Student Conference on Conservation Science

Detailed program

8th SCCS Europe

13-16 September 2023, Balatonvilágos, Hungary

Detailed program


13th September (Wednesday)

afternoon, until 17:30 – Arrival to Balatonvilágos

17:30 – 18:30 Dinner

19:00 – Evening get-together

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


14th September (Thursday)

08:00 – 08:45 Breakfast

09:00 – 09:15 Opening ceremony

09:15 – 10:00 Plenary

  • Ante Vujić: The wonderful world of hoverflies

10:00 – 10:45 Student session: Protection and conservation of insects I.

  • Áron Domonkos Bihaly: Local and landscape-scale effects of diverse, large-scale wildflower plantings on cavity-nesting hymenopterans
  • Hardeep Kaur: Identification of unknown samples of honeybee wings from India using geometric morphometrics
  • Botond Magyar: Do drainage canals support Orthoptera assemblages in European lowland region?

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 12:45 Workshop by Ante Vujić: “Conservation in practice – hoverflies as example”

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 14:30 Plenary

  • Mark Brown: Parasites, pesticides, and (wild) pollinator conservation

14:30 – 15:15 Student session: Protection and conservation of insects II.

  • Aletta Márta Erikné Ősz: Nontarget catches of trap with chemical lures reveal bush crickets' (Tettigoniidae) flower visitation, pollination, and feeding
  • Kata Pásztor: How weather and body size affect survival, senescence and detectability in a natural butterfly population
  • Kitti Révész: Leave uncut strips on hay meadows to support arthropods

15:15 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 17:30 Workshop by Mark Brown: „Communicating science to stakeholders”

17:30 – 18:30 Dinner

19:00 – 19:30 Poster session

20:00 – Beer tasting at the local brewery (free and optional)


15th September (Friday)

08:00 – 08:45 Breakfast

09:00 – 09:45 Plenary

  • Balázs A. Lukács: Unifying research underwater and land for effective freshwater conservation

09:45 – 10:30 Student session: Landscape - Microclimate – Vegetation

  • Kata Frei: Microclimate and soil resource availability may support climate-change-sensitive plant species in potential microrefugia
  • Gábor Li: Geomorphological diversity and canopy cover: the effects of canopy gaps on the microclimate and species composition of dolines
  • Gabriella Süle: The functional organisation of sandy forest-steppe transition zone in Hungary
  • Chiara Dragonetti: Effect of human disturbance on the density of meso and macro mammals in the central Apennines

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:15 Student session: Occurrence and protection of vertebrates

  • Ioannis Kalaitzakis: Assessment of land-based threats to Atlantic seabirds
  • Gergő Rák: Effects of different grassland management regimes on the density of the Hungarian meadow viper (Vipera ursinii rakosiensis)
  • Ádám Tisza: A geometric morphometric approach to identify snake prey vertebrae from raptor bird nests and pellets
  • Tímea Németh: From global conventions to national actions: mobilizing local expertise to support the Global Biodiversity Framework

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 13:45 Break

13:45 – 14:30 Plenary

  • Tamara Mitrofanenko: Facilitating biodiversity protection and implementation of Agenda 2030 in the Carpathian Region

14:30 – 14:45 Student session

  • Davide Mirante: Wildlife Burnout: Patterns of stress levels in response to anthropogenic disturbance in reptiles, birds and mammals

14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break

15:15 – 16:00 Poster session

16:00 – 17:30 Workshop by Tamara Mitrofanenko: "Linking between biodiversity conservation with other aspects of sustainable regional development"

17:30 – 18:30 Dinner

18:45 – Closing

19:00 – Dance party


16th 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 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: