The next IALE European Congress will take place in September 2017. This edition will be hosted in Ghent (Belgium) and is organized by IALE-Europe and the Department of Geography of Ghent University. The theme of the congress will be From pattern and process to people and action, which reflects that landscape ecology is a meeting point, where pattern and process meet people and action, and is seen as a way of thinking when dealing with European landscapes. The congress will emphasise the integration of pattern and process, as a biophysical component of landscape ecology, with people and action, bringing in social and cultural approaches. This requires a true interaction of natural and social sciences, and of science, policy and practice. Therefore, the congress will be an opportunity to reflect on the state of the art of landscape ecology today. Furthermore, the challenge of the congress will be to reflect on the future directions of landscape ecology as a social relevant approach for science, policy and practice. The congress website is now online:

Call for Symposia:

Interested parties are invited to propose one or more symposia for the congress. The call for symposia and submission form are available on the congress webpage. The deadline for symposium proposals is 15 November 2016. Do not hesitate to contact the organizers for more information via and follow them via Twitter @ialeEurope for regular updates.