Student Conference on Conservation Science

Detailed program

14th September (Wednesday)

afternoon, until 18:00 – Arrival to Balatonvilágos

19:00 – Evening get-together with dinner

 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 :-).


15th September (Thursday)

08:00 – 08:45 Breakfast

09:00-09:15 Opening

09:15 – 10:00 Plenary: Tibor Hartel: Nature conservation as a transdisciplinary adventure: insights from Romania

10:00 – 11:00 Student session: Water ecosystems

  • Abi Mackay: A rapid method to identify and map the presence of endangered and invasive Greek freshwater fish using environmental DNA.
  • Khouloud Sebteoui: The influence of bioturbation activity of Chironomus riparius on vertical transfer of microplastic particles
  • Lucy P Smith: Mapping the distribution and decline of ponds at catchment scale in the UK
  • Matthew Taylor: The Impact of Leaky Barriers on In-Channel Hydrology, Geomorphology, Ecology and Wider Biodiversity

11:00-11:15 Coffee break

11:15-12:00 Student session: Agroecology

  • Dávid Korányi: Effects of fragment size and connectivity on arthropod functional composition
  • Nathalie Rodenwald: Biocontrol mediated by flower strips in a conventional farming system
  • Flóra Vajna: Spillover of plants from sown wild flower fields and road edges into intensive crop fields

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:00 Workshop: Tibor Hartel: Co-producing human-nature reconciliation

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 16:15 Plenary: Lorenzo Marini: Range dynamics of alien and threatened native plants in mountains under global change

16:15 – 17:00 Student session: Zoology and further topics

  • Peter Kriegel: Douglas-fir promotes diversity, but alters species composition of groundbeetles in temperate Forests
  • Simona-Diana Morariu: Assessing and mapping socio-cultural values in Natura 2000 sites
  • Erin Connolly: Jaguars in the borderlands: Multinatural conservation for coexistence in the Anthropocene

17:00 – 17:45 Posters - the list of posters can be found here

18:00 – 19:00 Dinner

19:30 – Beer tasting


16th September (Friday)

08:00 – 08:45 Breakfast

09:00 – 09:45 Plenary: Aveliina Helm: Ecological restoration of landscapes and habitats: challenges, opportunities and tools (online talk)

09:45 - 10:45 Student session: Pollinators I.

  • Olivia Bernhardsson: The competitive impact of managed honey bees on wild bee reproductive success
  • Áron Bihaly: Pollinator networks in sown wildflower fields in agricultural landscapes in Hungary
  • Elena Gazzea: Recovery of plant and pollinator communities after severe wind disturbance in Alpine forests
  • Toni Kasiske: Livestock density affects species richness and ecological traits of butterfliesat the national scale

10:45 -11:15: Coffee break

11:15 – 12:00 Student session: Pollinators II.

  • Gabriella Süle: Safeguarding pollinators: creating urban bee pastures by extensive mowing benefits pollinators and wildflowers
  • Tina Tuerlings: Location and host species affects microbial community in solitary bees on a continental scale
  • Aleksandra Żmuda: Changes in urban bee-plant networks over the vegetation season

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:00 Workshop: Péter Batáry: Introduction to meta-analysis in conservation biology

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

16:00 – 16:45 Plenary: Ingo Grass: Ecological intensification and diversification approaches to promote biodiversity-friendly agriculture

16:15 – 17:45: Workshop: Ingo Grass: Introduction to ecological network analysis

17:45 – 18:30 Posters - the list of posters can be found here

18:30 – 19:30 Closing and Dinner

20:00 – Dancing & party


17th September (Saturday)

06:30 – 07:30 Breakfast

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 (exact details can be arranged during previous days) with return to Balatonvilágos.  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 anseretc.; 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: