Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change in Urban Areas Conference

Climate change has significant impact on society and biodiversity in Europe. Urban inhabitants are most likely to experience climate change effects directly because currently 75 per cent of Europeans live in urban areas. Here, management of urban ecosystems offer sustainable and cost-effective solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation while contributing to human well-being.

This joint European conference in Bonn will bring together experts from science, policy and practice to highlight and discuss the importance of nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation in urban areas and their rural surroundings. The aim of the conference is to increase knowledge and to foster linkages between science, policy and practice regarding nature-based solutions to meet the challenge of climate change in urban areas. In addition, emphasize is given to the potential of nature-based approaches to create co-benefits.

The conference will be opened by Prof. Jessel (BfN President) followed by keynotes by Dr. Bruynickx (EEA Executive Director) and Dr. Krull (chair of the H2020 expert group on nature-based solutions and re-naturing cities). Latest scientific findings on the impacts of climate change on European urban ecosystems will be discussed. Furthermore, the implementation of conservation measures and nature-based solutions within cities will be outlined. Interactive sessions will focus on case studies of successful nature-based projects and lessons learned. Resulting discussions of policy issues in climate change and nature conservation in European urban areas will lead to recommendations for creating synergies between ongoing policy processes, scientific programes and practical implementation.

Conference organizing team

German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ / German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA)

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8th ESP World Conference

The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) is a worldwide network, founded in 2008, to enhance the science and practical application of ecosystem services. To facilitate the needed dialogue between scientists, policy makers and practitioners ESP organises an annual international conference in different parts of the world.

The 8th World ESP conference will be held in South Africa from 9-13 November 2015.

The central theme is ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity’. The conference will pay special attention to the public and private sector dialogue on how the ecosystem services concept can be used to support conservation, improve livelihoods and engage the business community.

We especially encourage delegates from businesses to attend the ESP conference in order to discuss challenges and opportunities in using the concept of ecosystem services to achieve conservation and sustainable use of our ‘natural capital’ within a market-context. The conference will provide an excellent platform to engage with experts who can generate solutions to these challenges and start making a difference in practice.

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XVth IWRA World Water Congress

Held every three years since 1973, the World Water Congress is one of the most important events in the water field. The Congress provides a large cross-section of players from around the world and from all disciplines with a single forum to connect. The Congress not only allows stakeholders to share experiences and promote discussion, but also to present new knowledge, research and developments in the water discipline.

The Congress provides an important platform for placing vital water issues at the forefront of international thinking, policy and management. The XVth Congress follows this tradition through its main theme: Global Water, a Resource for Development: Opportunities, Challenges and Constraints

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WaterSmart Innovation Conference

The purpose of this conference is to broaden the knowledge of innovations in urban water efficiency including products, policies, techniques and ideas. All topics related to innovations in water conservation will be considered. Potential topics include:

  • Water/Energy Production Nexus
  • Water Efficiency for Sustainable Building and Development
  • Conservation Policy, Enforcement and Administration
  • Community Outreach Programming
  • Water Efficient Technologies, Appliances and Fixtures
  • Alternative Water Supplies for Buildings and Communities—Reclaim/Recycle, Condensate and Rainwater Harvesting, Desalination Water Efficient Landscaping
  • Drought and Shortage Management
  • Water/Energy Relationships
  • Recycled/Reclaimed Water
  • Smart Irrigation Controllers
  • Commercial/Institutional
  • Conservation 101/How to Develop a Conservation Program
  • Social Marketing Related to Environmental Topics
  • Effluent Irrigation
  • Community Design with Water in Mind
  • Plumbing Code and Water Conservation
  • Education (youth and adult)
  • Water Loss Management

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World Green Infrastructure Congress

The Congress will present the latest technological developments, green industry awards, iconic best practice projects, research data, professional training workshops, Living Art competition and new areas of applications in the field of green infrastructure. It will serve as a surface + space where international urban greenery thought leaders from various disciplines may come together with architects, landscape architects, landscaper contractors, environmentalists, horticulturists, nursery growers and policymakers and stakeholders to examine the present and future trends of this growing sector.

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16th Annual BIOECON Conference

The BIOECON Partners are pleased to announce the Sixteenth Annual International BIOECON conference on the theme of “Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability”. The conference will be of interest to both researchers and policy makers working on issues broadly in the area of biodiversity, ecosystem services, sustainable development and natural capital, in both developed and developing countries. The conference takes a broad interest in the area of resource management, development and conservation, including but not limited to: the role of biodiversity and ecosystem services in economic development, plant genetic resources and food security issues, deforestation and development, fisheries and institutional adaptation, development and conservation, wildlife conservation, and international trade and regulation. The conference will have sessions on economic development, growth and biodiversity conservation, as well as on institutions and institutional change pertaining to the management of living resources.

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One Water Leadership (OWL) Summit

Early Bird Registration for this year’s One Water Leadership (OWL) Summit is open with reduced rates! Join the 5th annual event September 15 – 17, in Kansas City. Invited keynotes include: President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson and U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Spotlight Communities will drive the national conversation on water as the centerpiece for urban sustainability, developing green infrastructure and resource recovery. Attendees and presenters will reflect the broad scope of stakeholders needed to rethink and renew our cities with resilience for a changing climate. Join water leaders, sustainability directors, transportation, parks and recreation officials, as well as business leaders, non-profit organizations, and regulators as we drive the paradigm shift for water sustainability.

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Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference 2014

The emphasis of this Seventh international ESP conference will be on the use of the ecosystem services concept at the local level, focusing on Latin America with a special emphasis on Costa Rica. Scientists representing several EU-funded projects will present their results on Community Based Ecosystem Management. Don’t miss your chance to interact and exchange ideas with the rapidly growing network of ESP members, practitioners, educators, policy-makers, researchers, and many others from all continents. Be part of special sessions and working-groups producing outcomes ranging from journal articles, white papers, book chapters, grant proposals, database structures, websites, and much more. The deadline for the submission of abstracts for posters is June 15th and July 6th.

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World Water Week: Energy and Water

World Water Week is hosted and organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and takes place in Stockholm. The World Water Week has been the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues since 1991. Every year, SIWI provides a platform for over 200 collaborating organisations to convene events at the World Water Week. In addition, individuals from around the globe present their findings at the scientific workshops. Early Bird discount rate is available till 30 June.

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Making Waves in Conservation: 69th SWCS International Annual Conference

The 69th Annual International Conference of the Soil and Water Conservation Society takes place this July in Lombard, Illinois.

From the Great Lakes to the coast, our use of the land impacts major bodies of water. Whether it be the large freshwater lakes of the United States and Canada, the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean; or the other lakes, seas, and oceans of the world, these terminal waters tell the story of what is happening upstream. This year, we consider challenges and progress in nutrient management, erosion and sediment control, nonpoint source and watershed policy, and other issues influencing the health and productivity of our soils and large water bodies. We have an opportunity to reflect upon decades of hard work and to acknowledge the progress of land managers, farmers, advisors, and scientists. We can also recognize failure and emerging problems, with a focus on innovatively moving forward to develop and implement best practices and improve outcomes. Collectively we can make waves in conservation by coming together to share ideas, explore opportunities, and face the challenge of our life on land and its impact on water.

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Addressing Drought and Water Scarcity: Solutions for Safeguarding the Global Food System in the 21st Century

Agriculture is feeling the brunt of prolonged droughts at home and abroad. While California, Colorado, and Texas are having one of the worst droughts on record, numerous other countries are also dealing with water shortages, including Brazil, northern India, northern China, south and central Australia, and every European nation around the Black Sea.

With 70% of fresh water resources already used for agriculture, new challenges from population growth and changing weather patterns will create greater strains on the global food supply. Please join us to discuss the latest impacts of the California drought and the broader implications of a world facing water scarcity.

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To No Net Loss of Biodiversity and Beyond

This gathering will be the first global conference on approaches to avoid, minimise, restore, and offset biodiversity loss. It will bring together experts and professionals from business, governments, financial institutions, NGOs, civil society and research, and intergovernmental institutions with an interst in demonstrating no net loss and preferably a net gain of biodiversity.

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3rd Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology

The Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology is a meeting of stream ecologists held approximately every five years aiming to further the scientific study of stream ecosystems in urban landscapes. In 2014, the third symposium will be held in Portland in the days preceding the joint meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) and the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). The theme of SUSE3 will be mechanisms: both in the broad sense of landscape-scale drivers of ecological change and in the detailed sense of small-scale drivers of in-stream biotic response. At the broad scale, the symposium aims to further our understanding of variation in dominant mechanisms in different regions of the globe.

Preregistration and abstract submission are now available by clicking HERE. As of 03/01/2014 some computers have been experiencing trouble accessing the portal. If you experience trouble, please contact us at the email address below.

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IIED conference on Innovations for equity in smallholder PES: bridging research and practice

What are the best ways to make schemes that compensate protectors of natural resources fairer and more inclusive? IIED’s conference on Innovations for equity in smallholder PES: bridging research and practice aims to explore the latest thinking on the issue from researchers, policy makers, funders and practitioners, and to share lessons learned.

Based at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh on 21 March 2014, the conference on payments for ecosystem services (PES) schemes will include:

  • Conference sessions exploring strategies to promote the inclusion of smallholders and communities in PES schemes
  • Case studies to improve the understanding of participants’ preferences for different PES payment formats
  • Panel discussions among practitioners
  • A post-conference networking event

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Coastal Carbon Economics Webinar with MESP and CSF

The Conservation Strategy Fund and Duke University have launched a collaborative partnership to create a Conservation Economics Initiative. The Initiative will make economics training more readily available to conservation professionals around the world starting with its first MESP sponsored webinar on February 10th.

Terrestrial ecosystems such as forests and coastal and marine ecosystems (MCEs) such as mangroves, salt marshes and sea grasses are a treasure trove, providing a range of ecosystem services that are economically and socially valuable to populations far and wide. Unfortunately many of these ecosystem services are unpriced and therefore underprovided when competing with onsite goods and services that do receive compensation such as agriculture, aquaculture and other developed uses. One ecosystem service provided by these systems is biological carbon sequestration, the process of capturing and retaining carbon in soils and vegetation, which helps mitigate the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that lead to climate risk. MCEs are an incredibly rich pool of carbon, storing as much as three times per hectare more than forest ecosystems, which themselves are quite carbon rich. Global efforts to fight climate change have created financial mechanisms to reward parties for sequestering carbon.

This webinar will discuss how these payment programs might apply to forests and MCEs, what kind of economic value this might add to keeping these systems intact and whether this may be sufficient to forestall their loss.

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Valorando Naturaleza Webinar on Forest Carbon Report Results (Spanish)

Ecosystem Marketplace’s Spanish language sister site, Valorando Naturaleza, is hosting its 3rd webinar. It will present results from Ecosystem Marketplace’s State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2013 report focusing on Latin America. The webinar will include commentary from actors active in the forst carbon sector. The webinar will be in Spanish.

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2nd International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change

The aim objective of the 2013 2nd International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change (ICBCC 2013) is to provide a platform for researchers, engineers, academicians as well as industrial professionals from all over the world to present their research results and development activities in Biodiversity and Climate Change.The 2013 2nd International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change (ICBCC 2013) will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE during November 17-18, 2013.

This conference provides opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face to face, to establish business or research relations and to find global partners for future collaboration.

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Mitigation and Conservation Banking Class, University of California Davis

Learn about the exciting new field of wetland mitigation banking and species conservation banking with an intensive one day workshop on the legal, technical and financial aspects of habitat banking, which includes a field trip to an existing mitigation bank. Learn about the regulatory and legal history establishing mitigation banks and the current rules and practices that govern their operation. Explore the technical aspects such as site selection, watershed and species planning, project permitting, construction planning, credit evaluations and maintenance and monitoring issues. Gain an understanding of the business of banking including the financial assessments, market assessments and demand projections and the how-to’s of sales and marketing.

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Ecosystem Services and Markets Class, University of California Davis

Explore the innovative field of ecosystem services and learn how these habitat-based markets can provide new revenues streams to traditional open space, forest and agricultural lands. Learn about the different rules and regulations that have created these new markets and the tools used to value them. Explore the different markets from wetland mitigation adn endangered species conservation banks, water quality markets and carbon trading.

Obtain hands-on tools to assess and develop these types of habitat based alternative revenue generators. This class is designed to provide planners, appraisers, land attorneys, real estate professionals, land trust and government land managers with the ecological tools and the economic models to assess the viability of creating real economic value with an emphasis on today’s income generating markets for protecting and preserving the environment.

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5th World Conference on Ecological Restoration

The SER2013 World Conference on Ecological Restoration: Reflections on the Past, Directions for the Future will bring together more than 1,200 delegates from around the world interested in the science and practice of ecological restoration as it relates to natural resource management, climate change responses, biodiversity conservation, local and indigenous communities, environmental policy and sustainable livelihoods.

SER2013 is the 5th World Conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration.

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The SER2013 will be held from Oct 6-11, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. The conference will bring together more than 1,500 delegates from around the world interested in the science and practice of ecological restoration. There will be four days of concurrent sessions organized around ecological restoration as it relates to topics such as natural resource management, climate change responses, biodiversity conservation, local and indigenous communities, environmental policy and sustainable livelihoods, and more. The conference will feature world-renowned keynote and plenary speakers as well as numerous symposia, training workshops, concurrent scientific sessions and field trips. There will be quite a bit of focus on ecosystem services and the economics of restoration and conservation.  

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10th World Wilderness Congress

WILD10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress (WWC), will convene this October in Spain to “Make the World a Wilder Place.” Involving up to 1200 delegates from over 50 nations, with an estimated 30,000 on-line, WILD10 is focused on state-of-the-art information, inspiration, and practical, positive results in policy, protected areas, economics, business, communications, and more.

With a significant history of accomplishments, the WWC is the world’s longest-running, international, public project and process for wild nature and human society. WILD10’s collaborative process was invited to Europe by the Spanish Government, the European Commission, and a host of conservation NGOs. Delegates are from governments, NGOs, business, science, indigenous communities, recreation and sport, the arts and the public. WILD10 is an exciting and diverse array of best-practice models, newly forged solutions, cultural events, trainings, associated meetings, and symposia.

Online Q&A on Marine Ecosystem Services

Is your coastal/marine project struggling to calculate the value of ecosystem services? Are you looking for successful cases of ecosystem service valuations in decision-making? This is your opportunity for guidance.

In this interactive ‘Office Hour’ chat, Linwood Pendleton will take your questions on marine and coastal ecosystem services. Linwood will also discuss outcomes from the August 2013 meeting in Bali of the Ecosystem Services Partnership.

Linwood directs the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership, an online center for information and communication on the human uses of marine ecosystems around the world. He is also Director of Ocean and Coastal Policy at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and from 2011-2013 served as Acting Chief Economist for NOAA.

More about the Office Hour:

This Office Hour takes place on, the knowledge-sharing forum for ocean planners and managers worldwide.

The event will be a live interactive chat conducted by typing and reading text – there is no audio component. Office Hour chats provide an opportunity for audience members to ask questions to our guests; audience members may also share their own experiences and insights with the guests and other participants.

All participants are able (and encouraged) to post, and all participants are able to view all posts. You do not need to be logged into the OpenChannels site to participate in the chat. However, you are encouraged to create a user account and log in so you do not need to create temporary user account for each Office Hour.

To join the Office Hour on October 2, 2013, click here.

Second BiodiversityKnowledge Conference

The objective of this second conference is to discuss and finalize the recommended design of a future Network of Knowledge (NoK) on biodiversity and ecosystem services in Europe.

The focus of the conference will be on presenting options for the NoK, which BiodiversityKnowledge has been developing over the past two years through a broad consultation with more than 300 active participations of representatives of the biodiversity and ecosystems services knowledge community. Stakeholders involved ranged from practitioners, researchers to policy makers.

For supporting the discussion, the project team will provide a White Paper prior to the conference. This White Paper provides a concrete concept for such a NoK, including its context, its functions, overall objectives as well as the practicalities of such a NoK through the lessons learned from three demonstration cases. The paper also elaborates on governance issues, rules and procedures and highlights the strong and weak points as well as the uncertainties for future implementation.

The conference will provide the space for institutions and any interested players to voice their interests in contributing to the network of knowledge and outline the roles they can envisage for themselves.

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1st Africa Food Security Conference

This conference will be held around the theme ‘Harnessing Ecosystem Based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa’. It is convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and other UN agencies, governments, research institution, NGOs, scholars, donors, and local governments. The event will consist of a combination of plenary and panel group discussions, which will provide a platform for participants to interact and learn about the latest ideas and practices in harnessing ecosystems services for food security and climate change adaptation.

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Ecosystems for Water and Energy: 13th Annual American Ecological Engineering Society Meeting

The 13th Annual American Ecological Society meeting focuses on the theme of Ecosystems for Water and Energy. As the complexities of the problems affecting world growth and sustainability are uncovered, it is becoming increasingly clear that it is impossible to consider water or energy in isolation from each other. It takes energy to treat polluted waters and producing and transferring energy frequently requires a clean source of water. More researchers and engineers are exploring and even implementing ecologically-engineered solutions that concurrently address both water and energy problems. For example, biomass production for bioenergy has the potential to either improve of degrade water quality – depending on agricultural practices. Anaerobic digestion has the potential to be combined with ecosystems, such as treatment wetlands and algal ponds, to both produce clean energy and reclaim wastewaters.

Hosted by Michigan State University. 10-12 June, 2013. East Lansing MI, USA.

Learn more here.

US Society for Ecological Economics 2013 Call for Papers

The U.S. Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE) will hold its 2013 Conference on June 9-12 at the University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, Vermont hosted by the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics.

There is one month until the February 15th deadline to submit your abstracts for USSEE 2013! The Organizing Committee welcomes a variety of proposal formats, including paper, panel, poster, and workshop submissions relevant to the trans-disciplinary field of ecological economics, especially as they relate to the conference themes.

Our 7th Biennial meeting will aim to take a critical look at sustainability lessons learned at local, regional, and state levels and identifying solutions that can be scaled up.

Overall Conference Theme

· Building Local, Scaling Global: Implementing Solutions for Sustainability

Implementing Themes

  • Re-Building The Biophysical Base Of Ecological Economics
  • Bridging Ecological And Behavioral Economics
  • Designing Social Policy And Education For The Anthropocene

Underlying Sub-Themes

  •  Ecological Economics in Practice
  •  Ecological Economic Communication

Please visit the Call for Papers page to submit your presentation ideas using our online form. Abstracts are due by February 15, 2013.

For questions, please contact conference organizers at or call UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at (802) 656-1353.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee, chaired by John Gowdy, former president of both the USSEE and ISEE.

The Organizing Committee encourages you to spread the word about USSEE 2013 and this Call for Proposals. We look forward to seeing you in Vermont this June!

9th South-Еast European Congress & Exhibition on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy


Leading companies will showcase innovative systems for wind-, bio- and hydro energy, solutions for increasing the energy efficiency, e-mobility and environmental services.  

The Congress topics: Financing of EE & RES Projects, Energy Efficiency, RES Electricity, Bio Energy, etc. A highlight in the program will be the topic ‘Smart energy storage’.

Delegates will have also excellent opportunity to see at one place plenty of new products and services at the parallel EE & RES, SEE Solar and Waste Management, Recycling & Environment Exhibitions.

Exhibitor Profile:  

RES: Bioenergy; Geothermal; Solar Thermal and PV; Wind Energy; Energy Efficiency: Cogeneration; Energy-Efficient Equipment and Technologies in Industry and Construction; Retrofitting of Buildings; Passive Houses; E-Mobility.

Visitor Profile:  

Agriculture; Chemical Industry; Construction, Architecture; Consulting, Ecology (Waste Management & Recycling); Electronics; Power Engineering; Energy-Saving Technologies; Finance; Food Industry; Investment; Machine Building and Metallurgy; Packaging; Renewable Energy; State and Municipality Administration and Tourism.

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Organiser: Via Expo  



SEE Solar – South-East European Solar PV & Thermal Exhibition

Profile: Solar PV & Thermal Systems and Technologies

The solar industry enters a new phase of its development and is taking the lead in the global energy mix. The excellent solar irradiation indicators on the Balkans and the interest of leading companies in the sector led to the launching of the SEE Solar Exhibition. It will be held parallel to the annual SE European Exhibitions on EE & RES and Waste Management, Recycling & Environment for the second time.
Alukoenigstahl, Canadian Solar, Hewalex, juwi Solar, KPV Solar, kWpower, LCS Solarstrom, Power One, REC Solar, Refusol, Sky Solar, Solarzentrum Allgau, Solea, etc. showed up-to-date photovoltaic and solar thermal systems in 2012 edition. The exhibition brings together manufacturers, installers, investors and consultants.  
Visitor Profile
Agriculture; Chemical Industry; Construction, Architecture; Consulting, Ecology (Waste Management & Recycling); Electronics; Power Engineering; Energy-Saving Technologies; Finance; Food Industry; Investment; Machine Building and Metallurgy; Packaging; Renewable Energy; State and Municipality Administration and Tourism.
2013 Edition
Fronius, REFUsol GmbH, Sputnik Engineering AG (Solarmax), Diehl Ako Stiftung & CO. KG, Chinaland Solar, REC, SMA Central & Eastern Europe, etc. have already confirm their participating again.
Organiser: Via Expo