IENE has a very broad network of highly motivated and committed professionals who work at the interface of traffic infrastructure and the surrounding nature. Traditionally, ecologists in particular have attended the conference. This edition therefore also deliberately draws attention to the infrastructural side of ecological measures. We would like to focus more on the direct relation between ecological value and design, technical construction and use of materials. This is what ‘crossing borders’ is about: by better understanding those two ‘worlds’ and combining the best characteristics we can create much more efficient and effective measures to strengthen nature and biodiversity.

The charts not only show the great variety of the participants and their various backgrounds but also show the possibilities in terms of sharing knowledge and market potential. The Organizing Committee is very happy with this broad range of nationalities and backgrounds at the IENE 2018 International Conference. This will make the conference even more richer than it already is.