Student Conference on Conservation Science

Detailed program

The book of abstracts can be dowloaded from here: SCCS_2020_Book_of_Abstracts


Detailed program

SCCS Europe, Tihany



25th August (Tuesday)

The venue of the conference is the Balaton Limnological Institute, Centre for Ecological Research, 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. With public transport take the yellow Metro line/Underground/M1 from DeákFerenctérto "Széchenyi Fürdő" stop. It is only a 2 minutes walk.

GPS coordinates: lat: 47.5180236; long: 19.0775649


Other possibilities are: 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,

Please note, that to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, either a mask or a kerchief or a scarf covering the mouth and nose has to be worn onboard Budapest’s public transport vehicles.


Airport transfer to Budapest City Centre:

Bus line 200E, a shuttle service between Nagyvárad tér and Liszt Ferenc International Airport runs every 10-15 minutes. Ticketsare 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 theactivities 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:


17:00 – The bus transfer leaves to Tihany

Meeting point for the transfer to Tihany is at the main entrance 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 :-).


26th August (Wednesday)

08:00 – 08:45 Breakfast

8:40 – 9:00 Welcome / Introduction – András Báldi

09:00 – 09:45 Plenary: Julie Teresa Shapiro: Bats and their pathogens: How worried should we be?

09:45 – 10:35 Student session: Invasion ecology (10 minutes + 5 minutes for discussion) Poster presentation (3+2 min)

Bruna Paolinelli Reis: Restoration of sand grasslands to replace invasive black locust plantation: effects of long-term mowing

Alida Anna Hábenczyus: New invader on Hungarian sandy grasslands: functional effects of Sporobolus cryptandrus on plant communities

Nóra Sáradi: The appearance and spread of invasive species during the restoration of Pannonic sand steppes

Boglárka Berki: Effects of an invasive plant, common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca L.) on native plants communities in sandy region (poster)

10:35 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00 Student session: Habitat restoration and management

Edina Csákvári: The connection between environmental predictors and regeneration capacity of sandy habitats in Hungary

Abolfazl Sharifian Bahraman: Trends of pastoral traditional ecological knowledge: a global review for scientists, policy makers and managers

Kitti Kuli-Révész: Traditional grey cattle grazing does not have negative effect on arthropod biodiversity

Lilla E. Szabó: The effects of different silvicultural treatments on the viability of saplings and its interplay with ungulate browsing in an oak-hornbeam forest (poster)

Eszter Tanács: Some results from the ecosystem condition assessment in the Hungarian MAES (poster)

David Cevallos: Reconsidering the regions of seed origin for ecological restoration by applying the Multiple Potential Natural Vegetation Model (poster)

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 14:45 Plenary: Hajnalka Szentgyörgyi: Urban bees

14:45 – 15:25 Student session: Zoology

Thabang Rainett Teffo: Home range and movement patterns of Caspian Whipsnakes (Dolichophis caspius) in Vöröskővár, Hungary

Elisa Plazio: Sex-specific effects of topography on the Maculinea butterflies dispersal in a fragmented habitat

Sylwia Pustkowiak: Small things are important: singular landscape elements and farmland birds (poster)

Dávid Korányi: Effect of urbanization on biological control of herbivorous insects (poster)

15:25 – 16:00 Mesocosm experiment demonstration

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 18:00 Workshop: Hajnalka Szentgyörgyi: Bees as biomonitoring agents

18:00 – 19:00: Poster session

19:00 – 20:00 Dinner

20:00 – Diversity of local foods and drinks


27th August (Thursday)

08:00 – 08:45 Breakfast

09:00 – 09:45 Plenary: Thomas Hein: The potential of floodplain restoration in large rivers

09:45 – 11:00 Student session: Water ecosystems

Péter Palásti: The role of semi-intensively managed fishpond systems in the provision of water-related ecosystem services

Erika Mária Juhász: Ecosystem engineers and human-induced landscape change: The beaver’s impact in degraded alluvial forests

Katalin Patonai: Using food web topology indices and traits to describe aquatic ecosystems

Ágnes Vári: Assessing freshwater ecosystem services for conservation

Postponed talk from the Zoology section: Tamás Lakatos: Avian functional traits under urbanization – a meta-analysis

11:00 – 11:10 GROUP PHOTO

11:10 - 12:00 Balaton :-)

13:00 – 14:30 Workshop: Julie Teresa Shapiro: Scientific writing

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 – 16:30 Workshop: Péter Batáry: Introduction to meta-analysis in conservation biology

16:30 – 17:30: Break

17:30 – 18:30: SCB Early Career Conservationist Award ceremony and online presentation: Ricardo Rocha: Bat conservation in the aftermath of COVID-19

19:00 – 20:00 Dinner

20:00 – 24:00 Music and dance in the park


28th August (Friday)

08:00 – 08:45 Breakfast

09:00 – 09:45 Plenary: Andrew Hamer: Amphibian ecology and conservation in the Anthropocene: mitigating the effects of urbanisation

9:45-10:15 Student session: Science in the laboratory

Dóra Holly: The efficacy of heat therapy in clearing Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis from newly metamorphosed common toads (Bufo bufo)

Andrea Kásler: In vitro thermal tolerance of a hypervirulent lineage of the chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis

10:15-10:45: Coffee break

10:45 – 11:30 Student session: Environmental engineering

Erika Nascimben Santos: TiO2 and BiVO4 nanomaterials and nanocomposites applied for advanced photocatalytic membranes to treat oil-in-water emulsions

Naoufal Bellahsen: Adsorption and recovery of phosphate ions from aqueous solution using activated pomegranate peel powder

Mahmood Al Ramahi: Comparative study on hydrothermal carbonization as pre- and post-treatment of anaerobic digestion of dairy sludge

11:30 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 12:30 Prizes, closing remarks
12:30 – 13:30: Lunch
13:30 – 17:00 Field trip – Guided Tour in Tihany
A 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:

18:00 – Dinner


29th 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: Magyar Madártani és Természetvédelmi Egyesület

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.