Preliminary Programme

Management and Conservation of Semi-natural grasslands: from theory to practice

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Tuesday 20th September
Hotel Central Park
0900-1300 Scientific Writing workshop led by Péter Török (University of Debrecen)
1430-1830 Reflecting Ecology in Policy workshop, led by Jabier Ruiz, Caitriona Maher (EFNCP) & Clunie Keenleyside (IEEP)
1430-1830 Establishing and Maintaining National Grassland Databases workshop, led by Kiril Vassilev (Bulgarian Acad. Sci.)
1630-1900 Registration and possibility to install posters in Sala Sander
1900-2100 Welcome drink and a buffet meal of local products in Sala Sander
Wednesday 21st September
Sala Sander, Strada Turnului 1
0800-0830 Registration
0830-0900 Official opening by the EDGG and the Local Organising Committee  
Welcome from the Mayor of Sighisoara, Ovidiu Mălăncrăvean


Integration by Place, Case and Process: Transdisciplinary Sustainability Science in Transylvania
Prof. Joern Fischer, Leuphana University, Lüneburg

Session 1: Semi-natural grasslands and environmental policy and socio-economics
0950-1050 Andrei Marin Environmental Policy Processes for pastures: contributions of local institutions to climate change adaptation and sustainability in Norway and Mongolia
Monika Janišová Role of traditional ecological knowledge in conservation of Carpathian grasslands
Daniel Babai The role of traditional ecological knowledge in nature conservation
1050-1110 Coffee break
1110-1250 (YI) Kinga Öllerer Traditional vs. present management system of semi-natural grasslands from Southern Transylvania, Romania – a conservation perspective
Laci Demeter Developing management plans for Natura 2000 areas in Romania
Didem Ambarli Spatial and temporal trends in threats to biodiversity of Anatolian steppes (Turkey)
Solvita Rusina National conservation and management programme for grassland habitats of EU importance in Latvia
Evelyn Rusdea Sustainable management of semi-natural grassland – from interdisciplinary research to participatory implementation - An example from the Apuseni Mountains in Romania
1250-1410 Lunch break
Session 2: Management, conservation and restoration of semi-natural grasslands
1410-1530 Philipp Sengl Naturalness indicator values as a tool for estimating success in grassland restoration
(YI) Dragoș Luntraru Identifying and monitoring High Nature Value grasslands using an indicator plant approach
Nina Polchaninova Cattle grazing and cursorial arthropods in steppe gullies of northeastern Ukraine. What groups are best indicators?
Péter Török The effectiveness of passive restoration in vegetation recovery of calcareous sand grasslands
1530-1550 Coffee break
1550-1630 Roman Hamersky Restoration of Stipa spp. grasslands in Lounské Středohoří (southern part of České středohoří Mts.)/CZ
Edina Tóth Selection of livestock type is more important than just setting grazing intensity in short-grass steppic grasslands
Session 3: Ecology and biodiversity of semi-natural grasslands
1630-1710 Balazs Deák Effects of local environmental factors on the species composition of loess grassland fragments - A case study on isolated kurgans
Béla Tóthmérész Increasing biodiversity of restored grasslands using establishment gaps
1710-1810 Poster Session
1830-1915 Evening tour of Sighisoara. Meeting place - outside Sala Sander
1930 Buffet at Hotel Sighisoara (for participants who selected the option during registration)
Thursday 22nd September
Meeting place - outside La Perla restaurant
0830-1700 Mid-conference field trip to the High Nature Value Grasslands of the hilly Târnava Mare landscape near Sighişoara
1700-2200 Grassland party in the village of Viscri
Friday 23rd September
Sala Sander, Strada Turnului 1
Origins, evolution, management and conservation of semi-natural grasslands in Transylvania
Dr. Cristina Craioveanu & Prof. László Rákosy, Babes-Bolyai University
Session 3: Ecology and biodiversity of semi-natural grasslands
0950-1050 (YI) Orsolya Valkó Supporting biodiversity by prescribed burning in alkaline grasslands – a multi-taxa study
(YI) András Kelemen The effect of common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) on the native sandy flora. Is it a neutral alien or a noxious invader?
Anikó Csecserits What is the effect of a perennial invasive species (Asclepias syriaca) on the regeneration of sandy grassland?
1050-1110 Coffee break
1110-1210 Minodora Manu Soil mite communities from heavy metal polluted grasslands from Transylvania- Romania
(YI) Tsvetelina Terziyska Functional diversity of high mountain pasture communities: a trait based comparative study
Federico Maria Tardella Functional response of an invasive tall grass (Brachypodium genuense) to environmental variability in sub-Mediterranean climate
Session 4: Landscape scale processes and historical evolution of semi-natural grasslands
1210-1250 (YI) Karina Piermarteri How modifications of forage features related to inter-annual rainfall variations affect sheep morpho-physiological characteristics
Mohammad Farzam Effects of spring and summer times prescribed burning on spores and colonization of mycorrhiza and five plant species in a dry grassland
1250-1420 Lunch break
1420-1540 (YI) Judit Sonkoly A new aspect of grassland vegetation dynamics: The presence of cyanobacterium colonies can affect establishment success of plants
(YI) Csaba Tölgyesi Hydrologic fluctuations trigger structural changes in steppe-wetland ecotones but have no effect on ecotone position
Anna Kuzemko Changes of meadow vegetation of the Forest and Forest-Steppe zones of Ukraine in the second half of the 20th - beginning of the 21st century
(YI) Denys Vynokurov High level units of the Festuco-Brometea class vegetation in Ukraine
1540-1600 Coffee break
1600-1830 EDGG General Assembly and Young Investigator Prizes
1930-2200 Buffet with live music at Hotel Central Park (for participants who selected the option during registration)
Saturday 24th September
Meeting place - outside La Perla restaurant
0830-1800 Post-conference field trip to the mountain hay meadows in the Csik Mountains area (for participants who selected the option during registration)

(YI) = Entrants for the Young Investigator Prizes

Contact persons:
Liliana Gherghiceanu: +40 721113110
Laura Sutcliffe: +40 749991008


Landscape near Miercurea Ciuc (photo: Daniel Babai)

Traditional hand scything

Some species in flower in September

Colchicum autumnale

Gentianopsis ciliata

Gentiana pneumonanthe