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International Conference on Landscape & Human Health | Forests, Parks and Green Care
Today’s western societies are faced with a growing incidence of poor health because of mental stress and sedentary lifestyles. Natural and cultural landscapes are increasingly seen as restorative settings, compensating for negative psychophysiological effects on humans.

The Third International Conference on Landscape and Human Health | Forests, Parks and Green Care (17-19 May, 2017) provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of recent developments in the following research topics:

  • Landscape effects on human health and well-being
  • Methods for assessing landscape effects on human health and well-being
  • Biodiversity and human health and well-being
  • Effects of landscape structures and types on human health and well-being
  • Forests as restorative places (e.g. forest therapy, forest bathing)
  • Impacts of green care offers (e.g. social impacts, effects on health, well-being)
  • Social impact of landscapes
  • Social inclusion (of fringe groups) fostered by landscapes and green care offers
The conference addresses researchers, public authorities, public health administrations as well as people involved/interested in landscape based health offers (e.g., farmers, forest enterprises, Green Care companies, managers of protected areas).

This conference is a follow up to the Conferences Recreation and Health in Landscape and Forest and Landscape and Health: Effects, Potential and Strategies that took place at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) in 2009 and 2012 and the 1st Austrian Conference on Forest and Human Health.

For more information visit the conference website

In cooperation with
Federal Institute for Mountainous and Less-Favoured Areas
Green Care Austria
University College for Agrarian and Environmental Pedagogy
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna


Core organising committee
Petra Isabella Schwarz, Katharina Bancalari
Austrian Research Centre for Forests

Arne Arnberger, Renate Eder, Brigitte Allex
Institute of Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

17 - 19 May 2017

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Favoritenstraße 15a
1040 Vienna

The first call for abstracts will be open
19 September to 7 November 2016.


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