An Alternet Conference in Ghent, Belgium

14 – 17 June 2022

Registration Deadline: 1 June 2022

Changes in land and sea use, overexploitation, climate change, pollution and invasive alien species mean that nature is rapidly disappearing, posing significant challenges to human and ecosystem health. Nature is as important to our mental and physical well-being as it is to our society’s ability to cope with global change, health threats and disasters. Protecting and restoring biodiversity and functioning ecosystems is therefore essential to building our resilience. The call for transformative change is an absolute necessity to halt and eventually overcome the biodiversity and climate crisis. This is now recognised and integrated into many member states and EU’s biodiversity strategies, as well as at the global level by IPBES and the CBD. 

Where and why do the benefits of biodiversity for ecological and human health arise and how can they be achieved? How and where can transformative change enable these benefits, including ensuring justice and equity?  How can human-nature health solutions be developed? How can the adoption of these transformative biodiversity and human health solutions by society and communities be achieved, for example by transforming food systems?

The Alternet 2022 conference aims to address these questions by focusing on what interdisciplinary biodiversity research can contribute to the transformative change agenda in biodiversity and health. It will offer new perspectives on research and policy as well as practice, highlight information needs and develop partnerships to advance our knowledge on biodiversity and health. 

Given the breadth and depth of current and impending crises and the links between human health and biodiversity, it is time for a radical transformation of socio-ecological structures towards a vision of sustainability and resilience – one that enhances the well-being of humans and the biosphere as a whole. Mobilising scientific research, interdisciplinarity and co-construction with stakeholders and decision-makers is the way forward.

Alternet bridges disciplines and connects science and policy to the challenges of societal sustainability because we believe that the greatest innovation for societal impact can be achieved by science through unusual collaborations in practice. Come and contribute to our conference, present your research results, participate in the exchanges and initiate projects to chart new routes to transformative change.

Who is expected to join the event?

Contributors and attendees will include researchers, scientists, decision-makers, and practitioners of all disciplines, including key personnel from Europe’s science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services. 

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Peter Bridgewater (University of Canberra, IPBES); Eeva Furman (SYKE); and Serge Morand (Kasetsart University).

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Programme and Speakers

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Peter Bridgewater (University of Canberra, IPBES); Eeva Furman (SYKE); and Serge Morand (Kasetsart University).

Draft Programme

Tickets & Admission

Registration Deadline: 1 June 2022

All tickets are valid for the full duration of the conference (14th-17th June 2022); ticketing for individual days or sessions of the conference is not available. Reduced price tickets for Alternet members are valid for any persons employed by an Alternet partner institute. Reduced price students tickets must be accompanied by a valid student ID.

Practical Info

Location: Augustinian Monastery – Ghent, Belgium

Date and Time: 12:00, 14 June – 12:00, 17 June 2022


Augustijnenklooster St-Stefanus
Academiestraat 1
9000 Gent

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Travel Tips

It takes approximately 30 minutes to travel to Ghent from Brussels by train–over a distance of around 30 miles (49 km). There are normally 79 trains per day traveling from Ghent to Brussels and tickets for this journey start from €11.20 when you book in advance.