The Permanent European Conference on the Study of the Rural Landscape (PECSRL) is an international network of landscape researchers and a platform for new initiatives, meetings and publications with focus on the past, present and future of European landscapes, relating to landscape research, landscape policy and landscape management. The network meets every two years in different European countries for lectures, discussions, working groups and landscape excursions.


Besides paper sessions, poster presentations, workshops and general meetings the conference includes one full day of field trips offering detailed knowledge of the rural landscapes in the host country, as well as an optional post-conference excursion. The conference offers ample facilities for meeting colleagues from all parts of Europe, for getting informed about various aspects of European landscape research and for initiating new projects.


The leading topic for the 26th conference is: "Unraveling the Logics of Landscape". Despite conceptual oscillations through times, the concept of landscape remains highly subjective, whereupon unraveling its 'logics' opens up to a plurality of interpretations. Accordingly, by focusing on the interconnections present in the non-haphazard production of landscape, the conference will elaborate on how the rural landscape is valued, monitored, changed, harbored, used and misused, be it through actions, representations or metaphors. We hope to see you in Sweden to take part and share convictions, doubts and ideas on how to best unravel the complex logics of landscape.


The conference will be held at two locations:

  • Gothenburg, Sweden (8-10 September)

  • Dating back to 1621, Gothenburg is Sweden's second largest city (550.000) and the largest port in the Nordic countries. Situated on the west coast of Sweden and home to Volvo (1927), Gothenburg is classified as a global city. It is an important educational center with University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology at the fore. Gothenburg is known for hosting some of the largest annual events in Scandinavia such as Göteborg International Film Festival, Way Out West, Metaltown and Gothia Cup. The famous amusement park Liseberg has been chosen by Forbes Magazine (2005) as one of the top ten in the world.

  • Mariestad, Sweden (11-12 September)

  • Mariestad is a small town (15.500) on the Vänern, Sweden's largest inland lake. A formal county capital and episcopal see dating back to 1583, Mariestad today is an important academic center for horticulture and rural handicraft. It is situated amidst picturesque rural landscapes, within the Biosphere Reserve Lake Vänern Archipelago and Mount Kinnekulle and close to the sites of West Gothland Neolithic heritage.



    The Conference Centre Wallenberg is a modern, flexible multi-function venue for conferences, meetings and events. It is located on campus where most of the pharmacy programs take place.


    Each conference participant must book their own accommodation. The University of Gothenburg has written agreements with several hotels in the city. Further down the page are a number of these with the rate for a conference participant. When you contact the hotel, you must inform them that you are attending a conference at The University of Gothenburg to receive this rate. Some hotels with written agreements with the University of Gothenburg:

    Hotell Liseberg Heden
    Single room 885 SEK/night
    Hotel Gothia Towers
    Single room 1 028 SEK/night
    Scandic Opalen
    Single room 1 143 SEK/night
    Spar Hotel Garda
    Single room 649 SEK/night

    Conference Centre Wallenberg

    Visiting Address:
    Medicinaregatan 20 A
    Phone: +46 (0)31-786 59 59
    Fax: +46 (0)31-786 29 98

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