Activity of the SURE International Center Urban Ecoloy in Beijing, China

Prof. Breuste, SURE president, gave on 16 November 2021 in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China an online SURE lecture, invited by Prof. Fei Xue, on

Urban Biodiversity – What it is and how we can target it in design and planning

as activity of the SURE International Center Urban Ecology. More than hundred students joint the lecture, followed by a vital discussion on the subject.

The lecture was following up the first part of UN Conference on Biodiversity COP 15 in October in Kunming, China. It was showed that the transformation in society’s relationship with biodiversity cannot exclude urban areas as main living sphere of human on earth and cannot wait until 2050 to reach a living in harmony with nature. Now it is time to develop our cities by improvement of urban biodiversity in contact to urban dwellers.

Session of SURE Members at Conference in Dresden 2022 – call for abstracts is open

Constantina Alina Hossu (University of Bucharest, Romania, SURE Chapter South-East Europe) and Martina Artmann (IOER, Germany, SURE Secretary General) host a session at the Dresden Nexus Conference “Biodiversity – Stewardship for Vital Resources”. The session will discuss relational values and planning of urban nature and biodiversity. The conference takes place from 22 -23 May 2022 as an online event. Deadline for abstract submission is 10 February 2022.

Urban biodiversity and its management – SURE Iran symposium

SURE Chapter Iran organized under the leadership of Prof. Akbar Rahimi, University Tabriz, on Tuesday 19th October 2021 in Tabriz, 2021 a national symposium with international guests.


Statement of SURE President on UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP 15) in October 2021 in Kunming (China)

More efforts of urban biodiversity are urgently needed – SURE asks to present good examples worldwide

The UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP 15) in October 2021 in Kunming (China) stated despite on-going efforts, biodiversity is deteriorating worldwide and this decline is projected to worsen with business-as- usual scenarios. A new set of goals for nature over the next decade through the Convention on Biological Diversity post 2020 framework process will be necessary. This needs ambitious plans to implement broad-based actions to bring about a transformation in society’s relationship with biodiversity and to ensure that, by 2050, the shared vision of living in harmony with nature. This is urgently necessary in the humans living sphere – the cities. We need a New Deal for nature in cities – urban biodiversity.


Society for Urban Ecology supported FIMA 2021
FIMA 2021 closed successfully and will continue to promote the country’s sustainability.

The academic agenda was developed and supervised by Dr. Henry Garay Sarasty, CAEM, Bogotá, Colombia, SURE Session leader Latin America.
SURE president Prof. Dr. Jürgen Breuste and representatives from SURE Session Central Europe (Dr. Luis Inostroza) and SURE Session South East Europe (Prof. Dr. Cristian Ioja, head of session) participated with presentations and in panel discussion. SURE contributed to the success of the event.


Job opportunity: Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), Environmental Studies

New York University, Faculty of Arts and Science, Department of Environmental Studies

Open Date: Aug 13, 2021

Deadline: Oct 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

The Department of Environmental Studies at New York University invites applications for two tenure-track assistant professor positions. The appointments will begin September 1, 2022, subject to administrative and budgetary approval.


The 3rd SURE World Conference a Great Success

Between 7 and 9 July 2021, the 3rd SURE World Conference under the topic “Cities as Socio-Ecological Systems” took place in Poznan, Poland. Organized as a hybrid event due to the current pandemic restrictions, over 300 participants online and onsite from 36 countries and 6 continents participated at the conference. …READ MORE

SURE General Assembly and Election of the SURE Executive Committee took place during the 3rd SURE World Congress

The SURE General Assembly elected a new SURE Executive Committee on 9th of July 2021 during the 3rd SURE World Congress in Poznan, Poland. The General Assembly unanimously accepted the list of the Executive Committee where Jürgen Breuste, Austria, was elected as President, Martina Artmann, Germany, as Secretary General and Cristian Ioja, Romania, as Treasurer. Salman Qureshi, Germany, Pakistan, Junxiang Li, China, and Henry Garay-Sarasti, Colombia, were elected as Supplementary Executive Committee members.

The SURE Executive Committee has appointed the new Advisory Board for the period 2021 – 2025:

– Chapter Central Europe: Andrzej Mizgajski and Mrs. Iwona Zwierzchowska

– Chapter South-East Europe: Mihai Razvan Nita and Mrs. Constantina Alina Hossu

– Chapter Latin America: Mrs. Ana Faggi and Mrs. Cecilia Herzog

– Chapter Iran: Akbar Rahimi

– Chapter China: Zhiyun Ouyang, Mrs. Prof. Shuang

– New conference organizers: Cigdem Hepcan and Meryem Hayir Kanat

– Further members: Sarel Cilliers, South Africa; Charles Nilon, USA; Janmaimool Piyapong, Thailand; Chris Ives, UK; Lalitha Dissanayake , Sri Lanka; Prakash Tiwari, India; Maria Ignatieva, Australia

The proposal for next SURE Congress 2025 in Istanbul/Izmir, Turkey organized by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cigdem COSKUN HEPCAN and Prof. Dr. Meryem HAIR KANAT was approved by the General Assembly as well.

During the SURE General Assembly, SURE honorary memberships have been awarded to Prof. Ingo Kowarik and Prof. Andrzej Mizgajski. Katarzyna Fagiewicz received a SURE award of honor for her great support of the 3rd SURE World Congress.

The SURE Executive Committee would like to express their sincere gratitude to all SURE members for their trust and support to lead the SURE for the next election period.

Last but not least, the SURE Executive Committee would like to thank Andrzej Mizgajski and Iwona Zwierzchowska for their great efforts to realize the 3rd SURE World Congress in Poznan, Poland. Despite the constraints due to the current pandemic situation, this event was a great success bringing leading researchers and practitioners, senior and young researchers together to discuss and exchange how to connect cities with nature.

Due to the current pandemic situation, most of the SURE Summer Schools will be postponed. Please follow the SURE webpage for recent announcements:

– The SURE Summer School Shanghai, organized by Junxiang Li together with Amy Haze (University Melbourne) and Jürgen Breuste, is planned to take place in 2021 in a hybrid format, more information will be announced soon.

– The SURE Summer School Bucharest, organized by Cristian Ioja together with Jürgen Breuste, is postponed to 2022.

– The SURE Summer School Berlin, organized by Salman Qureshi, is postponed until further notice.

– The SURE Summer School Tabriz, organized by Akbar Rahimi in cooperation with Jürgen Breuste and Cristian Ioja, is postponed to 2022.

Special Issue of Sustainability now published:

A Systemic Perspective on Urban Food Supply: Assessing Different Types of Urban Agriculture

edited by Martina Artmann, Kathrin Specht, Jan Vávra and Marius Rommel,

This Special Issue was initiated in the course of various sessions organized by the guest editors in the course of the ESP Europe conference 2018 in San Sebastian (Spain), the IALE World Congress 2019 in Milan (Italy) and the Dresden Nexus Conference 2020 (Germany). …READ MORE

SURE is participating at the upcoming „The Nature of Cities Festival“.

The Nature of Cities Festival is an online event and takes place between 22-26 February. The festival offers a range of interesting inter- and transdisciplinary plenary talks, seed sessions and digital excursions. You can find the full program here

Please feel also warmly invited to our seed session hosted by SURE members:

Tuesday, Feb 23, 14:45 EST (20:45 pm Berlin time): Revitalizing urban rivers (Spanish & English) (Ana Faggi, Juergen Breuste, Circe Monteiro, Diana Wiesner, Iturriaga Sandra)
Short Presentation of revitalization projects (Bogota-Colombia, Mapocho-Chile,Piracicaba- Brasil and Isar Germany) with following discussion addressing SWOT analysis, what have we learned and the role of the community participation

Wednesday, Feb 24, 10:15 am EST (16:15 pm Berlin time): Soul in the city – connecting our inner and external nature (Martina Artmann, Katharina Artmann)
We´ll explore through a short presentation, meditation and interactive breakout rooms how to overcome the human/nature dichotomy. We will discuss what it means to be a human being in cities and how we can experience urban nature as an sentient, soulful member of our kin.

Register for the event here

TNOC Festival has always supported free entry to promote inclusivity and reduce barriers for anyone who may want to join us. The organisers kindly ask, if you can pay, they hope you will. If you cannot, you are most welcome to join us anyway. In this case send a message to:

SURE Christmas Greetings 2020

Dear colleagues and friends of the SURE,

We hope you are doing well and that the current pandemic is not affecting you too much.

Towards the end of an astonishing year 2020 that has clearly illustrated the value of urban nature such as accessible urban green spaces fostering human resilience in times of stress, we see the crucial role of urban ecology research supporting sustainable development more than ever before.

By the end of this special year, the SURE board would like to thank you for supporting the urban ecology community and our chapters. Unfortunately, also SURE was effected by the pandemic situation and we had to postpone the 3rd SURE World Congress in Poznan (Poland) to      7-9 July 2021. However, we are delighted to announce that the SURE 2020/21 Conference is once again open for registration and abstract submission. …Read more

SURE Executive Committee Meeting 2020

On October 26th 2020, the SURE Executive Committee (EC) met virtually to discuss in particular next SURE events. For 2021 several SURE summer schools are planned:

SURE Summer School Shanghai, organized by Junxiang Li together with Amy Haze (University Melbourne) and Jürgen Breuste is planned to take place in the second half of August 2021.

SURE Summer School Bucharest, organized by Cristian Ioja together with Jürgen Breuste is planned to take place in the second half of July 2021.

SURE Summer School Berlin, organized by Salman Qureshi is planned to take place before the SURE conference in July 2021

More information about the Summer School will be provided by the end of 2020.

The SURE EC hopes that the SURE World Congress and SURE Summer School can take place as planned and to meet old and new SURE members there. The SURE EC will decide in spring, if the SURE activities can take place as attended events or as online formats. For any updates, please visit our SURE webpage.

There you will also soon find new SURE activities connected with SURE teaching and research activities.

Dear SURE Members,


After our previous message about postponing the 3rd SURE World Conference in Poznań, we received some requests to consider again the new date of our event. Organizers of the European Landscape Ecology Congress (IALE 2021) noticed that both big conferences would start on this same day. We discussed this issue with Juergen Breuste, who agreed with our idea to postpone the SURE2020/21 the next two days and to schedule our meeting on 7-9. July 2021.

So we shape an opportunity to participate in both attractive meetings in Poland within one week. We are convinced that these complementary events will provide welcoming forums to present research and to discuss new ideas for both urban- and landscape ecology.

On behalf of Organizing Committee

Andrzej Mizgajski & Katarzyna Fagiewicz

Dear SURE Members,

Dear registered participants of the 3rd SURE World Conference SURE2020,

We have decided to postpone the for July 6-8 2020 planned 3rd SURE World Conference to July 5-7 2021.

We hope you all are well and you will not be affected by the pandemic. We follow carefully the evolution of the epidemic scenarios for Poland, Europe, and the World. The decision about postponing the Conference has matured for several weeks. In agreement with the SURE Executive Board Members, we decided to move the event to July 5-7 2021.

Such a decision has diverse consequences; nevertheless, the conference organizers will do the best to make the 3rd SURE World Conference SURE 2020/21 attractive and affordable for broad circles urban ecologists. The Organizers assure that

  1. The paid fees will be credited for the conference on the new date;
  2. The accepted presentations, posters, and abstracts will automatically include into schedule next year, however, any insignificant changes will be possible;
  3. The conference fee will be kept on the same level as for the conference planed this year.

We assure you, that the 3rd SURE World Conference SURE 2020/21 at the new date will be invariable a welcoming forum for scholars, experts and specialists from business and administration to present their research and discuss new ideas, concepts, and experiences from different points of view.

Jürgen Breuste & Andrzej Mizgajski

SURE president   Conference chairman


Due to COVID-19, the SURE Summer School in Berlin will be postponed. The new date will be announced soon …Read more


First SURE book is published by Springer: J.H. Breuste, M. Artmann, C. Ioja, S. Qureshi (Eds.): Making Green Cities. Concepts, Challenges and Practice.

– Provides an interdisciplinary overview of best practices and challenges
– Includes structured international case studies
– Provides an introduction on culture, preexisting nature conditions, existing
urban surrounding, history, design and planning

1st ed. 2020, X, 215 p. 200 illus. in color.

Printed book
Ca. 139,99 € | Ca. £119.99 | Ca.
Available from your library or
Printed eBook for just
€ | $ 24.99

…Read more