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Western regional congress 2023
24 April 2023 to 29 April 2023
With an ongoing change in our climate european weather has become more and more unpredictable in recent years. As extreme weather events will occur increasingly it is time for societies to face those challenges. We are in urgent need to adapt and
Prepare for the Extreme!
Climate change is incredibly multifaceted and present everywhere – severe weather events, crisis management, urban planning, renewable energies, monitoring systems, tourism, agriculture and emissions are just a few examples. During the congress, we will discuss these challenges in more detail from selected geographical perspectives while the workshops and excursions offered will provide the broadest possible coverage of contexts.
In order to have a direct look at the consequences of climate change WRC23 will take place in Thuringia Forest. In this unique mountainous region in central Germany influences by extreme weather events have been visible for a few years already. With the forest being composed of mainly coniferous trees it is highly impacted by heat waves and droughts and therefore has been facing a massive bark beetle invasion. In addition to that, the region has been facing tremendous economical and societal changes in the past four decades after German reunification. Rural depopulation, sectoral unemployment or sustainable urban development strategies are only a few issues the Thurnigia Forest is confronted with.
Our accommodation will be Ferienpark Thüringer Wald, a beautiful situated recreational park directly in the forest next to the small town of Schalkau. With cozy dorms, plenty of seminar rooms, an assembly hall and a small restaurant attached this accommodation provides everything for a magnificent congress.
workshops & Excursions
Train: In Schalkau there is a regional train station with connections towards Grimmenthal/Erfurt or Sonneberg/Coburg/Bamberg where you will have further connections to intercity trains. Please fill in this form on your travel details.
Bus: There are a number of bus stops in the region. Howether, direct access to Schalkau by bus is not possible. You would have to change to a train at some point during your journey.
Car: Schalkau is reachable by car via Autobahn 73. If you plan on coming by car and there are still free seats you can fill in this form, so that other EGEANs can join the ride.
Bike: Schalkau is located close to the european bike track “Green Belt”, which runs along the former inner German border. If you choose to come by bike you will not only travel green but also on historic grounds!