Wooded rural landscapes of Central and Eastern Europe conference

Patronage

  • International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes

  • Patronat medialny Polskiego Radia Rzeszów

  • Katolickie Radio Via

  • Honorowy Patronat J.M. Rektora Uniwersytetu Rzeszowskiego, prof. dr hab. Sylwestra Czopka

  • Patronat Honorowy Ministra Rolnictwa i Rozwoju Wsi

  • Honorowy Patronat Prezydenta Miasta Rzeszów

  • Honorowy Patronat Marszałka Województwa Podkarpackiego

  • Carpathian Convention

Thematic framework

Thematic framework

Wooded rural landscapes are an invaluable natural and cultural legacy of Central and Eastern Europe. A concentration on particular, strictly classified natural sites or plant communities, national and European conservation systems ignores, neglects or undervalues the meta-systems of dynamic rural landscapes dependent on the multiple traditional use of land. Intensive farming and modern forestry, accompanied by the development of conservation models based on segregated land-uses, mean that there are now ‘hard’ boundaries, both philosophically and physically, between spatial units of economic or conservation interest. Despite the increasing knowledge of the role of dynamic processes in the well-being of populations and ecosystems, these boundaries cause substantial reduction of horizontal movements of species. As a result, what had once developed as highly dynamic patchy landscapes, have started to shift towards mostly static and much simplified spatial patterns. In addition, the boundaries discourage researchers from seeing the landscape as a whole; instead, they may concentrate on just what happens inside one patch or type of patch.

Objective:

The conference aims at fostering interdisciplinary discussion and analysis. We seek to encourage the sharing of knowledge from researchers studying wooded rural landscapes and representing from across disciplines: from taxonomy and ecology, from paleo-ecology and environmental history, from ethno-ecology, from spatial planning and landscape architecture, from land use economy involving ecosystem services. We believe such a platform will provide a theoretical foundation for the development of a new management and conservation approach that is essential for sustaining the richness and values of wooded rural landscapes in Central and Eastern Europe.

Thematic scope:

  • Wooded pastures and silvo-pastoral woods: their status in contemporary Europe (abundance and geographic distribution, syntaxonomic status, conservation); ecology (including ecological history, paleoecology, processes and factors); their biodiversity; how they will fare under climate change
  •  Local and traditional knowledge connected to wooded rural landscapes: gathering and using the wisdom of farmers, herders, conservationists or others
  • Wooded landscapes in contemporary land use economy and policies: what does modern farming and forestry, tourism and recreation, nature conservation, landscape architecture and spatial planning need from these systems.
  • Towards future sustainable social-ecological systems: assessment of ecosystem services in the region, the cultural heritage: threats and opportunities in eco-development.
Programme

Programme

Basic conference programme (19-22 September)

Day 0 (19 Sep): registration. Registration will be continuous, with possibilities for single day attendance.

Day 1 (20 Sep):

Session 1

  • F.W.M. Vera (key-note): The marriage of the kaleidoscope of grasslands, shrubs and trees with large grazing mammals
  • Presentations (15'+5' Q&A): Wooded pastures and silvo-pastoral woods: their status in contemporary Europe (abundance and geographic distribution, syntaxonomic status, conservation); ecology (including ecological history, paleoecology, processes and factors); their biodiversity; how they will fare under climate change

Session 2

  • P. Szabó (key-note): The history of wooded landscapes: how to study it and why should we care?
  • Presentations (15'+5' Q&A): Wooded landscapes in contemporary land use economy and policies: what does modern farming and forestry, tourism and recreation, nature conservation, landscape architecture and spatial planning need from these systems​?

Poster session

Late afternoon, before dinner 2-3 hrs moderated topical workshop sessions

Day 2 (21 Sep):

  • Outdoor session: excursion to Kalwaria Pacławska (70 km SE from Rzeszów) after early breakfast; packed lunch; 2-hrs drive to Kalwaria; 4-5-hrs hike to exemplary oak woods with interpretation talks and discussions
  • Panel discussion involving stake holders related to wooded rural landscapes
  • Return to Rzeszów

Day 3 (22 Sep):

Session 3

  • Z. Molnár (key-note): Traditional ecological knowledge and science: new ways for knowledge co-production in rural landscapes
  • Presentations (15'+5' Q&A): Local and traditional knowledge connected to wooded rural landscapes: gathering knowledge and wisdom of and working together with farmers, herders, conservationists or others

Session 4

  • K. Kirby (key-note): Wooded rural landscapes: how do we make the best of the past relevant for the future?
  • Presentations (15'+5' Q&A): Towards future sustainable social-ecological systems: assessment of ecosystem services in the region, the cultural heritage: threats and opportunities in eco-development.​

Poster session

Late afternoon, before dinner 2-3 hrs moderated topical workshop sessions

 

Optional study trip to Hungarian silvo-pastoral oak woods (23–25 September)

  • 23rd of September – Morning: departure from Rzeszów - afternoon arrival to Cserepfalu; visiting case-study sites, in-field discussions - presentation of the “Oakscape” project; Evening - accommodation and dinner in Eger. Accomodation in Eger was preliminary booked in the Tourist Motel which is in the city center, near to the Eger Castle.
  • 24th of September - From 9 am to 2 pm: field program and panel discussion with stakeholders in Cserépfalu. The place of the panel discussion is the Hór-völgy Visiting Centre. Lunch at the same place. Afternoon - social program in Eger; sightseeing, Eger Castle, in the evening wine tasting.
  • 25th of September - departure from Eger and travelling back to Rzeszów, on-the-way field program guided by the Bükk National Park staff. As an alternative, a shuttle bus will be provided from Eger straight to the Budapest Airport. Please indicate your choice.

Contact person for panel discussion: Anna Varga (varga.anna@okologia.mta.hu)

Contact person for study trip organization: Katalin Mázsa (mazsa.katalin@okologia.mta.hu)

Homepage of Bükk National Park: https://bnpi.hu/

Homepage of Eger: http://www.eger.hu/?lang=2

 

The language of the conference:

Although the conference language is English, the organizers will provide basic interpretation/communication support (in Polish, Hungarian, Romanian and Ukrainian) to colleagues who request such need ahead the registration deadline. For details, please contact Dr Agata Ćwik, University of Rzeszów, e-mail: woodscapes@ur.edu.pl​

Scientific Committee

Scientific Committee

  • Per Angelstam – landscape ecology and planning, ecosystem services valuation, biodiversity; Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Andrzej Bobiec – woodland ecology; University of Rzeszów
  • Zdzisław Budzyński – modern history of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, statistics of demography; University of Rzeszów
  • Tibor Hartel – social-ecological systems, wood-pastures; Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania
  • Keith Kirby – temperate forest ecology, management and conservation; grazing in wooded systems; Oxford University
  • Jacek Kozak – land use and land cover change, GIS, remote sensing; Jagiellonian University
  • Łukasz Łuczaj – ethnobotany and ethnomycology, University of Rzeszów 
  • Katalin Mázsa - botanical and stand surveys/monitoring; forest historical studies; Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • GMJ (Frits) Mohren – forest ecology, forest management and economics; Wageningen University
  • Zsolt Molnár – ethnoecology; Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Péter Ódor – botany, ecology; Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Kinga Öllerer – landscape ecology, conservation biology; Romanian Academy
  • Tobias Plieninger – ecosystem services in cultural landscapes; University of Copenhagen
  • Tomasz Samojlik – environmental history; Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Péter Szabó – historical ecology; Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Dagmar Štefunková – traditional agrarian landscapes; Institute of Landscape Ecology of SAS, Bratislava
  • Anna Varga - ethnoecology; Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Frans Vera – grazing ecology and forest history; Netherlands
Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee

  • Andrzej Bobiec (chair) e-mail: a_bobiec [at] ur.edu.pl
  • Paweł Czarnota
  • Zbigniew Czerniakowski
  • Agata Ćwik
  • Agata Gajdek
  • Idalia Kasprzyk
  • Katalin Mázsa
  • Kamil Pilch
  • Małgorzata Pociask
  • Anna Varga
  • Agnieszka Wójcik
  • Magdalena Wójcik
Conference publications

Conference publications

We are pleased to announce that on the basis of the agreement with the editor of the journal "Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History " (Stockholm University Press), a call for a special collection of selected conference papers will be issued in September 2017. Papers accepted for the special collection will be published during 2018. The journal will sponsor half of the publication fee for each published article in the special collection. The other half (c. €215) will be paid by the author.

All contributions will be compiled in the Book of Abstract, which will also be published online on the conference homepage.

Important dates

Important dates

31 December 2016 - key-note lectures announced

15 April 2017 – abstract submission and registration deadline (extended)

12 May 2017 – editorial decision of the Scientific Committee on submitted abstracts (extended)

20 May 2017 - final programme of the conference sessions (extended)

31 May 2017 - deadline for the conference fee payment

19 September 2017 - participants arrivals

20-22 September 2017 - conference sessions

23-25 September 2017 - optional trip to Hungary

Participant's fee and payments

Participant's fee and payments

Basic conference programme

The conference fee of 1,300 PLN will cover all Conference's events from 20 to 22 September 2017:

  • Certificate for participation
  • Admission to all sessions of the conference, including the outdoor session with transportation
  • The presentation of a paper either as a talk (15 minutes for presentation and another 5 minutes for discussion) or as a poster (up to 120x110 cm)
  • A printed copy of the conference program
  • Printed book of abstracts
  • Other conference materials
  • 4-night accommodation
  • Three meals a day
  • bon-fire / grill party in traditional Carpathian setting
  • Coffee breaks

Please notice, that the fee-included accommodation is a modest standard UR student dormatory in the Conferece campus (single and double rooms + kitchen, restroom and shower cabin). In the case you wish a higher standard you should contact the Conference secretariat (woodscapes@ur.edu.pl) and the accommodation cost will be extracted from your fee. You can also ask for our assistance in making the hotel reservation.

Optional study trip to Hungary

The payment for whole programme in Hungary (23-25.09.2017) - 500 PLN will cover:

  • coach transportation from Rzeszów to Hungary and back to Rzeszów (optionally to Budapest airport)
  • guided/ interpreted field trips organized by the staff of Bukk National Park and Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • 2-night accommodation in the tourist motel close to the Castle of Eger 
  • panel discusion

In the case you wish a higher standard you should contact the Conference secretariat (woodscapes@ur.edu.pl) and the accommodation cost will be extracted from your fee. You can also ask for our assistance in making the hotel reservation in Eger.

Payments details:

account owner: Uniwersytet Rzeszowski, al. Rejtana 16C, 35-959 Rzeszów

bank name: Bank Handlowy Warszawa
IBAN: PL 55 1030 1508 0000 0008 1775 8258
swift: CITIPLPX

as a title of your payment please write: WOOODSCAPES, your firstname and your last name (e.g. WOODSCAPES, Iulius Cesar)

While doing the transfer check PLN currency

Participation fees are transferred to the account. Usually within one week from the transfer you will be given in the notification email, sent by the organising committee. All bank charges and commissions are paid by the participants. Please inform your bank about this when ordering the transfer. Payment on site is not allowed.

Invoices will be sent via email as a PDF attachment. In order to receive an invoice on behalf of a company or organisation you must state this in the registration form. If the bank transfer is ordered by a natural person, it is not possible an invoice to a company or organisation to be issued afterwards.

Our Partners

Our Partners

  • Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History

  • Stowarzyszenie Polskich Architektów Krajobrazu

  • International Association for Landscape Ecology

  • Bükk National Park

Conference location

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Contact

Contact

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Visas

Visas

Poland is a member of the European Union, therefore, depending on your country of origin you might need a visa. If you need a visa, please apply at the Polish embassy or consulate in your country.

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