06.01.2017
Nowadays the research team is participating in INSPIRATION project (INtegrated Spatial PlannIng, land use and soil management Research AcTION). Project INSPIRATION is coordinated by german Ministry of environment and funded from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
http://www.inspiration-h2020.eu/
http://www.inspiration-h2020.eu/page/ceska-republika
 
27.04.2016
Researchers of the Department of Environmental Geography under lead of Dr. Bohumil Frantál are part of consortium of international COST Action project with title Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality (RELY) (Transport and Urban Development COST Action TU1401, 2014-2018), coordinated by Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt, Nürtinger-Gieslingen (prof. Michael Roth)
 
01.08.2015
Researchers of the Department of Environmental Geography under lead of Dr. Petr Klusáček are part of consortium of Horizon 2020 project with title Integrated Spatial Planning, Land Use and Soil Management Research Action (INSPIRATION), (2014-2018, grant no. 681256), coordinated by Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Berlin, Germany (dr. Detlef Grimski)
 
01.07.2015
Researchers of the Department of Environmental Geography under lead of Dr. Bohumil Frantál are part of consortium of international COST Action project with title Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality (RELY) (Transport and Urban Development COST Action TU1401, 2014-2018), coordinated by Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt, Nürtinger-Gieslingen (prof. Michael Roth)
 
26.03.2013
Dear Colleagues,
We have the honour of inviting you to the international conference on “NEW TRENDS AND CHALLENGES FOR ENERGY GEOGRAPHIES” (Congeo 2013). Congeo 2013 is the 9th presentation of the geographical conferences organized by the Department of Environmental Geography at the Institute of Geonics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, which continues the tradition of biennial international meetings of geographers and other social scientists dealing with contemporary global and regional problems.
This year’s conference is organized in the context of a research project “Energy Landscapes: Innovation, Development and Internationalization of Research”, which is aimed at accelerating international collaboration in research in the field of Energy and Landscape Interrelationships.
The tradition of the Congeo conferences indicate that the organizers should create a familiar milieu for 30 - 40 scientists, not just to present their papers but also to discuss their research more informally and to establish new personal contacts. The conference is open to all academics and professionals dealing with the program issues - both geographers and non-geographers (landscape ecologists, environmental and rural sociologists, environmental economists, ethnographers, etc.). The program of the conference will consist of a block of paper and poster presentations, bilateral discussions, whole day excursion and social activities.
We ask you kindly to send your preliminary registration via e-mail, including title and abstract of proposed papers by April 30, 2013 at the latest. The authors then will be notified of the acceptance of their conference papers, either for oral or poster presentation. All correspondence should be forwarded to the address below.
RNDr. Bohumil Frantál
(Conference secretary)

CALL FOR PAPERS
We ask you kindly to send your preliminary registration and titles and short abstracts (up to 1000 characters) of proposed papers or posters by April 30, 2013 at the latest. The authors will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals by the Conference Committee.
Suggested topics:
- Energy transitions, new energy discourses and politics of land-use
- Energy facility sitting, risk perception and social acceptance
- Power, environmental injustice and energy poverty
- Impacts of energy development on landscape character and local identities
- Multifunctional farming and production of bio-energies
- GIS applications in energy landscape planning
The anticipated time for oral presentations will be limited to 15 minutes of presentation following by 10 minutes of discussion. Technical equipment (laptop/notebook, projector) will be provided.
Conference results will be published in the Book of the Extended Abstracts (in an electronic form). The full texts of selected papers will be edited for a publication in special thematic issues of the peerreviewed journal Moravian Geographical Reports published by the Institute (http://www.scopus.com/source/sourceInfo.url?sourceId=29791&origin=sbrowse).
The deadline for extended abstracts for the Proceedings is June 30, 2013 at the latest. The format of extended abstracts for all papers to be published in the Proceedings of Extended Abstracts is as follows: the number of words should be between 500 (minimum) and 1300 (maximum), including text, references and graphic supplements. The text should include the following sections: (i) Introduction and/or general background; (ii) Objectives of the study or project; (iii) Methodology of the research or project; (iv) Analysis, results and conclusions. Extended Abstracts may contain tables, graphs, etc., but not exceeding the limitations stated above.

REGISTRATION FEE, ACCOMMODATION, MEALS, TRANSPORT
Conference participation will be free of charge, thanks to co-financing by the European Social Fund and the State Budget of the Czech Republic. However, participants will have to cover their own travel costs, accommodation costs and meals (with the exception of refreshments provided during the conference sessions). Accommodation for participants will be possible right in the conference venue – Hotel Continental – which is located close to the city centre and offers a wide spectrum of rooms. Other accommodation options will be provided upon registration and the conference organizers are happy to assist with travel advice. Brno city has excellent road, train and bus connection and an international airport with regular connections to major cities in Europe.

Conference Committee:
Dr. Bohumil Frantal (Institute of Geonics, AS CR, project leader)
Dr. Dan van der Horst (University of Birmingham, UK, project supervisor)
Mgr. Petr Dvorak, PhD. (Institute of Geonics AS CR, project manager)
Mgr. Stanislav Martinat (Institute of Geonics AS CR, project coordinator)
 
CONTACT ADDRESS:
CONGEO 2013
Institute of Geonics ASCR, Department of Environmental Geography
Drobneho 28, 60200 Brno, Czech Republic
Conference email: congeo@centrum.cz
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24.08.2012

´Recycling Landscapes of Traditional Energies´ workshop


The international workshop on Recycling Landscapes of Traditional Energies (with a subtitle ´Energy Landscapes, Brownfields and Environmental Restoration´) was organized by the Department of Environmental Geography at the Institute of Geonics, in Brno, August 14-17.
The workshop consisted of blocks of lectures, discussions, working group meetings, and thematic excursion with the participation academics, researchers, students and representatives of decision sphere and developers in the field of renewable energy development.
As a key note lecturer, Prof. Martin Pasqualetti (Arizona State University, USA) introduced the issue of recycling energy landscapes, raised the key challenges and controversies concerned, and presented many examples of changing energy landscapes from the USA. Then Dr. Richard Lord (University of Stratclyde, Glasgow, UK) informed about the main results of their research project BioReGen (Biomass, Remediation, reGeneration) which was aimed at the problems of re-using brownfield sites for growing of renewable energy crops.
After that Bohumil Frantál (Institute of Geonics, Czech Republic) introduced the concept of “brightfields” which represents the phenomenon of converting brownfields into newly productive sites through the renewable energy developments (i.e. projects of photovoltaic power plants, wind farms, biomass production, etc.). Finally, Stanislav Martinat, Petr Dvorak (Institute of Geonics, Czech Republic) and Dan Van Der Horst (University of Birmingham) presented results of their comparative analysis of the development of biogas
stations (AD plants) representing a new part of agricultural energy landscapes in the Czech Republic and Great Britain. The final paper presented again by the ENGELA project team members informed about the development of photovoltaic power plants in the Czech Republic analyzing the key driving forces of the “solar boom” during 2008-2011 and discussing the impacts and negative consequences.
The afternoon session consisted of blocks of thematic discussions with a participation of students of geography from Brno Universities and some representatives of the Czech renewable energy sector and public administrations. The general aim of the workshop was to share and confront experiences concerning the problems of a regeneration of traditional energy landscapes from different regional perspectives, to identify common issues and main divergences, and formulate some “lessons” that countries at different stages of development may learn from each other.

The participants discussed among others the following partial topics:
  •  legislative frameworks, financial incentives and political-institutional practices for renewable energy development in Europe and USA
  •  examples of „best practices“ of a regeneration of traditional energy landscapes and brownfields for specific renewable energy developments from different countries and regional contexts
  •  public perception divergences, environmental injustice, and the role of local communities in participative spatial planning and decision-making processes
  •  identification of main driving forces and barriers of further development of renewable energies and environmental restoration of brownfields

During the two days of workshop excursion the participants had a chance to see different examples of traditional and new energy landscapes of the Czech Republic, specifically in the North-Bohemian Region.
The “coal safari” guided tour organized for the participants by the Czech Coal company in the surrounding of Most city presented a unique trip through the landscape strongly affected by surface mining. We have seen the whole chain of coal quarrying, from overburden stripping to coal mining and dumping through to reclamation, and learn about the operation of a surface mine as a unique feat of engineering.
We also had an opportunity to watch the brown coal mining technologies directly and in full operation and also the current appearance and ways of use of a number of completed recultivation projects in the Most area.
 
20.07.2012
Dear colleagues,
We would like to invite you to participate on the international workshop on Recycling Landscapes of Traditional Energies which is organized in the scope of our project “Energy Landscapes: Innovation, Development and Internationalization of Research” (see: www.engela.eu) that is aimed at accelerating international collaboration in research in the field of energy and landscape interrelationships.
We live in the stage of so called third transition, a transition from the fossil-fuel-powered age being distinguished by dominance of traditional energetics and industries into the post-industrial era which is characterized by the scarcity - of natural resources, energies, and living spaces, and by searching for alternative forms of energies and sustainable land-uses. We need to globally cope with urgent challenges in the form of climate changes; energy demand, sustainability and security; urban sprawl; environmental restoration and toxic waste cleanup; etc.
While a free developable land gets less available and more expensive in highly populated areas, there are wide areas and plenty of sites which have previously been utilized for traditional energetics, mining or other industries and are not currently under use, are vacant, derelict and often contaminated (labeled as brownfields). In respect to above mentioned global trends there is a pressure for regeneration (recycling) of these sites and their new use whether for productive or non-productive (recreation, re-naturalization) purposes.
The aim of the workshop is to share and confront experiences concerning the aforementioned issues from different regional perspectives, to identify common issues and main divergences, and formulate some “lessons” that countries at different stages of development may learn from each other. The workshop is open to all academics and professionals dealing with the program issues (geographers, landscape ecologists, environmental sociologists, environmental economists, etc.). The program will consist of a block of lectures, group discussions, and thematic excursion. The entire program will be held in English language.

We are to deal and discuss among others the following partial topics:
  •  legislative frameworks, financial incentives and political-institutional practices for brownfields regeneration and renewable energy development in Europe and USA
  •  examples of „best practices“ of a regeneration of traditional energy landscapes and brownfields for specific renewable energy developments from different countries and regional contexts
  •  public perception divergences, environmental injustice, and the role of local communities in participative spatial planning and decision-making processes
  •  identification of main driving forces and barriers of further development of renewable energies and environmental restoration of brownfields
  •  …..
Participation on the workshop will be free of charge, thanks to co-financing by the European Social Fund and the State Budget of the Czech Republic. However, the number of participants is limited!
We kindly ask you to send your application via e-mail by July 31, 2012 at the latest. The participants then will be notified of the acceptance of their presence at the workshop. All correspondence should be forwarded to the address below.
Bohumil Frantál
(workshop coordinator)

Contact address:
Institute of Geonics AS CR, Department of Environmental Geography
Drobneho 28, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
E-mail: frantal@geonika.cz
 
09.12.2011
The conference and workshop on “Exploring New Landscapes of Energies” (CONGEO 2011) being realized on August 1-4, in Brno, Hotel Continental has been already the 8th presentation of the geographical conferences organized by the Department of Environmental Geography at the Institute of Geonics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. It continues the tradition of biennial international meetings of geographers and other social scientists dealing with contemporary global and regional problems. This year’s event was organized in the context of a recently initiated research project: “Energy Landscapes: Innovation, Development and Internationalization of Research (ENGELA)”, which is aimed at accelerating international collaboration in research in the field of energy and landscape interrelationships.
The coenle_01.jpgnference consisted of blocks of lectures, presentations and discussions, working groups meetings, and a whole-day thematical excursion. The conference was attended by more than 50 participants (of which 30 ones actively presented a paper or a poster) from 12 countries of Europe and overseas (Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, Finland, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Serbia, USA, Canada and Australia). As concerns the branch specialization, there contributions from the field of geography, landscape ecology, sociology and ethnography were presented and discussed, and some representatives of the public administration and developers from the energy sector were involved as well.
enle_02.jpgIt was the aim of the conference to cover a wide spectrum of concerning issues: conceptual and methodological challenges of new geography of energies; the social–political acceptance of renewable energy innovation; energy development and its impacts on the landscape character and landscape aesthetics; the role of renewable energies in multifunctional agriculture; energy production and its impacts on the local identity and social and land-use conflicts; the issues of power and environmental injustice in land-use policy and politics; the role of geographical information systems (GIS) in landscape planning and energy development; etc.
enle_03.jpgDuring the whole day excursion the participants could get to knot some examples of successful and controversial energetic projects in the South-Moravian region, respectively the Znojemsko region (e.g. wind farm in Břežany, solar parks in Dobšice and Krhovice, biomass station in Velký Karlov) and to see some tourist attractions of the region (city of Znojmo, Podyjí National Park, Hnanice village with local vine production).
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Generally, the conference can be evaluated as very successful and inspiring (that was confirmed by very positive response from foreign and homeland participants) and beneficial as concerns the aims and future activities of the project. A lot of new working contacts among scientists and specialist from different countries were established with a potential of future cooperation on common research and publication activities.
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20.06.2011

Conference CONGEO 2011  „Exploring New Landscapes of Energies“ 

We have the honour of inviting you to the CONGEO 2011 international conference on “EXPLORING NEW LANDSCAPES OF ENERGIES”. It is the 8th presentation of the geographical conferences organized by the Department of Environmental Geography at the Institute of Geonics ASCR, which continues the tradition of biennial international meetings of geographers and other social scientists dealing with contemporary regional problems.

This year’s conference is organized in the context of a recently initiated research project: “Energy Landscapes: Innovation, Development and Internationalization of Research”, aimed at accelerating international collaboration in research in the field of Energy and Landscape Interrelationships. This year’s conference supported by internet casino MapleLeafOnlineCasino and other internet companies.

Suggested topics:

-          New energy geographies: conceptual and methodological challenges

-          Social-political acceptance of new energy technologies

-          Energy development, landscape character and landscape aesthetics

-          New energies for multifunctional agriculture

-          Local identity, sense of place and land-use conflicts

-          Power, environmental (in)justice and politics of land-use

-          GIS for landscape planning and energy development.

The tradition of the CONGEO conferences indicates that the organizers should create a familiar milieu for 30 - 40 scientists, not just to present their papers but also to discuss their research more informally and to establish new personal contacts. The conference is open to all academics and professionals dealing with the program issues - both geographers and non-geographers (landscape ecologists, environmental sociologists, environmental economists, etc.). 

The program of the conference will consist of a block of paper and poster presentations, bilateral discussions, an excursion and social activities. Conference results will be published in the Collection of the Extended Abstracts. The full text of selected papers will be recommended for publication in special thematic issue of the peer-reviewed journal Moravian Geographical Reports published by the Institute.  All correspondence related to the conference should be forwarded to the address below.
 

Conference Committee

Dr. Bohumil Frantal (Institute of Geonics ASCR, conference secretary)

Prof. Bryn Greer-Wootten (York University, Canada)

Dr. Dan van der Horst (University of Birmingham, UK)

Prof. RNDr. Radim Blaheta, CSc. (Director of the Institute of Geonics)

RNDr. Karel Kirchner, CSc. (Head of the Department)

Mgr. Stanislav Martinat (Institute of Geonics ASCR, project manager)


Contact address 

CONGEO 2011, Institute of Geonics ASCR

Department of Environmental Geography, Drobneho 28, 60200 Brno, Czech Republic

Conference committee e-mail: congeo@centrum.cz       

 
06.06.2011
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01.06.2011
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