Schedule of Events

The Congress schedule is being crafted to best facilitate Alumni convening. Highlights include opening and closing receptions, conservation panels, the centrepiece workshop, field trips, and time for informal conversations where community and conservation leaders can share knowledge and expertise. Be sure to check back on this page as we will be updating it regularly.

Day One:

Sunday, 13 November 2016 ~ Barcelona

  • Registration for Congress Participants, Condes and Gallery Hotels, Barcelona ~
  • Middle East Alumni Meeting, Gallery Hotel ~
  • Architectural Tour, La Pedrera, UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Modernist building designed by Antoni Gaudi ~
  • Opening Reception & Dinner, Gaudi Room, La Pedrera ~

Day Two:

Monday, 14 November 2016 ~ Barcelona, Montserrat, Món Sant Benet

  • Plenary Session, Sant Pau, Barcelona’s former Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau ~
  • Workshop Leaders, Facilitators, Presenters, and Participants convene in Working Groups to discuss the goals and anticipated outcomes for each Workshop, Sant Pau ~
  • Lunch, Sant Pau ~
  • Culture and Heritage Tracks:
    – Track I: Architectural Tour of Barcelona
    – Track II: Cultural Site Visit, Benedictine Monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat ~
  • Dinner with Remarks by QLF Alumni, Món Sant Benet Hotel and Conference Center, region of El Bages ~
  • Lodging, Món Sant Benet Hotel & Parador Cardona, region of El Bages ~

Located in the region of El Bages one hour outside of Barcelona is the cultural heritage center Món Sant Benet with the refurbished Medieval monastery of Sant Benet del Bages, the former summer residence of Catalan painter Ramón Casas. Thirty minutes from Sant Benet is Parador Cardona, the ninth century castle that rests on top of a hill overlooking for valley. Within the castle is the church of San Vicente which was built in 981 and a Minyona tower built in the 2nd Century. 

Day Three:

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 ~ Món Sant Benet

  • Remarks by QLF President Larry Morris
  • Morning & Afternoon – Stewardship Workshops:
    – Consensus Building and Collaborative Conservation
    – Going to Scale: Conservation Finance
    – Local Stewardship: Community-based Conservation
    – Marine and Freshwater Stewardship
    – New Directions in Protected Areas
    – Our Living Planet: Biodiversity and Nature Conservation
    – Responding to Climate Change
    – The Nature in Us: Cultural Heritage and Communities
  • Lunch, Món Sant Benet Conference Center
  • Workshop Plenary Session
  • Dinner & Evening Celebration
  • Lodging, Món Sant Benet Hotel, Parador Cardona ~

Day Four:

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 ~ Món Sant Benet & Barcelona

  • Final Session: Forging alliances and partnerships through the Global Leadership Network
  • Remarks by Beth Alling, QLF Executive Vice President ~
  • Closing Remarks by Larry Morris ~
  • Lunch, Món Sant Benet Conference Center
  • Afternoon Travel to Barcelona for Closing Reception & Dinner, Mercat del Born, once a public market and now an historic landmark, El Born exemplifies Barcelona’s Living Modernisme ~
  • Lodging, Condes and Gallery Hotels, Barcelona ~
  • Departing Flights: Thursday, 17 November 2016