Conference beyond ism: Organisers

Last changed: 07 December 2016

The conference was funded by the organisers, The Swedish Research Council Formas, The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, The Craaford Foundation, and Movium Think Tank.

Organisational Committee

Gunilla Lindholm, leader of the conference, senior lecturer in landscape planning, SLU 

Caroline Dahl, manager of the conference, urban planner and architect, research coordinator, SLU 

Lisa Diedrich, professor of landscape architecture, SLU 

Vera Vicenzotti, senior lecturer in landscape architecture, SLU 

Nina Vogel, PhD in planning and urban development, post doc in FUSE, SLU 


SLU is the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The university has several campuses in different parts of Sweden. The conference, Beyond Ism, was held in Alnarp, close to Malmö.

SLU Landscape

SLU Landscape is constituted of the landscape units at SLU (LAPM, SoL, FUSE, AEM and MOVIUM), with a vision to optimize diversity, visibility and success, and a mission to enhance and build upon existing resources in ways that benefit all SLU landscape field members.


The Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (LAPM) at SLU is located in Alnarp, close to Malmö. The research of LAPM covers multiple areas connected to urban and rural landscapes. Research is organised within five subject groups:

  • Landscape Planning, incl. Analysis of Landscape Values and Functions
  • Urban Vegetation
  • Urban Landscape Governance and Management
  • Design of Urban Landscape
  • History and Cultural Heritage


The Department of Urban and Rural Development (Stad och Land, SoL) at SLU is located in Ultuna, close to Uppsala. SoL is a multidisciplinary department. Research and teaching focus on the societal aspects of SLU's areas of responsibility. The department is interested in development, planning and communication for natural resource management and land use. The research is grounded in social sciences, and humanities and landscape design principles, but is also characterized by interdisciplinary approaches in which natural sciences are important. Research is organised into four divisions:

  • Agrarian history
  • Environmental communication
  • Landscape architecture
  • Rural development


The research platform FUSE is seekeing new scientific knowledge on how to plan and organize energy-efficient urban areas and to provide land to support food and fiber production, while still improving the quality of life in cities and sustain a sustainable environment. By initiating and foster interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research FUSE's mission is to contribute to new insights and knowledge.