Alternet’s conferences are held every other year in Ghent, Belgium. Each conference is structured around a cutting-edge issue facing biodiversity, ecosystem services and the science-policy interface. Past topics have included:
- The EU Biodiversity Strategy Beyond 2020: Research insights and needs for biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe (2019) – hosted jointly with Eklipse
- Nature and society: synergies, conflicts, trade-offs (2017)
- Nature and Urban Wellbeing: Nature-Based Solutions to Societal Challenges (2015)
- Science underpinning the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy (2013)
Past conferences have been hosted in collaboration with the European Commission and with contributions and keynote speakers from such organizations as IPBES, IUCN, and WWF. Each featured broad participation and contributions from scientists, researchers, policymakers, practitioners and decision-makers of all types.
The next Alternet Conference will be held in 2021. The tentative title is Biodiversity and Health: Time for Transformative Change?