General Information

Topic:     Management and conservation of semi-natural grasslands: from theory to practice


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.

Download the Programme and Book of Abstracts and Second Call (PDF files)

Registration and deadlines

    • Registration opens on 28th March 2016.
    • The deadline for early registration and abstract upload was 15th July.
    • The deadline for late registration was 31st August so the registration is closed.


    The conference language will be English.

    Financial support

    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.

    Conference publications

    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).

    Young Investigator Prizes

    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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