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International conference

Come to "The natural way forward" and be inspired by three days of academic knowledge, practical cases and meetings with like-minded people.

With more than 50 lectures, workshops and field trips, this is the leading event for everyone who wants to work towards a world where playgrounds are green by default and where outdoor learning is common. From teachers to designers to academics and policymakers.


We are pleased to announce these keynote speakers:

  • Adam Bienenstock (Ontario, Canada)
  • Hans Van Dyck (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)
  • Arjen Wals (Wageningen, the Netherlands)
  • Mary Jackson (Winchester, UK)
  • Cedric Ryckaert (Kortrijk, Belgium)

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A guaranteed seat at the conference? 

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Place to be

The conference will take place in Hasselt (Belgium) at the Provinciehuis (county hall), 1, Universiteitslaan. The Provinciehuis is centrally located in Limburg and is easily accessible by public transport. 

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Practical info

The price of a ticket for the conference is 390 euros. Since the programme is set up as a whole, it is therefore not possible to buy single day tickets. This price includes lectures, workshops and excursions, as well as lunch and coffee breaks during the three days, transportation to excursion sites and a networking reception the first day.

Check out the faq for all practical info

Extra: touristic visit to Hasselt and networkdinner

On Tuesday, April 23, at 18:30, you can participate in a guided tourist walk through Hasselt. English speaking guides will be waiting for you at 2 hotels (B&B Hotel and Radisson Blu Hotel), and show you the nicest spots of the city. The walk ends at the Theatercafé where you can immediately join the networking dinner. Participation in the touristic visit is free of charge. For the network dinner, you pay 100 euros extra on top of your registration fee.

Meet the team

The conference is organized by a team of 30 members from the Provinciaal Natuurcentrum. Together we take care of the content, the practical organization and everything else. The conference content coordinator is our colleague Johan Lambrix.

We look forward to meeting you!

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