450 scientists gather for plant ecology symposium held in Tartu
On 26-30 June, the Annual Symposium of the International Association of Vegetation Science will be held in the conference centre of Hotel Dorpat in Tartu. More than 450 scientists from 41 countries will take part in the science forum in Estonia to discuss the processes that design the vegetation pattern, including the impact of human activity to vegetation.
"It is the largest science forum ever held in Estonia in the field of vegetation science," says academician and the chairman of the organizing committee Martin Zobel, Professor of Plant Ecology in the University of Tartu. "Estonian ecologists and scientists are well known internationally, which made it possible to hold the conference in Estonia. The right to organize such high-level conference and the large number of participants is an acknowledgement for research work conducted in Estonia," says Zobel with pride.
Participants include the most well-known and cited plant ecologists of the world and many of them hold longer lectures during the conference. For instance, one performer is David Tilman from the University of Minnesota, USA, who will handle the development of biodiversity on a larger scale and its importance on ecological systems, and Philip Grime from the University of Sheffield, UK, who will observe the possible impact of climate changes on vegetation.
More than 450 participants from 41 countries will gather for the Annual Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science. Largest delegations are from USA, Germany, Czech Republic, Brazil and Japan. During five days, a total of 182 reports and 192 stand presentations will be presented. Additionally, world plant scientists will get acquainted with Estonian vegetation, which includes field trips to different Estonian ecological systems — for instance, visits to Endla bog, Laelatu wooded meadow and Järvselja primeval forests.
The plant ecology symposium is organized by the Department of Botany of the Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences of the University of Tartu.
Additional information: Kersti Püssa, Research Fellow in Plant Ecology in the University of Tarty, member of the organising committee, tel: 737 6381, 528 3916, e-mail: kersti.pussa [ät] ut.ee.