The local organising committee is pleased to announce that the 2016 Eurasian Grassland Conference will take place from the 20th to the 24th September 2016 in the historic town of Sighişoara in central Romania. This is the 13th annual meeting of the EDGG (formerly known as European Dry Grassland Meetings, EDGM), which aims to promote exchange and collaboration between those interested in all aspects of grassland research and conservation across Eurasia. The conference is intended to bring together latest research, and to link this to practical management and policy contributing to the sustainability of semi-natural grasslands. For the first time, three optional pre-conference workshops will be offered; one on scientific writing and another on science/policy interfaces concerning semi-natural grasslands.
The conference will include the following sessions:
Semi-natural grasslands and environmental policy and socio-economy
Landscape scale processes and historical evolution of semi-natural grasslands
Ecology and biodiversity of semi-natural grasslands
Management, conservation and restoration of semi-natural grasslands
as well as two field trips in local biodiversity hotspots. All other topics related to semi-natural grasslands are also welcome. A special issue of an ISI listed journal related to the conference is planned, to which all contributors to the conference will be invited to submit papers.
The conference language will be English.
Thanks to EDGG's mother organisation IAVS, we can support a number of participants with
travel grants. Grantees are exempt from the conference fee (including workshops and
excursions) and might additionally receive financial support for travel and accommodation
costs. Travel grants will preferantially be given to early-career and other financially
constrained scientists. To qualify, active participation at the conference (oral presentation or poster) is required and priority will be given to young scientists with financial constraints. Grants can be applied during registration, including a short motivation letter. Applicants for IAVS travel grants must be IAVS members.
Information about travel grants will be given at the latest by 25th July.
All participants will receive a Book of Abstracts, which will also be published online on the EDGG homepage. As in previous years, there will be Special Features (SFs) with selected contributions from the conference in international, peer-reviewed journals, guest-edited by EDGG members.
There will be at least one Special Feature in Tuexenia (Impact Factor = 1.5) and one in
Hacquetia (indexed in Scopus).
As in previous years, prizes will be awarded to young scientists for excellent presentation of their research (orally or in poster form). For these purposes, young scientists (less than 35 years old) will be asked during registration if they wish to participate in the contest. Prizes are sponsored by Wiley publishing.
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