This year’s theme is Building Resilience: The Future of Natural Areas. Environmental change is dramatically impacting the resilience of natural areas and their ability to rebound from disturbance while maintaining biologically important features, and continuing to provide fundamental support to human health. Regardless of region or type, the hope for natural areas rests on planned actions that promote resilient systems in the face of daunting environmental change.
The Society for Ecological Restoration and Society of Wetland Scientists are pleased to announce their joint Pacific Northwest Regional conference October 15-18, 2018 in Spokane, Washington. The conference will also provide a forum for members of North American Chapters of the Society for Ecological Restoration to address regional and continental North American issues of importance to wetland science and ecological restoration. The conference will gather scientists, practitioners, and decision makers around the theme of restoring ecological resilience and resilient communities in changing landscapes.
SERA is dedicated to providing education, specialised training, and networking opportunities for ecological and environmental professionals working together to meet the challenges of ecosystem restoration. SERA provides an interactive forum for physical, biological, and social scientists, engineers, resource managers, planners, and policy makers to share their experiences and research results concerning large-scale ecosystem restoration on both national and international levels.
SERA is a collaborative effort. If you are a scientist, practitioner, manager, or policy maker and are actively involved in and/or affected by all aspects of ecosystem restoration, you do not want to miss this conference! Individuals interested in restoration planning and management activities such as setting goals, objectives, and performance standards by which to measure success should be sure to attend.
For more info visit sera2018.org
The event will feature the latest information from renowned presenters and exhibitors, best management practices and field tours showcasing the progressive use of native grasses and forbs in a host of diverse applications. We have thirty (30) outstanding presentations and four (4) information-packed field tours for you to choose from. It all takes place at Erie’s beautiful Bayfront Convention Center, with accommodations at the adjoining Courtyard by Marriott Erie Bayfront and Sheraton Erie Bayfront hotels on the shores of Lake Erie.
Restoration in the Era of Climate Change
The 11th European Conference on Ecological Restoration addresses current key issues , including:
- Future changes and restoration goals
- Ecological restoration to mitigate climate change
- Synergies between key goals: climate mitigation land reclamation biodiversity conservation ecosystem resilience multiple ecosystem services
- Climate change driven restoration efforts leading to a narrow focus on carbon sequestration
For more info, visit : https://sere2018.org/
NCER is an interdisciplinary conference on large-scale ecosystem restoration presenting state-of-the art science and engineering, planning and policy in a partnership environment. The first NCER, held in Orlando, FL (2004), lead to successful conferences in Kansas City, MO (2007), Los Angeles, CA (2009), Baltimore, MD (2011), Chicago, IL (2013) and Fort Lauderdale, FL (2016). NCER brings together scientists, engineers, policy makers, planners and partners from across the country actively involved in large-scale ecosystem restoration.
NCER brings together scientists, engineers, policy makers, planners and partners from across the country actively engaged in large-scale ecosystem restoration. Since its inception, NCER has become the preeminent conference on ecosystem restoration in the US. Today, we are in a new era. Resources are tight, and we face an uncertain climate future. Renewed vigilance on the use of public funding requires that we demonstrate progress in achieving restoration goals, clearly prove its value, efficiently and effectively share lessons learned and provide better coordination among all stakeholders ensuring the best use of future funding to achieve results. Restoration increasingly engages non-traditional conservation partners, opening new doors and creating new challenges.
For more info, visit http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/NCER2018/index.html
Please join us at ESA Workshop 34 in New Orleans!
Knowledge Café: Application of Emerging Topics in Plant Ecology and Evolution to Selection of Native Plant Materials for Restoration and Ecosystem Management
All are welcome and there is no fee for this workshop, and no RSVP required. But we would like to get a head count, so please click here to let us know you are coming if you can:
Here are the details:
Thursday, August 09, Workshop Link: https://eco.confex.com/eco/2018/meetingapp.cgi/Session/14409
11:30 AM - 01:15 PM
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - 355
Advances in plant ecology and evolutionary biology have clear applications to plant materials choices for ecosystem management that may have long-term impacts on ecosystem resilience. Rapid changes in environmental and biotic conditions are leading to unprecedented changes in selective pressures faced by plant populations. There is a need to balance the preservation of locally adapted genes with the desire to develop native plant materials that are genetically diverse and can respond to ecosystem changes. However, there is often a disconnect between the types of research being conducted and that which is needed for application to ecosystem management. How do we develop knowledge surrounding topics like gene flow and local adaptation in a way that can inform native plant materials selection?
This workshop will focus on five emerging issues related to the ecological underpinnings of native plant materials selection and use: (1) rapid evolution, (2) risks and benefits of combining multiple populations, (3) methodological concerns surrounding local adaptation research, (4) effects of agricultural selection, and (5) appropriateness of using locally adapted materials in an era of rapid change. The workshop will include brief presentations on each topic to stimulate discussion, after which participants will break into groups for in-depth discussion on their topic of choice. The objectives of the workshop are to connect researchers interested in applying concepts of ecology and evolution to plant materials selection for restoration and ecosystem management; to facilitate sharing of recent research initiatives and findings on these topics; and generating new directions for research.
Organizer: Alexis L. Gibson, University of Montana
Co-organizers: Cara R. Nelson, University of Montana and Thomas N. Kaye, Institute for Applied Ecology and Oregon State University
Jeremie Fant, Chicago Botanic Garden
Danny Gustafson, The Citadel
Julie Etterson, University of Minnesota
Karin Kettenring, Utah State University
Richard Lankau, University of Wisconsin
Extreme events, such as heat waves, droughts, floods, fires and storms, are exacerbated by human activities and challenge populations, communities and ecosystems, as well as our human health and living conditions. The ability of ecosystems to respond to these challenges depends on the integrity of resilience mechanisms that have been severely undermined by land-use practices that increase effects of extreme conditions. Past civilizations, such as the Maya and Mesopotamians, apparently exacerbated the droughts (that caused their demise) through deforestation and agricultural practices similar to our own. Clearly, the sustainability of ecosystem services and human well-being depends on ecosystem resilience to extreme events.
The program for the 2018 workshop is under development with themes that will contribute to better understanding of both long and short term survival of seeds in natural as well as highly controlled environments. Topics will include the role of seeds in conservation of genetic resources as well as issues related to ex situ storage such as problems of maintaining seed quality and improving methods of ex situ seed banking.
The venue for this meeting is Fort Collins, CO, USA – home to USDA’s National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation (formerly the National Seed Storage Laboratory) on the campus of Colorado State University. Fort Collins is a ~1 hour drive north of Denver International Airport, a major international hub, and is easily accessed by public transportation. Oral and poster sessions will occur in the newly-renovated, high-tech ballrooms of Colorado State University’s student union.
The organizing committee is eager to welcome you to Fort Collins!
Christina Walters, Andreas Börner, Stephanie Greene, Stuart Hardegree, Fiona Hay, Olivier Leprince and Hugh Pritchard
The website and contact information for this meeting is expected to be online 1 February, 2018 at which time registration and abstract submission will be open. https://conferencereg.colostate.edu/SeedLongevity2018
- International Society for Seed Science (ISSS)
- USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
- Colorado State University (CSU)
The Hawai‘i Native Seed Conference brings together conservationists, horticulturalists, researchers, and others working with seeds of native Hawaiian plants, in order to share knowledge with each other and receive training from visiting experts. The conference will take place from May 15-18, 2018, at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The conference will include a meeting of the Hawai‘i Seed Bank Partnership, invited speakers from Hawaiʻi, and sessions led by staff from the Kew Millennium Seed Bank Partnership. Details on the program and speakers will be available soon.
Abstracts will be accepted January 12 - February 28 (link to: Abstract Submission)
Early Registration: February 1 - March 30 ($90/ $45-students) + $10 for HSBP Meeting
Late Registration: April 1-30: Late registration ($125)
Accommodations will be available soon at the East-West Center Visitor Housing (on UH Mānoa campus). Visit their webpage to see room types and rates. Updates on this will be posted here: http://laukahi.org/hnsc2018/
Please contact Dustin Wolkis at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
The Eastern Seed Zone Summit will bring together a diverse group of forestry and natural resource professionals to develop terminology that describes the origins of seed in the eastern US applicable to and useful for practitioners in many fields. The Eastern Seed Zone Summit will bring together a diverse group of forestry and natural resource professionals to develop terminology that describes the origins of seed in the eastern US applicable to and useful for practitioners in many fields.
Rapid land degradation, unsustainable land use and weak land use planning (including weak rangeland management) desertification, increasing draught and decreasing vegetation cover, as well as severe climate change vulnerability, might be the crucial, dominant issues that most MENA countries have in common. Understanding that ecosystem services are not lost forever once an area and/or landscape element are degraded heavily, but that restoration measures and rehabilitation programmes can also successfully revive ecosystem services is crucial.
Native plants are the foundation of all ecosystems and botanic gardens are uniquely positioned to promote their use in the landscape, while protecting them in the wild and in living collections. Creative partnerships between botanic garden staff, industry professionals, and government agencies are crucial in securing the future of native plants and habitats.
Native plants can be quite mysterious and have many interesting strategies to ensure their reproductive success in the wild—some of which can make them challenging to propagate in an artificial situation. This fall, learn about how Oxbow is unlocking some of our native plants' most compelling secrets and join us for our NEW hands-on Native Plant Workshop!
The native seed industry in Europe is in its infancy and will only advance if there is a better flow of ideas, data and information between academia and small- to medium-size enterprises. Over the last three years the NASSTEC project has tried to close this gap by supporting 12 young scientists to conduct cutting edge research on the plant and seed biology of native European species of importance for grassland restoration. This international conference is an opportunity to share the findings of NASSTEC with a wide audience of scientists, policy experts and representatives from industry.
Four days of oral presentations, themed sessions of invited talks by domestic and international professionals from the public sector and industry to discuss the latest developments in seed science
• Invited speakers and contributed oral and poster sessions
• Evening Opening Reception
• Evening Gala Banquet
• Arranged tours to agricultural companies and seed production facilities in the Salinas Valley region
This workshop looks at the practical methods and thinking behind the creation of flower-rich dry grasslands (including chalk grassland) as practised at Abbey Farm, in west Norfolk.
The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) will host its seventh biennial World Conference in Foz do Iguassu, Paraná, Brazil from 27 August to 1 September 2017 in partnership with the Brazilian Society for Ecological Restoration (SOBRE) and the Ibero-American & Caribbean Society for Ecological Restoration (SIACRE). The conference is expected to draw more than 1,500 delegates from the around the world embodying the great professional and cultural diversity of the three hosting organizations and representing all stakeholders in the restoration enterprise—from researchers, practitioners and policymakers to artists, educators, students and community leaders. Delegates will come from all sectors—government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, and the private sector—with a wide range of professional expertise in the natural and social sciences, landscape architecture, environmental engineering, urban and regional planning, and public policy, among others.
This day will review the science and practice of collecting, preservation and use of high quality seed samples for subsequent multiplication ex-situ. Using semi-natural habitats at Wakehurst Place, seed will be collected and quality-assessed by participants in the Millennium Seed Bank laboratories.
The program will reflect CPNPP Strategic Goals and Objectives, partner activities and national policies including:
- Native Plant Materials Research and Development
- Seed Transfer Zones
- Industry Issues and Perspectives
- Plant Material Use in Restoration/Reclamation
- Wildland Collection
Partner Accomplishments and Plans
There will be a part-day field trip on March 1st or 2nd to local USGS-TNC, NPS and BLM research and project sites, weather permitting.
Breakout meetings on focal topics may be scheduled appropriate to attendee needs and interests.
The National Native Seed Conference connects Research, Industry, Land Management, and Restoration professionals, providing the premier opportunity to develop relationships and share information about the collection, research and development, production, and use of native plant materials
The name of the conference is Ecology & Restoration, Australasia (ERA 2016) and the theme is “Restoring resilience across all environments”. Our conference headline signifies our aspirational goal to restore resilience to all environments (land and sea, urban and rural), upscaling our efforts from local to regional and national scales.
This conference promises to be an unforgettable event that will bring together over 500 delegates who represent all levels of government, universities, students, researchers, contractors, suppliers, volunteers and consultants. A unique feature of ERA 2016 is a day of presentations targeted at restoration practitioners and community volunteers. We are focused on linking practice with research and will therefore be offering a discounted one-day registration and an accessible Sunday start (November 20th).
The focus of Seed Ecology V will be “Seeds in the Web of Life”. Special attention will be given to the role of seeds in generating and maintaining biodiversity. The meeting will comprise keynotes, talks, and poster sessions. The abstracts will be assigned to one of the following six areas: (1) evolutionary seed ecology, (2) frugivory and seed dispersal, (3) seed bank, (4) seed germination and dormancy, (5) seed ecology applied to agriculture, and (6) seed ecology applied to biodiversity conservation and restoration.
This is a two day special session on Seed Biology at The Society for Experimental Biology’s annual meeting. This session will bring together leading researchers in the
field of seed biology.
Scientific sessions will be linked with the practical application of this research into an industrially relevant context. Industry partners will also participate in this session exploring the full spectrum of seed research, from laboratory to field.
The Congress is a unique opportunity for seed science specialists and industry representatives to meet and exchange work-related information and experiences. The event also provides an opportunity to present scientific discoveries and technical innovations as well as their practical applications. Moreover, companies active in the field of seed science have the chance to promote their work in the exhibition area.
Proper sourcing of seed for ecological restoration has never been straightforward, and it is becoming even more challenging and complex as the climate changes. In this symposium, we will discuss how plants are responding to changing climates and how this may influence seed sourcing decisions. We will work with the seed industry to understand their challenges in providing seed for restoration. We will work to develop guidelines that are scientifically reasonable and implementable. And we will focus on how to develop adequate supplies of reliable species and increase seed storage capacity.
Organised by the International Society for Seed Science (ISSS), the “5th Workshop on the Molecular Aspects of Seed Dormancy and Germination” will be held at Simon Fraser University (Harbour Centre) in Vancouver, Canada
Research and education in the scientific understanding of seed biology will be promoted by a host of International speakers that will highlight both applied and fundamental seed research on model and non-model species within the realm of the regulation of seed dormancy and germination, and biological processes that control the viability and vigor of the next generation. Education and outreach – for youth and the public – comprise the final session.