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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



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
(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‐
Nataša Pipenbaher / University of Maribor,
Sonja Škornik / University of Maribor,

EDGG Executive Committee:

Mike Vrahnakis, EGC Coordinator,
Didem Ambarli, EGC Coordinator,



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).

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