Department of Integrated Geography

Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
Faculty of Human Geography and Planning


6th Scientific Symposium “Ecosystem services in transdisciplinary approach”

We are pleased to announce that the 6th Scientific Symposium “Ecosystem services in transdisciplinary approach” – ECOSERV 2020 – will be held within the SURE 2020 World Congress.

The ECOSERV 2020 will be focused on new research in ecosystem services, including the methods, tools, models and implementation.

The ECOSERV 2020 will be supported by the Ecosystem Services journal, which may consider the conference papers for publication in Special Issue on Ecosystem services in transdisciplinary approach – ES & transdisciplinarity.


Department of Integrated Geography and Regional Analysis Department participate, with other 7 partners from Europe, in TeRRIFICA Project – Territorial RRI Fostering Innovative Climate Action, funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 824489, H2020-SwafS-2018-2020 Science with and for Society). The project will set up tailored roadmaps and key performance indicators for the implementation of the developed methodologies and climate change adaptation activities in regional practice. Customized capacity building for the different stakeholder groups will be offered. Through workshops, regional and international summer schools, TeRRIFICA aims to empower local people (with a particular focus on regional authorities and policymakers) and will develop together with them adequate solutions. Field trips to local and regional promising activities related to research and regional innovation, and broader stakeholder engagement with feedback loops will be organized. Through its co-creative multi-stakeholder approaches, participants have the opportunity to expand their knowledge around climate change and innovative climate action and to identify opportunities, drivers and barriers of implementation. Activities take into account challenges for the acceptance and feasibility, technological and regulatory constraints in six pilot regions. TeRRIFICA started in January 2019 and will run for 42 months, till end of June 2022.

The project aims at fostering competence for climate change adaptation in different European regions and its goals are: 1) to develop action plans together with diverse actors on how regional climate change adaptation measures can be implemented; 2) to transfer these measures to other regions; and 3) to broaden the experience with various cooperation formats, which are suitable to arouse the interest for engagement in climate change adaptation in the different target groups.

Our team is involved in the implementation of all work packages, but the specific role is to develop a crowd-mapping tool for a recognition of the role of green, blue and grey infrastructure in climate action in the six pilot regions in Europe

More information about this project could be found in leaflet, at the websites terrifica.euhttp://igsegp.amu.edu.pl/terrifica/ and in social media profiles FlickrTwitter.

Project FEW-meter

On September 27-28, the Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences held a kick-off meeting as a part of the international FEW-meter project – an integrative model to measure and improve urban agriculture, shifting it towards circular urban metabolism.

The primary participants of the meeting were the project members from five distinct countries, namely Poland, Germany, France, Great Britain and the USA. A two-day discussion focused mainly on issues such as urban gardening, in particular social gardening and its role in cities, as well as the possibilities of exploiting bio-waste for the production of fertilizers by using anaerobic miceration. What was also mentioned is the indicators showing the relationship between food production and the use of water and energy. In addition, the meeting was a great opportunity to share and exchange various remarks and doubts regarding data collection.

Moreover, the members of 4 out of 6 project working groups presented the reports on the progress of their research.

The result of the meeting was to determine further activities concerning the project for the near future.

5th Scientific Symposium “Ecosystem services in transdisciplinary approach”

Department of Integrated Geography organized the 5th Scientific Symposium  on Ecosystem Services in transdisciplinary approach – ECOSERV 2018, which  was held on 17-19 September 2018 in Poznań, Poland.

The novum was the international formula of the Symposium, which held under the patronage of the Ecosystem Services Partnership. In addition, one of the sessions devoted to urban ecosystem services was co-organized by the Central European Chapter of the Society for Urban Ecology (SURE-CE).

ECOSERV 2018 proved to be an excellent occasion to bring together scientists and practitioners from different countries and exchange experience on mapping, assessment and implementation of ES. The Symposium gathered 100 participants from 14 countries of Europe and Asia. Special Guests of ECOSERV 2018 – Benjamin Burkhard and Marcus Erhard – presented the state of the art in Europe and activities on European Union level. The thematic sessions have been devoted to urban ES, forest ES, cultural ES, mapping of ES, assessment of ES, and methods in general. Some presentations considered ES assessment on national level, e.g. Russia, Lithuania, Germany, Czech Republic. Several presentations included regional and local level, e.g. cases from Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Turkey, Finland, Russia, Germany, Estonia, Italy, Austria, Japan.

To see abstracts of all 56 presentations and 13 posters, click here.

To see some photos, click here.

Keep also an eye on the Poland National Network of ESP.

We hope to see again at ECOSERV 2020, Poznan 6-8 July 2020!


Department of Integrated Geography participated, with other 36 partners from Europe, in the ESMERALDA Project – Enhancing ecoSysteM sERvices mApping for poLicy and Decision mAking, funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 642007). This Project aimed to deliver a ‘flexible methodology’ that can simultaneously provide innovative building blocks for pan-European, national and regional ES mapping and assessment. ESMERALDA started in February 2015 and ended on 31 of July 2018.

Our team contributed to several tasks:

  • Determination what the relevant stakeholders expect from ES mapping;
  • Identification of suitability of existing ES maps in Poland for an implementation by policymakers and other stakeholders;
  • Analyze of ES assessment for Poland regard to the role of scaling, synergies or trade-offs, their shifting in time and space and as well reversibility;
  • Testing of possibility to include a new data, indicators and processing methods for next generations of ES maps.

More information about this project could be found here.

COST Action TU1201

COST Action TU1201 The Department of Comprehensive Geography participates in the international project TUD COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action TU1201: Urban Allotment Gardens in European Cities – Future, Challenges and Lessons Learned Urban garden plots in European cities? Future, challenges and experience gained. The main objective of the project is to deepen the knowledge about the importance of allotments for sustainable development, as well as to recognize their role in the spatial, ecological and social structure of European cities. Interdisciplinary research, conducted simultaneously in several European countries, will allow developing common principles and policies that support the role and place of allotment gardens in planning spatial development of cities. The Department of Complex Geography of Adam Mickiewicz University is represented by: prof. dr hab. Andrzej Mizgajski, prof.dr hab. Leon Kozacki, dr Lidia Poniży, mgr Wojciech Rosik, mgr Jacek Zatoński. The duration of the project: 18.10.2012-17.10.2016

Polish-Austrian project

Polish-Austrian project The Department of Comprehensive Geography implements the project entitled Determinants of the transformation of urban greenery and open areas in urbanized regions? Comparative study of Poznań and Salzburg. The objective of the project concerns the formulation of an integrated research procedure, including an analysis of changes in the spatial and functional structure of greenery in Poznań and Salzburg and on their peripheries in connection with conditions related to spatial management in the context of social and economic factors. The project is implemented as part of an international agreement on scientific and scientific-technical cooperation between Poland and Austria conducted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Persons representing the Department of Complex Geography of Adam Mickiewicz University: prof. dr hab. Andrzej Mizgajski, prof. UAM dr hab. Damian Łowicki, dr Lidia Poniży, dr Marta Kubacka oraz dr Piotr Lupa Coordinator from the Institute of Geography and Geology, University of Salzburg: Prof. Juergen Breuste, The duration of the project: 01.04.2012 – 31.03.2014 r.