The Society for Urban Ecology (SURE)
SURE Summer School 13 to 20 July 2018 in Hildesheim (Germany)

SURE Summer School 13 to 20 July 2018 in Hildesheim (Germany)

Events 2018

Urban Ecosystem Services and Management – European Approach

Venue: Hildesheim, Germany – University of Hildesheim

Organizers: University Hildesheim (Prof. Dr. Martin Sauerwein, Department of Geography) together with Society for Urban Ecology (SURE – Chapter South-East Europe: Prof. Dr. Andrzej Mizgajski and Dr. Iwona Zwierzchowska, University Poznan)

The management of urban ecosystems is, and will continue to be, a key challenge for cities in Europe and worldwide. 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 regulatory functions) 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.


The overall objectives were to:

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

– to exchange innovative and integrated approaches for urban ecosystem services and management applicable to practical needs.


The summer school included lectures and workshops by tutors within different modules as well as field work and lab work. Furthermore excursions were carried out: To the Historical Landscape Park Derneburg and to Hannover (the district Kronsberg, the inner city and the Herrenhäuser Gärten).

6 topics

  1. Urban development and urban ecosystem services
  2. Biodiversity and ecosystem services
  3. Analysis of urban ecosystem services and urban land management
  4. Rapid assessment of urban ecosystem services potential based on desk and field work
  5. The urban metabolism – integrating urban ecosystem services into functional design
  6. Planning urban ecosystem services – instruments, methods, stakeholders

The summer school was intended for master and doctoral students who already have basic knowledge and interest for urban ecology. The 30 student participants came from Austria (Univ. Salzburg, BOKU Univ. Vienna), Poland (Univ. Poznan), Slowakia (Univ. Nitra) und Germany (Univ. Hildesheim).

Teaching staff:

Dr. Martina Artmann, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), Dresden/Germany

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Breuste, Chair Urban and Landscape Ecology, Dept. of Geography and Geology University Salzburg, Austria

Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Doris Damyanovic, Institute of Landscape Planning, BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Johannes Hermes M.Sc., Institute of Environmental Planning, Leibniz-University Hannover, Germany

Prof. Dr. Junxiang Li, School of Ecological and Environmental Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andrzej Mizgajski, Chair of Geography, Dept. of Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences, University Poznan, Poland

Dr. Sabine Panzer-Krause, Dept. of Geography, University Hildesheim, Germany

Moritz Sandner M.Sc., Dept. of Geography, University Hildesheim, Germany

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Sauerwein, Chair Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology, Dept. of Geography, University Hildesheim, Germany

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Attila Tóth, Dept. of Garden and Land Architecture, University of Agriculture, Nitra, Slovakia

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Harald Zepp, Chair of Physical Geography and Applied Physical Geography, Geographical Institute, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany

Dr. Iwona Zwierzchowska, Dept. of Physical Geography and Environmental Sciences, University Poznan, Poland

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