LANDac – the Netherlands Academy on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development – brings together researchers, policy makers, development practitioners and business professionals in the field of land governance and development. The two-day LANDac Annual International Conference is an important periodic event for exchange, synergy and collaboration between these different actors. The conference takes place each year at the end of June or the beginning of July, and is followed by the LANDac Annual Summer School, a two-week course on land governance.
Currently, the conference builds on ten years of LANDac Annual International Conferences, where rural land debates were connected to the urban agenda, where land governance from an SDG starting point were explored, and where its role in issues of mobility, migration and displacement was examined. The last (online) conference in 2020 reflected on the COVID-19 pandemic, as alarming observations are coming in about the loss of livelihoods and deepening poverty, government crackdowns on civil society, the suspension of land administration services and irregular land acquisition. What are the immediate effects of the pandemic, and how might it change the future work and priorities of the land governance community?
The 2021 Conference ‘Land, Crisis and Resilience’ focusses on the challenges that global, intertwining crises pose to land governance systems, processes and actors. The global pandemic and the expected economic decline play out simultaneously with ongoing effects of climate change and persistent food insecurity. The COVID-19 pandemic put land access and land governance under pressure, and both uncovered and deepened underlying problems. While we have only started to document the impacts of the pandemic on rural and urban livelihoods, we also need to ask how it plays out in relation to these other crises, chronic (such as poverty) or acute (e.g. climate-related hazards).
Since 2010, LANDac has organised its annual conference, themed differently each year. Please click on one of the editions below for more information, the programme and shared outputs.
The LANDac Annual International Conference takes place at the historic Muntgebouw on the Leidseweg 90 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. This building is situated west of Utrecht Central Station, within 10 minutes walking distance. For more information on the venue, including contact information and route, visit www.muntgebouw-utrecht.nl.
From Utrecht Central Station, follow the signs for the exit “Jaarbeursplein”. Cross the square “Jaarbeursplein”, and cross the street “Croeselaan”. Then you take a right and pass the building of SNS Reaal on that corner. Cross the street “Graadt van Roggenweg” at the streetlights and continue straight until the water. Then take a left turn and this is the street “Leidseweg”. You will find the Muntgebouw after approximately 6 minutes walking on your left hand, on the corner.
How to get from the airport to Utrecht
To get from the airport to the city of Utrecht, the most convenient way is to take the train to Utrecht Centraal. Trains leave from Schiphol Airport every 15 minutes during the day and take 30 minutes. In the evening and at night trains leave less frequently, but it is possible to travel to Utrecht Centraal Station 24 hours a day. Please consult the timetable before travelling. A one-way ticket to Utrecht Centraal Station costs € 9,20 and can be purchased from the yellow self-service ticket machines at the airport.
Registration for the 2021 conference will open in February and close mid-June, 2021. Fees for early conference were; Early bird registration fee (until the 1st of June) is €200 (€100 for BSc and MSc students upon proof of a valid student ID). After the 1st of June, the registration fee is €250 (€125 for BSc and MSc students upon proof of a valid student ID). Please note that the registration fee includes catering for two days. We regret that LANDac is unable to cover any participant expenses.
In case you are interested in promoting new publications (books, journals, working papers or other material) at the conference, please contact us. There will be space available to display publications.
No funding possibilities are available through the conference organization. If possible, we advise you to get in touch with your Dutch contacts and/or the organizers of the session you’re appointed to, to see whether conference attendance can be combined with possible projects you might be working on. We also advise you to get in touch with your organization or university about possible funding options – please contact us if you require a letter of confirmation of your invitation.
Accommodation in Utrecht
We advise you to book your accommodation as soon as possible. July is in the summer season and so will be busy.
Details of some hotels that are conveniently located close to the centre of Utrecht and to the conference venue are provided below. In addition to these, you can book accommodation directly through the Visit Utrecht website, and find more affordable options through booking.com, Bed and Breakfasts Utrecht or Airbnb for rooms and apartments in Utrecht.
This NH hotel has a good reputation and is situated conveniently near Utrecht Central Station and close to the Muntgebouw.
Address: Jaarbeursplein 24 | 3521 AR Utrecht | The Netherlands
Park Plaza Hotel
This hotel is conveniently located close to the conference venue and next to the railway station.
Address: Westplein 50 | 3531 BL Utrecht | The Netherlands
Apollo Hotel Utrecht City Centre
This pleasant hotel near the vibrant centre of Utrecht is situated on a 10-minute walking distance from the station.
Address: Vredenburg 14 | 3511 BA Utrecht | The Netherlands
Hotel ibis Utrecht
This hotel is a short walk from the conference venue and is also convenient for the centre.
Address: Bizetlaan 1 | 3533 KC Utrecht | The Netherlands
The city of Utrecht
General information about the city of Utrecht for visitors is available on the Visit Utrecht website.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the conference organizers through email@example.com.We very much look forward to welcoming you to Utrecht!