26-27 May 2005, TuTech, Hamburg, Germany One of the major obstacles to the implementation of sustainable development is the fact that it is often perceived as something vague and abstract.

Yet, the implementation of a sustainability dimension in the construction sector is not only possible, but it also makes environmental and finance sense. The Hamburg Seminar will explore the links between environmental management and sustainability in the North Sea and Baltic Sea Region and showcase ways of putting sustainability in the construction sector into practice. Its primary aim is to clarify what the concept of sustainable development is and means to the construction business. In addition, the event aims at providing some information on the integration between environmental management methods and approaches to sustainable construction. Finally, it intends to provide a platform from which specialists from the North Sea region can interact with experts from other parts of Europe, especially from the Baltic Sea area. Participation at the Hamburg Sustainable Construction Forum is free of charges but is by invitation only. Interested persons should register online and subject to acceptance will receive further information. The organisers regret that, since places are limited, there is a need to have a balance of professional backgrounds and countries, so that not all interested persons may be invited to attend the meeting. They may however receive a summary of the results. Further information is available at: .