EURENSSA 2015 will take place in Germany in the beautiful region Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland). This year's theme is:
The Blind Men and the Elephant - Interdisciplinary Environmental Research
EURENSSA 2015 will be organised with the help of the friend's association of the UFZ (Freunde und Förderer des UFZs e.V.). The Helmholz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) is a major environmental research centre in Germany. Therefore, the programme includes a field trip to the UFZ and also lectures by UFZ's scientists.

The programme this year's meetings covers: Of course the fun won't go short! We will have film nights and many bonfires with music, singing and dancing. There will also be an international evening, where we exchange traditional music and food from the participant's countries.

The Blind Men and the Elephant - Interdisciplinary Environmental Research

The blind men and the elephant is a tale originating from India which exists in various versions. All stories have in common that a group of blind men touch an elephant in order to explore what it is like. However, each of them touches a different part of the elephant (e.g., a tusk, a foot or the trunk). In doing so they experience the elephant in a different way. When they compare their experience they realise their different perspectives. All of their experiences are true, however, each perspective does not reflect the totality of truth.
This tale is indeed an excellent metaphor for environmental research. Depending on our field of research we see the environment in a different way. To see the entire picture it is essential to exchange our experience. Therefore, EURENSSA 2015 will focus on interdisciplinary environmental research. We will do this in three different sessions.

1. Environmental Ethics

Environmental ethics is the philosophical approach to explore environmental issues. An issue to discuss could be the anthropocentrism of environmental research. Climate justice or responsibilities of industrial/developing countries in environmental protection are of interest as well. A more ecological question in environmental ethics would be e.g. hunting for wildlife management. We are looking forward to see how the participants' presentations will explore these & other ethical issues concerning the environment.

2. Ecology vs. Economy

As said before, environmental issues are usually discussed in an anthropocentrical way. Therefore, this session deals with the economical utilisation of the environment with regard to its protection. Here, sustainable management of resources will be of interest as well as the use problems of renewable energy. Another aspect to discuss could be the opportunities problems of environmental tourisms.

3. Environmental Engineering, Analytics & Modelling

This session will focus on the natural sciences and is the most diverse session. Here participants can explain e.g. their scientific research in a broader context. For example effect-directed analysis or the purpose of modelling certain environmental processes.

The Venue

Sächsische Schweiz

EURENSSA 2015 will be held in the mountain region Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland) about 90km East of Dresden. The national park is one of the most beautiful regions in Europe with stunning sandstone formations, primeval forests and a unique wild-life.

Sandstone pillars in Sächsische Schweiz mountains.

In the forest.


The venue for the meeting is the Permahof farm. We took some winter-images of the site for you. However, if you want to see how the place looks like in summer please visit the Permahof website (German only).

Outdoor lecture hall with fireplace at Permahof.

Outdoor lecture hall with fireplace at Permahof.

Wooly Mangalitza Pigs live on the Permahof farm.

... as well as llamas.

The Permahof campsite in winter.