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Event Symposium “Diversity: Toward a new Vision of Nature”

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International People Plant Symposium 2012 - Sept. 6-7-8, 2012

IPPS 2012 will be held near Venlo, in the Netherlands and is the 11th International People Plant Symposium. Organizing committee is the Hózh’q Foundation in cooperation with the International Society Horticultural Science (ISHS) and the People Plant Council (PPC).

Keynote speakers: Herman Wijffels, Agnes van den Berg and Willem Beekman

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Period [06/09/2012 - 08/09/2012]
Event location Kasteel 'De Berckt', De Berckt 1, 5991 PD Baarlo Kasteel 'De Berckt', De Berckt 1, 5991 PD Baarlo
Host Hózh’q Foundation, i.s.m. People Plant Council (PPC) and the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)
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Contact person Annette Beerens
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Phone: +31 (0) 615 64 70 97
Theme(s) Green and garden , Health , Ecosystems , Food , Genetic Diversity , Others
Target group(s) Families , Adults , Elderly , Childeren, Primary Education , Childeren, Secondary Education
Type Meeting (seminar / conference / symposium / festival) Meeting (seminar / conference / symposium / festival)

History of the IPPS

The previous International People Plant Symposium took place in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2010. For the first time the symposium will be held in Europe. The symposium will take place at the Floriade World Horticultural Expo in Venlo.

History of the Floriade
Floriade is a World Horticultural Exposition. World expositions are major international exhibitions that have been taking place across the world since 1851. They offer countries the opportunity to showcase their economic, social, cultural and technical developments. An expo often leaves behind it a legacy building, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Atomium in Brussels. The Floriade World Horticultural Exposition has been held in the Netherlands roughly every 10 years since 1960.

About IPPS 2012

Some 300 participants are to be expected during this three day symposium. For this unique event much publicity will be spread in the media.

The purpose of the symposium is to create a platform for therapists, scientists, educational institutions and businesses. Furthermore IPPS 2012 intends to develop an international perspective on the topic of the people plant relationships. It will be a dynamic and colourful experience by means of presentations, lectures, discussions and workshops. A cultural program will add lustre to the total event. It will connect with the wider program of the Floriade at various moments and in different ways. 

Worldwide professionals with similar and adjacent disciplines are invited to present their work on research, methods, models, cases that refer to the relationship between humans and nature.

The symposium will be challenging for anyone interested in the profound relationship between nature and humans, such as horticultural therapists, therapeutic horticulturalists, eco-therapists, clinical and environmental psychologists, coaches, counsellors, trainers, human resource professionals, etc.


Postal address: Rijksweg 12, 6581 EL Malden, Netherlands    

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