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SER 2016 gets practical

Monday, August 22: Join SER Europe! Meet chairman Jordi Cortina for Qs+As, or a toast to the conference, in seminar room S1 during icebreaker in the evening. More time for this on Thursday morning, seminar room S3.

Tuesday, August 23: Jump language barriers! See the full spectrum of hands-on ecological restoration in Germany and Austria - simultaneously translated to English in lecture hall 14! English titles provided in daily program.

Thursday, August 25: Networking time! Share your practical experience, interesting case studies, information on ongoing projects by preparing and uploading an extended abstract, or poster pdf to the SER Europe knowledge base (http://www.ser.org/europe/ - ISSN 2295-5704). Instructions will be mailed, senior scientists will be available for corrections in seminar room S3.

Programs updated!

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Post-Conference Seed Banks Course

Places still available for Post-Conference Seed Banks Course with Peter Török and Harald Albrecht. Invaluable training for all of us who have to start restorations from scratch and in weed-ridden locations!
 



Dear friends and colleagues:
We are pleased to announce the 10th European Conference on Ecological Restoration, to be held by the Department Ecology and Ecosystem Management, School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan - Technische Universität München, on 22-26 August 2016.

Past mismanagement and habitat degradation require counter measures, including habitat restoration and development of novel management approaches, not only in Europe but in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia. It is the concern of ecological restoration to make ecosystem repair and reconstruction technically feasible, successful in enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem function, and sustainable for society and economy in future generations.

We will provide for you, dear guests, a friendly and exciting atmosphere to stimulate dialogue between restoration scientists, practitioners and policy makers, and to collaborate on the challenge of Best Practice in Restoration.

Host: Dept Ecology and Ecosystem Management, School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan, Technische Universität München
Coordinators: Johannes Kollmann & Julia-Maria Hermann
Local organizing committee: Matthias Drösler, Anton Fischer, Jürgen Geist, Thomas Knoke, Reinhard Mosandl, Jörg Pfadenhauer, Anja Rammig, Johannes Sauer, Michael Suda, Michael Weber
SERE advisory board: Ása Aradottir, Elise Buisson, Jordi Cortina, Kris Decleer, Francis Isselin, Kathrin Kiehl, Agata Klimkowska, Karel Prach, Eszter Ruprecht, Vicky Temperton, Sabine Tischew, Katalin Török, Anne Tolvanen

Conference main topics

LAND

Landscape - Land use - Biogeochemical fluxes - Soil Formation
Restoration goals: Keep in or return land to such state that it provides habitat for living organisms and people in following generations, fertile soil is not reduced and can develop, provides clean water, has net uptake of climate relevant gases.
Challenges: Changing land use, eutrophication, drainage and low groundwater, urban expansion, erosion, pesticides

LIFE

Ecosystems - Interactions - Species - Genotypes
Restoration goals: Keep plant, animal and microbial populations and communities in such conditions that they can grow, reproduce and interact.
Challenges: Habitat destruction, fragmentation and isolation, over-exploitation, introduction of non-native species and genotypes, rate of environmental change vs. rate of evolutionary change

PEOPLE

Socioeconomy - Planning - Law & Politics - Public Relations
Restoration goals: Unite persons that can plan, permit, perform and pay for restoration projects for the timespan that is necessary to successfully restore habitats. Social restoration.
Challenge: Diverging interests and different language, e.g. interest in monetary vs. non-monetary returns, academic vs. colloquial language, legislative terms vs. restoration timespans

PRACTICE

Methods - Tools - Monitoring
Conference goals: Reports on actual case studies of ecosystem or population restoration; certain overlap with previous topics, which will also attract case studies and not only theory and basic science. Encourage reporting pitfalls as well as success stories.


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