The organizing committee, and the convenors, Pr Véronique Bellon-Maurel (Montpellier Supagro), P. Roux (Cemagref), were happy to welcome you to Montpellier, Languedoc Roussillon, France,for the Ecotech & Tools 2011 conference!
This meeting was held at the conjunction of research directions of three research networks and consortia endeavouring to develop innovative tools and methodologies for a better monitoring and control of the sustainability of agro-biosystems (including agriculture, forestry, water management, waste management, land management…). The research networks which joined their efforts to organize this seminar are:
- PEER (Partnership for European Environmental Research)
- Consortium of the European IRSES project “ECOTOOL”
- Consortium of the Interreg IV project “Ecotech-Sudoe”
These three networks gather 14 organisations devoted to research and teaching on Environmental Sciences and Technologies in Europe and Australia: Alterra (NL), CEH (UK), Cemagref (FR), Ecole des Mines d’Alès (FR), INRA LBE (FR), JRC (EU), Montpellier Supagro (FR), NERI (DK), Syke (FI), UAB (SP), Univ. of Aveiro (PT), UFZ (DE), Univ. of Girona (SP), Univ. of Sydney (AU), UNSW (AU).
EcoTech&Tools was the opportunity to learn and exchange about the latest research related to environmental and integrated assessment of various anthropogenic complex systems such as human-interacting biosystems (agriculture, forestry, etc ), water management systems, land management. Special focus were made on these three areas as well as on methodological bottlenecks dealing with life cycle analysis applied to complex systems of industrial and territorial ecology: how to simplify methods, how to evaluate emergent technologies, how to deal with uncertainties. Hot research topics such as the status of water, soil and biodiversity in LCA of complex biosystems will be discussed. Finally, the gap was bridged between environmental and social assessment towards integrated assessment. Special slots in plenary session were dedicated to presentations of posters. Researchers were invited to submit posters on the 5 themes of the conference:
- LCA and anthropogenic complex systems
- Methodology bottlenecks in LCA applied to complex systems
- Industrial and territorial ecology
- Social and integrated assessment
- Specific issues linked to bio-anthropo- systems: water – biodiversity – land.
Posters of case studies of environmental assessment, eco-design or integrated assessment of systems related to agriculture, forestry, water, land and urban management were also welcome
We hope to have been able to set up some state-of-the-art forms of communication, through which scientists, experts and industrialists from all over the world will be able meet and exchange ideas
We hope that you appreciated the scientific program of the conference and attractions of Montpellier.
For the organising committee
Pr Véronique Bellon-Maurel (Montpellier Supagro), P. Roux (Cemagref)