Program


City Reception
The participants are welcome to register already on Sunday, 21st August (15:00–18:00) at the conference board on the Freising University Campus. Those who have signed up for the city reception (19:00) will need about 20 min walking from the Campus to the centre of the old town. The reception will be in the second floor of the historical 'Asam Building', the prince-episcopal lyceum at the Freising Marienplatz. In 1709 the baroque hall was ornated with ceiling frescos by Hans Georg Asam, father of the famous Cosmas Damian and Egid Quirin Asam, while the stuccowork ot the ceiling was carried out by Nikolaus Liechtenfurtner, a local artist. The SER2016 participants will be welcomed by the mayor of the town, there will be some brass music and free drinks.
Oral presentations and workshops day-by-day
Dear participants, please find below the schedule of oral presentations and workshops as of 21/07/2016. You will receive a printed version at check-in.

Monday, August 22, morning: Lecture hall 14
09:15 BoA              p. 9 KEYNOTE: Managing soil fertility for ecological restoration
  Rob Marrs
Session 5: Fire in ecosystem dynamics and restoration 
10:30 69 Use of prescribed fire in nature conservation, landscape management and forestry – experiences and perspectives for Germany
    Johann Georg Goldammer, Egbert Brunn
10:45 70 To burn or not – a perspective on British moorlands
    Rob Marrs
11:00 71 Restoring a grass-dominated ecosystem for a salamander, a lily, and a woodpecker: a case study of fire in the Apalachicola National Forest
    Todd Engstrom
11:15 72 Supporting biodiversity by prescribed burning in dry grasslands - a multi-taxa approach
    Orsolya Valkó, Balázs Deák, Tibor Magura, Péter Török, András Kelemen, Katalin Tóth, Roland Horváth, Dávid Nagy, Zsuzsanna Debnár, György Zsigrai, István Kapocsi, Béla Tóthmérész
11:30 73 Forest fires and the regional distribution of beetles favoured by fire
    Per Milberg, Karl-Olof Bergman, Nicklas Jansson, Henrik Norman, Fia Sundin, Lars Westerberg
11:45 74 Spotlight on beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) fire ecology
    Janet Maringer, Davide Ascoli, Giorgio Vacchiano, Thomas Wohlgemuth, Marco Conedera
12:00 75 Ecological role of fire in the Central European Pinus sylvestris forests
    Martin Adámek
12:15   Discussion
     
Monday, August 22, morning: Lecture hall 15
Session 7: Forest and woodland restoration and conversion [continues in afternoon]
10:30 91 Restoration of a small catchment in the Eifel National Park 
    Thomas Pütz, Heye Bogena, Michael Röös, Alexander Graf, Wolfgang Tappe, Roland Bol, Andreas Lücke, Clemens Druee, Frank Lehmkuhl, Harry Vereecken
10:45 92 Forest restoration for increased ecological resilience against windthrows
    Karsten Raulund-Rasmussen, Anders Taeroe, Johannes H. C. de Koning, J. Bo Larsen
11:00 93 How to accelerate the recovery of stream-near vegetation after intensive forest management cessation?
    Jonas Morsing, Alexia Lopez Rodriguez, Karsten Raulund-Rasmussen
11:15 94 Adaptive forest restoration in road construction areas: dealing with seed predation and promoting facilitation
    Sara Martelletti, Fabio Meloni, Emanuele Lingua, Raffaella Marzano, Renzo Motta, Michele Freppaz, Valter Re, Antonio Nosenzo
11:30   Discussion
     
    Kristín Svavarsdóttir, Asa L. Aradottir
12:00 96 Colonization of woodland species during restoration – safe site or propagule limitation?
    Asa L. Aradottir
12:15 97 Ermond-Grógos: Experimental setup estimating the effect of volcanic ash deposition on restored birch woodland vegetation, Hekluskógar, Iceland 
     Anna Maria Agustsdottir, Anne Bau, Guđmundur Halldórsson, Ása L. Aradóttir
Monday, August 22, morning: Lecture hall 16
Session 1: River restoration from theory to practice [continues in afternoon]
10:30 17 Towards an evidence-based aquatic restoration approach
    Jürgen Geist
10:45 18  Additional restoration of restored streams: do biota care?
    Christer Nilsson, Judith Sarneel, Daniel Palm, Johanna Gardeström, Francesca Pilotto, Lina Polvi, Lovisa Lind, Daniel Holmqvist, Hans Lundqvist
11:00 19 Impacts of gravel jetting on spawning substrates of lithophilic fish species
    Tea Basic, Andrew Pledger, Robert Britton
11:15 20 Estimation of suspended sediment transport in the Kebir drainage basin, Algeria
    Kamel Khanchoul, Amina Amamra
11:30 21 The importance of leitbild-specific measures for the success of river restoration projects using the examples of three Upper Austrian watercourses
    Christian Scheder, Ulrike Bart, Klaus Berg, Daniela Csar, Michael Schauer, Clemens Gumpinger
11:45 22 Theoretical and measured effects of hydrological restoration on river biota in relation to hydropower production
    Leonard Sandin, Peter Carlson, Joel Segersten, Erik Degerman
12:00 23 Restoration of fish habitat adapted to local opportunities – examples from two case studies
    Sebastian Hanfland, Albert Göttle, Bernhard Laggerbauer, Johannes Schnell
12:15 24 Responses of benthic macroinvertebrates to stream restoration after timber floating 
    Francesca Pilotto, Lina E. Polvi, Christer Nilsson
Monday, August 22, morning: Seminar room 1
Session 3: Restoration of peatlands for climate change mitigation and adaptation 
10:30 53 Greenhouse gas balances in low-productive drained boreal peatlands – Is climate-friendly management possible?
    Kari Minkkinen, Paavo Ojanen, Tiina Heikkinen, Tuomas Haapalehto, Anne Tolvanen, Timo Penttilä
10:45 54 Short rotation forestry on drained and rewetted peatland – Options for climate Change mitigation
    Martina Schlaipfer, Alicia Fuertes Sánchez, Matthias Drösler
11:00 55 Space for time-GHG balance as indicator for restoration success of a pre-alpine bog
    Shomnath Adhikari, Matthias Drösler
11:15 56 Nitrous oxide reduction mediates against emissions from arable organic soil
    Sřren O. Petersen, Arezoo Taghizadeh-Toosi, Lars Elsgaard, Vibeke Ernstsen, Tim Clough
11:30 57 Aquatic carbon export and water quality in relation to forest to bog restoration management
    Paul Gaffney, Mark Taggart, Mark Hancock, Ruth Robinson, Roxane Andersen
11:45 58 The first outcomes of experiments on peatland restoration for climate change mitigation and adaptation in steppe and arctic regions of Russia
    Tatiana Minayeva, Andrey Sirin, Gennady Suvorov, Danil Ilyasov
12:00 59 The experience of large scale peatland rewetting project in Russia for climate change mitigation
    Andrey Sirin, Tatiana Minayeva, Hans Joosten, Gennady Suvorov, Dmitry Makarov, John Couwenberg, Arina Schrier, Aleksandr Maslov, Maria Medvedeva, Anna Vozbrannaya, Anastasiya Markina
12:15   Discussion
     
Monday, August 22, morning: Seminar room 3 (basement)
Session 9: Monitoring restoration 
10:30 117 Can early monitoring inform about the success of peatland restoration?
    Katharina Strobl, Johannes Kollmann
10:45 118 Some issues of statistical uncertainties in assessing outcomes of restoration
    Tomasz Wyszomirski, Klara Goldstein, Łukasz Kozub, Agata Klimkowska, Wiktor Kotowski
11:00 119 Restoring ecosystems: Predicting the future with help from successional rates
    Knut Rydgren, Inger Auestad, Rune Halvorsen, Liv Norunn Hamre, Jan Sulavik
11:15 120 Is the observer effect significant in vegetation assessment of restored metallicolous grassland?
    Sylvain Boisson, Grégory Mahy
11:30 121 Multi-level monitoring after the restoration of a network of forest ponds and vernal pools
    Francis Isselin-Nondedeu, Pauline Hervé, Renaud Jaunatre, Boris Vary, Elodie Pineau
11:45 122 Plant population viability analysis of a floodplain specialist – Implications for restoration of alpine rivers?
    Romy Harzer, Johannes Kollmann
12:00 123 A population approach to evaluate grasslands restoration – A systematic review
    Mélanie Harzé, Arnaud Monty, Sylvain Boisson, Carline Pitz, Julia-Maria Hermann, Johannes Kollmann, Grégory Mahy
12:15   Discussion
     
Monday, August 22, afternoon I: Lecture hall 14
Session 6: Grazing as a best practice restoration tool [continues after coffee break]
13:45   Introduction
     
14:00 79 Effects of year-round grazing on the vegetation of nutrient-poor grass- and heathlands - evidence from a large-scale survey
    Denise Rupprecht, Kristin Gilhaus, Norbert Hölzel
14:15 80 Restoring and managing large scale sandy grassland-heathland ecosystems: Combining large herbivore grazing with shrub cutting and heather mowing
    Katrin Henning, Antje Lorenz, René Seifert, Sabine Tischew
14:30 81 Year-round horse grazing supports typical vascular plant species, orchids and rare bird communities in a dry calcareous grassland
    Martina Köhler, Georg Hiller, Sabine Tischew
14:45   Discussion
     
15:00 82 Using Konik Polski horses to restore embankment plant communities in the Rhone Valley (Southern France)
    Cannelle Moinardeau, François Mesléard, Thierry Dutoit
15:15 83 Seasonal variations of fodder quality and availability as constraints for stocking rates in year-round grazing schemes
    Kristin Gilhaus, Norbert Hölzel
Monday, August 22, afternoon I: Lecture hall 15
Session 7: Forest and woodland restoration and conversion [cont.]
13:45 98 Disruption of landscape fire traps in Mediterranean Basin ecosystems by the combination of shrub clearing and plantations
    Victor M. Santana, M. Jaime Baeza, Alejandro Valdecantos, V. Ramón Vallejo
14:00 99 Reforestation trials on degraded tropical peatlands
    Maija Lampela, Jyrki Jauhiainen, Harri Vasander
14:15   Discussion
     
Session 8: Restoring multifunctional ecosystems and landscapes [continues after coffee break]
14:30   Introduction
     
14:45 103 Planning forest landscape restoration in Central Chile based on recent historical forest pattern and multiple functions
    Jennifer Schulz, Boris Schröder,
15:00 104 Improving multi-objective ecological flow management with flexible priorities and turn-taking: a case study from California
    Frank Poulsen
15:15 105 Enhancing the resilience of water resources through land restoration in Rangárvellir, Iceland – an overview of the HydroResilience project
    David Finger, Ţórunn Pétursdóttir, Guđmundur Halldórsson
  25 Requirements for restoration measures in large rivers to promote aquatic organisms successfully
Monday, August 22, afternoon I: Lecture hall 16
Session 1: River restoration from theory to practice [cont.]
13:45   Jochen Koop
  26 River restoration: From “Just do it” to statewide concepts and practical implementation in Bavaria
14:00   Thomas Henschel, Wolfgang Kraier, Kai Deutschmann
  27 Applying the Water Framework Directive lens to enhancement strategies in Irish river fisheries
14:15   Brian Coghlan, Nathy Gilligan, Karen Delanty, Rossa Ó Briain, James King
  28 Large-scale habitat restoration: Approach, implementation and intentions at River Inn, Germany
14:30   Georg Loy
  29 Establishing a “Good Ecological Potential” of the Münster Aa, a hard-sealed urban channel – a technical design of hydraulic and ecological niches
14:45   H. Wolfgang Riss, Simon Dorner, Elisabeth I. Meyer, Rainer Mohn
15:00 30 LIFE+ Project “Living space in the estuary stretch of River Traisen”
    Jürgen Eberstaller, Roland Schmalfuß, Thomas Kaufmann, Helmut Wimmer, Doris Eberstaller-Fleischanderl, Hannes Gabriel, Mathias Jungwirth
15:15 31 What do we know about river restoration effects? Placing the results of the EU-FP7 REFORM project in the broader context of restoration literature
    Jochem Kail, Frauke Ecke, Emma Göthe, Kathrin Januschke, Benjamin Kupilas, Susanne Muhar, Michaela Poppe, Stefan Schmutz, Ralf Verdonschot, Daniel Hering
Monday, August 22, afternoon I: Seminar room 1
Session 4: Towards enhancing ecosystem resilience in fens
13:45 61 What is resilience in mires and how can we improve it in restoration projects?
    Wiktor Kotowski, Łukasz Kozub, Marina Abramchuk, Klara Goldstein, Tomasz Wyszomirski
14:00 62 Palaeoecological references for restoring resilient fens
    Ewa Jabłońska, Dierk Michaelis, Klara Goldstein, Wiktor Kotowski
14:15 63 Are we restoring resilient fens? – An overview of the results of fen restoration projects by rewetting and topsoil removal
    Agata Klimkowska, Klara Goldstein, Wiktor Kotowski, Tomasz Wyszomirski, Mateusz Wilk, Marina Abramchuk, Mateusz Grygoruk
14:30 64 Where to restore resilient fens? Study on groundwater recharge in the European perspective
    Mateusz Grygoruk, Wiktor Kotowski
14:45 65 Species composition in boreal rich fens – The role of nutrient limitation and management
    Dag-Inge Řien, Bĺrd Pedersen, Asbjřrn Moen
15:00 66 Patterns and determinants of long-term change in boreal fen vegetation
    Louise C. Ross, James D.M. Speed, Dag-Inge Řien, Kristian Hassel, Anders Lyngstad, Mateusz Grygoruk, Klara Goldstein, Asbjřrn Moen
15:15 67 Impact of large tracked mowers on vegetation structure and functional plant diversity of fens in the Biebrza National Park
    Marina Abramchuk, Tomasz Wyszomirski, Ewa Jabłońska, Łukasz Kozub, Wiktor Kotowski
Monday, August 22, afternoon I: Seminar room 3 (downstairs)
Session 10: Remote sensing in conservation monitoring
13:45 129 Habitat quality and conservation status – what remote sensing can tell us about
    András Zlinszky, Balázs Deák, Adam Kania, Anke Schroiff, László Bekő, Norbert Pfeifer, Hermann Heilmeier
14:00 130 Using LiDAR to gain knowledge of vegetation-microtopography relationships of potential value for conservation and restoration
    Jesper Erenskjold Moeslund, Peder Klith Břcher, Tommy Dalgaard, Lars Arge, Rasmus Ejrnćs, Bettina Nygaard, Mette Vestergaard Odgaard, Jens-Christian Svenning
14:15 131 Application of airborne hyperspectral images in vegetation mapping of complex open habitats
    Balázs Deák, Orsolya Valkó, Tomor Tamás, Burai Péter
14:30 132 Assessment of dam impact on longitudinal sequences of in-stream habitats
    Marie Spitoni, Hervé Piégay, Lise Vaudor
14:45 133 The visual environmental impact assessment of the restoration of the damaged landscape structure of the Garraf landfill site near Barcelona
    Liyuan Qian, Ning Li, Enric Batlle Durany, Alejandra Liébana Leirós
15:00   Discussion
     
Monday, August 22, afternoon II: Lecture hall 14
16:00 14 KEYNOTE: New approaches to reconsolidate ecological restoration within the multiple land use scheme
    Anne Tolvanen
Session 6: Grazing as a best practice restoration tool [cont.]
16:45 84 Planning and evaluation of restorational grazing projects: Pasture suitability and animal movements
    Albin Blaschka, Thomas Guggenberger, Ferdinand Ringdorfer, Reinhard Huber, Petra Haslgrübler
17:00   Discussion
     
17:15 85 Is the livestock type more crucial than grazing intensity? Cattle and sheep grazing in short-grass steppes
    Péter Török, Orsolya Valkó, Balázs Deák, András Kelemen, Edina Tóth, Béla Tóthmérész
17:30 86 Biodiversity in low-intensity pastures, straw meadows, and fallows of a fen area – a multitrophic comparison
    Roman Bucher, Christian Andres, Martin F. Wedel, Martin H. Entling, Herbert Nickel
17:45 87 Low-intensity grazing as a tool for maintaining and restoring biodiversity in temperate Europe
    Gert Rosenthal
18:00   Discussion
     
Monday, August 22, afternoon II: Lecture hall 15
Session 8: Restoring multifunctional ecosystems and landscapes [cont.]
16:45 106 Hydrological resilience and carbon stocks in wet broadleaved forests in north-western Germany
    Annika Brinkert, Kristina Behlert, Dirk Bieker, Michael Elmer, Katharina Greiving, Norbert Hölzel, Britta Linnemann, Christopher Reith
17:00 107 Restoration of degraded arid- and semi-arid Savannas in South Africa
    Klaus Kellner, C.J. Harmse, J.H. Fouche, J.J. Pelser
17:15 108 Exploring the potential role of priority effects for ecological restoration
    Vicky Temperton, Cara Nelson, Emanuela Weidlich
17:30 109 Restoration of Totora Reed Beds (Schoenoplectus californicus) in Huanchaco, Peru: linking fishermen and tourism
    Julie Marcus, Mickey Marcus
17:45   Discussion
     
Monday, August 22, afternoon II: Lecture hall 16
Session 2: Floodplain restoration in modified landscapes
[continues Tuesday, August 23]
16:45   Introduction
     
17:00 37 Potential effects of restoration measures on ecosystem properties in an urban floodplain
    Thomas Hein, Gabriele Weigelhofer, Andrea Funk, Eva Pölz, Stefan Preiner, Walter Reckendorfer, Daniel Trauner
17:15 38 Dike re‐location along the River Elbe: effects on vegetation, molluscs and invertebrates
    Mathias Scholz, Andrea Rumm, Franziska Löffler, Christiane Schulz-Zunkel, Holger Rupp, Christine Fischer, Michael Gerisch, Peter Horchler, Francis Foeckler, Timo Hartmann, Christiane Ilg, Claudia Schmidt, Frank Dziock
17:30 39 Effects of river restoration on riparian ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in Europe
    Kathrin Januschke, Ralf Verdonschot
17:45 40 Restoring riparian vegetation along rivers used for hydropower production
    Maria Dolores Bejarano, Emelie Fredriksson, Roland Jansson, Christer Nilsson
18:00 41 Combining field studies with vegetation modelling to guide future floodplain woods recovery in altered river basins of Southern Europe
    Patricia María Rodríguez-González, Rui Rivaes, Filipe Campelo, Inęs Marques, António Albuquerque, Gregory Egger, António Pinheiro, Maria Teresa Ferreira
18:15   Discussion
     
Monday, August 22, afternoon II: Seminar room 1
Workshop: Ecological restoration for disaster risk reduction 
16:45   The Nordic network ERMOND aims at assessing how ecological restoration actions can be used to reduce the risk from natural hazards in the Nordic region (see: http://ermond.land.is/). In the proposed workshop we will review experience from existing projects on combating disasters with restoration of ecological resilience.
    Gudmundur Halldorsson, Christer Nilsson
Monday, August 22, afternoon II: Seminar room 3 (basement)
Workshop: Restoration principles in landscape architecture
16:45   Landscape architecture integrates landscape form, spatial structure and client goals with the dynamics of a project site’s natural systems, as illustrated by the example of two current U.S. projects. Some key points of discussion: What is the impact of proposed development on the existing site conditions through the lens of ecological restoration? How can the science and techniques of ecological restoration be used to inform client goals and frame landscape design decisions? 
    Ann Kearsley
Tuesday, August 23, morning I: Lecture hall 14
08:15 10 KEYNOTE: Passive restoration – allow nature to do the work instead of us
    Karel Prach
Session 11: Best Practice – Methoden und Fallbeispiele Renaturierung [all day; translated from German]
09:00 137 Die Umsetzung des 15 % Ziels der EU zur Renaturierung degradierter Ökosysteme in Deutschland – eine Situationsanalyse aus Sicht des Bundes 
    Implementing the 15%-restoration target in Germany – a government perspective
    Peter Finck
09:30   Discussion
     
09:45 138 Renaturierung von Auengrünland im Biosphärenreservat Mittelelbe
    Restoration of floodplain meadows in the “Mittelelbe“ Biosphere Reserve, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
    Annett Baasch, Karen Runge, Carola Schuboth, Georg Rast
Tuesday, August 23, morning I: Lecture hall 15
Session 12: An overview of ecological restoration in Europe [continues after coffee break]
09:00 155 Restoration policy developments on EU and international levels
    Karin Zaunberger
09:15 156 Ecological restoration in the Czech Republic
    Karel Prach, Klára Řehounková, Ivana Jongepierová
09:30 157 The status of ecological restoration in Flanders (Belgium)
    Kris Decleer
09:45 158 REVER, the French restoration network
    Renaud Jaunatre, Sébastien Gallet, Baptiste Regnery, Jean-François Alignan, Ivan Bernez, Isabelle Combroux, Thibaut Glasser, Alma Heckenroth, Simon Jund, Samuel Leličvre, Sandra Malaval, Stéphanie Moussard0, Isabelle Muller, Marie-Pierre Vécrin-Stablo, Elise Buisson
Tuesday, August 23, morning I: Lecture hall 16
Session 15: Conservation importance of early successional stages in restoration of human-made sites [continues after coffee break]
09:00   Introduction
     
09:15 183 Conservation potential of human-made sites: a wasteland or Noah’s Ark for threatened higher plants?
    Klára Řehounková
09:30 184 Conservation value of young habitats: Are natural processes in post-industrial sites threatening endangered arthropods?
    Robert Tropek, Milan Rezac, Filip Tichanek, Jiri Benes
09:45 185 Early-successional stages in reclaimed mine sites in Spain: Are they worth to be preserved?
    Josu G. Alday, Rob H. Marrs, Carolina Martínez-Ruiz
Tuesday, August 23, morning I: Seminar room 1
Session 13: Ecological restoration in urban areas [continues after coffee break]
09:00 167 Seeds and the city – about the importance of using native seed mixtures for urban grasslands restoration
    Valentin Klaus, Martin Rudolph, Nils Stahlhut, Till Kleinebecker, Norbert Hölzel
09:15 168 Triple benefits from urban grassland restoration to people, plants and bees
    Leonie Katharina Fischer, Ingo Kowarik
09:30 169 URBANCOWS – Restoration of urban coastal meadow complex in Pärnu town, Estonia
    Bert Holm
09:45 170 Ecological and socio-economic conditions of meadows restoration in the multifunctional landscape of urban floodplain
    Marta Jermaczek-Sitak, Wiktor Kotowski
Tuesday, August 23, morning I: Seminar room 3 (downstairs)
Session 18: Soil restoration using organic amendments
09:00 215 Urban tree debris as organic mulch: Effects on soil characteristics and tree growth
    Zhu Ning, Kamran Abdollahi
09:15 216 The supply chain of biochar: Aspects for soil restoration
    Viktor J. Bruckman, Jay Liu, Esin Apaydin-Varol
09:30 217 How to evaluate the suitability of organic amendments for soil land-spreading in relation to legislation and soil properties?
    Maria Doula, Kyriakos Elaiopoulos, Antonis Zorpas, Panagiotis Kouloumpis
09:45 218 Changes in decomposition rates after forest thinning and application of soil amendments
    Deborah Page-Dumroese, Martin Jurgensen, Joanne Tirocke, Joanna Rogers, Christopher Miller
Tuesday, August 23, morning II: Lecture hall 14
Session 11: Best Practice – Methoden und Fallbeispiele Renaturierung [all day; translated from German]
10:30 139 20 Jahre Renaturierung von Stromtalwiesen am hessischen Oberrhein /
    Restoration of floodplain meadows on the Rhine river, Hessia, Germany: A summary of 20 ys experience
    Matthias Harnisch
10:45 140 Moore als FFH-Lebensraumtypen – wie kann sich die Moorrenaturierung auf die Bewertung der Lebensraumtypen auswirken?
    What is the effect of peatland restoration on evaluation criteria for of Natura 2000-habitats?
    Cornelia Siuda
11:00 141 Moorrenaturierung durch die Stiftung Naturschutz in Schleswig-Holstein
    Peatland restoration by the Nature Conservation Foundation of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
    Jutta Walter
11:15 142 Amphibieninitiative Schleswig-Holstein: ein Programm für streng geschützte Amphibienarten – Erfahrungen aus 10 Jahren Umsetzung
    Protection of highly endangered amphibians in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany: Experiences from a ten-year campaign
    Hauke Drews, Lars Briggs
11:30   Discussion
     
11:45 143 Erfahrungen zur Wiederansiedlung gefährdeter Ackerwildpflanzen in Europa
    Establishment of rare arable weed species in Europe: An overview
    Harald Albrecht, Marion Lang, Markus Wagner
12:00 144 Wiederansiedlung von Ackerwildkräutern auf Flächen von Biobetrieben in den Naturräumen Münchner Ebene und Fränkischer Jura
    Re-establishment of rare arable weed species on organic farmland in Bavaria, Germany
    Katharina Schertler, Marion Lang
12:15 145 Wiederherstellung von Biodiversität in Agrarlandschaften am Beispiel von mehrjährigen Blühstreifen und Feldrainen
    Restoring biodiversity in agricultural landscapes by perennial flower strips and field margins
    Anita Kirmer, Sandra Mann, Matthias Schrödter, Sabine Tischew
Tuesday, August 23, morning II: Lecture hall 15
Session 12: An overview of ecological restoration in Europe [cont.]
10:30 159 Ecological restoration in Hungary – a recent overview
    Katalin Török, Péter Török
10:45 160 Ecological restoration in Iceland
    Asa L. Aradottir, Gudmundur Halldorsson
11:00 161 An overview of restoration in Italy
    Bartolomeo Schirone
11:15 162 Restoration efforts across the Mediterranean Basin: from a silvicultural to an ecological restoration approach
    Alice Nunes, Graça Oliveira, Teresa Mexia, Melanie Köbel, Pedro Pinho, Otília Correia, Cristina Branquinho,
11:30 163 Ecological restoration in Spain
    Jordi Cortina
11:45 164 Restoration strategies from Latin America: experiences for Europe towards Aichi ecosystem restoration targets
    Fernando Vinegla Prades, Veronica Cruz Alonso, Jordi Cortina, Pilar Andrés, José Ignacio Barrera-Catańo
12:00 165 LIFE Nature – Closing the gap between applied research and restoration practice?
    Jan Sliva, Johannes Kollmann, Joăo Pedro Silva, Bent Jepsen, Anne Burrill
12:15   Discussion
     
Tuesday, August 23, morning I: Lecture hall 16
Session 15: Conservation importance of early successional stages in restoration of human-made sites [cont.]
10:30 186 Impacts of a soil transfer for the restoration of a Mediterranean grassland after a pipeline leak: importance of young successional stages
    Adeline Bulot, Thierry Dutoit
10:45 187 Micro-topography driven succession in early- and mid-successional recovering grasslands
    Balázs Deák, Orsolya Valkó, Péter Török, András Kelemen, Tamás Miglécz, Szilárd Szabó, Gergely Szabó, Béla Tóthmérész
11:00 188 Flower power, the beetles and the stones: progress of restoration trials at the Dounreay nuclear plant, northern Scotland
    David Braidwood, Mark Taggart, Graeme Morgan, Melanie Smith, Roxane Andersen
11:15 189 Pollinators at human-affected sites: role of succession
    Dawid Moroń
11:30   Discussion
     
Session 16: Quarries  – Win-win for biodiversity [continues after lunch]
11:45 191 10 years of relations between scientists and quarry operators: from constraint collaborations to a real win-win partnership for biodiversity
    Thierry Dutoit, Pierre Bourguet, Julie Chenot, Elise Buisson, Renaud Jaunatre
12:00 192 Quarries meet biodiversity: insights from a long-term project of quarry rehabilitation
    Carmo Silva, Sofia Eufrázio, Vânia Salgueiro, Pedro Salgueiro, Amália Oliveira, Otília Miralto, Denis Medinas, Alexandra Silva, António Mira
12:15 193 Occurrence rates of invasive plants in limestone quarries (southern Belgium)
    Carline Pitz, Alexis Jorion, Grégory Mahy, Arnaud Monty
Tuesday, August 23, morning II: Seminar room 1
Session 13: Ecological restoration in urban areas
10:30 171 Relative contributions of novel and remnant ecosystems in determining the spatial distribution of rare and endangered plant species in urban environments
    Greg Planchuelo, Ingo Kowarik, Moritz von der Lippe
10:45 172 Roofs for biodiversity – the potential of native plant species for extensive roof greening
    Roland Schröder, Vera Straub, Kathrin Kiehl
11:00 173 Developing a new urban green infrastructure: Green roof inventory and potential analysis with remote sensing technology
    Wolfgang Ansel, Julian Zeidler, Thomas Esch
11:15   Discussion
     
Session 14: Green-blue infrastructure
11:30 177 International targets and restoration in urban areas
    Aysegül Sirakaya
11:45 178 Revitalizing post-industrial landscapes through Green Infrastructure (GI) in Japan
    Yuto Isehara, Hirokazu Abe, Noriko Otsuka
12:00 179 Applying the green infrastructure concept for regenerating the region affected by the nuclear accident in the Fukushima prefecture
    Noriko Otsuka, Tetsuo Yasutaka, Hirokazu Abe, Tomoko Miyagawa
12:15 180 Restoration of urban nature in synergy with climate adaptation
    Kristine Kjřrup Rasmussen
Tuesday, August 23, morning II: Seminar room 3 (downstairs)
Session 2: Floodplain restoration in modified landscapes [continued from Monday]
10:30 42 River and floodplain restoration on the Upper Danube by re-establishing river continuum and ecological flooding
    Benno Kügel, Bernd Cyffka
10:45 43 Restoration of fluctuating water zones in floodplains by temporary groundwater draw down: Case study of the Danube floodplain in Bavaria 
    Bernd Cyffka, Barbara Stammel, Peter Fischer, Marion Gelhaus
11:00 44 Biological community responses to a large-scale floodplain restoration at the upper Danube river
    Joachim Pander, Jürgen Geist
11:15 45 Vegetation development in a re-connected oxbow system of the Danube in southern Germany
    André Schwab, Kathrin Kiehl
11:30 46 Does the renaturation process benefit species richness?
    Axel Gruppe, Reinhard Schopf
11:45   Discussion
     
Tuesday, August 23, afternoon I: Lecture hall 14
Session 11: Best Practice – Methoden und Fallbeispiele Renaturierung [all day; translated from German]
13:45 146 Vermehrung und Wiederansiedlung gebietsheimischer Wildpflanzenarten aus der Sicht eines regionalen Saatgutproduzenten
    Regional propagation and establishment of native plant species: A seed producer’s perspective 
    Johann Krimmer
14:00 147 Beispiele integrativer Pflanzenartenschutzprojekte aus Schleswig-Holstein
    Examples for integrative plant-species protection projects in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany 
    Silke Lütt
14:15 148 Renaturierungen mit naturnahen Begrünungsmethoden in Brandenburg
    Near-natural restoration in Brandenburg, Germany
    Christina Grätz
14:30   Discussion
     
14:45 149 Gewinnung und Einsatz von Wiesendrusch zur Wiederherstellung und Aufwertung von Goldhaferwiesen - erste Erfahrungen aus Hessen
    Harvest and application of threshed material for restoration of golden oatgrass meadows, Hessia, Germany
    Günter Schwab, Ruben Max Garchow
15:00 150 Langzeit-Beobachtung einer Almweide-Rekultivierung nach Wald-Weide-Trennung
    Long-term monitoring of mountain pastures established as forest-pasture substitutes, Austria
    Silke Schaumberger, Bernhard Krautzer, Wilhelm Graiss
15:15 151 Standortgerechte Hochlagenbegrünung in Österreich – Stand der Technik und aktuelle Herausforderungen
    Site-specific re-vegetation at high altitudes in Austria – state-of-the-art and current challenges
    Bernhard Krautzer, Wilhelm Graiss, Silke Schaumberger
Tuesday, August 23, afternoon I: Lecture hall 15
Session 17: Making restoration economically sustainable
13:45   Introduction
     
14:00 209 Alternative ecosystem regimes as a guide to economically sustainable restoration
    Diana Sietz, Luuk Fleskens, Lindsay C. Stringer
14:15 210 Agroforestry for promoting productive forest restoration in the tropics
    Carola Paul, Michael Weber, Thomas Knoke
14:30 211 Balancing costs and nature values in prioritization schemes – examples from the Finnish restoration prioritization plan
    Saija Kuusela, Janne S. Kotiaho, Atte Moilanen
14:45 212 Targeting restoration through spatial conservation prioritization
    Santtu Kareksela
15:00   Discussion
     
Tuesday, August 23, afternoon I: Lecture hall 16
Session 16: Quarries: Win-win for biodiversity [cont.]
13:45 194 Release or restore abandoned quarries? The case of the La Crau plain in South-Eastern France
    Julie Chenot, Renaud Jaunatre, Elise Buisson, Thierry Dutoit
14:00 195 Do we need forestry reclamation of spoil heaps in the central Europe?
    Lenka Sebelikova
14:15 196 Technical reclamation can produce valuable freshwater habitats in postmining sites: example of threatened insects in lignite spoil heaps
    Filip Tichanek, Vojtech Kolar, Robert Tropek,
14:30 197 Long-term planning for successful biodiversity enhancement at Batts Combe Quarry, Somerset, UK
    Andy Duncan, Alexandra Pick
14:45 198 The LIFE in Quarries project: building partners’ confidence and sound nature management within active quarries
    Maxime Séleck, Alexandre Sneessens, Julien Taymans, Charlotte Mathelart, Grégory Mahy
15:00 199 Restoration through partnerships: Lessons learned from industry and NGO case studies
    Dido Gosse, Carolyn Jewell, Boris Barov
15:15   Discussion
     
Tuesday, August 23, afternoon I: Seminar room 1
Session 19: Restoring biodiversity on arable land
13:45 221 Arable plant conservation in Germany – practical knowledge and management guidelines
    Stefan Meyer
14:00 222 Characteristic arable weed species in NE Spain: What can we do to conserve them?
    Roser Rotchés-Ribalta, José M. Blanco-Moreno, F. Xavier Sans
14:15 223 Sowing seeds of rare arable weeds on crop edges: a double opportunity to restore biodiversity in arable fields and to preserve endangered plants
    Jocelyne Cambecčdes, Rémy Bonneville, Jérôme Garcia, Lionel Gire, Karine Saint-Hilaire, Hervé Brustel, Jean Bugnicourt, Véronique Sarthou, Fabien Soldati7
14:30 224 Re-introduction of rare arable plants on organic farms: Establishment and impact on crop yield
    Marion Lang, Johannes Kollmann, Julia Prestele, Klaus Wiesinger, Harald Albrecht
14:45 225 Seed preferences by rodents in arable landscapes and implications for agroecological restoration approaches
    Christina Fischer, Manfred Türke
15:00 226 Reducing field size and farming intensity to enhance arable field centres as suitable habitats for birds and small mammals
    Christoph Gayer, Kornelia Kurucz, Christina Fischer, Teja Tscharntke, Péter Batáry
15:15   Discussion
     
Tuesday, August 23, afternoon I: Seminar room S3 (downstairs)
Workshop: Von der Planung zur Praxis – Herausforderung der Fließgewässerrenaturierung (German)
13:15   Ziel des deutschsprachigen Workshops ist ein offener Austausch und die Diskussion von Praxisbeispielen der Auen- und Fließgewässerrenaturierung. Besonders wird die erfolgreiche, aber auch die verbesserungsfähige Umsetzung, d.h. die Differenz zwischen Planung und Praxis betrachtet. Praktiker und Wissenschaftler sind zu diesem Workshop eingeladen, ihre eigenen Erfahrungen und Untersuchungen ausgehend von einigen Praxisbeispielen aus Bayern zu diskutieren und auszutauschen und aus den Fehlern, aber vor allem auch aus den Erfolgen für neue Projekte zu lernen.
    Wolfram Adelmann
Tuesday, August 23, afternoon II: Lecture hall 14
16:00 13 KEYNOTE: Economic benefits and incentives for habitat restoration
    Nick Hanley
Session 11: Best Practice – Methoden und Fallbeispiele Renaturierung [all day; translated from German]
16:45 152 Renaturierung von Felsvegetation – Einflüsse von Neophyten und Landnutzung
    Impact of neophytes and land use on restoration of rock vegetation in Bavaria, Germany
    Thomas Blachnik, Johannes Kollmann
17:00 153 Anlage von Schotterrasen mit standortgerechtem Saatgut
    Creation of gravel lawns with site-specific seed mixtures, Austria
    Bernhard Krautzer, Wilhelm Graiss, Silke Schaumberger
17:15   Discussion
     
Tuesday, August 23, afternoon II: Lecture hall 15
Workshop: Restoration in Europe – a bigger picture
16:45   Realization of the ambitious goal of restoring 15% of degraded ecosystems in Europe by 2020 is lagging behind.  There is growing concern that the recognition and facilitation of restoration are not sufficiently addressed at national and EU level. The reasons for this poor performance will be explored  in this workshop, which will discuss preliminary results of the EC contract on: “Promotion of restoration in the context of EU 2020 biodiversity strategy”.
    Kristijan Civic, Ian Dickie, Ruurd van Diggelen
Tuesday, August 23, afternoon II: Lecture hall 16
Workshop: LBV (NGO) and extraction industry as partners
16:45   Successful NGO-business-society partnerships in the sphere of mining consider the interests of all involved parties and are based on mutual trust and understanding of the parties‘ objectives. Is there a recipe for success? What are the key ingredients? The workshop will introduce examples of good practices and in a structured discussion will develop, with the help of the participants, recommendations and guidelines for sustainable mineral extraction and nature conservation. 
    Marc Sitkewitz, Bernd Raab, Boris Barov
Tuesday, August 23, afternoon II: Seminar room S1
Workshop: Sand habitats and LIFE @ SER 2016
16:45   Recently, sandy habitats became quite prominent for conservation by NATURA 2000 habitats directive. A lot of restoration work has been done and is still ongoing in several LIFE projects throughout Europe. The workshop will highlight recent restoration activities and their results, offering a discussion platform for all who are already involved or who are interested in practical restoration work in sandy habitats. 
    Holger Rößling
Tuesday, August 23, afternoon II: Seminar room S3 (downstairs)
Workshop: Ecological aesthetics in landscape (restoration) design?
16:45   Traditional manifestations of ecological aesthetics are no longer useful today – but often displayed, especially in new restoration projects. All disciplines involved in designing the environment are required to develop new, progressive images of nature and up-to-date ecological forms committed to a progressive understanding of nature and culture. We will discuss different transformation strategies in contemporary landscape architecture with a special focus on so-called 'ecological aesthetics'. 
    Udo Weilacher, Lars Hopstock, Diana Böhm
Thursday, August 25, morning I: Lecture hall 14
08:15 12 KEYNOTE: Ecology of novel and native grassland ecosystems
    Brian Wilsey
Session 21: Large-scale grassland restoration in Europe  – practice and prospects [continues after coffee break]
09:00 241 Monitoring changes in biodiversity patterns and in landscape structure during the large-scale grassland restoration in Estonia
    Aveliina Helm, Tsipe Aavik, Nele Ingerpuu, Mari Ivask, Reet Karise, Liis Kasari, Tiiu Kupper, Riho Marja, Mart Meriste, Jaak-Albert Metsoja, Lena Neuenkamp, Ede Oja, Anu Tiitsaar
09:15 242 Setting and assessing a large-scale restoration project: example of a steppe grassland rehabilitation project in south-eastern France
    Renaud Jaunatre, Elise Buisson, Jean-François Alignan, Baptiste Dolidon, Michel Oberlinkels, Fanny Sauguet, Axel Wolff, Thierry Dutoit
09:30 243 Effects of ecological restoration on insect assemblages (Coleoptera - Orthoptera) in a Mediterranean steppe rangeland
    Jean-François Alignan, Jean-François Debras, Renaud Jaunatre, Thierry Dutoit
09:45 244 Landscape-scale restoration of species rich grasslands on croplands by sowing low- and high-diversity seed mixtures
    Béla Tóthmérész, Balázs Deák, Péter Török, András Kelemen, Tamás Miglécz, Katalin Tóth, Orsolya Valkó
Thursday, August 25, morning I: Lecture hall 15
Session 23: Unassisted restoration – pitfalls and progress 
09:00 267 Don’t overlook nutrient efficiency in explaining principles of spontaneous revegetation of severely altered habitats
    Nina Nikolic, Reinhard Böcker, Miroslav Nikolic
09:15 268 Success of self-revegetation on peat-fields and peat pits abandoned over 0 years ago
    Mati Ilomets, Raimo Pajula, Laimdota Truus, Kairi Sepp
09:30 269 Primary succession seen through shifted patterns of soil macrofauna surface activity, a different ecological perspective towards post mining sites
    Jabbar Moradi, Ondrej Mudrak, Jan Frouz
09:45   Discussion
     
Thursday, August 25, morning I: Lecture hall 16
09:00   Briefing on post-conference student courses 
    Derak Mchich, Harald Albrecht, Peter Török
Thursday, August 25, morning I: Seminar room S1
09:00   Outreach to future SER Europe members and affiliates
    Jordi Cortina/n.n.
Thursday, August 25, morning I: Seminar room S3 (downstairs)
09:00   Filling the SER Europe knowledge database
    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 on-site.
Thursday, August 25, morning II: Lecture hall 14
Session 21: Large-scale grassland restoration in Europe: practice and prospects [cont.]
10:30 245 Rewilding the landscape: Effects of large-scale grassland restoration and management on animals
    Csaba Szepesváry, Olivér Thomas Mérő, Béla Mester, István Márton Szabolcs, Szabolcs Lengyel
10:45 246 Grassland succession in former lignite mining areas
    Anita Kirmer, Sabine Tischew
11:00 247 Hierarchy of factors determining grassland restoration on arable land
    Ivana Jongepierová, Karel Fajmon, Karel Prach,
11:15 248 Responses of phytophagous insect communities to restoration of species-rich grasslands in the White Carpathians (Czech Republic)
    Eliška Malaníková, Igor Malenovský, Lukáš Spitzer, Petr Kment, Karel Fajmon, Ivana Jongepierová,
11:30 249 Grassland restoration at Stonehenge World Heritage Site, UK
    Jonathan Mitchley, Susan Medcalf, Grace Twiston-Davies, Simon Mortimer
11:45   Discussion
     
Session 22: Tuning up grassland restoration [continues after lunch break]
12:00 253 LIFE to alvar: Large-scale Estonian alvar grassland restoration in practice
    Annely Esko, Bert Holm
12:30 254 Restoration of species-rich Nardus grasslands on former fertilized land by reinitiating mowing and grazing is inadequate
    Stephanie Schelfhout, Maud Raman, An De Schrijver
Thursday, August 25, morning II: Lecture hall 15
Session 24: Soil seed banks and seed dispersal – promising sources for restoration [continues after lunch break]
10:30   Introduction
     
10:45 275 Where are the missing seeds? Constraints and opportunities related to seed banks and seed transfer with hay in fen meadows restoration
    Agata Klimkowska, Rudy van Diggelen, Ab P. Grootjans, Klara Goldstein, Wiktor Kotowski
11:00 276 Plant dispersal traits in fragmented habitats: implications for restoration
    Aveliina Helm
11:15 277 Nut dispersal by magpies in agroforestry systems
    Jorge Castro, Loreto Martínez, Mercedes Molina-Morales, Lorenzo Pérez-Camacho, Pedro Villar-Salvador, Alexandro Leverkus, Salvador Rebollo, José M. Rey-Benayas
11:30 278 Seed addition and seed-bed preparation by sheep in ecological restoration
    Carsten Eichberg, Christian Storm, Angelika Schwabe
11:45 279 What if soil seed bank and seed rain failed? A case study with sandy grasslands
    Sandrine Godefroid, Sarah Le Pajolec, Fabienne Van Rossum
12:00 280 Seed bank and seed rain studies in tropical grasslands and Mediterranean ecosystems: lessons learnt for restoration
    Elise Buisson, Andre Jardim Arruda, Renaud Jaunatre, Soizig Le Stradic, Isabelle Muller,, Nicole Yavercovski, Loic Willm, Thierry Dutoit, François Mesléard, Fernando A.O. Silveira
12:15   Discussion
     
Thursday, August 25, morning II: Lecture hall 16
Session 25: Wise use of plants
10:30 289 The role of nurse plants as drivers of community assembly and ecosystems functions in metalliferous mine tailings
    Jose A. Navarro-Cano, Marta Goberna, Alfonso Valiente-Banuet, Miguel Verdú
10:45 290 Preserving functional traits and trait variation in ex situ conservation programs: lessons from botanic garden collections
    Andreas Ensslin, Sandrine Godefroid
11:00 291 Does intraspecific genetic structure support seed transfer zones currently used in restoration?
    Christian Bräuchler, Maximiliane Schümann, Johannes Kollmann, Harald Meimberg
11:15 292 Differentiation among populations of Brachypodium retusum: Consequences for the restoration of Mediterranean steppes
    Christel Vidaller, Vivien Carrere, Lara Amorsi, Kevin Maurin, Thierry Dutoit, Armin Bischoff
11:30 293 To sow or not to sow – potential genetic consequences of using seed mixes for restoration
    Tsipe Aavik, Peter J. Edwards, Regula Billeter, Rolf Holderegger
11:45 294 Plant genotype effect on herbivore performance: a meta-analysis
    Florian Joos, Anna Bucharova
12:00 295 Ecological restoration policy and a native seed solution: can we seed the future of Europe?
    Holly Abbandonato, Giles Laverack, Hugh Pritchard, Costantino Bonomi, Simone Pedrini
12:15   Discussion
     
Thursday, August 25, morning II: Seminar room S1
Session 27: Facilitating restoration
10:30 311 Utilitarian and non-utilitarian valuation of nature and natural resources: A game-theoretical approach of valuation
  Sjaak Swart, Jorien Zevenberg
10:45 312 Building better researcher – practitioner partnerships: restoration stories from local government in Durban, South Africa
  Errol Douwes, Debra Roberts
11:00 313 Integrating landowners‘ perceptions into prioritization of valuable areas – implications for forest conservation management
  Riikka Paloniemi, Teppo Hujala, Salla Rantala, Annika Harlio, Anna Salomaa, Eeva Primmer, Sari Pynnönen, Anni Arponen
11:15 Discussion
   
11:30 314 Prioritization and implementation of the 15% restoration target in Spain
  Jordi Cortina
11:45 315 Human health and ecological restoration: A legal perspective
  Jing Zhang, An Cliquet
12:00 316 Sueing your government to reach ecological restoration targets: utopia or reality?
  An Cliquet
12:15 Discussion
     
Thursday, August 25, morning II: Seminar room S3 (downstairs)
10:30   Filling the SER Europe knowledge database
    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 on-site.
Thursday, August 25, afternoon I: Lecture hall 14
Session 22: Tuning up grassland restoration [cont.]
13:45 255 Assessing the functional effects of restoration management: A trait-based analysis from 25-year field experiments in wet grasslands of Northwestern Germany
    Frederike Velbert, Till Kleinebecker, Ondřej Mudrák, Jutta Klevesahl, Peter Schwartze, Norbert Hölzel
14:00 256 Old-field succession theories revisited from the viewpoint of perennial-crop-mediated succession
    András Kelemen, Orsolya Valkó, Béla Tóthmérész, Tamás Miglécz, Balázs Deák, Péter Török
14:15 257 Restoring the habitat of corncrake (Crex crex) on arable land: the challenge to improve the soil nutrient status and hydrological conditions
    Maud Raman, An De Schrijver, Gerald Louette
14:30 258 Hay transfer to restore floodplain grasslands: how important are date and soil preparation ?
    Armin Bischoff, Sandy Hoboy, Nadja Winter, Jeanne Poulet, Guido Warthemann
14:45 259 Priority effects influence plant traits and biomass in a grassland field experiment
    Emanuela W.A. Weidlich, Vicky M. Temperton
15:00    Discussion
     
Thursday, August 25, afternoon I: Lecture hall 15
Session 24: Soil seed banks and seed dispersal - promising sources for restoration
[cont.]
13:45 281 Microtopographic features aid in the establishment of colonizing vegetation from soil seedbank on reclamation sites
    Katharine Melnik, S. M. Landhäusser, K. Devito
14:00 282 Species composition of soil seed bank and recruitment within revegetation sites: a measure of ecological restoration potential
    Florentine Singarayer, Per Milberg, Graeme Ambrose, Martin Westbrooke
14:15 283 The importance of the unseen – can soil seed bank contribute to grassland restoration? Two Estonian examples – alvars and flooded meadows
    Jaak-Albert Metsoja, Kersti Püssa, Rein Kalamees, Martin Zobel
14:30 284 Management history affects grassland seed bank build-up
    Inger Auestad, Knut Rydgren, Joachim Töpper
14:45 285 Seed bank dynamics during seven years of experimental grassland restoration
    Markus Wagner, Kevin Walker, Richard Pywell
15:00 286 Is the promising vegetation recovery in calcareous sand grasslands reflected by the seed banks?
    Péter Török, Orsolya Valkó, András Kelemen, Balázs Deák, Katalin Tóth, Tamás Miglécz, Anikó Csecserits, Tamás Rédei, Béla Tóthmérész
15:15   Discussion
     
Thursday, August 25, afternoon I: Lecture hall 16
Session 26: Dealing with invasive species
13:45   Introduction
     
14:00 301 Alien plant invasions across European woodlands
    Viktoria Wagner, Milan Chytrý, Ilona Knollová, Borja Jiménez-Alfaro, Jan Pergl, Petr Pyšek, Idoia Biurrun
14:15 302 Hemiparasitic Rhinanthus species can suppress competitive dominant Calamagrostis epigejos and restore semi-natural grasslands
    Jakub Tesitel
14:30 303 Barriers to ecosystem restoration arising from soil legacy effects after clearing invasive N-fixing species
    Mlungele Nsikani, Brian van Wilgen, Mirijam Gaertner
14:45 304 Restoring shrub steppe landscapes in the face of fire and invasive species – prioritizing using resistance and resilience
    David Pyke, Jeanne Chambers, Jeremy Maestas, Mike Pellant, Chad Boyd
15:00 305 A comparison of two eradication methods to control Lupinus nootkatensis spread in Iceland
    Kristín Svavarsdóttir, Menja von Schmalensee, Asa L. Aradottir, Anne Bau, Róbert A. Stefánsson
15:15   Discussion
     
Thursday, August 25, afternoon I: Seminar room S1
13:45   Preparing the conference declaration
    An Cliquet, Kris Decleer
Thursday, August 25, afternoon I: Seminar room S3 (downstairs)
10:30   Filling the SER Europe knowledge database
    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 on-site.
Thursday, August 25, afternoon II: Lecture hall 14
16:00 11 KEYNOTE: The restoration of ecological interactions
    Jane Memmott
16:45   SER Europe Member Assembly
    Chair: Jordi Cortina
17:45   Closing Ceremony
    Chair: Johannes Kollmann
 
 
Poster session program
Poster session chairs and presenters: We wish to organise guided tours (max. 1 hour) through poster exhibitions on Tuesday evening. Some session with related content but limited poster numbers have been grouped for these tours and will be placed next to each other - please find the tentative schedule below. Poster authors, please prepare to present yourself and your work in two to three minutes. Handouts encouraged!

Monday, August 22, and Tuesday, August 23, evening: POSTER SESSION in foyer and corridors of lecture hall building
   
Poster tour BoA p. Poster titles and presenters
River restoration from theory to practice
A 32 Using biotopes as units for monitoring success of stream restoration: Effects of woody debris dams in a small rural stream on macroinvertebrate community
  Ahmed Al-Zankana, Tom Matheson, David Harper
A 33 A framework for predicting stream sites with potential restoration success – integrating ecogeomorphology into a landscape perspective
  Wiebke Schulz
A 34 How to establish the link between hydromorphological indicators and ecological indicators in a context of river restoration?
  Nadia Fernandez, Frédéric Labat, Corinne Grac, Bruno Fontan, Jean-Nicolas Beisel
A 35 Exploring riverine landscape patterns and the driving forces
  Ting Zhou, Bei Huang, Shaolin Peng
Floodplain restoration in modified landscapes
A 47 Re-dynamisation of regulated alpine rivers? A case study at River Lech
  Stefanie Seifert, Gregory Egger, Johannes Kollmann
A 48 LIFE Feuchtwälder – Conservation and restoration of alluvial forests and bog woodland in Brandenburg
  Stefanie Luka, Janine Ruffer, Inga Willecke, Michael Zauft
A 49 Ecological restoration of the upper stream Řle Ĺ, Bornholm, Denmark
  Jonas Morsing, Karsten Raulund-Rasmussen, Kaj Sand-Jensen, Lars Baastrup-Spohr, Christian Gamborg, J. Bo Larsen
A 50 Restoration and conservation of wetlands in a tsunami disaster zone after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake
  Tomohiro Ichinose, Satoru Itagawa
Restoring multifunctional ecosystems and landscapes 
B 110 Quantification and valuation of ecosystem services to optimize sustainable re-use for low-productive drained peatlands
  Anne Tolvanen, Miia Parviainen
B 111 Restoring hydrologic processes in floodable cattle ranches in Paraguay by tailoring revegetation actions
  Verónica Cruz-Alonso, Karim Musálem, Fernando Vińegla, Jorge Mongil-Manso, Amado Insfrán, José María Rey Benayas
B 112 Resilient and multifunctional Mediterranean-type ecosystems: Improving restoration by trait-based simulation modelling
  Sebastian Fiedler, Michael P. Perring, Britta Tietjen
B 113 Prioritizing protection measures through ecosystem services
  Li Yuliang
B 114 Soil carbon sequestration and biodiversity reconstruction in rehabilitated coal mine spoil in a tropical region, India: A case study 
  Anand Narain Singh
Soil restoration using organic amendments 
B 219 Biochar amendment, fertilization, and mastication impacts on ponderosa pine tree growth
  Haley Anderson, Christopher Keyes, Deborah Page-Dumroese, Mark Coleman
Facilitating restoration
B 317 International network for seed-based restoration (INSR)
  Nancy Shaw, Stephanie Frischie, Kingsley Dixon, Rob Fiegener, Olga Kildisheva, Simone Pedrini
B 318 Restoration of semi-natural grasslands in Latvia: Experiences and constraints 
  Solvita Rusina, Lauma Kupča
B 319 Using of socio-ecological system for better understanding and improving of public goods/ecosystem services: PEGASUS case studies in the Czech Republic
  Klára Čámská, Jaroslav Pražan
B 320 Peatlands in the EU Regulatory Environment – Case study from the Member States Poland & Estonia
  Jan Peters, Moritz von Unger
Species transfer
C 231 Hayseeding – a traditional practice to return seed diversity to hay meadows in the Eastern Carpathians
  Orsolya Valkó, Dániel Babai, Péter Török, Katalin Tóth, Zsolt Molnár, Balázs Deák, András Kelemen, Tamás Miglécz, Ágnes Albert, Béla Tóthmérész
C 232 Seagrass transplantation to restore Coastal lagoon  (habitat 1150*) and meet WFD 2000/60/EC requirements: second year results of LIFE SeResto project in Venice lagoon (Italy)
  Chiara Facca, Andrea Bonometto, Rossella Boscolo, Alessandro Buosi, Piero Franzoi, Federica Oselladore, Emanuele Ponis, Federico Rampazzo, Luca Scapin, Matteo Zucchetta, Adriano Sfriso
C 233 Transplantation experiment of an endangered pioneer species: the dwarf bulrush (Typha minima Hoppe)
  Renaud Jaunatre, André Evette, Morgane Buisson
C 234 Formation of moss carpet on abandoned peat-fields planted by Sphagnum moss transfer method
  Laimdota Truus, Mati Ilomets, Anna-Helena Purre, Raimo Pajula, Kairi Sepp
C 235 Bringing back the rare – biogeochemical constraints of peat moss establishment in restored cut-over bogs
  Till Kleinebecker, Peter Raabe, Norbert Hölzel, Christian Blodau, Klaus-Holger Knorr
C 236 Purity, functional groups and target species composition of on-site threshing material from mountain meadows
  Sandra Dullau, Günter Schwab, Sabine Tischew
C 237 Restoration of calcareous Mediterranean sites following construction of photovoltaic power stations – the PIESO project
  Sébastien Dailly, Raphaël Gros, Sixtine Cueff, Jean-Christophe de Massiac, Armin Bischoff
C 238 Water sedge establishment in peatland reclamation
  Mallory Hazell, Lee Foote, Jan Ciborowski
C 239 Interaction of seed traits and mosses during establishment of vascular plants on restored calcareous grasslands
  Jakob Huber, Johannes Kollmann
Large-scale grassland restoration
C 250 How does climate and mowing affect the stability of flowering in Eriophorum latifolium? Experiences from long-term monitoring
  Anders Lyngstad, Bĺrd Pedersen, Asbjřrn Moen
C 251 Sřlendet nature reserve – a restored hay-making land
  Asbjřrn Moen, Dag-Inge Řien, Anders Lyngstad
Tuning up grassland restoration
D 260 How mowing frequency affects grassland flora and fauna: implications for restoration and management of semi-natural grasslands in Europe
  Malin Tälle, Balázs Deák, Peter Poschlod, Orsolya Valkó, Lars Westerberg, Per Milberg
D 261 Insights for restoration: Interactions of stoichiometric and plant functional traits modulating community composition
  Verena Busch, Valentin Klaus, Fabrice Grassein, Daniel Prati, Norbert Hölzel, Markus Fischer, Till Kleinebecker
D 262 Enriching plant diversity in grasslands: immediate effects of sward disturbance, seed addition and environmental factors
  Valentin Klaus, Daniel Prati, Till Kleinebecker, Deborah Schäfer, Markus Fischer, Norbert Hölzel
D 263 Thousand-seed-weight and germination ability of native species used in grassland restoration in Hungary
  Anna Kövendi-Jakó, Anikó Csecserits, Melinda Halassy, Krisztián Halász, Katalin Török
D 264 Temporal changes of community assembly filters in a Pannonian sand grassland restoration
  Melinda Halassy, Katalin Török
D 265 Effects of functional diversity and an invasive species on soil nutrient availability in grassland microcosms
  Leonardo H. Teixeira, Florencia A. Yannelli, José L. Attayde, Gislene Ganade, Johannes Kollmann
Grazing as a best practice restoration tool  
D 88 Grazing as tool for restoration and maintenance of calcareous grasslands in a limestone quarry: A four-year experiment
  Denise Rupprecht, Annika Brinkert, Kristin Gilhaus, Norbert Hölzel, Birgit Jedrzejek
Dealing with invasive species
D 306 Microwave soil heating for controlling invasive plant species germination
  Mélissa De Wilde, Manon Hess, François Mesléard, Elise Buisson
D 307 Effect of common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) on sandy flora
  András Kelemen, Orsolya Valkó, György Kröel-Dulay, Balázs Deák, Péter Török, Katalin Tóth, Tamás Miglécz, Béla Tóthmérész
D 308 Invasive species survey and local uses in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand
  Pongthep Suwanwaree, Kawisara Saeheng
D 309 Evaluation of control methods for invasive species in peatlands
  François Messier, Line Rochefort, Claude Lavoie
Monitoring restoration 
E 124 Botanical indicators for monitoring progress and success of lowland calcareous grassland restoration on ex-arable land
  Markus Wagner, Kate Fagan, Simon Mortimer, Rob Marrs, James Bullock, Richard Pywell
E 125 Testing a phytometer approach for assessing restoration success in montane peatlands
  Claudia Schmidt, Katharina Strobl, Johannes Kollmann
E 126 Marine eco-damage assessment methods based on the eco-restoration cost in China
  Keliang Chen
Remote sensing in conservation monitoring 
E 134 Effects of local habitat variables and their spacing on distribution of Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) booming males: a remote sensing approach
  Janis Reihmanis, Agris Brauns, Jevgenijs Filipovs, Roberts Silins, Laura Zvingule, Girts Strazdins
Fire in ecosystem dynamics and restoration 
E 76 A modelling approach to reduce carbon emissions in Calluna vulgaris moorlands: when prescribed burning and wildfires interact
  Victor M. Santana, Josu G. Alday, HyoHyeMi Lee, Katherine A. Allen, Rob H. Marrs
Forest and woodland restoration and conversion 
E 100 Assessing flood tolerant level of six urban tree species for urban forest ecosystem restoration in Louisiana, USA
  Zhu Ning, Kamran Abdollahi
E 101 Habitat quality assessment of herb-rich spruce forests
  Henn Korjus, Diana Laarmann, Teele Paluots
Restoring biodiversity on arable land
F 227 Promotion of rare arable plant species by seed transfer – a benefit for cultural landscapes in Bavaria
  Marion Lang, Claudia Schmidt, Johannes Kollmann, Harald Albrecht, Dominik Himmler
F 228 Establishment of perennial field margins and the development of site-adapted seed mixtures
  Sebastian Glandorf, Birgit Petersen, Dieter Trautz, Kathrin Kiehl
F 229 Biodiversity of arable and ex-arable land in Western Siberia – implications for ecosystem restoration
  Kathrin Kiehl, Immo Kämpf, Sarah Weking, Norbert Hölzel
Wise use of plants
F 296 Not to harm: seed harvesting in wild populations
  Anna Bucharova
F 297 Genetic variance analysis of Miscanthus sinensis and Phragmites australis to apply regional seed for restoration in Korea
  Sun Hee Hong, Yong Ho Lee, Jae Yoon Kim, Tae Wan Kim, Hyoung-Ho Mo
F 298 NASSTEC: an European project to make seed-based restoration efforts more effective
  Marcello De Vitis, Giles Laverack, Costantino Bonomi
F 299 A European tool to facilitate knowledge transfer among native seed producers, researchers and users
  Marcello De Vitis, Giles Laverack, Holly Abbandonato, Costantino Bonomi
Unassisted restoration: pitfalls and progress 
G 270 Transportation of developed soils into primary successions after 20 years: a good candidate for induced biological colonization?
  Jabbar Moradi, Jan Frouz
G 271 Importance of post-industrial sites in the national network of protected areas in the Czech Republic
  Jiri Hadrava, Robert Tropek
G 272 Colonization of disturbed sites by a central European flora – new indicator values suggested
  Kamila Lencova
Quarries: Win-win for biodiversity
G 200 The role of early-successional stages at mining sites for the conservation of endangered amphibians and breeding birds in Germany
  Tina Gölzer
G 201 Quarries as habitats for cliff-nesting bird species
  Zoë Rohrer Rodríguez, Salvador Rebollo de la Torre, Pilar Gegúndez Cámara
G 202 Ecological succession in the post-mining areas: the Sitno gravel pit case study
  Adam Snopek, Krzysztof Klimaszewski, Karolina Gajewska, Ewa Pacholik, Franciszek Holnicki, Magdalena Supińska
G 203 Analysis of forest ecosystem restoration on post-mine oil shale quarries
  Diana Laarmann, Priit Pärn, Priit Pőllumäe, Henn Korjus
G 204 One more step towards biodiversity – no little measure is too little in restoration projects
  Kamila Botková
G 205 Can quarries provide novel habitat conditions for a rocky bird species? The Black redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) as a case study
  Pedro Salgueiro, Carmo Silva, Alexandra Silva, Cátia Sá, António Mira
G 206 Succession of aquatic and wetland vegetation in abandoned sand pits
  Anna Müllerová, Karel Prach
Ecological restoration in urban areas 
H 174 “Bee Hotels” in town – a good way to protect pollinators?
  Maciej Ziemiański
H 175 Temporal re-vegetation of demolition sites – a contribution to urban restoration
  Roland Schröder, Sebastian Glandorf, Kathrin Kiehl
Open submission
H 325 The protection of cultural landscapes – The Syrian City of Maaloula
  Mouaffak Doughman
H 326 Urban expansion in the Damascus region and plans to counteract environmental and climate degradation
    Mouaffak Doughman
Sessions

Monday, 22 August 2016

River Restoration from Theory to Practice (SpecialS)

Chairs: Joachim Pander, Jürgen Geist

Floodplain restoration in modified landscapes (SpecialS)

Chairs: Barbara Stammel, Kathrin Kiehl
(cont. Tuesday 23rd)

Restoration of peatlands for climate change mitigation and adaptation (SpecialS)

Chairs: Matthias Drösler, Annette Freibauer

Towards enhancing ecosystem resilience in fens (SpecialS)

Chairs: Wiktor Kotowski, Kristian Hassel, Agata Klimkowska

Fire in ecosystem dynamics and restoration (SpecialS)

Chairs: Orsolya Valkó, Béla Tóthmérész

Grazing as a Best Practice Restoration Tool (SpecialS)

Chairs: Sabine Tischew, Norbert Hölzel, Péter Török

Forest and Woodland Restoration and Conversion

Chair: Michael Weber

Restoring Multifunctional Ecosystems and Landscapes (OpenS)

Chairs: Thomas Knoke, Anja Rammig

Monitoring Restoration

Chair: Johannes Kollmann

Remote sensing in conservation monitoring (SpecialS)

Chairs: Balázs Deák, Hermann Heilmeier

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 (Practitioner’s Day)

Best Practice: Methoden und Fallbeispiele Renaturierung (SpecialS German, translated)

Chairs: Kathrin Kiehl, Sabine Tischew

An overview of ecological restoration in Europe (SpecialS)

Chair: Jordi Cortina

Ecological Restoration in Urban Areas (SpecialS)

Chairs: Roland Schröder, Valentin Klaus

Green-blue Infrastructure (OpenS)

Chair: Aisegül Syrakaya

Conservation importance of early successional stages in restoration of human-made sites (SpecialS)

Chairs: Klara Rehounková, Robert Tropek

Quarries: Win-win for Biodiversity (SpecialS)

Chairs: Dido Gosse, Maxime Séleck

Making restoration economically sustainable (OpenS)

Local Organizer: Thomas Knoke, Nick Hanley

Soil Restoration Using Organic Amendments (SpecialS)

Chairs: Deborah Page-Dumroese, Nathaniel Anderson, Viktor Bruckman

Restoring Biodiversity on Arable Land (OpenS)

Local organizer: Harald Albrecht

Species Transfer

Chair: Anne Tolvanen

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Large-scale grassland restoration in Europe: practice and prospects (SpecialS)

Chair: Jonathan Mitchley

Tuning up grassland restoration (OpenS)

Chair: Julia Hermann

Unassisted restoration: pitfalls and progress (OpenS)

Chair: Anton Fischer

Soil seed banks and seed dispersal - promising sources for restoration (SpecialS)

Chairs: Orsolya Valkó, Péter Török

Wise use of plants (OpenS)

Chair: Johannes Kollmann

Dealing with invasive species (OpenS)

Local organizer: Jürgen Geist, Johannes Kollmann

Facilitating Restoration (OpenS)

Chairs: Saija Kuusela, Santtu Kareksela


Workshops

Monday, 22 August 2016

Workshop: Ecological restoration for disaster risk reduction

Chairs: Gudmundur Halldorsson, Christer Nilsson

Natural hazards can cause serious damages and pose a major threat to human societies. Worldwide, the number of disasters triggered by natural hazards and the extent of their damages has increased rapidly since the 1960s. Current projections indicate that the severity of this situation is expected to increase further partly due to climate change and partly due to rapid uncontrolled urbanisation. Disaster risk is increased by extensive degradation of ecosystem resilience as well as over-reliance on engineered structures to protect communities from different hazards. The Nordic network ERMOND aims at assessing how ecological restoration actions can be used to reduce the risk from natural hazards in the Nordic region (see: http://ermond.land.is/). In the proposed workshop we will review experience from existing projects on combating disasters with restoration of ecological resilience.

The workshop will be opened by two short presentations: (1) How do we restore ecological resilience towards specific natural hazards such as: floods, storm fall and fall-out of volcanic tephra. (2) The importance of balancing multiple goals within ecological restoration, such as: enhancing biodiversity, enhancing ecosystem resilience and mitigation of climate change.

The workshop will deal with questions raised under these presentations as well as addressing the need for putting ecological resilience on the agenda of disaster risk reduction.

Workshop: Restoration Principles in Landscape Architecture

Chair: Ann Kearsley

Landscape architecture integrates landscape form, spatial structure and client goals with the dynamics of a project site’s natural systems. In practice, landscape architects must align efforts to restore and repair degraded site ecosystems within a framework of competing constraints. These constraints, including client programming and aesthetic goals, project budget and timeline, regulatory oversight and permitting, site access and contractor limitations, are often in direct opposition to best ecological restoration practices. In particular, the timeframe for the postdisturbance successional shift in the development of a natural system is rarely in sync with the conventional timeframe for project completion.

This workshop will present two current projects illustrating a design approach that adapts the process of ecological succession for community-focused development on working agricultural landscapes. The first project, a landscape designed for a religious organization building a youth summer camp and retreat center on a 140-acre organic farm in Ohio, USA, will be implemented over a phased 25-year build-out, engaging multiple generations and responding to changes in land use and cultural programming. The client of the second project, a 626-acre saltwater farm along the seacoast of Maine, USA, is a non-profit foundation building a training facility for pasture dairy farmers and a food-based experiential education center. Landscape proposals for both projects seek to integrate new development with the restoration and enhancement of degraded existing conditions including the stabilization of eroding river and seacoast embankments and stormwater management focused on processing nutrient loads from adjacent pastures.

As we review these projects, workshop participants will consider the following questions:
  • How can the science and techniques of ecological restoration be used to inform client goals and frame landscape design decisions?
  • How should the conventional project development time frames and construction schedules of landscape architecture be adapted to accommodate the multi-year development of successional plant communities?
  • Are there opportunities to design the spatial organization of client programming elements such as circulation, recreation and utility infrastructure to support the spatial organization of habitats in a healthy landscape mosaic, (i.e. patches, edges, corridors)?

Workshop participants will evaluate the impact of proposed development on the existing site conditions of the Maine saltwater farm project through the lens of ecological restoration. Discussion and collaborative exercises will focus on:
  • framing construction related site disturbance as a restoration opportunity
  • integrating habitat resource development with stormwater management infrastructure
  • ecological edge development at the intersections of pasture / woodland / ocean shoreline
  • identifying key ecological restoration practices for landscape architecture


Tuesday, 23 August 2016 (Practitioner’s Day)

Workshop: Restoration in Europe – a bigger picture

Chairs: Kristijan Civic, Ian Dickie, Ruurd van Diggelen

Realization of the ambitious goal of restoring 15% of degraded ecosystems in Europe by 2020 is lagging behind. Achieving this goal will require a significant reduction in ecosystem degradation, and an increase in restoration actions: the latter are the focus of this workshop. Despite impressive policy declarations, there is growing concern that the recognition and facilitation of restoration are not sufficiently addressed at national and EU level. The reasons for this poor performance are only partially clear and will be explored in more detail in this workshop, which will discuss preliminary results of the EC contract on: “Promotion of restoration in the context of EU 2020 biodiversity strategy”. We remain open to receive new thinking and information. Why this is important for YOU: we all - researchers & practitioners alike - are operating within the limits created by decision-makers. Restoration (including reclamation of ecologically degraded areas, rehabilitation of poorly functioning systems and ecological restoration of impoverished habitats) is happening through different approaches focused on biodiversity, ecosystem services or other goals. Some of the questions to be tackled are: How much restoration is there and who is doing it? What are the objectives and priorities in restoration in different sectors? How does restoration contribute to economic growth and social enhancement? What are the major constraints working against more, better-quality, large scale restoration? There is much to learn from this ongoing activity, but this requires identification of good and bad solutions, techniques and strategies, and understanding of governance. We cannot guarantee any political decisions, but through this workshop we can ensure that they are made with a full awareness of the impacts of restoration for current and future generations. This topic is highly relevant for the general conference theme and also for the range of topics under PEOPLE theme. We will provide an experienced chairperson / facilitator for the workshop. It will feature 3 presentations, each of 15 min that will aim to present a range of views on the topic. We will present the approach taken and the preliminary results of an EU-wide evaluation on: (1) Mapping restoration in Europe: what restoration we do, where and how much (ECNC / UA); (2) What are the economic arguments supporting different types of restoration and what are the socio-economic benefits of restoration (eftec); (3) Barriers and policy responses in restoration (CEEWEB). The rest of the 2 hours will be spent in-planned “activities” which keep participants engaged, stimulating thinking on the key issues of this topic. Facilitated discussion will cover: What are we missing? Who are our allies in doing high-quality / sustainable restoration? What are obstacles in conducting restoration activities and scaling up restoration?

Workshop: Sand habitats and LIFE @ SER 2016

Chair: Holger Rößling

Recently sandy habitats became quite prominent for conservation by NATURA 2000 habitats directive. Besides the coastal habitats, inland dunes, sandy grasslands, heathlands and woodlands on sandy soils are listed in annex 1 of the habitats directive.

A lot of restoration work has been done and is still ongoing in several LIFE projects throughout Europe. Even though the projects focus on different habitat types, the main challenges seem to be quite similar. Neophytes, a lack of open sand and sustainable land use are just a few topics related to restoration of sandy habitats.

The workshop will highlight recent restoration activities and their results. These activities have mainly focused on creating ‘Open Sandy Habitats’. As experience might be different, the workshop aims to find main factors for success in open sand restoration. LIFE-Projects from Belgium, Germany, Sweden and Slovakia will share their experience with practical restoration work and lessons learned restoring open sands.

The workshop offers a platform for all who are already involved or who are interested in practical restoration work in sandy habitats.

Workshop: LBV (NGO) and extraction industry as partners

Chairs: Marc Sitkewitz, Bernd Raab and Boris Barov (Birdlife International)

Aim of the workshop:
Successful NGO-business-society partnerships in the sphere of mining consider the interests of all involved parties and are based on mutual trust and understanding of the parties‘ objectives.
  • Long term security of the access to minerals and their profitable extraction;
  • Recognition, preservation and restoration of the natural values (biodiversity and ecosystems services) of the mining site and contribution to nature conservation;
  • Positive relationship with the local communities that enables their support and participation to the above objectives.

Is there a recipe for success? What are the key ingredients?

To achieve effective cooperation for a sustainable mineral extraction the partners must agree on a few simple principles:
  • Nature conservation and mineral exploitation are compatible. The discussion should focus on the practical approaches for the extraction and for conservation.
  • Cooperation works best in a conflict free environment in which the parties respect their specific goals and interests. Moreover the interests of natural resource use, nature conservation, local communities and authorities should be respected in a balanced way.
  • The opportunities for environmental education and public involvement must be fully taken on board and exploited in order to maintain transparency and acceptance by the local community.

The workshop will introduce examples of good practices and in a structured discussion will develop, with the help of the participants, recommendations and guidelines for sustainable mineral extraction and nature conservation.

The planned output of the workshop is a brief document-guide on how to integrate nature conservation objectives in practical extraction. The discussion should be a brainstorming of ideas, which are used to form the document-guide afterwards.

Workshop: Ecological aesthetics in landscape (restoration) design?

Chair: Udo Weilacher

Traditional manifestations of ecological aesthetics are no longer useful today - but often displayed, especially in new restoration projects. Environmental experts agree that without a general sensitization of people's aesthetic or sensual perception of their built and natural surroundings, there can be no lasting environmental development. All disciplines involved in designing the environment are required to develop new, progressive images of nature and up-to-date ecological forms committed to a progressive understanding of nature and culture. Especially with regard to the transformation and restoration of derelict industrial sites, landscape architects try to give people aesthetically comprehensive access to nature rather than relying purely on scientific and analytical interventions. Transforming traditional icons, symbols and reference images into new images of nature is a difficult and protracted process. In this session, we will discuss different transformation strategies in contemporary landscape architecture with a special focus on so-called „ecological aesthetics“.

Workshop: Von der Planung zur Praxis – Herausforderung der Fließgewässerrenaturierung (German)

Chair: Wolfram Adelmann

Ziel des deutschsprachigen Workshops ist ein offener Austausch und die Diskussion von Praxisbeispielen der Auen-und Fließgewässerrenaturierung. Besonders wird die erfolgreiche, aber auch die verbesserungsfähige Umsetzung, d.h. die Differenz zwischen Planung und Praxis betrachtet. Zahlreiche Interessen und mögliche Konflikte müssen berücksichtigt werden. Daher werden im Workshop neben hydrologischen und ökologischen Fragen auch sozioökonomische Rahmenbedingungen diskutiert. Dabei ist die Wiederherstellung von hydrologischer Dynamik und Konnektivität eine große Herausforderung und oftmals von Bedenken begleitet. Ein wichtiger Punkt zur Annäherung von Planung und Praxis ist ein angepasstes Management, das auf Monitoring-Ergebnisse reagiert und sich so selbst überprüft

Impulsreferate:

  • Die aktuellen Herausforderungen in der Auenentwicklung in Bayern
    Dr. Thomas Hentschel, Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt, Referat 64 Gewässerentwicklung und Auen
  • Zwischen Wunsch und Wirklichkeit – durch Monitoring aus Erfahrungen lernen

    Dr. Barbara Stammel, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Aueninstitut Neuburg
  • Sieben Schritte einer erfolgreichen Gewässerrestaurierung

    Prof. Dr. Jürgen Geist, Lehrstuhl für Aquatische Systembiologie, Technische Universität München

Praktiker und Wissenschaftler sind zu diesem Workshop eingeladen, ihre eigenen Erfahrungen und Untersuchungen ausgehend von einigen Praxisbeispielen aus Bayern zu diskutieren und auszutauschen und aus den Fehlern, aber vor allem auch aus den Erfolgen für neue Projekte zu lernen.
Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers



Nicholas Hanley

Nick’s contribution to conservation and restoration is in the controversial but essential field of environmental economics. In a rapidly changing environment and with limited funds, restoration decisions are always also economic decisions. Nick’s research puts these decisions on a scientifically sound basis. He holds a professorship of Environmental Economics at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK. Nick’s keynote will be on “Economic benefits and incentives for habitat restoration”, with a focus on peatlands.



Rob Marrs

Rob is a passionate, globally experienced field ecologist who investigates and experiments with soil, vegetation and management techniques to improve restoration and conservation especially of heathland and moorland. He is also a dedicated teacher, bringing his students to interact closely with natural habitats and with the stakeholders that are in charge of them. Rob holds the Bulley Professorship of Applied Plant Biology at the University of Liverpool, UK. Rob’s keynote will be on "Managing soil fertility for ecological restoration".



Jane Memmott

Jane is a community ecologist who investigates biodiversity using food webs and pollination networks as a way of sampling and comparing communities. Her research has provided invaluable insight to how these ecosystem components change with immigration of novel species, how the restoration of ecological interactions progresses and to which extent urban environments can support biodiversity and ecological processes. Jane holds a professorship of Ecology at Bristol University, UK. Her keynote will be on “The restoration of ecological interaction“.


Karel Prach

Karel’s expertise is in vegetation succession and how to employ it in ecological restoration. He is at the forefront of research on possibilities and limitations of spontaneous succession in restoration of post-industrial and mining sites. Besides being an active and prominent member of the SER Europe board, Karel holds a professorship at the Department of Botany, University of South Bohemia, Ceské Budejovice Czech Republic, where he hosted the SER Europe Conference in 2012 to general acclaim. Karel’s keynote will be on “Passive restoration: Why - or why not - let nature do the work instead of us”.


Anne Tolvanen

Anne, the northern star among our SER2016 keynote speakers, has studied the effects of global change and management alterations on remnant and restored boreal and arctic ecosystems. Her most recent research is on ecological and societal sustainability of multiple uses in Finnish forests. Anne holds a professorship at the Natural Resources Institute Finland and the University of Oulu, Finland. She was an outstanding host of the SER Europe Conference in 2014. Her keynote will be on “New approaches to reconsolidate ecological restoration within the multiple land-use scheme”.


Brian Wilsey

Brian’s research centers on ecology and restoration of prairie grasslands, most prominently, effects of grazing and provenance of seeded species on community composition and dynamics. He ingeniously employs native and introduced species to explore biodiversity–ecosystem function relationships in native and novel communities. Brian holds a professorship at the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University, Ames, USA. His keynote will be on “Ecology of novel and native grassland ecosystems: Implications for restoration”.

Stipendiates

The “Twelve for SERE” have been chosen! Congratulations to our stipendiates:

Véronica Cruz
University of Alcalá, Life Sciences Department, Spain

Anna Kövendi-Jako
Loránd Eötvös University, Program of Ecology and Conservation Biology, Budapest, Hungary

Janet Maringer
University of Stuttgart, Institute for Landscape Panning and Ecology, Germany

Jabbar Moradi
Charles University Prague, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Czech Republic

Liyuan Qian
Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Department of Architectural Representation and Visual Analysis, Barcelona, Spain
Zoe Rohrer
University of Alcalá, Life Sciences Department, Spain

Wiebke Schulz
Umeĺ University, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Sweden

Ais Syrakaya
Ghent University, Faculty of Law, Belgium

Filip Tichanek
University of South Bohemia, Institute of Entomology, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

Emanuela Weidlich
Leuphana University, Institute of Ecology, Lüneburg, Germany

Jing Zhang
Ghent University, Faculty of Law, Belgium
Pre-Conference Excursions

Pre- Conference Excursions

Both long-distance trips will take place in the week before the conference, and last four to five days. Participant numbers are limited – sign up early. Do not miss these opportunities to experience several of the most beautiful and exciting landscapes Germany has to offer!

Landscape, vegetation and culture in the Bavarian and Bohemian Forest (Anton Fischer)
(download schedule)

Touring the German Limestone Alps (Jörg Pfadenhauer)
(download schedule)

Note: Following concerns about the duration of the trip, the Alpine transect excursion was shortened. Good physical condition is still required. For further questions please consult .
Mid-Conference Excursions
  • Alpine forest management (Knoke)
  • Lowland forest conversion (Weber) cancelled
  • Floodplain forest reconstruction (Cyffka)
  • Riverbank revitalisation (Kollmann)
  • Bog regeneration (Drösler)
  • Ecology and conservation of pre-alpine lakes (Geist)
  • Quarry rehabilitation (Rademacher)
  • Calcareous grassland restoration (Kiehl)
  • Supporting agrobiodiversity in organic farming (Wiesinger)
  • Urban green infrastructure (Pauleit)

Please check the program for mid-term excursions (pdf).

Postconference Student Courses

PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF MULTI-CRITERIA ANALYSIS IN PARTICIPATIVE ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION

1-day course, SER Europe Conference 2016

Teachers: Mchich Derak1 and Jordi Cortina2
1Direction Régionale des Eaux et Foręts et de la Lutte Contre la Désertification du Rif, Tétouan, Morocco; 2University of Alicante, Spain

Targeted audience: Restoration, conservation and planning students and practitioners

Date: Friday, August 26, 2016 - full day

Location: TBA (seminar room on TUM Campus Freising)

Course fee: 50,- €

Download full information (pdf)




THE ROLE OF SOIL SEED BANKS IN RESTORATION

2-day student course, SER Europe Conference 2016

Lecturers: Péter Török1 and Harald Albrecht2
1University of Debrecen, Hungary; 2TUM Freising, Germany

Target audience: Graduate and Postgraduate students to senior scientists willing to know more about theoretical background and practical implementation of seed bank studies

Date: Friday, August 26 to Saturday, August 27, 2016

Location: TUM greenhouse facilities in Dürnast and sampling locations in the field (bus transfer from Freising campus provided)

Course fee: 50,- €

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Practitioner’s Day announcement

Practitioner’s Day announcement

Tuesday 23.8.2016: SER Europe Practitioner’s Day

Practitioner’s Day Tuesday, August 23rd, provides a forum for you to relate hands-on experience from restoration projects in rural and urban areas, terrestrial to aquatic habitats. Among the highlights of this day is a plenary talk from the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation on the current status of the 15% restoration target within the EU biodiversity strategy. Talks and proposed workshops can be in German or English; translation will be provided if desired.

Besonderheit der SER-Konferenz 2016: Am Dienstag, 23. August 2016, dem „Praktikertag“, bieten wir ganztägig ein Forum für Erfahrungsberichte zur Renaturierung in Stadt und Land, Mooren und Fließgewässern. Zu den Höhepunkten dieses Tages zählt ein Plenarvortrag von Peter Finck (BfN) zur EU-Biodiversitätsstrategie einschließlich des Ziels, 15 % degradierter Ökosysteme bis 2020 zu renaturieren. Mit mehreren deutschsprachigen Workshops richtet sich der Praktikertag vorwiegend, aber nicht ausschließlich an nationale oder regionale Experten – auf Wunsch stehen Dolmetscher ins Englische zur Verfügung. Der Tag schließt mit einem Forum, auf dem Möglichkeiten für einen intensiveren Austausch zwischen Wissenschaft und Praxis erörtert werden. Für Teilnehmer, die ausschließlich an diesem Tag anreisen, wird eine Eintagesgebühr erhoben.