This year's conference offers three keynote talks, four optional workshops and an optional post-conference excursion in addition to our standard talk and poster sessions, mid-conference excursion and grassland party. This year’s mid-conference excursion will lead to the market community Neumarkt/Steiermark, 120 km north-west of Graz, visiting farmers generating their income generating their income by utilizing species rich grasslands.
On the same day, participants can choose to join at least two of three workshops without any extra fee:
- a workshop for scientific writing (guided by Jürgen Dengler),
- a bryophyte determining (guided by Christian Berg), and
- a lichen determining (guided by Peter Bilovitz) workshop.
Furthermore on 29th May, there will be an optional workshop on Natura2000 Biogeographical Process facilitated by Theo van Sluis and his co-workers. Please read details in workshops page.
A three-day optional post-conference excursion will take place in Slovenia (2–5 June). Slovenia has very interesting position at the intersection of four major European geographical units, the Alps, the Dinaric Alps, the Mediterranean and the Pannonian plain. The participants will have the opportunity to see grassland landscapes of those geographic units, lean about flora and fanua as well as grassland use.
The conference will include the following sessions:
1. Do species rich grasslands still have economic value? Examples from farming and conservation practice
This topic is targeted specifically to people with practical experience or interest in generating economic value from species rich grasslands, for example producing and dealing with hayseed or high-quality milk or meat products. We hope we can establish a forum, that can bring together people with clever ideas that could help to promote them or could test them in other Eurasian regions.
2. Grassland conservation
This session welcomes all contributions to active conservation, conservation planning or grassland management, estimating threats to different taxonomical or syntaxonomical groups or to restoration of species rich grasslands.
3. Ethnobotanical contributions to grassland management practises
This is an experiment, influenced by our keynote speaker Zsolt Molnár. His ethnobotanical studies (together with his working group) generated a lot of knowledge about special management practices of traditional grassland farmers. It is rather obvious that such knowledge got lost during the industrialisation process of European agronomy of the last 50 years. At least some of these practices can help to find new, more sustainable techniques to manage species rich grasslands.
4. Biodiversity of Palaearctic grasslands
This session will cover all aspects of grassland classification and contributions to biodiversity of all taxonomical groups concerning grasslands.