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Detailed Conference Program

25 September (Monday) Workshop, registration, keynote lecture

09:00 – 19:00 Registration

10:00 – 12:00 Workshop: Introduction to grassland related spiders (indoor presentations) (Róbert Gallé, Tomas Hamrík, and Nikolett Gallé-Szpisjak)

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break (for the participants of the workshop)

13:00 – 15:00 Workshop: Introduction to grassland related spiders (outdoor program)

15:00 – 17:30 Guided tour in the zoo of the National Park

17:45 – 18:30 Keynote lecture by András Kelemen: New challenges of nature conservation in the light of landscape-level changes in the Great Hungarian Plain

18:30 – 21:00 Welcome reception

26 September (Tuesday) Talks and poster session

08:00 – 12:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:15 Opening ceremony

09:15 – 10:00 Plenary talk by Corradó Marceno: Data collected by amateur botanists: coupling an old tradition and citizen science offers new opportunities for habitat monitoring and conservation

10:00 – 11:00 Talks

  • 10:00 – 10:15 Melinda Halassy: Reducing the establishment of invasive alien species by sowing high density or competitive native species
  • 10:15 – 10:30 ♣ Boglárka Berki: Impact of four years of mechanical treatment of the invasive plant Asclepias syriaca L. on other plants species in secondary grasslands
  • 10:30 – 10:45 ♣ Judit Sonkoly: Commercial potting substrates as an overlooked way of the long-distance dispersal of plants
  • 10:45 – 11:00 ♣ Patricia Elizabeth Diaz Cando: Establishment of Sporobolus cryptandrus (Torr.) A. Grey (Poaceae) - a new invasive species in Hungary

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 13:30 Talks

  • 11:30 – 11:45 Martin Magnes: Forest steppes on serpentinite outcrops in Austria: a distinctive habitat or just a mosaic?
  • 11:45 – 12:00 ♣ Svenja Wanke: Elevational patterns in calcareous grassland community diversity and flower colour spectra in the European Alps
  • 12:00 – 12:15 ♣ Lara Mołoniewicz: Plant diversity patterns in an endangered semi-open forest in central Poland – the example of Krzemionki Nature Reserve
  • 12:15 – 12:30 ♣ Szymon Czyżewski: Niche of plant species native to the temperate forest biome in Europe matches a heterogenous natural vegetation shaped by megaherbivores
  • 12:30 – 12:45 Rocco Labadessa: Ancient stone burial mounds as refuges against grassland degradation
  • 12:45 – 13:00 Balázs Deák: Environmental heterogeneity driven plant diversity on ancient burial mounds in Hungary and Bulgaria
  • 13:00 – 13:15 György Kröel-Dulay: The importance of extreme drought and chronic change in precipitation in a grassland field experiment
  • 13:15 – 13:30 Marianne Stoessel: Where do reindeer graze? A study about the interplay between landscape features and grazing on plant communities in the warming tundra

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch break

15:00 – 15:45 Plenary talk by Denys Vynokurov: New insights on the broad-scale classification of European dry grasslands and scrub vegetation

15:45 – 17:15 Talks

  • 15:45 – 16:00 Jürgen Dengler: Classification of the high-rank syntaxa of the Balkan dry grasslands with a new hierarchical expert system approach: now finished
  • 16:00 – 16:15 Piotr Chmielewski: Dry grasslands in the alkaline fens near the city of Chełm (Lublin province, SE Poland)
  • 16:15 – 16:30 Hallie Seiler: Effects of irrigation on dry grasslands in Valais (Switzerland)
  • 16:30 – 16:45 Stefan Widmer: Epochal changes in grassland diversity in Switzerland
  • 16:45 – 17:00 ♣ Rozália Kapás: The role of livestock grazing and connectivity in recovery of grassland communities following restoration
  • 17:00 – 17:15 Benito Schöpke: Plant species response at the interface of crop fields to protected grasslands – impact of farm practices

17:15 – 17:45 Coffee break

17:45 – 19:00 Poster session

  • 1. Iwona Dembicz: Drivers of plant diversity in grasslands on mineral islands surrounded by peatlands (Biebrza valley, NE Poland)
  • 2. ♣ Olena Shchepeleva: Ancient defensive earthworks as refuges for steppe flora in Southern Ukraine
  • 3. ♣ Nadiia Skobel: Old cemeteries of the Right-Bank Cereal Step as refuge of steppe flora
  • 4. Santiago Ordonez: A call to join the study of Salvia nemorosa L. demography on kurgans
  • 5. ♣ Vivien Szász: The effect of kurgan area and isolation on Salvia nemorosa L. in fragmented dry grasslands
  • 6. ♣ Laura Godó: Vegetation of mound-building mouse mounds in two different habitat types
  • 7. Rita Engel: Ancient burial mounds provide ecosystem services by preserving
    medicinal plants from grasslands
  • 8. Iryna Rabyk: Study of the peculiarities of the bryophyte cover of the dry meadows of south-eastern Alps
  • 9. ♣ Viktória Törő-Szijgyártó: The relationship between seed size, shape and persistence in the Hungarian flora
  • 10. Liubov Borsukevych: Vegetation dynamics on riverine sand dunes in the Dnieper River basin
  • 11. Andrea McIntosh-Buday: Biomass-species richness relationship along an elevation stress gradient at an alkaline-loess habitat complex
  • 12. Sonja Škornik: Functional traits of transient plant species in two semi-natural dry grassland communities
  • 13. ♣ Ágnes Tóth: Vertical distribution of soil seed bank and the ecological importance of deeply buried seeds in alkaline grasslands
  • 14. ♣ Katalin Lukács: A new aspect of seed dispersal: Human-dispersed propagules can survive and disperse after laundry washing
  • 15. Anikó Csecserits: Sign of stability or very slow changes? No difference in the level of invasion after a decade neither on primary sandy grasslands nor on old-fields
  • 16. József Geml: Ectomycorrhizal fungi in a Pannonian sandy forest steppe landscape: a comparison of open and closed grasslands and poplar woodlands
  • 17. Meso Odongo: Decreasing provenance differentiation in the second generation of Festuca vaginata supports flexible seed sourcing for restoration in Hungary
  • 18. Orsolya Kiss: Using species distribution modelling to design conservation strategies for the European roller
  • 19. Inge Paulini: Impact of mowing abandonment and grazing on very species-rich meadow steppes in Transylvania (Romania)

27 September (Wednesday) Mid-conference excursion, Grassland Party and Auction

8:00 – 8:30 Presentations about the habitats and species of the Körös-Maros National Park (Péter Bánfi, Ábel Molnár)

08:30 – Departure from Szarvas, from the Visitor Center

8:30 – 18:30 Mid-conference excursion (Ábel Molnár, Péter Bánfi, Judit Sallainé Kapocsi)

18:30 – 22:00 Grassland party and auction at the visitor centre

28 September (Thursday) Talks and poster session

09:00 – 10:30 Talks

  • 09:00 – 09:15 Janine Ruffer: Restoration of dry and sandy habitats in Brandenburg, Germany by LIFE projects
  • 09:15 – 09:30 Gwyn Jones: How many livestock are needed to maintain EU priority habitats?
  • 09:30 – 09:45 Markus Wagner: Mob grazing: A new approach to grazing management on British farms producing pasture-fed livestock
  • 09:45 – 10:00 ♣ Szabolcs Balogh: Grassland management experiences of Hortobágy National Park Directorate in the contex of LIFE IP GRASSLAND-HU project
  • 10:00 – 10:15 Maija Medne: "Blooming Meadows": Implementation of Result Based Conservation Scheme in Latvia
  • 10:15 – 10:30 Katalin Török: How three decades of grassland restoration can develop to a long-term international research network?

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 11:45 Plenary talk by Szabolcs Lengyel: Grassland restoration and management: a focus on animals

11:45 – 13:15 Talks

  • 11:45 – 12:00 Leonardo Ancillotto: The night shift: bioacoustics at night disclose ecological relationships in Mediterranean dry grasslands
  • 12:00 – 12:15 Márton Szabolcs: Habitat selection and breeding success of tree-nesting forest steppe birds in a restored grassland ecosystem
  • 12:15 – 12:30 Stephen Venn: The effects of management on plant and carabid diversity of sub-arctic riparian flood meadows in northwestern Finland
  • 12:30 – 12:45 Mylene Martinez: Spiders in the Estonian coastal grasslands during the era of Anthropocene
  • 12:45 – 13:00 ♣ Edvárd Mizsei: Enhancing habitat occupancy of the endangered Hungarian meadow viper (Vipera ursinii rakosiensis) through restoration of plant diversity of secondary grasslands on abandoned ploughfields
  • 13:00 – 13:15 Orsolya Valkó: Burrowing rodents as ecosystem engineers in Eurasian grasslands – case studies from Kazakhstan and Hungary

13:15 – 14:45 Lunch break

14:45 – 15:45 Talks

  • 14:45 – 15:00 ♣ Gantuya Batgelder: Traditional ecological and herding knowledge in the forest steppe region in Mongolia
  • 15:00 – 15:15 Marianna Biró: Oral history reveals driver interactions behind land-use legacies in a transforming cultural landscape
  • 15:15 – 15:30 ♣ Ábel Péter Molnár: The Flora Continuity Hypothesis: massive potential survival of the flora since before the Last Glacial Maximum in the Carpatho-Pannonian region
  • 15:30 – 15:45 Attila Molnár: Could hundreds of species have disappeared from loess grasslands as they were ploughed up? Undocumented loss and extinction debt in the Hungarian Great Plain

15:45 – 17:00 Poster session

  • 20. Kalina Pachedjieva: Communities with high abundance of the Balkan subendemic Satureja pilosa in Bulgaria
  • 21. Anna Cwener: The small-scale geographic diversity of dry grasslands of the Lubelskie region (Lublin province, SE Poland)
  • 22. Lyubov Felbaba-Klushyna: Syntaxonomy of subalpine meadows of the Borzhava mountain massif (Ukrainian Carpathians)
  • 23. Oksana Tyshchenko: Monitoring polygons of steppes and Azov-type spits: application of remote sensing data for assessing the status of vegetation cover
  • 24. Svitlana Iemelianova: AveWetlands – a new project to assess the annual vegetation diversity of European wetlands
  • 25. Hrvoje Kutnjak: Comprehensive approach to restoration of dry Mediterranean grasslands on Dinara with the aim of preserving Natura 2000 target bird species
  • 26. Sandra Dullau: Seed-based grassland establishment in solar parks - combining renewable energy production with ecosystem services associated with pollinator
  • 27. Roman Hamersky: Degradation and re-gradation of meadow's plant species diversity under different management pressure at the unique Adenophora liliifolia locality
  • 28. ♣ Réka Fekete: Restoration and managements of urban grasslands – a global review
  • 29. ♣ Réka Kiss: Effect of climatic parameters on the population dynamics of Bulbocodium vernum
  • 30. ♣ Sándor Borza: Hitchhiking seeds – The role of off-road vehicles in seed dispersal in protected areas
  • 31. Domas Uogintas: What impact does grassland abandonment have on forage quality compared to mowing?
  • 32. ♣ Dariia Borovyk: The impact of low-intensity, regular-intensity mowing and mowing abandonment on a diversity of semi-natural grasslands in South Moravia (Czech Republic)
  • 33. Viktor Shapoval: Vegetation management of the Budzhatskyi steppes (Odesa region, Ukraine)
  • 34. ♣ Gergő Rák: Effects of Grazing Pressure and Phytomass Productivity on the Density of the Hungarian Meadow Viper (Vipera ursinii rakosiensis) in Kiskunság
  • 35. ♣ Gergely Kovacsics-Vári: Effect of increasing intensity of sheep grazing on the biomass composition of acidic sand grasslands

17:00 – 17:30 Coffee break

17:30 – 19:00 EDGG General Assembly and closing ceremony

29 September – 1 October (Friday-Sunday) Post-conference excursion

29 September 08:00 Departure from Szarvas

1 October 17:00 Arrival at Kecskemét

♣ Young Investigator Prize (YIP) applicant

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The visitor centre of the Körös-Maros National Park Directorate. Photos: Antal Zsolt Bencsik and Zoltán Babák.

Plentary speakers

Corradó Marceno, from the University of Perugia will present a talk entitled "Data collected by amateur botanists: coupling an old tradition and citizen science offers new opportunities for habitat monitoring and conservation". 

Denys Vynokurov, from the M.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the University of the Basque Country, will present a talk entitled "New insights on the broad-scale classification of European dry grasslands and scrub vegetation".

Szabolcs Lengyel, from the Centre for Ecological Research will present a talk entitled "Grassland restoration and management: a focus on animals". 

Keynote lecture

András Kelemen (Department of Ecology, University of Szeged) will open the conference with a keynote lecture on the current situation and challenges in grassland conservation and restoration focusing on the lowland sandy areas of Hungary, with a special outlook to the habitats that we will visit during the mid- and post-conference excursions.

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