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2021–06–01 New version of the EUNIS-ESy expert system published See more »

2021–03–31 Virtual Conference of the EVS, 6-7 Sep 2021 See more »

2020–12–23 International Symposium in honor of Salvador Rivas Martínez See more »

2020–10–07 EVA is starting the ReSurveyEurope Initiative See more »

2020–09–21 New Steering Committee of EVS elected See more »

2020–08–28 Prof. Salvador Rivas Martínez passed away See more »

2020–07–13 Special Collections "Classification of Palaearctic Grasslands" See more »

2020–06–02 EVS meeting in Rome postponed to spring 2021 See more »

2020–05–06 Start of Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS), a new IAVS journal See more »

2020–04–21 17th Eurasian Grassland Conference in Spain IS POSTPONED to 2021 See more »

2020–03–26 JVS Special Feature "Macroecology of vegetation" See more »

2020–03–04 Eurasian Grassland Conference: registration is open See more »

2020–03–04 EVS meeting postponed to autumn See more »

2020–02–21 Vegetation Classification Survey - a new IAVS journal See more »

2020–01–27 39th meeting of the Eastern Alpine and Dinaric Society for Vegetation Ecology, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 14-17 April 2021 See more »

2019–12–14 29th European Vegetation Survey Meeting, Rome, Italy, 4-7 May 2020, Website open! See more »

2019–12–11 14th EDGG Field Workshop: Ukrainian steppes along climatic gradients, 25 May - 3 June 2020 See more »

2019–12–11 17th Eurasian Grassland Conference, 7-13 September 2020, Tolosa, Spain See more »

2019–04–19 Atlantic biogeographical chalk grassland workshop, 18-20 Sep 2019, Rouen, France See more »

2019–03–15 Website of the EVS Madrid meeting open! See more »

2019–03–07 Eurasian Grassland Conference, 29 May-5 June 2019, Graz, Austria and Maribor, Slovenia See more »

2019–02–11 1st circular of the 28th EVS Meeting, Madrid, 2-6 September 2019 See more »

2018–11–27 IAVS Symposium Bremen, Germany, 14-19 July 2019 See more »

2018–11–16 Vegetation Database Workshop, Triesdorf, DE, 27 Feb - 1 Mar 2019 See more »

2018–08–16 EVS Meeting 2019 See more »

2018–06–26 The 2018 Annual Report of European Vegetation Survey published See more »

2018–06–23 Special Feature “Vegetation Science and Habitats Directive” See more »

2018–04–11 Publication of a report updating the French interpretation of 35 habitats of Community interest See more »

2018–03–17 Jornadas Internacionales de Fitosociología, Mexico, 21-24 November 2018 See more »

2018–03–16 New online database of Czech flora and vegetation See more »

2017–10–16 Officers of the European Vegetation Classification Committee (EVCC) have been elected See more »

2017–10–13 Next EVS meetings See more »

2017–08–22 Boris Mirkin died on 9 Aug 2017 See more »

2017–07–31 Virtual Special Issue on European grasslands published online See more »

2017–06–15 EVA Annual Report for 2017 published See more »

2017–03–31 EuroVegChecklist interactive online application See more »

2017–01–25 European Red List of Habitats published See more »

2016–12–05 EuroVegChecklist published! See more »

2016–06–01 New EVA Coordinating Board elected See more »

2016–05–26 Vegetation of the Czech Republic online See more »

2016–05–23 Proposed revision of the EUNIS habitats classification See more »

2016–04–09 New EVS Steering Committee See more »

Annual reports

2020 Annual report

The main activities of the European Vegetation Survey Working Group over the last year (from June 2019 to June 2020) were the following:

(1) 28th Meeting of European Vegetation Survey was held in Madrid on 2–6 September 2019, hosted by Rosario (Charo) G. Gavilán, Daniel Sánchez-Mata, Alba Gutiérrez-Girón and other colleagues from the Department of Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy and Botany, School of Pharmacy of Complutense University. The main topic was Vegetation Diversity and Global Change, and specific topics were Assessment and conservation of European habitats, High mountain vegetation, Vegetation classification and data management, Aquatic vegetation, Vegetation dynamics and succession in different habitats: from old fields to forests, and Habitat restoration and plant invasions. More than 160 vegetation scientists from 28 countries attended the meeting. Most participants came from Spain (29), Italy (26), Hungary (16), France (10) and Russia (10). Eleven participants from Bulgaria, Egypt, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine received IAVS travel grants. The participants presented 56 talks and 75 posters. Invited key lectures were given by Adrian Escudero (Madrid), Alessandro Chiarucci (Bologna) and Maria Pilar Rodríguez-Rojo (Toledo). A cultural highlight of the meeting was a social dinner with a flamenco show in downtown Madrid. On Friday 6 September, two field excursions were offered, one to the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, guided by Rosario Gavilán, Alba Gutiérrez-Girón and biologists from the National Park, the other to the landscapes on Miocene bedrock in south-eastern Madrid province, guided by Daniel Sánchez-Mata. EVS thanks the Madrid organizers for a warm welcome and excellent preparation and organization of the programme.

(2) 29th Meeting of European Vegetation Survey was planned to be held in Rome on 4–7 May 2020, hosted by Fabio Attorre, Emiliano Agrillo and colleagues from the Department of Environmental Biology, Sapienza University of Rome, and other Italian institutions. Because of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, EVS Steering Committee with local organizers decided to postpone this meeting to spring 2021. Consequently, the meeting in Bratislava, initially planned for spring 2021, will be postponed to spring 2022.

(3) The European Vegetation Archive (EVA), a centralized vegetation-plot database of the European Vegetation Survey, grew continuously and was increasingly used in different projects. By March 2020, this database consisted of 89 contributing databases containing a total 1,669,239 vege­tation plots, of which 87% were georeferenced, and 62% were assigned to phytosociological syntaxa. Of these plots, 60% may be accessed under the semi-restricted regime and 27% under the restricted regime, while the other 13% are open access. EVA data were provided to 100 projects (see their list at http://euroveg.org/…eva-projects). Nowadays there are 54 ongoing EVA projects, of which eight started in the last year. EVA data have been used in 26 journal papers, one book, nine technical reports, one bachelor thesis and 73 presentations at conferences or workshops. Details are available in the EVA Annual Report at http://euroveg.org/…ORT_2020.pdf. An updated list of all publications is available at http://euroveg.org/…publications.

(4) The European Vegetation Classification Committee (EVCC), launched in 2017 and chaired by Wolfgang Willner and Idoia Biurrun, received three proposals of changes in the standard European vegetation classification (EuroVegChecklist). All the proposals were evaluated by specialist committees composed of EVCC members who were specialists in the topic of each proposal. The specialist committees made recommendations, and EVCC opened voting on the proposals in June 2020.

(5) The Wageningen Environmental Research (formerly Alterra), working together with Masaryk University (Brno) for the European Environment Agency under the Framework Service Contract, updated the crosswalks between the revised EUNIS Habitat Classification, European Red List of Habitats, EuroVegChecklist and Habitats Directive Annex I. They also revised and updated the expert system for automatic classification of European coastal habitats, wetlands and man-made habitats. A large group of EVS members was then involved in further revision and improvements of the crosswalks and the expert system for most of the EUNIS habitats. The revised expert system and its outputs were summarized in a multi-author paper, which was submitted to a journal in December 2019.

Milan Chytrý