International Conference on Ecological Sciences (Sfécologie 2016)


The International Conference on Ecological Sciences – Sfécologie 2016 – will be held on 24 to 28 October 2016 in the Palais du Pharo, Marseille, organized by the Mediterranean Institute of Marine and Terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE) and La Société Française d’Ecologie (SFE). The 4-day programme will be intensive, including five plenary speakers, 45 thematic sessions, 14 symposia, two poster sessions, as well as many social events.

In Sfécologie 2016, 20 broad key topics are proposed in order to organize the submitted contributions.

  • Agricultural ecology
  • Behavioral ecology
  • Biological invasions
  • Chemical ecology
  • Conservation biology, policies and management
  • Ecophysiology
  • Ecosystems functioning and dynamics
  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Genetics and molecular ecology
  • Global change
  • Health and biodiversity
  • Landscape ecology
  • Long-term ecology
  • Macro-ecology & biogeography
  • Networks and biotic interactions
  • Parasites, pathogens and disease
  • Population and community ecology
  • Restoration ecology
  • Socio-ecosystems and ecological services
  • Soil ecology, biogeochemistry and plant-soil interactions
  • Urban ecology

The Tour du Valat, Research Institute for the Conservation of Mediterranean Wetlands and the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory will participate in two sessions:

  1. Thursday 27 October 10.45-12.45, Gastaud Amphitheater :  ‘’Conservation of biodiversity in the Mediterranean: How to link science and policy?’’.The aim of this session is to share experiences and discuss what scientific information is needed and how should it be shaped to facilitate communication with decision makers in the Mediterranean region. The session will be focused on global change in Mediterranean wetlands, a critical type of ecosystem for biodiversity and providing important services to local populations. It will first review the science policy, climate change and agricultural development issues in the Mediterranean basin. Several talks will then show how the Mediterranean Wetland Observatory (MWO), the technical and scientific arm of MedWet, has been organized to build syntheses on the situation of wetlands in the region and highlight examples of thematic analyses on biodiversity, and ecosystem services.

Read more about this session here.

  1. Wednesday, 26 October 11:15-13:15, Estaque : ‘’Socio-ecosystems and ecological services # 2’’. This session will include a presentation from Ilse Geijzendorffer on ‘’ Ecosystem services supply trends in the Mediterranean Basin’’, a study that uses expert-based knowledge and data on land cover changes to obtain some first estimates on changes in the supply of ecosystem services in the Mediterranean Basin during the period 1990 – 2012.

Read more about this presentation here.

More information

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