Student Conference on Conservation Science

Detailed program 2019

Detailed program

SCCS Europe, Tihany



27th August (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

For more detailed travel information please visit the SCCS homepage.




13:00 – 17:00 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 to Tihany is in front of the Budapest 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 :-).


28th August (Wednesday)

07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 Welcome / Introduction – András Báldi

09:00 – 09:45 Plenary: Irina Herzon: In search for evidence fit for practice

09:45 – 10:30 Student talks: Student session: Agroecology (10 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion) Poster presentation (3+2 min)

Opeyemi Adedoja: Refuges from fire maintain pollinator-plant interaction networks

Kaur Hardeep: Importance of Road-verges in conserving grassland arthropod fauna

Fabio Marcolin: Landscape compositional and configurational heterogeneity affects bird communities at local scale in fragmented habitats of the Great Hungarian Plain

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:05 Student talks Student session: Agroecology

Julia Piko: Effects of three different flower field types on pollinator diversity and plant-pollinator interactions

Jelena Šeat: Role of landscape composition and management in shaping true bug communities of Serbian saline grasslands

Edina Török: Agri-environment schemes support different aspects of biological pest control

Andreas Wiedenmann: Farmland bird activity and arthropod biomass in three differently managed types of flower fields in Southern Lower Saxony, Germany

Gerhárd Golen: The effect of landscape structure on nest site selection and breeding success in three farmland predator bird species (poster)

12:05 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Workshop: Irina Herzon - In search for evidence fit for practice

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30 Workshop: Ferenc Jordán - Science communication for scientists

17:30 – 18:30: Poster session

19:00 – 20:00 Dinner

20:00 – Diversity of local foods and drinks


29th August (Thursday)

07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast

09:00 – 09:45 Plenary: Juliet Vickery: From Conservation Science to Conservation Policy: saving species and sites

09:45 – 10:30 Student talks: Student session: Species conservation

Anooshe Kafash: Predicting the impacts of climate change on reptiles’ communities

Boglárka Bukor: Annual survival of adult Great Tits in different types of breeding habitat

Dávid Korányi: Effects of urbanization on bird communities in different types of green spaces

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:05 Student talks: Student session: Species conservation

Vasudevan Komalavally Anoop: Saving the world's rarest mahseer

Alal George Wasonga: Genetic diversity and population structure of lacustrine and riverine populations of African catfish, Clarias gariepinus (Burchell, 1822), in Kenya

Magonyi Nóra Mária: Fifty Shades of Blue – Extra-pair paternity and intraspecific brood parasitism in the Red-footed Falcon

Ashis Kumar Datta: Does personality of juveniles influence migration decision in White storks (Ciconia ciconia)? (poster)

Tiffany L. T. Ki: Lead away - uncovering regional drivers of English and Welsh Mute Swan population change, Cygnus olor (poster)

Saif Ullah: A comprehensive study on the population density and habitat use of Indian gazelle (Gazella bennittii) in Nizampur District Nowshera, KP, Pakistan (poster)

Iqram ul Haq: Breeding failure of Ibisbill; an enigmatic species struggling for its conservation (poster)

12:05 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 14:45 Plenary: Bengt Gunnar Jonsson: Coping with the loss of the last continuity forests in boreal Sweden

14:45 – 16:10 Student talks: Student session: Vegetation conservation and restoration

David Cevallos: Development of seed transfer zones for ecological restoration in Hungary

Csenge Veronika Horváth: Comparing the short-term responses of the understory vegetation to different experimental forestry treatments

László Zoltán: Assessing the naturalness of Hungarian forests based on naturalness criteria

Praveen Kumar Pandey: Assessment of Sacred Groves in Central Indian Tropical Dry Deciduous Forest, India

Debojyoti Raha: Quantitative and qualitative assessment of selected sacred groves in Chhindwara district, Madhya Pradesh, India

Emma A. Ward: Comparison of replantation methods of Posidonia oceanica storm fragments in the Aegean Sea, with the use of biodegradable materials (poster)

Zsófia Szegleti: Climatic exposure of strict forest reserves:  What impact will be expected by the end of 21th century? (poster)

16:10 – 16:40 Coffee break

16:40 – 18:10 Workshop: Juliet Vickery - Career path in conservation, outside academia

19:00 – 20:00 Dinner

20:00 – Music and dance


30th August (Friday)

07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast

09:00 – 09:45 Plenary: Eszter Kelemen: The plural values of nature – lessons learnt at different science-policy interfaces

9:45-10:25 Student talks: Student session: Human-wildlife relationship in conservation

Devesh Gadhavi: Community Participation in Bustard Conservation in Kutch, Gujarat, India

Masoud Yousefi: Modeling snakebite risk in northeast Iran to reduce human-wildlife conflicts

Ndou Tshianeo Mellda: An investigation of poaching of endangered traditional medicinal plant, Brackenridgea zanguebarica in Brackenridgea Nature Reserve (poster)

Ganesh Puri: Understanding patterns and dynamics of Herders-Snow leopard conflict for piloting non-lethal mitigation measures in Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, Nepal 10:55-11:15: Coffee break (poster)

10:25-10:55: Coffee break

10:55-11:30: Student talks Student session: Diverse methods in conservation

Sitendu Goswami: Cognitive impacts enrichment on the welfare of bold and shy Asiatic lions

Joseph Millard: Text-analysis reveals taxonomic and geographic disparities in animal pollination literature

Khalid Sorkatti Belail: Potentiality of fly ash from burning geology coal in water purification (poster)

11:30 – 13:00 Workshop: Eszter Kelemen: Does the plurality of values influence your decision? A situational game

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch

14:00 – 15:30: Workshop: Pataki György and Matolay Réka: Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)

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


31st August (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.