Student Conference on Conservation Science

Detailed program - updated 03/09/2018

Detailed program

SCCS Europe, Tihany



4th September (Tuesday)

The venue of the conference is the MTA Balaton Limnological Institute, Tihany. (H-8237 Tihany, 3 Klebelsberg Kuno str.) A bus transfer from Budapest to Tihany is offered to the conference participants. Prior to the bus transfer students are welcomed to join an optional visit to the Budapest Zoo ( from 13:00-16:30 as a free warming up event of the conference.


12: 45 – Meeting at the main entrance of the Budapest Zoo.

The Budapest Zoo and Botanical garden is located in Budapest's XIVth district at the edge of Városliget (City Park) on Állatkerti körút (Zoo Boulevard) 6-12. By public transport the fastest way to get to the zoo is to take the millennium underground (M1, yellow metro line), from Deák Ferenc tér. Other possibilities via Trolley 72 to "Állatkert" stop, or take Trolley 75 or 79 to "Gundel Károly út" stop, or take bus 20E, 30, 30A, 105 or 230 to Hősök Tere stop (Heroes' Square). For more information about the public transport in Budapest please visit the trip planner,


Airport transfer to Budapest City Centre:

Bus line 100E, a shuttle service between Deák Ferenc tér and Liszt Ferenc International Airport runs every 20 minutes. The first bus departs Deák Ferenc tér at 3:40 in the early morning, while the last one returns from the airport at 1:20 at night, providing a convenient direct connection between the airport and the city centre. Only the 900 HUF “Airport shuttle bus single ticket” is accepted on travel, no other types of tickets or passes are valid. The Airport shuttle bus single ticket is available at the airport and all BKK customer service centres, ticket offices and ticket vending machines. For more information please visit



13:00 – 16:30 Pre-conference visit to the Budapest Zoo

The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden is one of the oldest zoological gardens in the world: it was opened to the general public on 9 August 1866. It is one of the most visited places in the country. With more than 700 animal species and 2000 different types of plants, one of the world's oldest zoos offers perfect relaxing fun for individuals or the entire family.

The professional staff of the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden invites the SCCS participants for a guided tour in the Budapest Zoo and provides lectures about the activities of Budapest Zoo in conservation biological programmes.

The contact person for the meeting and visit is Dr Katalin Mázsa, she can be reached on this number: +36-30-244-7399.


17:00 – The transfer leaves to Tihany

Meeting for the transfer will be at 16:30 at the main gate of the Zoo


19:00 – Arrival to Tihany



20:30 – Evening get-together with dinner in Tihany

 To make this event more international we would like to ask you to bring your local food and/or drink for the get together evening to increase the diversity of choices :-).


5th September (Wednesday)


07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 Welcome / Introduction – András Báldi

09:00 – 09:45 Plenary: Barbara Mihók and Zselyke Molnos - „Conservation means behaviour” – putting the human mind in the equation

09:45 – 10:35 Student talks: Session 1 – Tools for conservation (10 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion) Poster presentation (3+2 min)

- Edvárd Mizsei: Protected areas mismatch spatial conservation priorities of amphibians and reptiles in the Balkan Peninsula – the Balkan Herps project

- HyeJin Kim: Enhancing biodiversity conservation through scenario and modelling \"Nature Futures\" with IPBES

- Saif Ullah: Population size and habitat association of Indian gazelle in Nizampur area, District Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

- Edina Nemesházi: Needles in a haystack: looking for molecular sex markers in amphibians (poster)

10:35 – 11:05 Coffee

11:05 – 12:00 Student talks Session 2 – Climate change effects (10 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion)

- Rebecca A. Senior: The state of climate connectivity across the tropics

- Joana Marcelino: Using NDVI as a proxy of food availability for Lesser Kestrel (Falco naummani): an overview on how climate affects productivity over the last 15 years

- Masoud Yousefi: Venomous snakes of Iran under climate change

- Réka Kiss: The soil seed bank in changing climate and it’s role in restoration (poster)

- Anooshe Kafash: Predicting impact climate change on endemic lizards in Iranian Plateau (poster)

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Parallel workshops:

- Péter Batáry - Introduction to meta-analysis in conservation biology

- Barbara Mihók and Zselyke Molnos - Where am I going and why? – Nature-assisted coaching session for empowering early-career decisions in the conservation profession

15:30 – 16:00 Tea, snack

16:00 – 17:00 Poster session

17:00 – 17:45 Early Career Conservation Award ceremony and plenary talk:

Piero Visconti: Status and trends of biodiversity in Europe and Central Asia

17:45 – 19:00 Break

19:00 – 20:00 Dinner

20:00 – Diversity of local foods and drinks


6th September (Thursday)


07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast

09:00 – 09:45 Plenary: Lynn Dicks - Agri-environment schemes: conservation success story or massive waste of public money?

09:45 – 10:40 Student talks: Session 3: Agroecology (10 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion)

Julia I. Piko: How do different out-of-field agri-environment schemes influence ground-dwelling predatory arthropods in cereal fields?

- Penelope C. Fialas: Bat responses to transitional organic farming and landscape complexity in Mediterranean orchards

- Rita Tóth: Land use effects in riverscapes: diversity and environmental drivers of stream fish communities in protected, agricultural and urban landscapes

- Gergely Pápay: Effects of nature conversation management on antropogenous grasslands in Mátra Mountains, Hungary (poster)

- Andreas Wiedenmann: Farmland bird activity and arthropod biomass and diversity in three differently managed types of flower strips – a study in the district of Göttingen, Lower Saxony; Germany (poster)

10:40 – 11:10 Coffee break

11:10 – 11:45 Student talks: Session 4: Invasion ecology (10 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion)

Bruna Paolinelli Reis: Long-term effect of mowing on the restoration success of Pannonian sand steppe at clear-cut Robinia pseudo-acacia plantation

Vörös Márton, Szigeti Viktor, Kovács-Hostyánszki Anikó: The effects of invasive Aster species on pollinator communities (poster)

Berki Boglárka: Effects of an invasive plant species, common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) on pollinator communities (poster)

Becker Barbara Dorottya: The effects of three invasive plants on soil activity as an ecosystem service (poster)

- Katalin Lukács: Human-dispersed seeds can survive and disperse after the laundry cycle (poster)

11:45 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 14:30 Plenary: Andrew Pullin - Show me the evidence - developing an evidence service for conservation and environmental management

14:30 – 15:55 Student talks: Session 5: Landscape ecology (10 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion)

- Antonio J. Pérez-Sánchez: Landscape effect on the Dusky Large Blue butterfly and its host’s distribution in upland grasslands of the Thuringian Forest, Germany

- Lajos Károly: Influence of the spatial characteristics of semi-natural habitat patches on insect pollinators of sunflower

- Laura Godó: Ecosystem engineering by foxes is mediated by the landscape context – A case study from steppic burial mounds

- Annika Hass: Landscape scale crop heterogeneity and crop identity affect pollinators, their pollen diets and pollination services

- Cevallos David: Determining borders for seed transfer zones in Hungary based on floristic, vegetation and geographic maps

- Christine Scheiner: How can biotic interactions for pest control be enhanced in dynamic landscapes? (poster)

- Lăcrămioara-Mihaela Maghiar: Long-term land cover changes analysis in the transboundary region of Romania and Hungary based on LUCAS points (poster)

15:55 – 16:20 Coffee break

16:20 – 17:50 Parallel workshops:

- Lynn Dicks - Designing policy for conservation

- Andrew Pullin - Critical appraisal methods for assessing reliability of evidence

17:50 – 18:50 Poster session

19:00 – 20:00 Dinner

20:00 – Music and dance


7th September (Friday)



07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast

09:00 – 09:45 Plenary: Francisco Moreira - Ploughing and Fire: biodiversity conservation dilemmas in the Mediterranean

9:45-10:55 Student talks: Session 6: Animal ecology (10 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion)

- Aleksandra Zarzycka: Factors associated with the decline of European hamster (Cricetus cricetus) range in Poland

- Péter Bubla: Comparison of tree dwelling caterpillars populations beetween urban and forest habitats

- Nicholas Tew: Food for pollinators in towns and cities

- Anett Endrédi: Loops in the food webs

- Flóra Vajna: Proboscis length influences flower visitation on species with long corolla in Clouded Apollo butterflies (poster)

- Alain Thill: The impact of manmade elctromagnetic (microwave) radiation on bees (poster)

10:55-11:15: Coffee break

11:15-12:15: Student talks Session 7 – Methods in conservation biological research (10 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion)

- János Ujszegi: Succesfull disinfection of common toad (Bufo bufo) tadpoles against Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis with elevated temperature

- Bernadett Zsinka: Survival estimation of breeding eastern imperial eagles in Hungary based on genotypes determined from naturally shed and chick feathers

- Dina Botta: Howling tests as a method of determining the presence of wolves (Canis lupus L.) and pack reproduction (poster)

- Nikolett Ujhegyi: Skin coloration as a possible non-invasive biomarker for sex identification and for chemical contamination in the common toad (Bufo bufo) (poster)

- Nora Magonyi: New microsatellite markers for a protected raptor species, Falco vespertinus (poster)

- Opoku Agyemang: Developing an effective protocol for butterfly monitoring in West African Savannah Regions (poster)

- Zsanett Mikó: The effects of chlorpyrifos on predator detection of agile frog tadpoles (poster)

- Péter Kacz: Validation of morphological sex identification of Eastern Imperial Eagle nestlings by molecular methods (poster)

12:15 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Workshop: Francisco Moreira - Explore your data (before making fancy models)

15:30 – 16:00 Prizes, closing remarks

16:30 – 19:30 Field trip – Guided Tour in Tihany.

A 3 hour walk field trip to Tihany, visiting the surrounding area of the venue as it offers many impressive touristic sights. We plan to visit the Lavender House, the visitor centre of the Balaton Uplands National Park, the Inner Lake with a restoration of Hungarian grey cattle and European ground squirrel populations. The fee of the excursion is included in the conference registration. Recommended clothing: comfortable urban clothes and shoes for walking, rainy weather may occur.

 Lavender House:  

20:00 – Dinner


8th September (Saturday)



06:30 – 07:30 Breakfast and lunch boxes for the trip participants

07:30 –13:00 Optional field trip to the Kis-Balaton on the area of the Balaton Uplands National Park

The field trip starts after breakfast at 7:30 and ends around 13:00/14:00. After the end of the excursion the shuttle bus goes directly to Budapest.

The impressive area of the Kis-Balaton is part of the Balaton Uplands National Park, where wetland reconstruction was conducted which led to a rich avifauna. It is a 14 745 hectares Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA), with the following bird species: Ixobrychus minutus; Nycticorax nycticorax; Ardeola ralloides; Egretta alba; Ardea purpurea; Platalea leucorodia; Anser fabalis; Anser albifrons; Anser anser etc.; See more:

Recommended clothing: comfortable urban clothes and shoes for walking, rainy weather may occur.


See more:

Birdlife Hungary:ártani-és-természetvédelmi-egyesület-mme

Homepage of the Balaton Uplands National Park:

Details about the Kis-Balaton:

Image film of the Balaton Uplands National Park with English subtitles:


16:00 – Expected arrival time to Budapest by shuttle bus.