The Society for Urban Ecology (SURE)
2nd SURE Summer School 2013 in Shanghai (27th October – 2nd November 2013)

2nd SURE Summer School 2013 in Shanghai (27th October – 2nd November 2013)

Events 2013

Date: 27th October – 2nd November 2013
Location: East China Normal University (ECNU), Shanghai, China


Austria: University Salzburg, Department of Geography und Geology, Research Group Urban and Landscape Ecology, contact: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Breuste, Hellbrunnerstr. 34, 5020 Salzburg, Austria, Phone: +43 (0)662 8044-5241, MSc Martina Artmann, Phone: +43 (0)662 8044-5216, Fax: +43 (0)662 8044-525

China: East China Normal University Shanghai, School of Ressources & Environmental Science, Contact: Dr. Junxiang Li, 500 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai, 200241,China, Phone: +86-21-5434 1161; Fax.:+86-21-6223 7885


The management of urban ecosystems is, and will continue to be, a key challenge for Chinese cities. The conflicts of urban development have intensified due to lack of knowledge and management capacity and because of too little understanding of the complex integration of the natural, built and socio-economic systems into general urban development. The existing fragmented knowledge of the relationships between the mega-urban development, its effects like climate changes, and ecosystem services has been insufficient for policy makers and scientific community. Particularly, there isn’t any sort of ‘digest’ of valuation so that hidden values of urban green (particularly in relation to climate regulation) as ecosystem service are properly accounted in urban planning. It had been difficult to realistically instigate long-term plans towards the inclusion of the process of ecosystem services as a meaningful component of sustainable urban development. A great support will be given by the URBES project (“Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Project”), where the participation of tutors and young researchers is expected.

2nd International Summer School 2013

Two years after the successful 1st SURE Summer School 2011 in Shanghai “Megacity Shanghai – Development of Sustainable Urban Environment”, where 22 international students (PhD Master level) and eight tutors from Austria, Germany, China, Sweden, Brazil and Poland participated, there will be a follow-up with the 2nd SURE Summer School in 2013, integrating new aspects of urban development, worldwide discussed – the urban ecosystem service approaches. Again international students and tutors are invited to join the Summer School.


The overall objectives are to:

develop an understanding of the city as complex urban ecosystem, ecosystem services the urban landscapes provides, and exchange according to the experiences from China and European perspective;

exchange innovative and integrated approaches for urban ecosystem services and management applicable to practical needs – both of relevance to China and Europe.

Planned activities and structure


Every day we will have a “module” as subject. The summer school will include lectures, interactive exercises and field work within different modules lead by tutors. To give the students the chance to meet all tutors regularly there will be “students meet tutors” sessions after in the afternoon after the lectures.


  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Breuste (Department of Geography, Paris-Lodron University Salzburg, Austria)
  • Dr. Junxiang Li (Department of Environmental Science, East China Normal University Shanghai, China)
  • Prof. Dr. Burghard Meyer (Department of Geography, University Leipzig, Germany)
  • Prof. Dr. Maros Finka (SPECTRA Centre of Excellence of the EU and Institute of Management, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovak Republic)
  • Prof. Dr. Harald Zepp (Faculty of Geosciences, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany)
  • Ass. Prof. Dr. Salman Qureshi (Department of Geography, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany)
  • Prof. Dr. Maria Kozova (Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia)
  • Ass. Prof. Dr. Xie Miaomiao (School of Land Science and Technology, China University of Geosciences Beijing, China)
  • Prof. Dr. Andrzej Mizgajski (Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań, Poland)
  • MSc. Martina Artmann (Department of Geography, Paris-Lodron University Salzburg, Austria)

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