EGC2019 offers three optional workshops: Introduction to Bryophytes, Effective Writing and Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process (N2KBP) workshop. The planed workshop "Introduction to Lichens" is cancelled due to low number of participants.


Peltigera hymenina

Photos: Abietinella abietina by Christian Berg (left), Peltigera hymenina by Martin Magnes (right)

Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process workshop

29 May afternoon

We are planning a Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process (N2KBP) workshop (afternoon of the 29th May) facilitated by Theo van Sluis and his co-workers, similar to the EGC 2018 in Sulmona. The workshop will hold an introduction to the current state of the N2KBP and financial support programs. Depending on the special knowledge and interests of the participants, teams will be established to discuss topics like

·        what values are obtained from grassland and steppes?

·        what are traditional management methods that are still being practised and how have they developed/altered over time?

·        which management is practised in novel LIFE programs in various countries, and what are best practices and lessons learned?

·        what adjustments to EU grassland-related policies are necessary? ​

·        International experiences.

The purpose of this workshop is to formulate concrete actions with regard to development of tools, priority support actions and knowledge sharing on existing tools and means available. Participation is optional and the event has a 30 Euros fee.

Introduction to Bryophytes led by Christian Berg

31 May, 8.30 – 14.00, 10-20 participants

Christian Berg (2008 habilitation in habitat and landscape ecology) is the head of the Botanical Garden and Senior Scientist at the Institute of Biology of the University of Graz. He is author of more than 100 scientific papers and monographs, mostly in the areas of vegetation science, vegetation and flora change, conservation, red lists, mapping of bryophytes and vascular plants, neophytes, plant physiology and molecular ecology.

Christian Berg

Effective writing for international peer-reviewed journals led by Jürgen Dengler

30 May, 18:00–21:00, 10 participants

For many researchers from more traditional scientific cultures, writing manuscripts for peer-reviewed international journals remains challenging. In this workshop you will learn that writing successful manuscripts (in the sense that they are accepted in the intended journal and get many citations) has nothing to do with witchcraft, but a lot with techniques – which can be acquired.

The workshop will familiarize you with the IMRaD (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion) structure of standard research papers and showcase the key aspects that make up good Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion sections. You will learn how to optimize the presentation of results through a wise combination of figures, tables, appendices and text. We will deal with formal aspects of citing and listing references. You will also learn how to write an effective Abstract and how cleverly selected titles and keywords can contribute to the success of your article. As the majority of participants likely will not have English as their mother tongue, we will also briefly address the appropriate style when writing a scientific article in English.

If time allows, there is the option to provide some insights into the peer-review process, the meanings of bibliometric indices or how to find appropriate journals for manuscripts. The course will consist of lectures, interactive and practical parts. The program is flexible and can be adjusted spontaneously to the needs and wishes of participants. In addition to the three-hour class, the lecturer is also available for individual coaching of participants in the afternoon on the basis of concrete writing problems and manuscript drafts they bring with them. If you are interested in this, please indicate this with your registration, including a short summary of the problem you have/support you wish.

Jürgen Dengler is Professor of Vegetation Ecology at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Switzerland and co-founder of EDGG. He is chief editor of Phytocoenologia, Deputy Chief Editor of Palaearctic Grasslands, member of the editorial boards of Applied Vegetation Science and Tuexenia and has led the guest editor teams of about 20 Special Issues/Special Features in various international journals (Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment; Journal of Vegetation Science; Biodiversity and Conservation…). He authored more than 250 scientific publications, including 78 papers in the Web of Science, and has extensive experience in teaching the art of scientific writing.

Jürgen Dengler