The current biodiversity crisis have led to a call for transformative change globally and in Europe - a change in how we interact with Nature that reduces pressure on biodiversity and secure Natures’ Benefits to People. This challenges how we perform conservation science, and calls for science-based practices that put humans and nature on a track that takes us out of the current crisis.
Practitioners, consultants, politicians, conservation and social scientists and students are welcomed to discuss and to design new guidelines, tools and strategies in order to meet new challenges in times of biodiversity crisis.
The congress will take place in the campus of Czech University of Life Sciences (CZU). The campus is about 20 minutes from the city centre. The campus is situated in the northwest suburb of Prague – in the city district Suchdol. It is a quiet garden-suburb with a few small protected areas near-by. Due to its location, Prague a very good initial point for field excursions across the whole Bohemia.
The modern campus offers a concentration of all services and facilities in one place. There are six Faculties with classrooms and lecture theatres, two congress halls, cheap students’ dormitories, Menza (a student restaurant), restaurants and bars, parking etc. The main venue of the conference will be situated to a modern Congress Centre of the University. All these facilities are within 10 minutes by foot around the campus. There are 3 hotels in the immediate vicinity of the campus.
CZU follows principles of CSR and in the UI Green Metric World University Rankings 2018 it took 31st place in the world (out of 780 universities; the best of Czech universities). There is a waste separation system in all the campus and a few biowaste composts. CZU follows also a special programme for reduction of disposable plastics, for example by using Filermac (micro-filtered water for free, if you come with your own bottle).
We are aware that the situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic may change in the coming period. The congress has already been postponed from 2021 to 2022, thus violating the tradition of organizing the ECCB after three years. The situation is very dynamic and volatile, but we hope that in August 2022 we will be able to meet together in person. We are monitoring the situation and we will try to respond in a timely manner to any changes in the event of the situation worsening. We are prepared to make arrangements for those people who will not be able to attend the meeting in person by offering online participation. For more information on how the ECCB Steering Committee will plan the different scenarios, please see the COVID-19 page on the ECCB website.