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28th EVS Meeting, 2-6 Sept 2019

March 27, 2019

Join us for the 28th European Vegetation Survey meeting to be held at the Ciudad Universitaria in Madrid, Spain from September 2 – September 6, 2019. The meeting, titled "Vegetation Diversity and Global Change” will showcase scientific research and provide collaboration and networking opportunities in this specialized group.

Please visit the website (http://evs2019madrid.es/) for more information.

Dark Diversity Network - Call for Participants

October 5, 2018


Why are some species present and others absent in a locality? Only a subset of all species in a region can tolerate the ecological conditions of a given site (the site-specific species pool). Of those, not all are realized in local communities. The absent part of the species pool forms the dark diversity of a community.

Dark Diversity Network (DarkDivNet) is a new coordinated global sampling network to explore the dark diversity of plant communities. The main aims of the global network are:


  • to determine observed diversity, dark diversity and species pool in different habitats, and link them to abiotic and biotic factors as well as to human impact
  • to test and improve the methods for estimating dark diversity
  • to expand the dark diversity concept to include the functional and phylogenetic aspects of diversity


DarkDivNet aims to include globally replicated vegetation surveys from a wide range of ecosystems and environmental conditions. We are now inviting participants from all over the world to join DarkDivNet and contribute with one or more terrestrial study areas sampled at both local and regional scales. 

If you are interested in joining DarkDivNet, please visit the DarkDivNet webpage (http://bit.do/darkdivnet) for the participation guidelines. For more information, click here to review the DarkDivNet Protocol or contact us at darkdivnet@ut.ee.

DarkDivNet Steering Committee (University of Tartu, Estonia),
Meelis Pärtel, Carlos P. Carmona, Martin Zobel, Mari Moora, Kersti Riibak, Riin Tamme

EGC 2019 - 16th Eurasian Grassland Conference

September 27, 2018


EGC 2019

16th Eurasian Grassland Conference

Species‐rich grasslands in the Palaearctic – a treasure without economic value

Graz, Austria and Maribor, Slovenia
29 May – 05 June 2019


First call


Grasslands in the Palaearctic biogeographical realm are exceptionally species rich; they are a treasure of nature. However, their values are often neglected in man’s thinking, either from the perspective of management of natural resources or policy measures. The aim of the 16th annual Eurasian Grassland Conference is to highlight the ecosystem values Palaearctic grasslands deliver to the world, and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on how we effectively ensure their sustainability. In addition, it aims to promote networking and collaboration between those interested in all aspects of semi‐natural and natural grassland research and conservation. The conference is intended to bring together the latest research and link this to practical management and policy, thereby contributing to the sustainability of semi‐natural grasslands and their animal and plant resources.


The conference will take place from 29th May to 5th June 2019, jointly hosted by the universities of Graz, the capital city of the province of Styria (Austria), and Maribor, the second largest city of Slovenia. The academic part of the conference will be held at the Institute of Biology, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Graz, in the heart of Austrian Styria.


Two excursions are planned. The mid‐conference excursion (31 May) will focus on species rich Arrhenatherion grasslands in a “hay‐milk” region in the western part of Styria (Austria). Moreover, a three‐ day post‐conference excursion will take place in Slovenia (2–5 June). On the first day, we will visit the Goričko Landscape Park with dry grasslands on acid non‐carbonate substrate (NE Slovenia). During the second day, we will visit the wooded (dry) grasslands (the remains of an ancient cultural landscape) along the Drava River, the low tertiary hilly Haloze region, which has the highest density of orchid‐rich Mesobromion meadows. The third day will take us to the Slovenian Dinaric (sub‐Mediterranean Illyrian) dry meadows (alliance Scorzonerion villosae) and karst pastures (alliance Saturejion subspicatae).


As in previous years, there will be:

(a) Technical workshops, dedicated to actions on grassland management and networking
(b)IAVS travel grants, available for those who fulfil the grant allocation criteria
(c) Young Investigator Prizes, for young scientists for the best oral or poster presentations to the conference
(d) Conference publications, in the form of Special Features (SFs) with selected contributions from the conference and published in international, peer‐reviewed journals, guest‐edited by EDGG members


Preliminary programme

29th May

Welcome in Graz, registration 16:00 – 20:00

30th May

Talks and posters

31th May

Mid‐conference excursion (Styria, Austria), optional technical workshop, in the evening: grassland party 

1th June

Talks and posters; EDGG General Assembly

2th June – 5th June

Post‐conference excursion (Slovenia), optional, max. 40 participants


Important dates

Early Bird registration deadline – 28 February 2019
Late registration deadline – 29 March 2019
Abstract submission deadline – 29 March 2019



The conference web page with the possibility to register and upload your abstracts will be launched in January 2019 (all EDGG members will be informed by e‐mail when the website is available). Further information (fees, detailed schedule) will be announced in the Second Circular (Palaearctic Grasslands 39, December 2018).




Contact persons

Local Organising Committee:
Martin Magnes / University of Graz, martin.magnes@uni-graz.at
Nataša Pipenbaher / University of Maribor, natasa.pipenbaher@um.si
Sonja Škornik / University of Maribor, sonja.skornik@um.si

EDGG Executive Committee:
Mike Vrahnakis, EGC Coordinator, mvrahnak@teilar.gr
Didem Ambarli, EGC Coordinator, didem.ambarli@gmail.com



Hayfield near Neumarkt/Styria, Austria (Photo: M. Magnes).


Orchids‐rich Mesobromion meadows in Haloze region, NE Slovenia (Photo: S. Škornik).



Sub‐Mediterranean Illyrian Grasslands, association Danthonio‐Scorzoneretum (Photo: N. Pipenbaher).

JVS-AVS Blog Launched

September 13, 2018

Editors of Journal of Vegetation Science and Applied Vegetation Science launched the new blog at jvsavsblog.org, and invite authors of recently accepted or published papers to write some of the blog contributions.

For more details, please visit the welcome post at:


IAVS Resolution on Portugal

September 8, 2017
Please read the full statement here.

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