Conference program

Please click to download the one-page schedule and the  EGC2019 Complete program.

Please visit the webpage of Fritschiana, the journal of the Biological Sciences Division of the University of Graz, to download the Book of Abstracts. Alternatively, you can download it from the conference downloads: EGC 2019: Book of Abstracts


This year's conference offers three keynote talks, thee 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. Below you will find a short schedule (also as pdf). You can download the program To find more information, please visit pages related to keynotes, workshops and excursions.



Schedule of the 16th EGC

Wednesday, 29 May 2019, Botanical Garden of the University of Graz

12:0017:00 Natura 2000 network, UR 31.02 ('seminar room'), Schubertstraße 51, 1st floor.

17:0021:00 Registration, welcome reception in the foyer of the greenhouses of the Botanical Garden, Schubertstraße 59

Thursday, 30 May 2019, Botanical Garden of the University of Graz

08:0009:00  Registration (foyer of the greenhouses of the Botanical Garden, Schuberstraße 59)

09:15–09:45  opening ceremony (HS 31.11, Schubertstraße 51, 2nd floor)

09:45–10:45 keynote lecture Zsolt Molnár

10:4511:05  Coffee break, foyer of the greenhouses

11:1013:10  talks session 1

13:10–14:00 Lunch break

14:00–14:40 talks session 3

14.40–16:40 talks session 4

16:4017:00 Coffee break

17:00-17:55 poster sessions 1, 3, 4

18:0021:00 Scientific writing workshop led by Jürgen Dengler (HS 31.11)

Friday, 31 May 2019, Botanical Garden of the University of Graz

08:0009:00 keynote lecture Matej Vidrih

09:1518:30 mid-conference excursion to Neumarkt in der Steiermark, departure: Holteigasse 6 (north border of the Botanical Garden)

09:15–15:30 Bryophytes in Central European Grasslands, excursion course led by Christian Berg

19:00–22:30 Grassland party in the greenhouses of the Botanical Garden

Saturday, 1 June 2019, Botanical Garden of the University of Graz

09:00–10:00 keynote lecture Wolfgang Willner

10:00–10:20 Coffee break

10:20–13:00 talks session 2

13:0013:50 Lunch break

13:50–15:50 talks session 2

15:5016:10 Coffee break

16:10–17:20 poster session 2

17:30–19:00 EDGG General Assembly, closing ceremony of the conference part

19:00–22:00 Evening mixer in the foyer of the greenhouses of the Botanical Garden

Sunday, 2 June – Wednesday, 5 June 2019: post-conference excursion to Slovenia

02.06.2019, 08:00 departure from the Botanical Garden of the University of Graz, Holteigasse 6

05.06.2019, 12.00 arrival at the Graz airport

05.06.2019, 12.30 arrival at the Botanical Garden of the University of Graz



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.