The conference is organized by the EDGG, Department of Environmental Biology – Sapienza University of Rome, the Majella National Park and The Società Botanica Italiana. It is supported by the International Association for Vegetation Science, John Wiley & Sons Inc and The Società Italiana di Scienza della Vegetazione.

The local organizing committee members are as follows:

Sabina Burrascano
Giampiero Ciaschetti
Eleonora Giarrizzo
Emanuela Carli
Eva Del Vico
Laura Facioni


Eurasian Dry Grassland Group (EDGG) ( was established in August 2008. Its basic aims are to compile and to distribute information on research and conservation in grasslands beyond national borders, and to stimulate active cooperation among scientists, NGO's and all who work with or are interested in grasslands. It is an official group of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS,

Sapienza University of Rome

Founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, Sapienza University of Rome is one of the oldest universities in the world. With over 111,000 students, 4000 teachers and 2000 employees, technicians and librarians, in addition to 2000 administrative staff in university hospitals, Sapienza is the largest university in Europe. Its mission is to contribute to the development of a knowledge society through research, excellence, quality education and international cooperation.

The Department of Environmental Biology (DBA) was founded in 2010 after a re-organization of the Departments of Biology of Sapienza. The Department focuses on research and teaching of the biology and ecology of various taxonomic groups ranging from algae and fungi, to plants, animals and man.

Majella National Park

Majella National Park was founded in 1991. The park has an extent of about 75,000 hectares and it is completely occupied by mountains. Majella is known as the Mother Mountain of Abruzzi and it is located in the most remote and wildest area of central Apennine. This area is also called the Holy Mountain because of many sites that have always inspired profound religiousness and hermitage. The Park is notable for its vast plateaus at high altitudes and for the wild and imposing canyons, but also for its Abbeys, and wonderful old towns.

The Società Botanica Italiana

The Società Botanica Italiana onlus was founded in Florence in 1888. Its origin derives from the Società Botanica Fiorentina, the oldest botanical association in Europe (funded in 1716). Today the Society has about 1300 members that carry out a wealth of activities, from courses and excursions to conferences and publications with the ultimate goal of promoting the advance and dissemination of botanical culture and sciences and of their various applications.

The Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process

The Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process is a multi-stakeholders' co-operation process at the biogeographical level, including seminars, workshops and cooperation activities to enhance effective implementation, management, monitoring, financing and reporting of the Natura 2000 network. The Biogeographical process is guided and monitored by an Expert group on Natura 2000 management and Steering Committees, composed of representatives of the Member States, the European Commission, the European Environmental Agency, the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity, the European Habitats Forum and the Natura 2000 Users Forum.

International Association for Vegetation Science

IAVS ( its original precursor was the International Phytosociological Society (IPS), which was founded in 1939. IAVS is a worldwide union of scientists and others interested in theoretical and practical studies of all aspects of vegetation. The main goals of the IAVS are to facilitate personal contacts among vegetation scientists all over the world and to promote research in all aspects of vegetation science and its applications.

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ( was founded in 1807. It aspires to be a valued and respected provider of products and services that make important contributions to advances in knowledge and understanding, a role that is essential to progress in a healthy and prosperous society. Wiley’s mission is to provide must-have content and services to professionals, scientists, educators, students, lifelong learners, and consumers worldwide.

The Società Italiana di Scienza della Vegetazione

The SISV was founded in 2006 as a continuation of the Società di Fitosociologia (S.I.Fs.) that was founded already in 1964 as an idea of a group of researchers led by Valerio Giacomini, who was the first president of the society. Main aim of the society is to promote research on vegetation, also through national and international networking, and to support with people and institutions with an interest in the conservation of vegetation.