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02 March - 04 March: German Working Group on Vegetation Databases
University of Potsdam (Germany)

Dear colleagues,

We warmly invite you to the next annual workshop of the German Vegetation Database working group in early March 2016 in Potsdam. We invite you to prepare your topical talks and posters, which you will be able to submit online after 15 January (see below). We will send a reminder and final call as soon as the website is opened.

Workshop Topics:
Since 2002 the German Working Group on Vegetation Databases engages in making the vast volume of plot data produced by vegetation scientists accessible to research and application. Our 15th meeting to be held from 2nd to 4th March 2016 at the University of Potsdam (Germany) will be dedicated to resurvey studies.

A major task of current ecological research is to detect and analyse environmental and biotic change due to land use change, nitrogen deposition, climate change and biological invasions. Preserving legacy vegetation data with precise georeferences (permanent and semi-permanent plots) in databases allows to revisit plots, resample their present species composition and compare it to historical states. Beyond the plot level vegetation datasets provide insights into beta-diversity and biotic homogenisation on the landscape scale. In large databases several resurvey studies may be combined to detect more general trends of vegetation change. Once detected, such trends can be attributed to ecological mechanisms and environmental drivers by relating them to site factors and species traits.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Kris Verheyen, University of Ghent
Martin Diekmann, University of Bremen
Karsten Wesche, Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz

Call for Abstracts:
We invite presentations (talks and posters) focussing on questions and methods relating to the design, performance, documentation, analysis and interpretation of vegetation resurveys at different spatial scales, as well as to the implementation of results in the management and conservation of vegetation.

Beyond the focal topic, more general contributions on other technical or scientific advances in vegetation databanking are welcome. During the workshop recent advances in relaunching the German national vegetation portal VegetWeb 2.0 will be presented.

Registration and abstract submission will be possible from 15th January 2016 under There will be no workshop fees.

The workshop will be hosted by the Department of Biodiversity Research / Systematic Botany of the University of Potsdam <> and is supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU).
Looking forward to your contributions and to seeing you in Potsdam!

Thilo Heinken, Florian Jansen & Jörg Ewald

06 April - 09 April: 25th EVS Meeting
Rome, Italy

25th EVS meeting will take place in Rome, Italy, on 6–9 April 2016, hosted byUniversità di Roma “La Sapienza” (Emiliano Agrillo, Fabio Attorre, LauraCasella, Francesco Spada and colleagues).

12 June - 17 June: The 59th IAVS Symposium
Brasilia, Brazil

2016 IAVS Symposium

  • Theme:  "Conservation of Plant Communities: From Environmental Drivers to Ecosystem Services"
  • Venue:  The symposium will be held in the city of Pirenopois. The venue is likely to be the Congress Hotel, which has hosted several large meetings.  This is in the central region of Brazil, in a Cerrado (savanna) landscape.
  • Website: 


26th EVS Meeting
Bilbao, Spain

26th EVS meeting will be held in Bilbao, Spain, in spring 2017, hosted by University of the Basque Country (Javier Loidi and colleagues).


27th EVS Meeting
Wroclaw, Poland

27th EVS meeting will be held in Wrocław, Poland, in spring 2018, hosted by University of Wrocław (Zygmunt Kącki and colleagues).

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