As concerns about the spread of Coronavirus increase, we’re reaching out with a brief update to let you know how the Tallinn Forum & Berlin TU organising teams are preparing and planning to provide the first notable conference on SEA practice for a decade.
We just wanted to reassure you that we are on top of this fast-moving situation relating to the Coronavirus outbreak. but
In the meantime, if your organisation has already taken the decision to lock down the office and to place travel restrictions on you. If you're looking for a form of escapism over the next coming weeks, we encourage you to consider submitting an abstracts outlining a successful SEA strategy, approach or methodology – and then envision yourself debating it with new contacts on a warm Berlin evening within one of their famous beer garden.
We are committed to providing you with a networking platform for the improvement and practice of SEA amongst all professionals using SEA as an instrument to improve decision-making within strategic planning, and to promote sustainability.
A Tallinn Forum Conference
The Tallinn Forum, is a professional practice forum established in partnership with the Estonian Environmental Institute (EKI). The objectives of the Tallinn Forum are to provide networking opportunities for the exchange of best practice knowledge, debate and research between practitioners in government, consultancy, industry and academia.
Tallinn Forum events present a unique opportunity for European and international IA professionals to promote best practice in EIA and SEA in Europe, enhance the impact of IA within sustainable development and decision making, take part in continuing professional development, and to discuss regulatory amendments impacting on practice.
Johann Köppel - Professor of Environmental Assessment and Planning at Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Thomas Fischer - Professor Department Geography and Planning at University of Liverpool, UK
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is part of a family of related impact and decision-making tools that have developed globally since the 1990s. The European Union and its Member States, in partnership with regions of the UN Economic Commission for Europe, has been one of the most active supporters in the application of SEA as a driver for sustainable decision making, incorporating SEA into the heart of its legal instruments. Frameworks for SEA have also emerging internationally and within key economic development sectors. SEA practice has also extended into donor assistance activities, particularly within the lending operations of International Finance Institutions.
Key issues we are inviting consideration and contributory papers within this complex and evolving field include:
This inaugural conference of the Tallinn Forum on Advances in European SEA Practice provides a rare international opportunity for Europe’s SEA community of leading practitioners and administrators to gather and debate current practice.
The conference will offer plenaries, focused workshops and free paper sessions to discuss specific topics and sectors of SEA interest and concern, examine best practice case studies and learn how SEA is influencing the promotion of sustainable development.
Since the focus of the conference will be to promote best practice, the Program & Technical Committees will review submitted case studies and papers and invite those that are most likely to effectively stimulate discussion or debate.
There will be opportunities to present short research papers during some sessions, as well as posters. An Academic workshop will be held preceding the main Conference program focusing on “Current Approaches and Methods in SEA Research” in the morning of September 9th. The conference & its related forums will all be held in English.
The Tallinn Forum is inviting academics in IA to a workshop centred around research methodology in SEA that will be held 9th of September in the morning. The workshop will be chaired by Charlotta Faith-Ell together with Lone Kornov and Gesa Geißler. As participation is limited, please indicate during registration if you will be attending the workshop.
Much of the early research on Environmental Assessment (EA) was carried out in the form of ex-post evaluation of EA documents (i.e., evaluation of EA quality, implementation, and outcomes). This was primarily achieved through document review and practitioner interviews post decision. However, SEA researchers have now concluded that SEA research needs to get closer to SEA practice, i.e. evaluations of on-going processes.
This part of the workshop aims at discussing research methods and knowledge production in SEA and thereby move SEA research approaches from ex-post evaluations towards more participatory or evaluation research. Furthermore, as SEA research is very applied, it will be of academic interest to discuss the dissemination of research results. The ability of SEA researchers to influence the take up of their research findings by practitioners and decision makers will be of increasing importance in influencing the direction of future SEA practice.
The proposed programme sets out the current ideas and session/paper proposals of the Organising Technical Committee. We welcome abstracts for papers along these themes. Topics and Themes are subject to change.
Day 1 - Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
8.30 – 12.30 Workshops (requires prior registration):
Tallinn Workshop 1: SEA Educational Forum - Methods and knowledge production in SEA research
Tallinn Workshop 2: Leadership in SEA: Strategic Communication Skills - getting your message across
10.00 Registration Desk Opens
12.30 Welcome & Opening Plenary Keynotes
14.30 Coffee Break
15.00 Breakout Sessions 1:
16.30 Breakout Sessions 2:
18.00 Evening Social & Networking
Day 2 - Thursday, September 10th, 2020
8.30 Morning Plenary
10.00 Coffee break
10.30 Breakout Sessions 3:
12.00 Networking Lunch
13.30 Breakout sessions 4:
15.00 Coffee break
15.30 Breakout sessions 5:
19.00 Conference Dinner (Prior registration required)
Day 3 - Friday, September 11th, 2020
8.30 Panel discussion
10.00 Coffee break
10.30 Breakout Sessions 6:
13.30 Closing Plenary
The conference will provide a unique forum for discussion amongst European Town & Country Planners, IA Professionals, Government Officials, Researchers and NGO leaders. Participants from other international countries and institutions are equally welcome to participate.
On-line registration will open 1st of May.
The conference will be held on the premises of the Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin)
The central campus of TU Berlin is located in the Charlottenburg district, in the western part of the city center. The campus is easily accessed by public transportation via subway line 2 (Ernst-Reuter-Platz station) and by train (Zoologischer Garten and Tiergarten stations) which connect to Berlin Central Station and both Tegel and Schoenefeld Airports. A wide variety of accommodation types can be accessed throughout the area.