Welcome to the city of Ghent and to University College Ghent. We are honoured to host this important 2018 event on European landscape architecture education and research. The conference will be hosted by the School of Arts of the University College Ghent and is curated and coordinated by the educational programmes in Landscape and Garden Architecture and in Landscape Development, and the Research Unit Landscape Architecture.

We welcome you to Belgium, a small country in northwestern Europe. The northern part of Belgium, Flanders, is one of the most densely populated regions in Europe. With seventy percent of the Flemish population residing in an urban-rural complex, network urbanity and fragmented multifunctional open spaces are omnipresent. The strong urban-rural overlap and its related multi-functionality make the region a fascinating laboratory for research and practice in landscape architecture.

The conference is held in Ghent, a historic yet young and energetic city in the north of Flanders.