SCB Europe Section Webinar

November, 16th-19th, 2021
09.00-12.00 & 14.00-17.00 (Central European Time CET)

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  • Day 1, Tuesday, November 16th - Morning: Webinar Opening and Keynote Speaker

    10:00-10:35 Prof. John Piccolo &  Dr. Per Sjögren-Gulve, SCB Europe Section: "Introduction to SCB Europe and opening of the webinar" & Dr. Antony Lynam, President of the SCB Global: "Brief introduction to SCB Global"
    10:35-10:40 Break (5 minutes)
    10:40-11:30 KeynoteDr. Nathalie Pettorelli: "Conservation under rapid climatic changes: the case for rewilding", The Zoological Society of London, UK
    11:30-11:35 Break (5 minutes)
    11:35-12:00 Plenary discussion – questions and answers for the keynote speaker

  • Day 1, Tuesday, November 16th - Afternoon: Ecological Restoration - hosted by Katalin Pap, SCB Europe Section with invited speakers:

    14:00-14:05 Short Welcome & Introduction
    14:05-14:35 Edina Morvai: "Habitat reconstruction at Lake Kolon, National Park of Kiskunság", Hungary
    14:35-15:05 Prof. John Piccolo: "Post 2020 conservation and restoration of freshwater biodiversity", SCB Freshwater Working Group
    15:05-15:30 Plenary discussion combined with a coffee/rest break
    15:30-16:00 Dr. Cristina Banks-Leite: "Ecological restoration in the context of landscape ecology", Imperial College London, UK
    16:00-16:30 Dr. Tobias Salathé: "The Global Wetland Outlook: why moving from conservation to restoration is important", Ramsar Convention 
    16:30-17:00 Plenary discussion and conclusion of the session

  • Day 2, Wednesday, November 17th - Whole Day: 09.00-12.00 & 13.00-17.15: 1st Nordic Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) for preregistered students only  

  • Day 2, Wednesday, November 17th - Lunch: 12.00-13.00: Lunch discussion with SCB Europe Board members

  • Day 2, Wednesday, November 17th - Evening: Social and Ecological Values in Biodiversity Conservation: Charting a Course forward Post-2020 - A Panel Discussion with Leading Academics

    19:30-19:35 Welcome to the session by John Piccolo and Sanna Stålhammar
    19:35-20:35 Panel participants provide 5-10 summary of research interests and key values issues for post-2020 biodiversity conservation
    20:35-20:40 Break (5 minutes)
    20:40-21:20 Questions and answers: from the panelists and audience
    21:20-21:30 Brief wrap-up and plans for future dialogues


    Dr. Heather Alberro Lecturer in Global Sustainable Development, Nottingham Trent University, UK
    Joe Gray Associate Editor, The Ecological Citizen, UK, Ecoforestry and nature education
    Dr. Martin Lee Muller University of Oslo, Norway, Ecophilosophy
    Prof. Clive Spash Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria, Social-ecological economics
    Dr. Sanna Stålhammar Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden, Sustainability Science
    Prof. Bron Taylor University of Florida, U.S.A., Environmental ethics and spirituality
    Prof. Arne Johan Vetlesen University of Oslo, Norway, Philosophy

  • Day 3, Thursday, November 18th - Morning: Landscape Ecology - hosted by Dr. Laura Bosco, Finnish Museum of Natural History, Finland with invited speakers:

    09:00-09:05 Welcome to the session
    09:05-09:35 Keynote: Prof. Sara Cousins: "Connectivity and green infrastructure in fragmented landscapes", Stockholm University, Sweden
    09:35-10:00 Prof. Emily Poppenborg: "Landscape effects on farmland biodiversity and ecosystem services", Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany
    10:00-10:15 Coffee break and discussion
    10:15-10:35 Dr. Róbert Gallé: "Landscape structure is a major driver of plant and arthropod diversity in natural European forest-steppe fragments", Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
    10:35-10:55 Dr. Yanjie Xu: "A conservation framework to improve management of migratory birds based on site networks", Finnish Museum of Natural History, Finland
    10:55-11:15 Dr. Felipe Miguel Libran Embid: "Plant-pollinator metanetworks in fragmented landscapes", University of Hannover, Germany
    11:15-11:35 Dr. Yves P. Klinger: "A landscape perspective on the management of invasive plants", Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
    11:35-12:00 Discussion, outlook, and session wrap-up
    12:00 End of session

  • Day 3, Thursday, November 18th - Afternoon: Policy - hosted by Dr. Per Sjögren-Gulve, SCB Europe Section with invited speakers:

    14:00-14:05 Short welcome & introduction
    14:05-14:35 Prof. William Sutherland: "Evidence complacency and how evidence use can be encouraged", University of Cambridge, UK
    14:35-15:05 Prof. Maria Forsberg: "Legal instruments to protect nature", Uppsala University, Sweden
    15:05-15:30 Plenary discussion combined with coffee/rest break
    15:30-16:00 Dr. Guy Pe'er: "Opportunities and barriers for reversing farmland biodiversity loss: science-policy interactions around the Common Agricultural Policy", German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig & UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Dept. Ecosystem Services, Germany
    16:00-16:30 Ninni Mikkonen: "European biodiversity conservation - forests and forestry: habitat quality, area, and aggregation vs. deterioration, destruction, and fragmentation", Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), The Biodiversity Centre, Finland
    16:30-17:00 Plenary discussion and conclusion of session

  • Day 4, Friday, November 19th - MorningConservation Genetics - hosted by Michelle Henley, University of Edinburgh & Scottish Wildlife Trust, UK with invited speakers:

    09:00-09:05 Welcome to the session
    09:05-09:30 Keynote: Prof. Linda Laikre: "Monitoring of genetic diversity - Post2020 initiatives at international and national levels",  University of Stockholm, Sweden
    09:30-09:50 Dr. Begoña Martinez-Cruz: "The genetic diversity and structure in the European polecat were not affected by the introduction of the American mink in Poland", Liverpool John Moores University, UK
    09:50-10:10 Dr. Astrid Vik Stronen: "Population genomic analyses of the gray wolf (Canis lupus) in Eurasia", University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
    10:10-10:25 Break (15 minutes)
    10:25-10:40 Dr Alex Ball: "Conservation genetics in Cambodia; hybrid crocodiles and elusive elephants", WildGenes Lab, Royal Zoological Society, Edinburgh, UK
    10:40-10:55 Dr Kara Dicks: "Using genetics to generate a vital link between in situ and ex situ populations of addax, a critically endangered desert antelope",  WildGenes Lab, Royal Zoological Society, Edinburgh, UK
    10:55-11:00 Break (5 minutes)
    11:00-11:15 Dr. Emily Humble: "Conservation genomics of manta and devil rays", University of Edinburgh, UK
    11:15-11:40 Prof. Stefano Mariani: "Many tiny fragments, everywhere: how DNA metabarcoding is boosting marine conservation", Liverpool John Moores University, UK
    11:40-12:40 Lunch break (60 minutes)
    12:40-12:55 Dr Natalie Swan: "eBioAtlas: Scaling up eDNA monitoring around the world", NatureMetrics, UK
    12:55-13:20 Dr. Cristiano Vernesi: "How to introduce the genomic perspective into the next decade conservation policies: the activities of the European network G-BiKE", Chair of a COST Action G-BiKE, and researcher, PI, Research and Innovation Centre Fondazione E. Mach, Italy
    13:20-13:25 Break (5 minutes)
    13:25-13:50 KeynoteProf. Craig Primmer: "Doing conservation genomics so you don’t have to use genomics: an example in Atlantic salmon", University of Helsinki, Finland
    13:50-14:20 Plenary discussion and wrap-up
    14:20  End of session

  • Day 4, Friday, November 19th - Afternoon: Closing and Keynote Speaker

    14:30-15:00  Keynote: Prof. Clive Spash: "Biodiversity economics", Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
    15:00-15:30 Plenary discussion and wrap-up

The webinar is FREE of charge. If you wish to attend you must register by sending email to with your name, affiliation (if any) and contact information. 


Photos: Ewa Orlikowska