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The conference program includes oral and poster presentations and conference tours. Facilities will be provided for technical presentations including video and LCD projections for PC. The abstracts will be published in an abstract book, and the full papers at an accompanying CD-ROM. The official language of the Conference will be English.

Below you will find information about the general program, the plenary session on Wednesday 12 May, the keynote speakers and the conference tours on Thursday 13 May.



General program




May 11, 2010



May 12, 2010



May 13, 2010



May 14, 2010





Opening session

Plenary key note speeches

Parallel sessions

Parallel sessions

    Lunch Boxed lunch /

Conference tours



Pre-registration from

16:00 - 20:00 hours


Parallel sessions

Parallel sessions


Welcome reception


Farewell diner

Poster presentations will take place during day time on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.



Program Wednesday 12 May


  Activity Speaker
From 08:00 hours Registration at MECC
08:45 - 09:00 Welcome and opening Gerrit J. Carsjens (ISOMUL) and Claudia Philips (CELA)
09:00 - 10:00 Keynote Diedrich Bruns (Germany)
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break at MECC@Table
10:30 - 11:30 Keynote Catharine Ward-Thompson (UK)
11:30 - 12:30 Plenary debate with keynote speakers Led by Tracy Metz (Netherlands)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch at MECC@Table
13:30 - 18:00 Parallel oral sessions
19:00 - 20:00

Welcome reception at the 17th Century Town Hall, Markt 78 Maastricht.

The old Town Hall (Stadhuis), in the Markt, was built by Pieter Post between 1658 and 1644 as a Cloth Hall. It has a neo-classical facade with pilasters and a handsome doorway approached by an imposing double staircase, designed to enable the two rulers of Maastricht, the Duke of Brabant and the Prince-Bishop of Liège, to enter the Town Hall simultaneously. In the tower (1684) is a Hemony carillon of 43 bells. Notable features of the interior are the tapestries, the stucco ornament, the ceiling paintings and the fine chimney pieces.

The welcome reception is offered by the Municipality of Maastricht.


Program Thursday 13 May


08:50 - 12:00 Parallel oral sessions  
12:00 - 12:15 Collect boxed lunch at MECC@Table
12:30 Departure busses at MECC for the conference tours
17:30 - 18:30 Estimated return busses at MECC and conference hotels


Program Friday 14 May


08:50 - 12:30 Parallel oral sessions  
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch and award ceremony at MECC@Table
14:30 - 17:10 Parallel oral sessions


Departure busses from MECC to the farewell diner

19:00 - 23:00

Diner at Fortress Sint Pieter, Luikerweg 80, Maastricht

In 1702, the famous Fortress Sint Pieter was built high above Maastricht, on Mount Sint Pieter. The fort, built on a pentagonal plan, has bomb-proof rooms and a circular gallery with embrasures and a number of old cannons. Fortress Sint Pieter offers a unique combination of history reaching back many centuries and a marvelous view over the city of Maastricht and the Meuse valley.

During the diner there will be an option to join a 15-20 minutes guided tour in the fortress (to be confirmed).

22:30 - 23:30 Departure of busses to MECC and conference hotels




 About the keynote speakers


Diedrich Bruns


Dr. Diedrich Bruns, the current president of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS), is the founding principal of ‘Landscape Ecology & Planning Consultants’. Since 1986 the firm has been a leader in ecological planning and design for urban and other cultural landscapes. Nature Development and flood risk management are areas of special expertise. In addition, since 1996, Diedrich Bruns is the Professor for Landscape Planning at the School of Architecture, Urban and Landscape Planning, Kassel University, Germany. Previous academic appointments were at the University of Toronto, Ont., Stuttgart University, Germany, and University of Minnesota, MN. His current research interests are on the planning methods for cultural landscapes in increasingly international urban societies.


Catharine Ward-Thompson


Catharine Ward-Thompson is a Professor at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) and the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on inclusive access to outdoor environments, environment-behaviour interactions, historic landscapes and contemporary needs, landscape design for older people, for children and for teenagers, and salutogenic environments. Since 2001, she has been Director of OPENspace – the research centre for inclusive access to outdoor environments – based at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt University. See

She currently directs the I’DGO (Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors) research consortium, a collaboration with Salford and Oxford Brookes Universities focused on ensuring that the outdoor environment is designed inclusively and with sensitivity to the needs and desires of older people, to improve their quality of life (see She is also member of SPARColl, the Scottish Physical Activity Research Collaboration, led by Strathclyde University, contributing expertise on relationships between physical environment and health.



Tracy Metz (discussion leader)


Writer and journalist Tracy Metz, a native of California, is a staff writer at the Art Desk of the quality Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad and visiting fellow and a Loeb Fellow ’07 at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University. She was a visiting scholar at the Netherlands Institute of Spatial Research, a member of the Council of Rural Affairs and a member of the Delta Commission that advised government on water safety. She writes about spatial issues such as architecture, urbanism, landscape and mobility, both in the Netherlands and in the US where she is also an international correspondent for Architectural Record. She is the author of a number of books, including ‘FUN! Leisure and Landscape’ about the influence of leisure on our surroundings, and ‘On the Ground: Observations from Harvard’. She is now working on a new book, ‘Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch’.





Conference tours (see also link below)


Tour 1

Eindhoven, Netherlands


Post-war city development of Brandevoort and inner city re-development of Eindhoven (former area of the Philips factory)
Tour 2 Maastricht, Netherlands City tour, historical and present-day architecture and parks, fortifications and castle, Centre Céramique; and visit to the Maastricht estate area
Tour 3 Liege, Belgium Three Countries Park, involvement of European Union; multiple countries involved (guides and visits in Belgium, Netherlands and Germany). Impact of city development on the surrounding landscape.
Tour 4 Emscher Park, Germany Regeneration of Germany's Ruhr region; industrial wastelands turned into a regional network of recreational parks and cultural resources.
Tour 5 Insel Hombroich, Germany Nature reserve area within which are placed with extreme precision buildings. These buildings contain art and essentially one walks through them as though walking through the park.



Download: Extended summary of the conference tours