Joint symposium: BUILD Solutions and ECOLAND International Joint Lab
October 1-2-3, 2019 – Nancy, France


Nature Based Solutions (NBS)
to improve biodiversity in anthropized environments

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Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) to improve biodiversity in anthropized environments symposium is organized as part of the Building Urban Intelligent Living Design Solutions (BUILD solutions) project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and developed by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Université de Lorraine, Vienna University of Economics and Business, ERSILIA Foundation, Econick, Plant-e, City Facilitators, Green Tech Challenge together with ECOLAND (Ecosystem Services provided by Contaminated Land).

ECOLAND is a Franco-Chinese International Joint Lab (Laboratoire International Associé) created in 2015 by the Université de Lorraine-UL, INRA, France (Laboratoire Sols et Environnement – LSE) and Sun Yat-sen University-SYSU, China (Guangdong Provincial Key Lab Environmental Pollution Control and Remediation Technology – LEPCRT). ECOLAND aims to develop science and technology to improve knowledge and promote solutions to improve the ecosystem services provided by vast territories contaminated by persistent pollutants.

About the Symposium


Biodiversity collapse is a major global issue. NBS are the recognition that Nature may help to solve environmental problems and is a major tool to build sustainable cities. But are those NBS efficient enough to preserve and improve biodiversity?

The purpose of the symposium is to provide information to enable the analysis of the actual impact of nature-based solutions on biodiversity in highly anthropogenic environments. The first step will be to describe the state of biodiversity in anthropized environments, then describe the nature-based solutions that are used to restore or build ecosystems in urban areas and identify the benefits but also the limits of these solutions on biodiversity in the short and long term. The symposium will finally focus on urban planning and the means that should be used to disseminate knowledge about NBS and its implementation in full scale.

The symposium will be aimed at young researchers (masters and PhDs) who wish to acquire knowledge on urban planning, restoration of degraded sites and tools available for a sustainable development that places biodiversity at the forefront of its goals. The symposium will mobilize a wide range of disciplines: microbiology, soil biology, plant physiology, (functional) ecology, ecology of socio-ecosystems, (eco)toxicology, (eco)physiology, genetics, agronomy, soil science, ecological engineering, soil engineering, chemical engineering, city management, law, citizen participatory sciences.



Seven sessions will be organized, each being opened by an invited conference by a keynote speaker that will cover most of the topic (20mn + 10mn questions/discussion). Then six flash presentations (5mn each) will address the questions that will be discussed during the last phase of the session which will be organized in the form of a round table (20mn + 10mn questions/discussion). Session 7 will be a roundtable. 

A one-day field trip will present solutions that are being implemented in a city (Nancy) to provide Nature inside the walls and solutions used for the remediation and restoration of brownfields to improve the ecosystem services.

Call for Posters



Opening of call: May, 30th 2019
Deadline for poster submission: September, 20th 2019
Symposium dates: October,3rd 2019
Communication of Results: October,3rd 2019
1st prize: DAUM artwork 

How to apply:

Language: UK English / French
The application is free of charge.

Projects must be realized by the person/ people submitting. They have to be presented in  A0 vertical format, including author, affiliation, title of the project, year of realization, keywords, text describing the project. 

Submission has to be performed through the following link:

Please note that the author of the poster will be required to present his work during the symposium.

Copyright: all parts of the submitted material (including text and photographs), must be either authored by the person/people submitting or must have the rights to use and publish them.
Submission of the projects implies the author’s agreement to publish the posters in the conference proceedings publication and in the BUILDsolutions website. 

Please note that the entrance to the Symposium is free of charge, but authors are in anycase required to fill the registration form available at the following link:




Université de Lorraine
34 cours Léopold
F-54000 Nancy


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