In this newsletter, we invite you to our next online REN forum meeting, look ahead to the IAPS conference in Barcelona next summer, share a selection of new publications and other news, and of course have a new spotlight member.
Besides all that, we warmly welcome Marine Severin as a new member of the convening team for the IAPS restorative environments network! Great to have you on board, Marine. This also means some tasks in the convening team are redistributed and some fresh ideas have sprung up in how the network can contribute to, right, the network.
We are, for instance, working on building a platform where basic biography information of our members can be easily shared for those who want that. The information you can share about yourself aims to cover your main interests, expertises and skills. We hope this makes getting into contact with each other is easier; for instance when looking for partners to set up research or research agendas. We will keep you posted on progress!

REN forum

Last academic year, we introduced the online REN forums, with people joining from all over the world.

The REN forum aims to be somewhere where REN members and other interested academics can pose issues related to restorative environments scholarship that they are working through and receive help and support from the rest of the network. Alongside this, there will be opportunities to discuss collaborations and how we can all stay in touch. A REN forum lasts an hour and is scheduled a couple of times a year with different timings to be inclusive of people’s varying time zones.

The upcoming forum is planned on 8 November 2023 at 10h CET, aiming to more easily accommodate also members from Asia and Australia/New Zeeland.

You can download an agenda item (.ics) for it here.

The next forum after that is planned for 7 March, 2024, 16h CET and aims to be more accommodating for members in the Americas. You can download an agenda item for that one (.ics) here.

Call for symposium at IAPS conference


IAPS 2024 in Barcelona, Spain 2 – 5 July 2024

Call for symposium:
We intend to have at least one symposium on Restorative Environments at IAPS 2024 .

We invite you to email us with an expression of interest (EoI) if you have relevant research results on the topic of restorative environments that you would like to present in a symposium at the conference. We are open for presentations on Restorative environments and Environment & mental health. For both we are also specifically welcoming contributions on the role of gender.

In your EoI, please indicate:

  • Name(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Proposed working title
  • 3-5 sentences describing the main aspects of your proposed talk

Please do so by November 15 at the latest, so we have time to put a (set of) coherent symposium(s) together. We realize this gives you only a short period of time, but your EoI should not be too elaborate at this stage. After acceptance to the symposium you will be asked to make a more elaborate abstract which has to also be submitted to the conference organizers. Deadline for the abstract is December 15. From the website:
“Individual contributions should be submitted under the tab “Abstracts” at the top of the submission platform, signaling they are part of a symposium and indicating the respective symposium title.”

We are looking forward to hearing many interesting research topics and results!


IAPS 2024 in Barcelona, Spain 2 – 5 July 2024.

General submissions for the IAPS conference are open from November 1st to December 15th.


Collaborations & activities

  • Message from Filomena Russo, University of Cambridge:

Design for Health and Wellbeing
4th Edition of Moving Boundaries in Sweden and Finland August 12-24, 2024

MB Nordic: a 2-Week Interdisciplinary Course/Conference in Neuroscience, Cognitive Science and Environmental Psychology Applied to Architecture, Interior Design and Lighting Design, with 18 globally recognized speakers, experts in neuroscience, biology, psychology, architecture and design.


Info about MB courses

Apply by 15 November

If you would like an upcoming call, activity, collaboration opportunity, conference or symposium shared on Twitter, or in the next newsletter, please email us. Of course, you can also share it in the Slack channel.

    New Publications (by Members)

    • Bardhan, M., Zhang, K., Browning, M. H., Dong, J., Liu, T., Bailey, C., … & Reuben, A. (2023). Time in nature is associated with higher levels of positive mood: Evidence from the 2023 NatureDose™ student survey. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 90, 102083.


    • Beute, F., Marselle, M. R., Olszewska‐Guizzo, A., Andreucci, M. B., Lammel, A., Davies, Z. G., … & de Vries, S. (2023). How do different types and characteristics of green space impact mental health? A scoping review. People and Nature, 00, 1−38.


    • Bornioli, A., Birenboim, A., Druez, E., Livny, O., van der Noll, J., Mayer, N., & Bloom, P. B. N. (2023). Environmental appraisals in outgroup cultural landscapes: The role of Muslim elements in urban settings. Cities, 143, 104579.



    • Grace, M., Dickie, J., Brown, C., Bartie, P., & Oliver, D. M. (2023). Using solicited research diaries to assess the restorative potential of exposure to inland blue space across time. Landscape and Urban Planning, 241, 104904.


    • Grave, A. J. J., Neven, L., & Mohammadi, M. (2023). Elucidating and Expanding the Restorative Theory Framework to Comprehend Influential Factors Supporting Ageing-in-Place: A Scoping Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(18), 6801.


    • Hooyberg, A., Michels, N., Roose, H., Everaert, G., Mokas, I., Malina, R., … & De Henauw, S. (2023). The psychophysiological reactivity to beaches vs. to green and urban environments: insights from a virtual reality experiment. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 91, 102103.


    • Li, J., Chang, Y., Cai, X., Liu, S., Peng, Y., Feng, T., … & Lai, W. (2023). Health Perception and Restorative Experience in the Therapeutic Landscape of Urban Wetland Parks during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Frontiers in Public Health, 11, 1272347.


    • Meagher, B. R., & Anderson, B. (2023). There’s no place like dorm: actual-ideal dorm ambiance as a unique predictor of undergraduate mental health. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 1-14.


    • Rhee, J. H., Schermer, B., Han, G., Park, S. Y., & Lee, K. H. (2023). Effects of nature on restorative and cognitive benefits in indoor environment. Scientific Reports, 13(1), 13199.


    • Smalley, A. J., White, M. P., Sandiford, R., Desai, N., Watson, C., Smalley, N., … & Fleming, L. E. (2023). Soundscapes, music, and memories: Exploring the factors that influence emotional responses to virtual nature content. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 89, 102060.


    • Spano, G., Theodorou, A., Reese, G., Carrus, G., Sanesi, G., & Panno, A. (2023). Virtual nature and psychological outcomes: A systematic review. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 89, 102044.


    • Stragà, M., Miani, C., Mäntylä, T., de Bruin, W. B., Mottica, M., & Del Missier, F. (2023). Into the wild or into the library? Perceived restorativeness of natural and built environments. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 91, 102131.

    If you have recently published and would like this communicated in the next newsletter, please email us. We also keep track of these (and other interesting) publications in our own Mendeley Library. If you’d like to access this library, please send an e-mail and we will add you to the library member list. Currently, there is a maximum of 100 library members.

    Also let us know if you would like any project summaries shared in our next newsletter.

    Member Spotlight

    The photo accompanying this newsletter is supplied by Marine Severin from Flanders Marine Institute. She writes:

    “Like the photo I selected suggests, coastal environments represent an integral part of my life. The feeling of openness, freedom, and renewal is what I believe the coast can give to people.

    I’m currently a PhD student working at the Flanders Marine Insitute, in affiliation with Ghent University and KU Leuven.  My research looks into what emotional processes coastal environments can trigger and how do these processes affect our mental well-being. Examples of such processes are feeling of awe, nostalgia, nature connectedness, and adaptive emotion regulation. As a first step we conducted studies to identify to what extent the coast induces these emotional processes. As a second step, we are looking into how we can optimize these processes and for who these mechanisms work the best. One of my personal goals in life is to (re)introduce the ocean into everyone’s life and to raise awareness of its vital role in our health and in the planet’s health.”

    Let us know if you would also like to be in our newsletter-spotlight at some point.

    Contact iapsREN

    You can contact the iapsREN Convening Committee via the following emails:

    Do share your favourite photos with us, and have them and you featured in future newsletters and on the website. Send photos to Please let us know if you have any related publications, conferences, PhD successes or jobs to advertise in the next newsletter and/or on the website. Keep a close eye on the website and Twitter as this will display the most up to date information, including vacancies that arise in-between newsletters.


    Looking ahead

    • REN forum                  8 November, 2023, 10h CET
    • Newsletter                   February 2024
    • REN forum                  7 March, 2024, 16h
    • IAPS conference         2 – 5 July 2024
    • Newsletter                   Summer 2024