEPW7 will be hosted by CREAF (Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications) of the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona (UAB) and it will take place in the impressive Catalan art-nouveau building Casa de la Convalescència owned by the UAB, located in the city of Barcelona. More details about the event (draft agenda and of the practical arrangements, registration, possible contributions) will be given in the coming weeks.
All Coordinators of EC projects are informed and encouraged to notify this change to members of their teams or colleagues who may be interested in participating.

Plymouth University (UK), 8-12 April 2013. 12th International Coastal Symposium - CALL FOR ABSTRACT open

The symposium will be organised by the Coastal Processes Research Group at Plymouth University, under the auspices of The Coastal Education & Research Foundation and the Journal of Coastal Research (CERF-JCR).
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Rome (Italy), 20-24 February 2013. BIG BLU EXPO 2013

The world of leisure marine and the sea is back in Rome with the 7th BIG BLU. The exhibition, now officially recognized as the “must” event of the Italian market for small and medium sized leisure marine products, will take place at Fiera Roma from Wednesday 20th to Sunday 24th February, 2013. The Italian Secoa team has been invited to participate at BIG BLU EXPO and in this occasion some posters on Italian case studies will be presented as well as 1 movie that are available on YouTube in Italian at the following address: Moreover, the Sea Heritage Best Communication Campaign Award will be held on 22nd February and SECOA Project is one of the finalists for the category “Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development”.
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3-7 December 2012 - 6th SECOA Project meeting and End Users Panel Workshop. Mumbai, India
The 6th SECOA project meeting took place in Mumbai from the 3rd to 7th of December. The project is in its second phase: the taxonomy and the modeling have been created and they will be used for the case studies scenarios. The 1st Workshop with the stakeholders has been held and a second is foreseen. All these issues were presented and planned during the meeting.

L’AberWrac'h, Bretagne (France). 25-27 September 2012. Conference Land-Ocean Connectivity - from Hydrological to Ecological Understanding of Groundwater Effects in the Coastal Zone.

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together scientists with expertise in coastal groundwater studies with coastal ecologists and environmental economists. The intention is to discuss the state of knowledge and to design future experiments that will help advance the understanding of hydrological-ecological connectivity in the coastal zone.
Conference themes: 1) Physical & geographical effects of coastal groundwater discharge;
2) Biogeochemical effects of coastal groundwater discharge; 3) Linkages of coastal groundwater discharge with phytoplankton community structure, Harmful Algal Blooms and primary productivity; 4) Ecosystem Services and economic implications.
Applications for participation are open until the 28 May 2012.

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Cologne (Germany) - 26-30 August 2012. IGC: 32nd International Geographical Congress
SECOA has been presented with posters and presentations during the 32nd International Geographical Congress held in Cologne from 26 to 30 August 2012. The IGC is the quadrennial meeting of the International Geographical Union (IGU). The congress combines the traditional meetings of the IGC Commissions with a wide range of sessions addressing the following four key topics: 1) Global Change and Globalisation; 2) Society and Environment; 3) Risks and Conflicts; 4) Urbanisation and Demographic Change. Geographers bring the wide-ranging perspectives and methodology of their subject to bear on these four major thematic complexes and contribute to the solution of urgent scientific and socio-political issues – bringing research down to earth.

18-21 June 2012 - 5th SECOA Project meeting. Gothenburg, Sweden.
The 5th SECOA project meeting took place in Gothenburg from 18 to 21 June 2012 and was hosted by the University of Gothenburg - School of Global Studies. The project has entered its second phase, when the first results of the Case Studies Analysis (climate change, natural hazards, environmental stresse, social economic and cultural dimensions of urban development, conflicts of uses in case studies) are to be put together to create the taxonomy and modelling to be used for the creation of the case studies scenarios.

Online survey to assess: What are the main factors limiting the implementation of ICZM principles at the local level?

SECOA partners from the London Metropolitan University have developed an online survey to gather information on the difficulties practitioners involved in managing coastal areas experience face when trying to implement the principles of ICZM. The survey is aimed to reach partners and identified beneficiaries (stakeholders and end-users) of EU funded projects concerning the coastal zone. To assist in this survey, please forward the link to stakeholders and end-users of SECOA or other relevant projects:

 Vienna, Austria. 22 - 27 April 2012. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2012

SECOA results will be presented at the conference with posters and presentations:
- Poster in session
CL5.4/NP4.5 Climate Time Series Analyses on 24 Apr, 17:30–19:00 (Hall Z): "Climatic patterns and extreme rainfalls on coastal areas in Central Italy" by M.C. Bramati and C. Tarragoni from Sapienza University of Rome;
- Poster in
session NH9.7 Vulnerability assessments in natural hazard and risk analysis on 25 Apr, 09:30–10:15 (Room 35): "Coastal vulnerability and the implications of sea level rise between the cities of Pescara and Ortona (Adriatic Sea - Central Italy)" by C. Tarragoni et al. from Sapienza University of Rome.
- Oral presentation in Session GM8.3 Coastal zone geomorphologic interactions: natural versus human-induced driving factors, room 21 on Monday, 23 Apr 2012, 11:15: "The shift from hold-the-line to management retreat and implications to coastal change: Farlington Marshes, a case of conflicts", by Luciana S. Esteves, Jo Foord and Helene Draux from the Cities Institute (London Metropolitan University);
- Poster in Session SSS11.7
Dynamic Landscapes: Causality, Interaction and Long Term Modelling of Soil Surface Processes on Friday, 27 Apr 2012, 13:30-15:00 (Hall X/Y): The work entitled "A methodological framework to assist decision-making on prioritising conflicting uses ion multi-functional environments", by Luciana S. Esteves, Jo Foord and Helene Draux from the Cities Institute (London Metropolitan University).
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Survey on Open Access Pilot in FP7

The European Commission launched in August 2008 the open access pilot in FP7. It concerns all new projects from that date in seven FP7 research areas: energy, environment, health, information and communication technologies, research infrastructures, science in society and socioeconomic sciencesand humanities. Grant beneficiaries are expected to deposit peer-reviewed research articles or final manuscripts resultingfrom their projects into an online repository and make their best efforts to ensure open access to those articles withina set period of time after publication.
In May 2011, the Commission identified the 811 projects designated at the time and sent a questionnaire to all project coordinatorsin order to collect feedback on their experiences of both the implementation of the pilot and the reimbursementof open access publishing costs. They provide important input for the future of the open access policy and practices in Horizon 2020 and for the preparation of a communication from the Commission and a recommendation to Member States on scientific publications in the digital age.
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29 November- 3 December 2011 - SECOA 4th Project meeting and End Users Panel Workshop. Jerusalem, Israel

The 4th SECOA project meeting took place in Jerusalem, hosted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The project is going to achieve its first milestone: Conclusion of the Case Studies Analysis (climate change, natural hazards, environmental stresse, social economic and cultural dimensions of urban development, conflicts of uses in case studies.

Grand Forks North Dakota, USA - October 11-13, 2011. ND -GIS Users Conference

SECOA will be presented at the conference with a presentation on "Conflict mapping in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai, India: Using a spatial multiple-criteria decision approach by Veena U. Joshi and Vishwas S. Kale of University of Pune (India). More info.

Chennai, India 19-22 October 2011 . 24th Indian Institute of Geomorphologists, National Conference on Coastal Dynamics and Geomorphology, Anna University.

SECOA will be presented at the conference with a presentation on "Mapping of Lands Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise: A case study of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region" by Vishwas S. Kale and Veena U. Joshi, and
"Comparison of land surface parameters derived from SRTM and ASTER digital elevation datasets and from a Cartosat-DEM: A case study of Mumbai Metropolitan Region" by D. Tambe, N. Susware, S. Pawar and Vishwas S. Kale of University of Pune (India). This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Civitavecchia, Italy - 6 Ocotber 2011. Public Conference on the Civitavecchia case study.

The SECOA Italian partner in accordance with its end-user "Municipality of Civitavecchia" organized a public event whose target are the stakeholders involved in the conflict related the local case study. Program.

Rome, Sapienza University, Italy - 23 September 2011 - International Geographical Union (IGU) GLOBILITY Commission 2011 meeting

In occasion of the next GLOBILITY COMMISSION conference a presentation related to "Taxonomy, modelling & neural networks applied to human mobility within the SECOA FP7 European Project" will be done by the Sapienza University research team. The event will be broadcasted on Streaming Live from the following Sapienza University Web site  - Program of the conference

Chieti, Italy - 29 July 2011 - Conference: Parks and territories, the road of development.

The theme of the conference regards the attempt of reduction of conflicts over the issue of defining the borders of the future park on the Costa Teatina, that is one of the SECOA case studies.
During the meeting the application of the Shang method that includes a series of rounds and aims to achieve a convergence of views on the issue under study will be proposed. This method will be applied to the case of the Coast Park Teatina to support policy makers in the task of delimitation of the borders.
The SECOA Project will be presented as a case of research on conflicts at international level.

Brussels, 8 September 2011 - 2nd MARCOM+ Open Forum

The Forum is open to representatives of the scientific community, relevant EU and Member States science and policy institutions, and industry sectors. It will provide the opportunity to discuss and debate proposals on the structure and functions of a future European Marine and Maritime Science Partnership as called for in the European Strategy for Marine and Maritime Research (2008).
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20-24 June 2011 - SECOA 3rd Project meeting and Review by the Commission. London, United Kingdom

The 3rd project meeting took place in London and was hosted by the London Metropolitan University. The project first results, after one and a half year of activities, were analysed and evaluated by the appointed Reviewers and the Commission Officer. Besides the normal work of discussion and planification of the scientific activities, the partners visited the case study of The Thames Gateway and the building site of the Olympic Park. Read more

 Brussels, 19 June - InfoDay on EU environmental research

The Environment Directorate of DG Research & Innovation is organising on 17 June in Brussels an InfoDay on environmental research funded by the Seventh Framework Programme, Environment theme. The event aims to highlight the novelties of the 2012 Work Programme due to be published in July. It will also provide guidance on proposal preparation and submission.
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SECOA at the Workshop on Developing Effective Models of Urban Environmentsto Address the Challenges of Sustainability and Climate Change in Melbourne, Australia

A SECOA representative took place a the workshop organized by the "Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Global Science Forum" on 31 January - 1 February 2001. The focus of the international meeting was the analysis of the challenges of advancing current urban/built environment models to address climate change and sustainability more effectively and the needs for additional international cooperation and comparability.

Call for papers: People and the Sea VI - Bridging Science and Policy for Sustainable Coasts and Seas

In occasion of the MARE People and the Sea Conference that will be held in Amsterdam on 6-9 July 2011, a call for papers is opened.
The 6th MARE conference specifically aims to re-connect the myriad of disciplines which seek to promote sustainable coasts with processes of policy and decision-making.

“The Seas and Oceans are one of the Grand Challenges for the 21st Century”

Marine scientists from across Europe gathered in Ostend at the EurOCEAN 2010 Conference where the Ostend Declaration was adopted. This declaration will act as a guideline to address the grand challenges and opportunities facing Europe’s seas and oceans in the coming decade.

The Declaration

17-19 November 2010 - 2nd Project meeting and End Users Panel meeting. Brussels - Belgium

The SECOA team was hosted by Vrije Universiteit Brussel for the project meeting. On the 19th the End Users Panel meeting was held in Oostende.

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SECOA at the PLUREL Conference in Copenhagen - 19-22 October 2010

SECOA was presented at the PLUREL Conference: Managing the Urban Rural - Interface Strategies and Tools for Urban Development and Sustainable Peri-urban Land Use Relationships.


21-24 June 2010 - 1st Project meeting held in Haiphong - Vietnam

The project consortium met in Haiphong for the 6 monthly project meeting, hosted by IMER. Together with the working meeting, a capacity building workshop and a field trip to the case study area of Haiphong were organized.

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Interview to the coordination team of SECOA Project

Prof. Armando Montanari and Dr. Stephen Trueman have been interviewed on the SECOA Project in occasion of the Kick-off Meeting held in Rome (February 2010). The multidisciplinary approach of the project has been highlighted as one of the strongest aspects of the research that will be carried out during the four years of the project.

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1-4 February 2010: SECOA kick-off meeting held in Rome - Italy

The Kick-off meeting of Secoa was succesfully held in Rome. All partners participated to the working meeting. A public Conference was organized as well as a field trip to the area of one of the Italian case studies.

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