Upcoming Events


SURE Summer School 21 to 26 August 2017 in Bucharest (Romania) :

Urban Climate Change Challenge: Monitoring, Assessment & Adaptation

Venue: Bucharest, Romania – University of Bucharest

Organizers:                                                                              Research Institute of University of Bucharest (ICUB), Urban Climate Research Center at Arizona State University (ASU), Urban Water Innovation Network (ASU-CSU), Society for Urban Ecology (SURE – Chapter South-East Europe), and Interdisciplinary Center of Advanced Research on Territorial Dynamics (CICADIT)


Aim: The summer school wants to provide structured information, skill development and capacity building related to climate change challenges in urban areas, with a primary focus of creating an active pool of young scientists that tackle the major sustainability challenges facing future generations.

Rationale and goals : Urban areas impart significant local to regional scale environmental perturbation. Urban-induced effects, simultaneously with impacts owing to long-lived emissions of greenhouse gases, may trigger additional physical and socioeconomic consequences that affect the livelihoods of urban dwellers. While urban areas amass more than 50% of the world population, and three of four Europeans live in a city, the systematic monitoring and assessment of urban climates, mitigation of and adaptation to adverse effects, and the strategic prioritization of potential solutions may enable enhanced preparedness of populations and local authorities. Such challenges call for enduring scientific advancements, improved training and increased awareness of topical issues.

The critical areas to be covered refer to:

(1) modern monitoring of urban environments

(2) modelling tools used in urban meteorology and climatology

(3) adaptation and mitigation strategies and their prioritisation

(4) exploring critical linkages among environmental factors and emerging and chronic health threats and health disparities.

The summer school is intended for doctoral and post-doctoral students who already have basic knowledge and interest for urban climate issues.

The deadline for submission of your application is 15 May 2017.

More information and details about the submission

International Workshop 6-9 July 2017 in Bucharest

Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Urban Planning

Venue: University of Bucharest, Faculty of Geography, Bucharest, Romania

Organizer: Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies, Faculty of Geography – University of Bucharest and Society for Urban Ecology – South East Europe Chapter

The workshop is aiming to represent a platform of debates which will help scientists, public administration and other stakeholders exchange experiences on the use of Green Infrastructures (GI) in the sustainable planning of cities.

Registration and more Information

SURE Summer School 3 – 8 July 2017 in Salzburg:

Sustainability of environment and development in urban regions – The case of Salzburg region, Austria

Venue: Salzburg, Austria – Paris Lodron University, Nature Science Faculty Building, Hellbrunnerstr. 34

Subject: Sustainability of environment and development in urban regions – The case of Salzburg region, Austria

Organizer: Society for Urban Ecology (SURE) in Partnership with Urban and Landscape Research Group, University Salzburg, Austria (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Breuste) – Chapter Central Europe

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Partner:  THEI – Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, China, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Horticulture and Landscape Management Faculty of Design and Environment (Assistant Prof. Allen Zhang, Program Leader)

Arrival: Sunday 2th July 2017; Departure: Saturday 8th July 2017

Course days:  5 (Monday – Friday), 3-7 July, 9:00 – 12:00am and 13:30 – 16:30 pm, 6 h per day

Application: closed

Participants: MA, PhD, employed

Participation fee (expected): € 370,- per person, without accomodation and meals

Contact and application: SURE President Jürgen Breuste

Course Content:

Course structure: Half day lecture and half day field trip, or the whole day lecture, or the whole day field trip in each day, one day excursion to the Austrian Eco-City solarCity Linz, Pichling

1) Natural Environment – Definition of nature and environment, humans in natural environments, natural and artificial environments, environmental ethics

2) Overview of Environment Issues – Environmental concerns, atmospheric emissions, water pollution, solid and hazardous wastes, radioactive wastes, depletion of natural resources, land use and ecological impacts

3) Environmental problems – Environmental impacts of the automobile, fuel and energy requirements, clean technology, the role of electric power, overview of environmental impacts, alternative energy sources and technology, outlook of alternative energy technology

4) Urban air pollution – Air quality, accumulation of pollutants in an urban area, ozone in urban area, controlling ozone formation

5) Global warming and the Greenhouse Effect – Fundamentals of the greenhouse effect, radiative forcing of climate change, temperature changes from radiative forcing, climate changes, carbon emission and energy use, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, future outlook

6) Defending the environment – Changing attitudes, nature conservative, environmentalism

7) Politicizing the environment – A politics of nature, ecologism: a new political ideology, the emergence of green politics

8) Sustaining the environment and globalization – The idea of sustainable development, history of sustainable development, sustainable development in practice, sustainable society, global environment, globalization, global problem and global solutions