MMV 2020 to be held in Lillehammer, Norway


BIOTOUR and NMBU has been assigned to host the 10th International Conference of Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas (MMV).

MMV 2020 to be held in Lillehammer, Norway

Professor Jan Vidar Haukeland (NMBU) vil be co-chair of the 10th MMV conference in Norway in 2020

Håkon Sparre, NMBU

The Conference will take place in Lillehammer, Norway, on August 24 - 27 in 2020.

BIOTOUR, lead by The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), will organize the conference in conjuncture with the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) and the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University) – both situated in Lillehammer.

- I am very happy that the steering committee accepted our proposal to host the next MMV Conference, says professor and co-leader of the BIOTOUR research project, Jan Vidar Haukeland.

Haukeland will be the co-chair of MMV in 2020.

- MMV is a significant conference for researchers and practitioners dealing with management of nature for outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism. This subject is also gaining more and more attention from the broader society in our time, Haukeland states.

Lillehammer is a stronghold for outdoor sports and recreation. The town hosts several events and competitions annually, like the 86 km long classic MTB race Birkebeinerrittet.


Norwegian hot-spot for tourism, sports and outdoor recreation

MMV conferences allow researchers to share ideas and experiences relating to the many facets of visitor monitoring and management, more specifically policies, problems, and innovative solutions to those problems. This years conference in Bordeaux, France, gathered more than 200 participants from 31 countries.

The proposed main theme for the 10th MMV conference is «Managing outdoor recreation experiences in the late Anthropocene – Resources, markets and innovations”

Lillehammer is a well-known and easy accessible tourist-, sport- and outdoor recreation town in Norway, located approximately 145 km north of Oslo. The town hosted the XVII Olympic Winter Games in 1994 and has achieved status as sustainable tourism destination.

- Lillehammer has very competent academic partnership institutions, excellent conference facilities, a good location with easy access for visitors from abroad and an interesting and beautiful natural environment. The town is also quite small and compact, and everything is within walking distance, co-chair Haukeland informs.

The Wild Reindeer Interpretation Centre, including the prized "Viewpoint Snøhetta", is located north of Lillehammer.

Ketil Jacobsen

- Very well elaborated proposal

The steering committee primarily decided on Lillehammer because of the the “very well elaborated proposal”, the committee informs.

- The proposal included information on all relevant aspects from the location and accommodation to organisation, program and budget. This convinced us that the BIOTOUR-team will perfectly organise the next MMV, says vice chair of the MMV steering committee, Marcel Hunziker.

According to Hunziker, the MMV steering committee also appreciated the already concrete ideas about attractive field trips and the venue in a town like Lillehammer, with its large tradition in outdoor sports.
- We trust that the organising team from BIOTOUR will strive towards overcoming the only disadvantage of the Norwegian proposal, the high price level, by finding sponsoring and accommodation opportunities allowing people coming from all countries and career levels to participate.

Maihaugen in Lillehammer is one of the largest open-air museums in Norway, with 200 buildings from different eras.

Ian Brodie / Visitlillehammer

Sjur Baardsen, dean of NMBU`s faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources Management (MINA).


- Higly relevant for MMV

BIOTOUR analyses key conditions for future developments of outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism in the new bio economy in Norway. The scope of the MMV conference thus encompasses the vital issues of the BIOTOUR project. The next MMV will concur with the conclusion of the BIOTOUR project in 2020.

- I am very pleased to welcome the global research community on recreational and protected areas to Norway, says Sjur Baardsen, Dean of NMBU´s faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA).

The dean remarks that the faculty has a broad and long-standing competence on nature and the environment, and sustainable use of natural resources.

- Thus, our research and competence in this field are highly relevant for the issues addressed at the MMV conferences. In addition, both NMBU and the town of Lillehammer have great experience with hosting international events, Baardsen adds.

For questions about MMV10, e-mail us at .

The Lillehammer region can offer a vast range of outdoors activities, like horseback riding, skiing, cycling and hiking.

Ian Brodie

Previous hosts of the MMV conference:

  • 2002 Vienna, Austria
  • 2004 Rovaniemi, Finland
  • 2006 Rapperswil, Switzerland
  • 2008 Montecatini Terme, Italy
  • 2010 Wageningen, The Netherlands
  • 2012 Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2014 Tallin, Estonia
  • 2016 Novi Sad, Serbia
  • 2018 Bordeaux, France
Published 31. August 2018 - 17:25 - Updated 3. April 2019 - 10:54