FIRST CALL: 12th EUROPEAN DRY GRASSLAND MEETING (EDGM)
FROM POPULATION BIOLOGY TO COMMUNITY ECOLOGY
Place: Mainz, Germany
Time: 22-27 May 2015
Palearctic dry grasslands have a long tradition of community analysis and description, leading to a detailed picture of these habitats, especially in Central Europe. In contrast, research on the biology of species and populations, such as pollination biology, dispersal ecology, demography or population genetics, is expanding rapidly. The connection between the two scientific disciplines is often weak although, actually, populations are part of communities and communities consist out of populations. We will therefore focus on this connection between population biology and community ecology for all dry grassland biota (invertebrates, vertebrates, non-vascular plants, vascular plants, fungi and lichens) as the overall topic of the next EDGM.
Specific topics of the conference
- Population biology of dry grassland species
- Diversity and community ecology of dry grasslands
- Management and conservation of dry grasslands
- Socio-cultural aspects of dry grasslands
The European Dry Grassland Meetings are organised annually by the European Dry Grassland Group (EDGG, www.edgg.org), a network of dry grassland/steppe researchers and conservationists from all disciplines. EDGG is affiliated with the IAVS (International Association for Vegetation Science) as a Working Group as well as with the EFNCP (European Federation for Nature Conservation and Pastoralism), and membership is free of charge.
Registration and deadlines: The conference webpage will open in autumn 2014. Deadline for abstracts is planned for February 2015.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Mainz, Germany!
Local Organizing Committee and EDGG Executive Committee
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