15th EU Forestpedagogics Congress


Luxembourg, 11th-13th MAY 2020

MONDAY, 11th May

Time Occasion

Arrival in Luxembourg

Hotel  - Check in
Shuttle bus from Luxembourg International Airport or Train station available or use public transport (free of charge)

17.30 Shuttle bus transfer from Hotels to meeting point
18.00 - 21.00


Guided tour through a typical winegrowing village (Ehnen)
& vineyards in cooperation with Regional Tourism Office and winetasting

Return to Hotels

TUESDAY, 12th May

Time Occasion
8.00 Shuttle bus transfer from Hotels to meeting point
8.30 Arrival at Congress Center (Biodiversum)
9.00  - 9.30

Opening of the congress:
Michel Gloden
- Mayor of Schengen

Welcome Speech
Dr Frank Wolter
- Director of the Nature Conservation Agency Luxembourg

9.30 - 10.15 Key-note speech:
Positive effects of forests on human health and well-being. What does research say?

Liz o'Brien (*)
Dr Liz o'Brien is head of a dynamic Social and Economic Research Group that focuses on understanding the complex relationships between forestry, the environment and society
10.15 - 11.00

Key-note speech:
Training of forest health / mindfulness trainers & forest (mindfulness) therapists and touch points with forest pedagogy

Prof. Otmar Fuchß (*)
Highschool Rottenburg, Germany

11.00 - 11.15 Break
11.20 - 12.30 Market of activities
6-8 activities within a round-parcours of 2,5 km (see details under "Market of activities")
12.30 - 13.45 Lunch
14.00  - 14.15 Project presentation “Forest Lounge - reconnect with nature -
a virtual experience aiming to reconnect people with nature
Dr. Laurent Schley
- Deputy Director - Nature Conservation Agency Luxembourg
14.30 - 15.00 Welcome speech
Carole Dieschbourg
- Minister of Environment
15.00 - 17.00 Worldcafé  - “Human well-being and Forestpedagogy”
8-10 groups working in 3 rounds of 20 minutes; Share collective discoveries in the plenum

15th EUFPC-participants create new points of view through discussions. They pool their information and examine it from various angles. They integrate their diverse individual perspectives into a new collective perspective. The conclusions will be presented to the audience.
17.15 Return to Hotels:
Shuttle bus transfer from congress location to Hotels and back to the “dinner” meeting point
19.00 - 22.00 Dinner offered by Minstry of Environment
22.15 Return to Hotels:
Shuttle bus transfer back to Hotels


Time Occasion
8.00 Shuttle bus transfer from Hotels to  meeting point located in Berdorf ("little Luxembourgian  Switzerland" )
9.00 Arrival in Berdorf
9.00  - 9.10 Opening of 2nd congress day
Joe Nilles
- Mayor of Berdorf
9.15  - 9.55 Key-note speech:
What happens when we reconnect to nature?

Marieke Kremers (*)
Nature coach and Wildlife Manager, Assistant at the Nature Conservation Centre
“A Wiewesch”
10.00 - 10.45 Key-note speech:
Forest therapy and Forest pedagogy-similarities, intersections and incompatibilities

Dirk Schmechel (*)
Leader (Coordinator) of the Forest Communicators Network - Subgroup -
Forest Pedagogics, Bavarian State Institute of Forestry (LWF)
10.50 - 11.00
Preparations for field trips in the forest
Self service  - backpack catering with regional products to take away  - no waste concept
11.30 - 15.00
6 Field trips “Forestbathing in Forestpedagogy excursions with experts-tandems of a forestpedagog and a forest health coach (see details under "Tandem excursions")
16.00 - 17.00
Closing ceremony  outside at the Amphitheatre Berdorf (former millstone quarry)
17.00 - 20.30

Dinner at the Amphitheatre accompanied by music


21.00 Return to Hotels on organized buses

THURSDAY, 14th May - Optional day

Time Occasion
9.00 Guided tour  - Luxembourg City (old town & lunch)
14.00 - 17.00
EU Monument & Museum of Schengen

(*) Congress Language:
The main congress language will be English. Interpreters will provide a simultaneous translation (German/French/English) of presentations from keynote speakers.

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