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2020 Honorary Membership award

July 20, 2020

Valério Pillar obtained IAVS Honorary Membership award in 2020. Congratulations!

IAVS Young Scientists online workshop - Apply today!

June 18, 2020

Our current worldwide crisis has shown us that we need to be prepared for future challenges. Alas, the cancellation of our 2020 symposium makes us aware that Vegetation science is not exempt from this. But we can still come together to meet the challenges!

We are organizing an online workshop to bring together our members to discuss the #IAVSYoungscientist perspective on the emerging challenges for #VegetationSci in the next 20 years on 14-15 October. Apply now! (Deadline 15th Jul). Requirements:

Invitation to the web Congress Visions for transition - 11-12 May

May 7, 2020
Please read the details in the Document.

The 63rd IAVS Symposium in Vladivostok has been cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic

March 25, 2020
Please, read details at the symposium website.

Important announcment of local organizers of IAVS symposium about the situation related to pandemy of COVID-19

March 22, 2020
Please, read the announcement here:

IAVS launches a third journal: Vegetation Classification and Survey

August 23, 2019

Since 1973, the journal Phytocoenologia has been published in collaboration with IAVS. Our involvement with Phytocoenologia will cease at the end of 2019, with the publication of the final issue of volume 49 and the Memorandum of Understanding between IAVS and the publisher of Phytocoenologia will end in May 2020.

We are excited to announce that IAVS will begin producing a new journal, Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS) in 2020. This has been approved by an overwhelming majority of the IAVS Council. VCS will have the same scope, the same Chief Editors, and nearly all the Editorial Board members of Phytocoenologia.

VCS will be entirely gold Open Access, meaning that all papers will be freely available for download to anyone in the world. The journal will be published by Pensoft, an independent academic publishing company. The website for VCS is at the following link:

The schedule of Article Publication Charges (APCs) is currently being worked out and will be announced before the end of 2019. It will be designed to make publication in VCS affordable, with discounts and waivers for those who are unable to pay the full APC.

Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS) is an international, peer-reviewed journal of plant community ecology published on behalf of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS). It is devoted to vegetation survey and classification at any organizational and spatial scale and without restriction to specific methodological approaches. The journal publishes both original papers that develop new vegetation typologies and applied studies that use such typologies, for example, in vegetation mapping, ecosystem modelling, nature conservation, land use management or monitoring. Particularly encouraged are methodological studies that design and compare tools or algorithms for vegetation classification and mapping, vegetation databases, and nomenclatural principles. Papers dealing with conceptual and theoretical bases of vegetation survey and classification are also welcome. While large-scale studies are preferred, regional studies will be considered when they fill important knowledge gaps or present new methods. VCS also contains permanent sections on Ecological Informatics and Phytosociological Nomenclature.

We invite you to submit papers within the scope of VCS. Instructions for Authors and the online submission procedure can be found at

If you have any questions about VCS, please contact the Chair of the Editors (

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 ( for the participation guidelines. For more information, click here to review the DarkDivNet Protocol or contact us at

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

JVS-AVS Blog Launched

September 13, 2018

Editors of Journal of Vegetation Science and Applied Vegetation Science launched the new blog at, 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.

Next Meeting

2021 IAVS Annual Symposium: Madrid, Spain, 27 June - 2 July 2021
We are sorry to announce that the Vladivostok symposium has been cancelled. Please, read details at the symposium website. We hope to see many of you next year in Spain!


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