Conference Start

The main topic

Close to nature and revitalised water flows in urbanised and suburban environment. Ecosystem services and recreation significance of river space in the cities

The conference is one of the outputs of the project:

"Increasing awareness and propagation of functions of forests in landscape and in-nature riverbeds in urban environment as a component of ecosystem drainage basin service"

Supported by grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway

The aim of the conference

The aim of the conference is to create a platform (meeting place) of a wide spectre of scientists and professionals solving the issue of perception, functions, use, integration and evaluation of the significance of rivers in the cities and suburban country.

  • Solution of river space in cities in terms of urbanism and town planning
  • Economic significance and ecosystem services of rivers in the cities
  • Ecological functions of rivers in the cities
  • Perception of significance of rivers from the point of view of general public
  • Flood-protection protection of cities and their recreation potential
  • Stylised vs close to nature and revitalised river flows
  • River as a part of suburban areas
  • The significance of rivers in urbanised environment in terms of (sustainable) regional development
  • Recreation potential, effects and utilisation of rivers in urbanised environment

April 19 - 22

Chateau Krtiny



Organizational Information

The international scientific conference is taking place in the Chateau Křtiny near city of Brno in the Czech Republic.

No booking fees for invited participations (includes food and accommodation)

  • Participation in the conference is for invited professionals for free.
  • Accommodation is provided in chateau Křtiny in comfort double bed rooms for invited profes-sionals for free.
  • Catering is provided by chateau Křtiny in its own restaurant.
  • Transportation needs to be ordered individually by each contestant.

Conference contributions will be published either in the conference proceedings or in the magazine European Countryside, eventually Journal of Landscape Management

Important Dates

The deadline for sending the registration form and the abstract is extended to 28th March 2016. Date of acceptance is set to 30th March 2016.
I. Circular with suggested programme January 20th 2015
Registration form and Abstracts must be sent to March 28th 2016
Notice on accepted abstracts March 30th 2016
II. Circular with programme April 7th 2016
Articles full versions to proceedings must be sent to April 11th 2016
Submission of full text for the Journal of Landscape Management April 30th 2016
Submission of full text for the European Countryside April 30th 2016

How to participate

To register for the conference, please fill in the form (download, format MS Word) and send it to e-mail address

Format For Paper Submissions

  • Please write your paper in this Sample paper for CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS (download, format MS Word)
  • The first page should contain: Title, Name(s), Institutional affiliation(s), Abstracts, Keywords.
  • Please, use the address to submit your full paper!

Files to downloads

Conference Partners

Conference Organizers

Organisational committee

Šárka Veselá
Ivana Lampartová
Jiří Schneider
Helena Lorencová
Vít Karber

Contact e-mail:

Information about project RaFa

The project aims to educate general public on the value of selected parts of basin ecosystem services. Using generally comprehensible form the result and outcomes of the project present recreational significance of near-natural and revitalised riverbeds in urban area, adding to their water management and ecosystem effect. Within the open landscape it popularises social functions of forests and forestry. The professional results of the project will be field research based country-wide overviews of
A) parts of water courses in urban areas and suburban recreation zones with significant synergistic water management, ecology and recreology effects;
B) examples of forest stand with high social and country-forming significance.

Project website

Suggested Programme

Tuesday April 19th

Check – in from 14:00
Openning dinner

Wednesday April 20th

Registration from 9:00
Theoretical part I.
Theoretical part II.
Social Dinner

Thursday April 21th

Theoretical part III.
Terrain Excursion I. (practical part)

Friday April 22th

Terrain Excursion II.
Closing of conference

There will be a VERNISSAGE OF THE EXHIBITION RIVERS IN THE CITIES which will take place, together with the conference, in premises of Křtiny castle and which aims to present the value and beauty of forests to general public. The exhibition is also the out-come of the RaFA project and will have a touring character. Something small from earlier can be found in the project photo gallery

The other events will be outdoor excursions which will show practical parts of the conference topics.

Conference Location

Zamek Krtiny
Krtiny 1
679 00 Krtiny
Phone: +420 123 456 789

Vallis Baptismi – Valley of Baptism – Christening (Křtiny). This ancient name proves the importance of the traditional places where in the town Křtiny in the middle of splendid and varied nature since 1750 is a baroque temple complex, castle and park designed by Jan Blažej Santini – Aichl. On 10.200 ha of forest owned by the Mendel University in Brno, located on the northern border of city of Brno in the neighborhood of Jedovnice, Křtiny, Adamov, Bílovice nad Svitavou and Vranov u Brna, partly belonging to the Mora-vian Karst, manages since 1923 Training Forest Enterprise Masaryk Forest Křtiny, as well as Křtiny castle with park. Although church and castle are not located on the highest point in the landscape, they dominate Křtiny valley.

History of Chateau Křtiny

The building was established by with the reconstruction of the baroque residence, which the Zábrdovice monks built by the present day church in 1658. The entire complex is connected with the Czech architect of Italian origin Jan Blažej Santini - Aichl. The mon-astery experienced its greatest fame in the second half of the 18th century. Since 1920, it has been the headquarters of the Mendel University in Brno organizational part – Training Forest Enterprise Masaryk Forest Křtiny. It underwent extensive reconstruction from 1994 and total reconstruction of the interior in 2008.