UNISCAPE and Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette are jointly organizing the international conference "Landscape & Imagination. Towards a new baseline for education in a changing world", which will be held in Paris 2-4 May 2013.

The aim of the conference is to discuss the contribution that education and training in landscape science can make to governance of a world in transition. The conference will address the following questions: How can emerging trends be addressed in landscape education and research undertaken by universities, departments of architecture, landscape management, town planning, landscape ecology, horticulture, agronomy, and so on? What links should be developed with other scientific fields? What knowledge and know-how needs to be reconsidered? How can different perceptions of the environment be considered in the education system? How can we “move beyond modernity” and use the resources of imagination to design the foundations of sustainable landscapes? The debate during this international conference is also intended to contribute to the establishment of a world landscape convention that is currently being studied as an initiative of IFLA.

Authors wishing to present a paper are invited to submit an abstract of their proposed paper in either English or French. The proposal shall not exceed 800 characters (spaces included) and must relate to one of the conference themes. It must be submitted by the 15th of June 2012. Please find all  information in the call for papers enclosed.

The conference will be held with the support of the French Ministry of Culture and Communications, the Council of Europe, with the partnership in Paris of the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine. It is organised by UNISCAPE (European Network of Universities for the Implementation of the European Landscape Convention) and the Laboratory AMP (Architecture, Milieu, Paysage) UMR LAVUE 7218 CNRS/Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette, with the support of the TOPIA network, LANDSCAPE EUROPE, IALE Europe, CIVIL-SCAPE, EFLA, ECLAS and AESOP.