Environmental Conferences

With the unprecedented level of environmental issues it is more important than ever that environmental researchers, academics, professionals and scientists meet. Conferences provide a forum to address concerns, highlight new findings and discuss areas of environmental research. Through Environmental Conferences we have the opportunity to learn about the health of our ecosystems and any damage that is being caused to our natural habitats. Popular conference subjects include: Climate Change, environmental research, sustainable development, ecological change, pollution and economic impacts.

Here are some of the top international conferences addressing environmental issues:

SDEWES Conference 2018

The 13th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems will take place from Sept 30 – October 4 in Palermo, Italy. Expert panels will discuss scenarios, policies and future opportunities for sustainable development. This four day conference will highlight smart energy systems, advances in technology, decarbonisation and policies impacting on the future of sustainable development. Presenters include researchers, academics and students in the field of environmental science.

International Conference on Water Resource and Environment

This International conference (WRE) will take place from July 17 – 21 in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. The sessions will focus on issues of environmental sustainability and water resources. Selected papers will be published in the Journal of Coastal Research or the Journal of Environmental Science and Pollution Research. Keynote speakers include Prof. Tianfu XuProf. Tianfu Xu Prof. Slobodan P. Simonovic Prof. Jimmy (C.M.) Kao.

HydroVision International Conference

The next HydroVision International Conference will take place from June 26 – 28 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Over 20,000 attendees will gather to hear about the latest renewable technologies, hear expert presenters, learn from case studies, discuss renewable trends and network with industry professionals.

Ecological Society of America

The annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America will take place from 5 – 10 August, 2018 in New Orleans. The theme of the conference is Extreme events, ecosystem resilience and human well-being. It will focus on our eco-systems ability to respond to challenges such as mass flooding and fires. The meeting is focused on developing an understanding of how biodiversity relates to many of our ecosystem services. Academic researchers engaged in the topics to be discussed are invited to submit proposals to speak at the conference.

Sustainable Food Summit

Two summits take place, the North America Sustainable food summit will take place in San Francisco from Jan 30 – 31, 2018. Topics covered include: Food Traceability, organic farming, eco-labels, tackling waste and sustainable practices. Industry representatives, retailers, suppliers, academics and researchers are invited to attend.

On Sustainability International Conference

The next On Sustainability Conference will take place from 17 – 19, 2019January in Vancouver, Canada. This will be the 15th international conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. The themes for this conference include environmental sustainability, sustainability in economic, social and cultural contexts, sustainability policy and practice and sustainability in education. Interested parties and researchers are invited to submit proposals for the programme.

20th International Conference on Environment and Climate Change

This conference will take place in Singapore from March 22 – 23, 2018. It brings together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to share research results, experiences and discuss trends. Relevant participants and researchers are invited to submit abstracts and conference papers. and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Environment and Climate Change. This is only a handful of conferences that address environmental issues.

If you are aware of international conferences to be added to the current list please contact a member of the YouConfer team.



15 unique conference catering ideas

Food can leave a long-lasting impression on delegates and is often undervalued in the planning stages. For large conferences of over 1,000+ food is crucial and it can be difficult to get all of the logistics right. Planning the catering menu for each day you will need to consider: what types of foods to put on the menu so that the delegates don’t complain, the timings of each serving, how the food will be served and how will the food be presented. And here we are only discussing lunch options. What about the welcome drinks reception, the evening entertainment and the tea/coffee breaks. Getting this right can be a difficult task but if you use your creativity and come up with some unique foodie treats you will get smiles all around.

IMPORTANT: Be weary of dietary requirements: food allergies, food intolerances and religious considerations

Donut Wall

Fun and easy way to make one of the tea and coffee breaks extra special


Buffet style tapas selections would be a lovely idea for a welcome drinks reception. Some of our top tapas to serve up, include: Gambas, Croquetas and Calamares.

Mexican theme

Fun and full of flavour, mexican food will always bring a party atmosphere. One evening of nachos is a treat at any convention.

Fruit platters

Instead of biscuits or croissants with tea/coffee breaks offer fresh fruit platters.


Adding cocktails to an evening menu will delight the delegates. If you can’t fit individual cocktails into the budget then pick one and make a large bowl of punch.

Noodle station

Noodles are great for large gatherings. They are quick to make, can be done in large batches and served easily.

Juice station

Energy booster ideas are great to include for any conference over three days or more. The body and mind are tired from all that learning. Give them some juice power.

Wine & Cheese boards

Easy to serve and the perfect idea for any welcome reception.


Food trucks

Often heralded as the hipster food option, food trucks have become common in the tech convention sphere but a food truck market is a great idea for any large conference of over 2000 delegates. As long as pick the right trucks, you will be offering the delegates a great selection of different foods to try out.

Sweet cart

Fun and sweet. This is a nice inclusion in the afternoons when delegates are looking for a sugar rush. Only include if you have enough space.


If you are looking for easy, tasty bites to add some Italian flavour to your conference menu than platters of bruschetta always work.


If you are searching for evening conference entertainment with a twist then smores are the perfect addition. They are fun and delicious.

Mini burgers

Underestimated in popularity and taste, burgers are a great way to make a delegates mouth water. For a unique welcome reception why not opt for a beer & burger option rather than the familiar wine and champagne receptions.


Chocolate fountain

Another option for an afternoon pick-me-up.


There is no better thing to serve with a warm cup of team. Cupcakes will please delegates morning, noon and night.

For more conference tips and travel advice contact a member of the YouConfer travel team.



10 Winter Poems for your Christmas Reading list

There is no better time to catch up on some well deserved you time then over the Christmas holidays. Christmas trees, lights, blazing fires, chocolates and mulled wine; your setting is perfect. Now you are free to choose how you spend your time off and we love to pick out the books we didn’t get a chance to read during the year and the poems that remind us of winter nights. Poets have a way with words that force you to contemplate. The landscapes, the sounds, the many meanings and the lyrical words will get you in the mood for celebrating this festive season.

Here are some classic winter poems to read when you are curled up by the fire:

In the Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti
A Winters Tale by Dylan Thomas
A Winter Eden by Robert Frost
Woods in Winter by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A Cradle Song by William Blake
Waking in Winter by Sylvia Plath
The Snowman by Wallace Stevens
A Christmas Carol by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Mistletoe by Walter de la Mare
The Magi by William Butler Yeats

A Winter Eden is a personal favourite with the perfect balance of nature and prose. What is your favourite poem to read beside a roaring fire? We would love to hear your recommendations. We will return to the business of conferencing in the New Year but for now enjoy this classic winter poems and sing a few carols for Christmas.

For business travel tips and conference listings you can contact our travel team at anytime.




10 Things to know about Zurich for business travel

German speaking Zurich is perfectly positioned in the heart of Europe. You will have easy access to many major European cities from this base.

1. Currency

Once you arrive in Zurich remember to change currency as you are no longer in EU. Changing euro to swiss francs is easy. You can always find a currency exchange in the airport or the main train station (Zürich Hauptbahnhof). Remember to always choose to be charged in the local currency if you are withdrawing cash from an ATM.

2. Getting Around

From Zurich Airport it is easy to get to the city centre which is just 6 miles away. You can either take the train which will take approximately 10 minutes or grab a cab which will take 15 minutes (depending on where you are staying). It costs 6.80 CHF for a single train ticket or 60 – 70 CHF in a cab. The ZVV tram runs all around the city. If you are planning to spend between 24 – 72 hours in the city then opt to get a ZurichCard which will offer you free public transport and free entry to a lot of the main tourist attractions.

3. Accommodation

The Storchen Zurich, the Widder Hotel and the Baur au Lac are three popular business class hotels in Zurich city centre.

4. Visit the Old Town

The Grossmünster Church is the perfect starting point to get acquainted with the City. Fraumunster church is another cultural site in the city. The Bahnhofstrasse is Zurichs main shopping district. Here you can explore everything from high street fashion to vintage boutiques.

5. Nightlife

Zurich is packed full of piano bars, restaurants and late night clubs. You won’t have a hard time finding a good time in the capital.

6. Weather

Winter months around January can drop to as low as 0 degrees. Make sure to bring a hat and scarf. It sometimes snows between November and February but doesn’t usually get deep snow. The spring and summer months are much more temperate with temperatures averaging between 19 – 22 degrees celius.

7. Languages

German is the dominant language in the city but you will also hear French spoken which is more commonly thought of as the national language in the West of Switzerland.

8. Fondue

When in Switzerland it would be rude not to taste a little of the Swiss fondue speciality. Remember not to touch the fork off your tongue as it has to be placed back in the pot.

9. What to pack

Zurich has all four seasons so your packing will depend on the time of year you choose to visit. July is usually the hottest month (approximately 20 degrees). The winter months can drop to below zero so you will need your hat and gloves. When packing for a conference it is easy to forget to pack evening wear. Review the conference social programme to decide what attire is most suitable for the evening events. Remember to always check the weather forecast before you travel.

10. Closing times

Unlike major US cities, the small towns in switzerland and some shops in the major cities will close from midday until 2pm for lunch. It is also common for many shops to be closed on Sundays. If you are planning a short shopping spree stick to midweek or Saturdays when you will find plenty of options for picking up souvenirs (some Swiss chocolate is a must).

Don’t forget to explore your surroundings when you are visiting the Swiss capital. Some top things to do when you are in Zurich include a visit to the old town and a hike up Uetiberg Mountain. If you have an extra day at either side of your conference in Zurich check out the Glacier express.

For more business travel tips in Zurich you can contact one of our travel experts at anytime.


How to promote a conference online – Our top 10 tips

The first thing to remember when planning a conference is that you need not one but several different plans. You will need a plan for the conference, a plan for catering, a plan for travel arrangements, a plan for the venue logistics and a marketing plan. Today we are going to focus on the marketing plan and give you some tips about how to promote your conference to the right audience online. Here are our top 10 tips to include in your next conference marketing plan:

  1. Develop your promotion plan
  2. Build a Conference Storyboard
  3. Be social
  4. Have a keyword strategy
  5. Use visuals
  6. Keep the message consistent
  7. Make a budget
  8. Decide your advertising channels
  9. E-mail campaigns
  10. Videos get web traffic


All conferences are unique and most will represent different topics which means that you will need to tailor your marketing plan to suit the group of individuals that you wish to focus on.

There are many other ways to market to niche audiences and we are here to help you find the best strategy. For more tips you can contact our conference travel team anytime.



10 Must See Art Galleries in Europe

1. The Louvre, Paris

Two words: Mona. Lisa. The Louvre is justifiably the most renowned museum in the world and houses some of the world’s great paintings and artworks. The beautiful architecture and infamous glass pyramid add to the allure of one of the most famous attractions in the ‘city of lights’. The Louvre tends to be the most visited museum and gallery in the world year after year, with 7.4 million people flocking there in 2016, although this is down considerably from 2015 when numbers were at 8.6 million. Still, when in Paris, the Louvre is not to be missed. The exhibitions tend to changeover every 6 months, so be sure to keep an eye on their easy-to-navigate website for current and upcoming events. The Louvre has vast quantities of art to keep even the most jaded tourist salivating so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to walk and around and explore!

A view of the Louvre. Photo by falconp4.

Need to know: Not open on Tuesdays. Security has increased considerably in recent years after terror attacks and concerns, so expect long queues.

Price of admission:  €15

2. The National Gallery, London

This gallery is a pleasure to visit in the iconic city of London. Situated ideally within walking distance from other attractions including Buckingham Palace and the British Museum, the gallery has over 2,000 paintings by masters from Michelangelo to Monet. Free admission means that this is a good choice whether you want to spend an entire rainy London day indoors exploring renowned art, or visit for an hour before moving on to other tourist attractions nearby. The National Gallery is a good choice if you want to skip the vaster British Museum and focus on seeing an impressive collection of painting artworks.

Need to Know: Admission is FREE!

3. The Vatican Museums, The Vatican City

The Vatican Museums is famous for its renaissance art in particular, when the Papacy established itself as one of the world’s greatest ever patrons of the arts. Rome, the “Eternal City”, has huge visitor numbers every year and many of these visitors also flock to the Vatican city where the museums are located- in 2015 the museums had over 6 million people come through its doors.

The entrance to the Vatican Museums. Photo by Pascal Ohlmann.


Many come to see the iconic walls of the Sistine Chapel, painted over a number of years by Michelangelo. However the museum is truly a wonder of the great “masters”, and visitors can see Raphael;s, Bellini’s, Caravaggio’s and Michelangelo’s, all in one tour.

Need to know: You have to walk through the Vatican to get to the Museums so give yourself plenty of time and get there early to avoid waiting for hours in the streets. If you already know your travel dates you can book in advance and skip the queues.

Price of Admission: €16 but this increases if you want a guided tour and audio-guide.

4. The Tate Britain and the Tate Modern, London

First opening its doors in 1897 and calling itself “The home of British art from 1500 to the present day”, the Tate Britain is a must-visit for art lovers.  Of special interest in the Tate is their peerless Turner collection. There is a broad array of contemporary art to keep visitors satisfied in the Tate Britain, however for an international contemporary art collection look no further than its cousin, the Tate Modern. Housing works from 1900 to the present day, this member of the Tate family is housed in an intimidating red brick former power station. The Tate modern impresses from outside and within, resisting the glass skyscrapers that have built up around it. Both Tate museums host an eclectic mix of exhibitions. The art in the Tate Modern is often experimental and more akin to the MoMA in New York. Expect paintings, sculptures, and installations like you have never seen before.

Need to know: The two Tate’s are 25 minutes by away from each other by London Underground, or a 40 minute walk.

Admission: Free for both.

5. Musée d’Orsay, Paris

In 1986 Paris saw the opening of Musée d’Orsay, where artwork from the 1848 revolution onward could be exhibited separate from the main collection in the Louvre. The collection is housed in a stunning converted train station- Gare d’Orsay. Musée d’Orsay focusses on French painters; Cézanne, Monet and Renoir are all permanently on display here. A notable exception is the famous “Self-Portrait” painting by Vincent Van Gogh, who lived and trained in Paris for a time.

Need to know: Only works from the mid 19th Century onward.

Admission: €12

6. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum houses the world’s most important collection of art belonging to Dutch artists. The museum is large and has many different styles and period of artworks, where visitors find themselves surprised and delighted at the different galleries and collections. Works by artists such as Vermeer and Steen- created in the 17th Century during the “Dutch Golden Age”- are unmissable. Without doubt the centrepiece of the collection are the 17th Century works by the world-renowned Rembrandt.

Need to Know: If you are in Amsterdam the easiest way to get to the Rijksmuseum is by tram, however you can splash out on a cruise if you want to get in the famous canals and see the museum!

Admission: €17.50

7. The Uffizi Gallery, Florence

The Uffizi collection began when the last descendant of the House of Medici, Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, bequeathed the Medici art collection to the city of Florence. The Medici’s were among the most voracious collectors of art during the Renaissance and this gives the Uffizi the reputation as one of the most important centres of art in the world. Each year millions of visitors come to the gallery and see the wonders on display for themselves.

Need to Know: Closed Mondays.

Admission: €12.50

8. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – MNAC, Barcelona

This is the must see museum to visit in Barcelona, a vibrant city known for its culture. There are collections of art from medieval to modern, and the Romanesque artworks in particular takes pride of place to the Catalans. Medieval artwork in the gothic style is also on display and an impressive collection of Baroque works. Barcelona is teeming with modern art and architecture such as Gaudí’s (still unfinished!) Sagrada Família and the museum has a large array of contemporary artwork on display.

Need to know: Closed on Mondays except for public holidays.

Admission: €12

9. National Gallery in Prague, Prague

Eastern European galleries are still neglected in “must-see” lists when compared to their more famous western cousins, but those in central and eastern Europe still have access to astonishing collections such as those on display in the National Gallery in Prague. The gallery began in the late 18th Century and became the National Gallery after World War Two. Today it is one of the largest galleries in Europe. Its collections move focus away from “western” art and instead into medieval and contemporary Bohemia and central Europe. It also has a separate collection of art from Asia and a wide array of modern art from the 19th to 21st centuries.

Need to know: Entrance is relatively pricey, but you can pick and choose a collection to go to if you want to lower to cost.

Admission: About €19 for all-access admission.

10. National Galleries Scotland, Edinburgh

The National Galleries Scotland is a combination of the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, all set across three different locations in Edinburgh. Edinburgh. This collection of galleries ensures that the National Galleries has one of the finest collections of art in the western world, and the finest collection of Scottish art anywhere. If you love diverse artworks and want to see them in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, the Scottish National Galleries are not to be missed.

Need to Know: From the National Gallery there is a bus service to the other galleries.

Admission: Free to all galleries.

Honourable Mentions

While the above list contains galleries that are famous and possess large spaces and diverse works of art, below are some choice picks if you want to get away from standard museum fare and see something a bit different.

East Side Gallery, Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall came down in 1990 and artists immediately flocked to it to make a memorial of the fall. This memorial became the East Side Gallery- a 1.3 kilometre stretch of the former wall painted in over 100 murals, including the famous “Fraternal Kiss”.  Visitors get to see important contemporary artworks created directly after the fall of the wall and on its actual location.

Need to Know: The gallery is completely open air, so dress appropriately for the weather. The wall was left open to the elements so some paintings have been damaged and faded, however restoration is taking place and much of the wall is vibrant and worth seeing.

Admission: Free, simply choose a point at which you want to begin and start walking.

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin

A lovely collection of contemporary paintings and drawings held in the beautiful Hugh Lane Gallery. The collection has surprising depth and is a lovely way to spend time in Ireland’s capital city. Among the works you will find drawings by Jack B. Yeats and, in conjunction with the National Gallery London, Les Parapluies by Renoir.

Need to Know: Closed Mondays.

Admission: Free