Final Conference - What kind of environmental transition for the mediterranean region? - october 14-16 2019, Marseille


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Given the impacts of global changes, the Earth system is reaching its limits on use of natural resources and biosphere integrity. The Paris Agreement for climate signed in 2015 targets the fight against climate change as a non-negotiable condition for sustainable development of our societies. The IPCC special report on a 1.5°C warming concludes that, although it is not too late to act, a 1.5 °C maximum warming requires a drastic society model change, taking into account not only economic, but also environmental and human development. Such a transition thus relies on new paradigms and practices changes.



The research consortium Labex OT-Med coordinates and funds research projects on global change and natural hazards in the Mediterranean region and semi-arid Sahel regions since 2012. The consortium plans to evolve into a Mediterranean Environmental Transition Institute (ITEM) in 2020. The October 2019 international conference is designed to share its research results and what is at stake with international collaborators.



The conference program will cover the following topics:

MONDAY 14/10






Framework of the environmental transition for the Mediterranean region

Joël Guiot


Session 1

Biodiversity, ecosystem services, adaptation

Didier Aurelle / Bruno Fady


Session 2 Water resources, risks and adaptation Laurence Vidal / Pierre Deschamps


Conference diner (option)    







Session 3

Natural hazards, associated risks and adaptation

Lucilla Benedetti / Thomas Curt


Session 4


Joël Guiot


Conference for all
(Free, in French)

La biodiversité des sols :
au service d'une production agricole et d'une société durable.

Invited speaker: Lionel Ranjard






(AM + lunch)

Stakeholders session
(in French, on invitation only)
Echanges Recherche – Acteurs sociétaux Sophie Pekar, Isabelle Laffont-Schwob, Marie-Charlotte Bellinghéry

Full program


Call for posters now open

The Organising Committee invites all researchers from all Labex members to share their scientific results relevant to OT-Med’s research priorities through this call for posters. Researchers who received Labex OT-Med funding since 2012 are particularly encouraged to participate.

Detailed call for posters



In French                  In English

Please note that to register, you must determine your category:

1 - Participants (with or without poster): 100€
2 - Students: 50€
3 - Guests (members of the international scientific committee, organizers, conference axis managers, laboratory directors): 0€
4 - Speakers: 0€

On Monday and Tuesday, the 100€ rate (subject to the discounts above) includes access to conferences, coffee breaks and lunches.

On Monday evening, a conference dinner is organized. It is not mandatory, and its price is 50€ (free for the categories 3-Guests and 4-Speakers).

Tuesday evening, the conference for all audiences is free. Its registration via a public platform is coming soon.

The Wednesday morning is not subject to registration, it is only accessible by invitation.


Practical information

The conference will take place in the heart of Marseille at the Pharo site, facing the Mediterrnean Sea.