The ninth international landscape forum on the topic of cross-border countries this year in a virtual space
by SPU Web Editor
This year, the 9th LE: NOTRE Landscape Forum 2020: Cross-Border Landscapes was to take place in Bratislava from 21 to 25 April. Due to the current situation, the event moved to a virtual space and turned into a one-day intensive online forum. On April 22, more than 170 experts from various parts of Europe and the world signed up for the Zoom virtual lecture room.
The event was organized by the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava and the Technical University of Vienna in cooperation with LE: NOTRE Institute, an international non-profit organization based in Wageningen, the Netherlands, focusing on connecting education, research and innovative practices in the country, its creation and management.
The forum was attended by more than 170 participants from almost 40 countries from Norway to Chile, from Brazil to China. Participants were welcomed by Ellen Fetzer, President of the European Council of Schools for Landscape Architecture (ECLAS), Attila Tóth (Chair of LE: NOTRE Institute, SUA Nitra), Katarína Kristiánová (STU Bratislava) and Richard Stiles (TU Wien) for the organizers and Ingrid Konrad, Chief Architect of the city of Bratislava.
The main speakers were Anja Brüll from Euregio Meuse-Rhine and Marek Dinka from the City of Bratislava. Their cross-border cooperation projects were presented by: Klára Salzmann from the Czech Technical University in Prague, Christoph Litschauer from the Donau-Auen National Park in Austria, Martin Kuba from BUND (Association of Friends of the Earth in Germany) and Michal Bogár from STU in Bratislava.
Student teams from China (Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuchan), Germany (HfWU Nürtingen-Geislingen and HSWT Weihenstephan-Triesdorf), Slovenia (University of Ljubljana) and Slovakia (STU Bratislava) presented their winning designs.
The forum was accompanied by interesting moderated discussions and interactive workshops. At the end of the event, the next year's Landscape Forum, which will take place in April 2021 in Gdańsk, was announced.