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2024–05–25 19th Eurasian Grassland Conference Bolzano, Italy, 26 Aug – 1 Sep 2024 See more »

2024–01–24 32nd EVS Conference, Madeira, 16-20 Sep 2024 - website open See more »

2023–10–17 New website of the Italian Society for Vegetation Science See more »

2023–06–02 The need for protection of the Svydovets Massif (Ukrainian Carpathians) See more »

2023–02–02 31st EVS Conference, Rome, Italy, 21-25 May 2023 - website and registration open See more »

2023–01–31 Documents Phytosociologiques, fourth series See more »

2022–12–22 Prof. Dr. Hartmut Dierschke (1937-2022) See more »

2022–11–29 31st EVS Conference, Rome, Italy, 21-25 May 2023 See more »

2022–04–25 Eurasian Grassland Conference - extended deadline See more »

2022–03–06 EVS Statement on the war in Ukraine See more »

2022–02–16 17th Eurasian Grassland Conference, Tolosa, Spain, 12-18 September 2022 See more »

2022–01–22 30th EVS Conference, Bratislava, 9-13 May 2022 See more »

2021–12–22 Asian Grassland Conference 2022 - registration open See more »

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 »


Working Group European Vegetation Survey
of the International Association for Vegetation Science

Approved by the European Vegetation Survey business meeting held in Vienna on 27 May 2012 and by the Council of the International Association for Vegetation Science at the meeting in Mokpo on 24 July 2012. Amended by the European Vegetation Survey business meeting held in Rome on 10 April 2013 and by the Council of the International Association for Vegetation Science at the meeting in Tartu on 27 June 2013.

Article 1. Name and status

The name of this organization shall be “European Vegetation Survey” (EVS). It shall be a Working Group of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS).

Article 2. Purposes

The main purposes of the EVS include:

  • the development of common data standards in the provision of phytosociological information about vegetation;
  • the encouragement of national programmes of vegetation survey across Europe and beyond;
  • the development of software and an electronic network for vegetation data exchange;
  • the production of an overview of European vegetation;
  • the organization of scientific meetings;
  • the encouragement of international research collaborations in vegetation survey;
  • the support of publications on concepts, methods and results of vegetation survey in Europe and beyond.

As a Working Group of IAVS, EVS shares the IAVS goals and supports its activities. EVS is subject to the Statutes and Bylaws of the IAVS.

Article 3. Membership

Membership of the EVS is open to all persons free of charge, and membership in the IAVS is optional. Membership in the EVS is obtained by:

  • written application to the EVS Membership Administrator, or
  • registration for participation in a conference, workshop or fieldtrip of the EVS.

Membership is discontinued by a written statement (electronic or hardcopy) sent to the EVS Membership Administrator that the member does no longer want to be member of the EVS.

It is the responsibility of members to provide the Membership Administrator with a functioning e-mail address. Membership is discontinued when no functioning e-mail address is available to either the Membership Administrator or the IAVS Secretary.

Article 4. Business meeting

A business meeting shall be held annually in conjunction with an EVS meeting. All members attending may vote in the business meeting.

Article 5. Steering Committee

The Working Group shall have a Steering Committee (SC) with five elected members, each from a different European country. SC must contain at least one member from each of the following three European geographic regions, defined by similar languages, history and/or biogeography: Western-Central and North-western Europe1, Southern Europe2 and Eastern-Central and Eastern Europe3. If a representative of one of these regions is missing among the five elected members, the candidate with the highest number of votes from that region becomes automatically the sixth or seventh member of the SC. All SC members shall be members of IAVS. Each SC member shall be elected for a period of four years at the next business meeting of the EVS following a vacancy. Nominations shall be received by the EVS Secretary by e-mail or in person at an EVS meeting and may be made by any member. SC members may be elected for further periods of four years. The SC elects a Secretary from its members and appoints a Membership Administrator (who need not be a member of the SC) for a period of four years. All decisions on behalf of EVS except the election of the SC itself are made by the SC with majority.

Article 6. Duties of the Steering Committee members

  • The SC members promote the interests of the EVS, and supervise EVS operations and scientific activities;
  • The Secretary presides at the EVS business meetings held during the EVS scientific meetings;
  • The Secretary, at his or her discretion, may call upon members or appoint committees to assist with the EVS affairs, e.g. the Membership Administrator;
  • The Secretary keeps records of the EVS and supplies an annual report to IAVS;
  • The Membership Administrator keeps records of the EVS members.

Article 7. Finances

EVS financial assets shall be held by and managed through the accounts of IAVS.

Article 8. Amendments

These Bylaws will be adopted and may be amended by a 3/5 vote of the members participating in the business meeting of the EVS. Proposed amendments must be circulated to the membership by email at least two weeks in advance of the business meeting at which they are voted on. Changes in the bylaws are contingent on approval by the IAVS Council.

1 Austria, Benelux, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK
2 Albania, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Turkey
3 Balkan countries except Albania and Greece, Baltic countries, Belarus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine