Congress Topic: Biodiversity crisis in a changing world

Scientific Programme

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.

Scientific Committee

With primary responsibility for the scientific program of the conference. Including abstract reviewing.

Chair of Scientific Committee:           

  • András Báldi   (Hungary, Centre for Ecological Research)

Vice-chairs of Scientific Committee:   

  • Jonas Geldmann (Denmark)
  • Gábor Lövei   (Denmark/Hungary)
  • Michela Pacifici   (Italy, Sapienza Universita di Roma)
  • John Piccolo   (Sweden, Karlstad University)
  • Jiří Reif   (Czech Republic, Institute for Environmental Studies, Charles University Prague)

 Members of Scientific Committee:

  • Ahmed Uludag (Turkey)
  • Ana Benitez Lopez (Spain)
  • Ana Nunes (Portugal, UK)
  • Andrew Pullin (UK)
  • Anikó Kovács-Hostyánszki (Hungary)
  • Anton Kristin (Slovakia)
  • Åsa Berggren (Sweden)
  • Aveliina Helm (Estonia)
  • Balázs Deák (Hungary)
  • Bill Sutherland (UK)
  • Catarina Ferreira (Canada)
  • Cornelya Klutsch (Germany, Norway)
  • Ezequiel Gonzalez (Czechia, Germany)
  • Ferdinand Bego (Albania)
  • Francisco Moreira (Portugal)
  • Geert de Snoo (The Netherlands)
  • Guntis Brumelis (Latvia)
  • György Pataki (Hungary)
  • Isabel Diaz Reviriego (Spain, Poland)
  • Laura Bosco (Finland)
  • Lena Gustafsson (Sweden)
  • Lluís Brotons (Spain)
  • Martin Dieterich (Germany)
  • Michal Knapp (Czechia)
  • Michelle Henley (UK)
  • Mikko Mönkkönen (Finland)
  • Nuno Negroes (Portugal, Bolivia)
  • Nuria Selva (Spain, Poland)
  • Olivier Honnay (Belgium)
  • Pavel Kindlmann (Czechia)
  • Piero Visconti (Italy, Austria)
  • Pierre Ibisch (Germany)
  • Raphael Arlettaz (Switzerland)
  • Ricardo Rocha (Portugal)
  • Rob Marrs (UK)
  • Sara Cousins (Sweden)
  • Tibor Hartel (Romania)
  • Volker Mauerhofer (Sweden)
  • Zsolt Molnár (Hungary)

Scientific programme

Practitioners, consultants, politicians, conservation and 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 scientific program will features contributed talks, poster, and speed presentations as well as dozens of workshops and short courses.

 More information will be available soon on the ECCB plenary speakers and the ECCB scientific programme.

The nearest key date: 1st December - 31st January with Call for Abstracts

1st December 2021 - 31st January 2022

Call for abstracts

The Scientific Committee is now accepting abstracts for contributed talks and posters. Abstract submission system will be open on January 12. 

 The scientific program will include plenary sessions, invited symposia, workshops, organized discussions, short courses, poster sessions, and concurrent sessions of contributed oral presentations and speed presentations. We are now calling for submissions for oral presentations, speed presentations, and posters.

 -      Oral presentations will be limited to 15 minutes, including 12 minutes presentation and 3 minutes for questions.

-       The speed presentation session will include 15 speakers. To each speaker will be given 5 minutes to present the key ideas and results. After every three presentations there will be 9 minutes for discussion.  

-         Poster presentations are strongly encouraged. Posters will be displayed prominently and for long periods of time during the meeting; special sessions dedicated to posters and extended lunch breaks will allow in-depth discussion between authors and attendees.

-          Symposia presentations are dedicated for invited speakers only.


Please adhere to the following guidelines when preparing your abstract for an oral presentation, speed presentation, or poster:

 -          The abstract should include new information. Abstracts should not be submitted for presentations that have been given at previous SCB meetings or similar conferences.

-          The abstract should include specific information about the results and conclusions of the research. Abstracts that state that the “results will be discussed” will not be accepted.

-          The abstract should have a clear connection to conservation biology.

-          Abstracts that appear to be "adverts for activity" rather than reports of research outputs will be allocated to poster presentation

-          Contributed oral presentations will be grouped by topic. Please choose from the list of general topics areas 3 topics to assist us in selecting an appropriate session for your presentation.

-          If your abstract is accepted but cannot be accommodated as an oral presentation, you will be notified as soon as possible so that you will have ample time to prepare a speed presentation or a poster.

-          Individuals are limited to submit only one abstract as presenting author. Exceptions will be considered by the Scientific Committee, and are restricted to speakers invited to more than one symposium.

-          Each abstract will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee.


Presenting authors (oral, speed or poster) must register and pay the registration fee for the meeting as Early Birds; otherwise their presentation will be dropped from the program. 

Instructions for preparing abstracts

Abstracts should be submitted for oral presentations, speed presentations and poster presentations and for invited symposia. Symposium presentations are by invitation only.

Please follow the instructions carefully, including all requested information. Any abstract with errors or omissions will be returned to the sender for correction and runs the risk of missing the submission deadline. Abstracts will be submitted electronically via the ‘Online Submission Website’,, Menu: Call for papers (Abstract submission system will be open on January 12). Web submission is strongly encouraged.

All abstracts must be received by 31st January 2022. The scientific committee will notify all authors by 1st April 2022.  Abstracts must be submitted according to the following format.

If you have any questions, or problems contact


1. Account options. Insert your e-mail as a login name and password to your ECCB web-account.

2. Contact. Provide the name of the contact person for correspondence. Include the contact person's complete mailing address and country, including the country and city codes.

3. GDPR. By submitting abstract authors agree with processing their personal data for the purposes of organizing the congress (



1. Title. Titles are limited to 150 characters.

2. Type of presentation. Indicate whether the abstract is intended for an oral, speed, or Invited Symposium presentation, or as a poster. Please indicate if you will accept a speed presentation or a poster instead of an oral presentation.

3. Authors and presenting author. Please, write out full first names of authors. Indicate the name of the presenting author (also for posters). Note that only one submission as presenting author will be possible.

4. Student presentation. Indicate whether the presentation will be given by a student.

5. Addresses. List the institutional affiliations and addresses, including countries, for each author.

6. Topic areas. If you are not presenting in an invited symposium, please choose from the list of general topic areas (select 3 as relevant) to assist us in placing your presentation into an appropriate session. Indicate your first, second and third choices.

7. Abstract. The body of the abstract is limited to one paragraph of up to 200 words. Begin with a clear statement of the problem or objectives, give brief mention of the methods, explicitly state the major results and their interpretation, and end with a substantial conclusion. Do not use vague statements such as "the results will be discussed." Follow the instructions given below to indicate any special formatting or symbols within the abstract. Abstracts that exceed 200 words will be returned to the author for revision.

8. Comments. List any necessary comments pertaining to your abstract submission, including any special scheduling requests.

Topic Areas. The following general topic areas will be used to place your abstract in an appropriate session

our mission

Topic areas

Adaptive management

Alien and invasive species

Animal ecology and conservation

Approaches to the global conservation crisis

Biodiversity and conservation in non european countries

Citizen science for conservation

Climate change effects and adaptation

Conservation at the science-policy interface

Conservation for planetary wellbeing

Conservation marketing

Conservation planning

Conservation policies and tools

Conservation GIS and remote sensing

Conservation under global change

Conservation in a socio-economic context

Conservation in agricultural landscapes

Conservation modelling (& population viability)

Disturbance ecology

Economics of biodiversity & ecosystem services

Ecosystem management: theory and practice

Education and outreach

Evidence-based conservation

Environmental sociology & conservation psychology

Ex-situ conservation

Forest conservation and management

Freshwater and wetland conservation

Human wildlife conflicts

Infrastructure and conservation

Grassland ecology and management

Interdisciplinary approaches to conservation

Landscape ecology and conservation

Marine conservation

Methods and analytical tools

Mountain ecology and conservation

Plant ecology and conservation

Pollinator conservation

Protected areas: planning, design and management

Restoration ecology and rewilding

Risk assessment and uncertainty

Scientists and managers: bridging the gap

Spatial ecology and conservation

Sustainable development for conservation

Urban ecology and conservation

List of topics

Call for Symposia, Workshops and Training Courses Proposals


(deadline 15th October 2021)

The central theme of the congress is “Biodiversity Crisis in a Changing World”, highlighting the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary nature of the grand challenge of conserving nature. We welcome delegates and students from a range of sectors, and disciplines. We intend ECCB2022 to be an opportunity for scientists and practitioners to learn about and discuss the latest advances in conservation science, policy, and technology, so that they can study and conserve biodiversity better.


Biodiversity conservation interventions in agricultural landscapes (Organized by: Thijs Fijen, Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation Group, The Netherlands)

Biodiversity post-2020: synthesizing large-scale predictions for the future under climate and land use change (Organized by: Laura Bosco, Marjakangas Emma-Liina, Finnish Museum of Natural History, Finland)

Bringing nature back to cities: using green infrastructure to support arthropod biodiversity (Organized by: González Ezequiel, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague; María Silvina Fenoglio (IMBIV, UNC/CONICET, Argentina)

Conservation & Law: perspectives for the Post2020 Biodiversity Framework and the EU-Nature Conservation rules (Organized by: Volker Mauerhofer, Mid Sweden University)

Emerging challenges and opportunities for the CAP on supporting and conserving farmland biodiversity (Organized by: Karine Princé, CESCO-MNHN and External Expert for the European Commission)

Forest Policies and their impacts on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a changing world (Organized by: Daniel Burgas, Clemens Blattert, Mikko Mönkkönen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

Insect pollinators conservation in urban areas (Organized by: Edina Török and Riho Marja, Landscape and Conservation Ecology, Centre for Ecological Research, Hungary)

Integrating Land System Science and Conservation Science for deeper insights into conservation challenges and opportunities (Organized by: Tobias Kuemmerle, Alfredo Romero Munoz, Humboldt-University Berlin; Tak Iwamura, Oregon State University)

Making agroecosystems more biodiverse: from local measures to landscape optimization (Organized by: Knapp Michal, González Ezequiel, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague)

Making the most out of ecosystem services assessments for conservation practice (Organized by: Eszter Tanács, András Báldi, Centre for Ecological Research, Institute of Ecology and Botany; Thomas Hein, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)

Monitoring biodiversity trends and threats using novel digital tools (Organized by: Ivan Jaric, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences; Uri Roll, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Ana Sofia Vaz, CIBIO/InBIO, University of Porto; Ricardo Correia, University of Helsinki)

Non-destructive study methods in entomology (Organized by: Marco Ferrante, Azorean Biodiversity Group, Department of Environmental Sciences)

Planning where and how to best conserve and restore biodiversity (Organized by: Martin Jung, Piero Visconti, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)

Reconciling conservation with animal welfare (Organized by: Miriam A. Zemanova, Environmental Sciences and Humanities Institute Switzerland)

Reducing the future biodiversity crisis given different future worlds (Organized by: Tord Snäll, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

Similarities and differences in agroecology and urban ecology (Organized by: Péter Batáry, Centre for Ecological Research, Hungary)

Social and ecological values: Charting a course forward for SCB Europe post-2020 (Organized by: John Piccolo, Karlstad University; Sanna Stålhammar, Swedish Agricultural University)

Synergy between nature and culture: the role of historical and sacred natural sites in biodiversity conservation (Organized by: Balázs Deák; Lendület Seed Ecology Research Group, Institute of Ecology and Botany, Centre for Ecological Research, Hungary)

The future of European forests: the paradigm shift from forestry to socialecological forest management (Organized by: Pierre Ibisch, Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany; Nuria Selva, Institute of Nature Conservation, Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland; Stefan Kreft, Naturwald Akademie, Lübeck, Germany; Peter Hobson, Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, Writtle University College, UK)

The multiple dimensions of forest biodiversity as a starting point for sustainable management (organized by COST BOTTOMS-UP CA18207) (Organized by: Sabina Burrascano, Department of Environmental Biology, Sapienza University of Rome; Peter Odor, Centre for Ecological Research, Institute of Ecology and Botany, Hungary; Yoan Paillet, INRAE France)

Towards landscapes of coexistence between people and megafauna (Organized by: Benjamin Bleyhl, Humboldt-University Berlin)

Traditional ecological knowledge for conservation: weaving traditional knowledge with science in and for Europe (Organized by: Zsolt Molnár, Cenre for Ecological Research, Hungary; Fernández-Llamazares Álvaro, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, Finland)

Understanding the geography of large mammal comebacks in Europe (Organized by: Stephanie Kramer-Schadt (IZW Berlin, Germany), Tobias Kuemmerle (Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany), Nuria Selva (Polish Academy of Science, Krakow, Poland)

Symposia present thematic information to the audience, in the format of regular presentations. A typical symposium will be a 2-hour long, single-session event. Exceptionally symposia of 2+2 hours will be considered. Presentations should be in multiples of 15 minutes (10 min for presentation+ 3 min for discussion+ 2 min for the audience to move between rooms) so that the timing of symposia follows that of the contributed talk sessions. Symposia can (and are encouraged to) include a dedicated discussion time, also in multiples of 15 minutes. Priority will be given to symposia related to the central theme of the conference but high-quality proposals addressing emerging topics or significant syntheses will be also considered. All symposium organisers and speakers must be registered participants (as early bird registrants).


Attitudes towards large carnivores (Organized by: Michela Pacifici, Sapienza Università di Roma)

Genetic considerations as part of conservation reintroductions, supplementations and translocations (Organized by: Philippine Vergeer, Wageningen University, Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation Group; Robert Ekblom, The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Analysis Department)

How international Conventions, Treaties and Organizations serve Nature Conservation (Organized by: Katalin Pap, University of Szeged)

Science-Policy Interfaces in a Rapidly Changing World (Organized by: Eszter Kelemen, Institute for Sociology, Centre for Social Sciences (HU); Marie Vandewalle, Department of Conservation Biology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (GE); Juliette Young, INRAE – FR; Hien T. Ngo, UN-FAO (IT)

Towards guiding principles and tools for preserving biodiversity in the agricultural context on a local, regional and global scale (Organized by: Geert de Snoo, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)

Workshops are aimed at encouraging interaction and dialogue between a smaller group of speakers and the broader audience. The format of workshops is flexible. As an example, a workshop might consist of a few short talks providing an overview followed by a facilitated discussion, or they may be a focused, round-table type discussions to synthesize participants’ insights of a particular challenge for humanity. The duration of a workshop can be up to 2 hours, and will be scheduled in parallel with symposia and contributed sessions. All workshop organisers and speakers must be registered participants (as early bird registrants).

Pre-conference Training Courses

An introduction to paperless data collection using ODK and KoBoToolbox (Organized by: Leejiah Dorward, Bangor University)

A short course in writing scientific papers (Organized by: Gábor Lövei and Marco Ferrante)

Biodiversity data use for conservation: Becoming a confident GBIF user (Organized by: Andrew Rodrigues – Programme Officer for Participation and Engagement – GBIF)

Data management on OpenBioMaps platform (Organized by: Miklós Bán, MTA-DE Behavioural Ecology Research Group, Debrecen)

Measuring and/or assessing biodiversity using R (Organized by: Béla Tóthmérész, Debrecen)

Training for effective conservation translocations (Organized by: Stefano Canessa, University of Bern; John Ewen, Zoological Society London)

Training courses will provide opportunities for registered delegates to receive expert training on a topic relevant for conservation. Courses will take place before the start of the congress: on day 0 (22nd August 2022, Monday) for 1 day long courses, and on day -1 and 0 (Sunday and Monday) for two day long courses. All training session organisers, tutors and participants must be registered for the meeting (as early bird registrants). There will be an additional fee for attending a training session in addition to the conference registration fee. The costs will be determined according to the cost of renting the room and the equipment required. The organizers reserve the right to cancel any course which, one month before the conference, will not have enough participants to cover the costs.

For general information, expressions of interest or congress pre-registration, please visit the homepage, or contact the Congress Secretariat at