Mini international conference: Aquatic Restoration & Nature-Based Solutions

Save the date for our internationational conference on restoration and nature-based solutions. Registration is now open!

Sted: Oslo Science Park
Når: 12.10.2021 - 14.10.2021,

For invitasjon på norsk: Internasjonal minikonferanse



Why this conference? The UN decade for ecosystem restoration starts this year and signifies a new era. Ambitions of the EU Green Deal and Biodiversity strategy towards 2030 demand actions and restoration will be a key component in reaching targets. We will see an unprecedented up-scaling of restoration actions in the coming years, creating an enormous drag for skills that can drive this process, from planners to practitioners and underpinned by science. Nature-based solutions will be implemented at increasing rates to help alleviate the pressure on nature and us humans. The escalation of climate change, the threat to biodiversity and increased risk from pollutants must be met with appropriate measures to secure human well-being.


Our conference has its focus on water; aquatic ecosystems spanning from marine coastal areas to freshwaters including rivers, lakes, and wetlands. We employ a catchment perspective and consider all types of land-uses including cities. The conference is directed towards science underpinning restoration and nature-based solutions more than showcasing hands on examples. We aim to attract natural as well as social scientists, both as presenter and participants.


Where is it going to be? The conference will be held at Oslo Science Park and can be attended in person (maximum number of participants 140) or virtually after what you prefer as a participant. The aim is to have most of the key note speakers in Oslo if possible and broadcast their presentations live. However, given the COVID times we are living in, this might be adjusted as we move closer to the conference as could the maximum number of participants that can be allowed on the premises.


Confirmed keynotes

Professor Daniel Hering, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany

Associate professor Brendan Mckie, Swedish Agricultural University (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden

Senior scientist Isabel Seifert-Dähnn, NIVA, Oslo, Norway

Professor Carlos Garcia de Leaniz, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales

Senior scientist Trine Bekkby, NIVA, Oslo, Norway

Senior engineer Xiaogang Tian, Sichuan Academy of Ecological & Environmental Sciences, Chengdu, China

Professor Lee Brown, Water@Leeds, University of Leeds, UK 


COVID-19 and Carbon Footprint Disclaimer
NIVA joins the world in adjusting to a new normal. We continue working on a state-of-the-art platform to provide a format that best serves all our participants by offering both physical and virtual participation.

The conference is organized by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) and related to the project SABICAS funded by the Research Council of Norway (grant agreement no. 320176).

Download the conference flyer here






Key Dates

July 2021: Registration open

15 September 2021: Early Registration Ends

1 October 2021:Abstract Submission Deadline



Early bird: 1500 NOK experts / 1000 NOK students


Regular: 2000 NOK / 1500 NOK


Virtual: 200 NOK / 100 NOK



Please send an email to our conference management and state if you would like to present and the attendance form (physically vs. virtual). If you state interest you will get the second announcement in advance of the general advertising.



Last updated 07.07.2021