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Forum Carpaticum 2016 – Conference topic and date officially presented
Bernhardt Wolfslehner  - New member of S4C SSC
Research Agenda for the Carpathians 2015-2020 - feedback needed

Editorial: Into the Future
During last week of May, S4C SSC members met in Nitra, Slovakia to discuss the principal S4C activities and plans for the near future. A big part of the meeting was dedicated to the next Forum Carpaticum 2016 – our main occasion to meet each other, discuss and develop the network. So, what are the outcomes of Nitra meeting? One of the primary accomplishments was the official presentation of the title of the FC 2016 - “Future of the Carpathians: Smart, Sustainable, Inclusive”. For the first time, the conference will be future-oriented. That is very optimistic, as there is no better proof of a functioning regional cooperation than on-going discussions about a common future.

Dominik Kaim, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Yurij Bihun, Shelterwood Systems, Vermont, USA

The Network

S4C SSC meeting, May 25-26, 2015, Nitra, SK
Between 25-26 May 2015, the annual meeting of S4C SSC took place in Nitra, Slovakia. The most important outcomes of the meeting are presented below:

Forum Carpaticum 2016Future of the Carpathians: Smart, Sustainable, Inclusive”
The title and date of the next Forum, organized in 2016 in Bucharest was official announced. Save the date - September 28-30! The format of the next biannual meeting will be similar as during the previous events. The details will be announced soon on and .

Bernhardt Wolfslehner  - New S4C SSC member
Dr. Bernhardt Wolfslehner, Head of the EFICEEC Central-East European Regional Office of the European Forest Institute in Vienna was elected as a new S4C SSC member. More details on Dr. Wolfslehner professional experience and EFICEEC activities can be found at EFICEEC website.

The Carpathians on MRI blog
The Carpathians are visible among world’s other mountain areas through the Mountain Research Initiative blog posts. The aim of the blog it to present the mountain-related issues in the form of short and simple posts. If you are interested in presenting your research or discussing an interested Carpathian-related issue in that way, please contact Dominik Kaim – .

Research Agenda for the Carpathians 2015-2020 - feedback needed
The New Research Agenda for the Carpathians 2015-2020 is being developed by the S4C network. The aim of the agenda is to define the research priorities for the region over the next five years. The authors of draft chapters warmly welcome comments on the current status of these documents. Please feel free to choose the chapter with the topic you are familiar with and add your comments, propose the changes and improvements. The list of the chapters will be developed in the following weeks.
All the documents can be commented by:
Supporting Sustainable Mountain Development in the Caucasus (Sustainable Caucasus)
A two-year project to support regional scientific networking in the Caucasus was launched on June 1, 2015. The project "Supporting Sustainable Mountain Development in the Caucasus (Sustainable Caucasus)" brings together researchers from scientific institutions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Russian Federation, and Turkey. It will focus on network development, fostering academic excellence in sustainable mountain development curricula, young scholar promotion, and strengthening the interface between scientists, policy makers, and practitioners. The project also seeks to organize a regional conference, the Forum Caucasicum, in 2017. Sustainable Caucasus is supported by SCOPES, a joint program of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and coordinated by Jörg Balsiger at the University of Geneva's Department of Geography and Environment and Institute for Environmental Governance and Territorial Development. The project has an international advisory board, which helps ensure the sharing of S4C experience through the membership of Lubos Halada, Astrid Björnsen, Dominik Kaim, and Matthias Jurek.
Mountain Forest Management in a Changing World
July 7-9, Smokovce, SLOVAKIA

The Networking Event of a project InRuTou - Innovation in Rural Tourism 
15 July, Vienna, AUSTRIA
The objective of the networking event is to develop a follow-up to the project in the project's pilot communities and by involving other partners and countries of the Carpathians and in other mountain areas. Both project ideas and potential funding sources will be discussed.

The event is open to interested participants - researchers and practitioners, organizations and individuals engaged in sustainable development, tourism development and youth entrepreneurship projects. To register, please send an e-mail to

Student Conference on Conservation Science SCCS  Hungary - Connecting Eastern and Western Europe in conservation biology
1-5 September 2015 Tihany (Lake Balaton), HUNGARY
Renowned plenary speakers, trainings and workshops designed for young conservationists and fun field trip at the largest lake in Central-Europe, Balaton, Hungary, for a student-friendly low all-inclusive fee.
Don’t miss out, register on-line
Registration deadline: 15 July 2015

European Dendroecological Fieldweek
30 August – 6 September 2015, Zawoja, POLAND

Perth III: Mountains of Our Future Earth
4-8 October 2015, Perth, SCOTLAND

Forum Carpaticum 2016 “Future of the Carpathians: Smart, Sustainable, Inclusive”
28-30 September 2016, Bucharest, ROMANIA

The special issue "Frames on the move: Regional governance in mountain areas" has just been published as Volume 49 in the journal "Environmental Science & Policy". The special issue is co-edited by Jörg Balsiger and Bernard Debarbieux of the University of Geneva's Department of Geography and Environment. Several articles explicitly draw on the Carpathian experience.

Ballesteros-Cánovas J.A., Czajka B., Janecka K., Lempa M., Kaczka R.J., Stoffel M., 2015, Flash floods in the Tatra Mountain streams: Frequency and triggers. Science of The Total Environment 511, 639–648.

Durak T., Żywiec M., Kapusta P., Holeksa J., 2015, Impact of land use and climate changes on expansion of woody species on subalpine meadows in the Eastern Carpathians. Forest Ecology and Management 339, 127–135.

Kolecka N., Kozak J., Kaim D., Dobosz M., Ginzler C., Psomas A., 2015, Mapping Secondary Forest Succession on Abandoned Agricultural Land with LiDAR Point Clouds and Terrestrial Photography, Remote Sensing 7(7), 8300-8322.

Liro M., 2015, Gravel-bed channel changes upstream of a reservoir: The case of the Dunajec River upstream of the Czorsztyn Reservoir, southern Poland. Geomorphology 228, 694–702.

Mountain Research Initiative EDW Working Group, 2015, Elevation-dependent warming in mountain regions of the world. Nature Climate Change 5, 424-430. doi:10.1038/nclimate2563

Micu D.M, Dumitrescu A., Cheval S., Birsan M.V, 2015, Climate of the Romanian Carpathians: Variability and Trends, Springer.

Pătru-Stupariu I., Stupariu M.S., Tudor C.A, Grădinaru S.R., Gavrilidis A., Kienast F., Hersperger A.M., 2015, Landscape fragmentation in Romania's Southern Carpathians: Testing a European assessment with local data, Landscape and Urban Planning 143,1-8.

Potapov P.V., Turubanova S.A., Tyukavina A., Krylov A.M., McCarty J.L., Radeloff V.C., Hansen M.C., 2015, Eastern Europe's forest cover dynamics from 1985 to 2012 quantified from the full Landsat archive. Remote Sensing of Environment 159, 28–43.

Zawiejska J., Wyżga B., Radecki-Pawlik A., 2015, Variation in surface bed material along a mountain river modified by gravel extraction and channelization, the Czarny Dunajec, Polish Carpathians. Geomorphology 231, 353–366.

2 PhD positions - Biogeography and Conservation Biology Lab, Geography Department, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany
Both PhD projects will focus on the South American Chaco - the biggest continuous dry forest in the world, spanning parts of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. This area has undergone rapid deforestation and agricultural intensification in the past few decades with drastic outcomes for biodiversity and ecosystem services. Project 1 will focus on remote sensing of forest degradation and recovery in order to better understand recent land-use change. Project 2 will investigate the impact of land-use change on mammals in the Gran Chaco.

Deadline: July 16, 2015

Scientific Programmers or Postdocs (f/m) - Earth System Modeling, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany
The Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) is a multidisciplinary center for climate and Earth system research located in Hamburg, Germany. MPI-M contributes to the BMBF project "From the Last Interglacial to the Anthropocene: Modeling a Complete Glacial Cycle" (PalMod), which aims at simulating the climate from the peak of the last interglacial up to the present using comprehensive Earth System Models. With respect to this research project, we have open positions for 2 Scientific Programmers or Postdocs (f/m): 1. Position Land, 2. Position Ocean.


  • experience in modelling physical processes on a global or large-regional scale;
  • familiarity with coding and running computer models, very good programming skills in FORTRAN (on a UNIX platform) and scripting;
  • strong motivation and ability to carry out model development in an interdisciplinary and international environment.
  • knowledge of the MPI Earth System Model would be of advantage
The review of applications will begin on July 15, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.

Assistant Professorship - Spatial Ecology/Spatial Environmental Biology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

The School of Natural Sciences seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in spatial ecology/spatial environmental biology. The study of how organisms respond to environmental variability in terrestrial and aquatic habitats is critical to several fields including: predicting and managing species responses to climate change, ecological and environmental determinants of species ranges and conservation decision making.

Deadline: 12 Noon, September 18, 2015
Carpathian science (or not) related
FORECOM project movie

The FORECOM project (FORECOM – Forest Cover Changes in Mountainous Regions – Drivers, Trajectories and Implications) prepared a short movie in order to highlight and disseminate the main ideas standing behind the research. Film can be seen at
From Tatra to Bieszczady through Hungary - Iwo’s incredible journey back to Poland
Iwo, the rambling Tatra bear that went south down to Hungary on 3rd May, crossed the Polish-Slovakian border in the Podkarpackie region. Iwo has travelled 373 km since he started his unpredictable journey from the Tatra Mountains.

Iwo, the 5-year old bear collared in the Polish Tatras a year ago, started in the end of April a 114-km trip to the south. A week later, on 3rd May, he crossed the Slovakian-Hungarian border. Iwo’s presence in Hungary caused sensation because bears occur only occasionally and he was probably the first bear with a collar. After spending another week in Hungary, Iwo turned back the same way, leaving Hungary and crossing again the border into Slovakia on 11th may. Then, he suddenly changed direction to the northeast and started an amazing trip through Slovakia. Next day evening (19.05.2015), after almost 190 km behind him since he left Hungary, Iwo reached Poland by the Podkarpackie region, neighbouring Ukraine.
More information on:
  • Filip Zięba, Tatra National Park, email:, phone: 0048-601999927
  • Nuria Selva, Institute of Nature Conservation, Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow, email:, phone: 0048-600135676
Carpathian Photography gallery

With the onset of summer, we present the photo in the header of the Newsflash by courtesy
of Kuba Wierzchowski, photographer extraordinaire interested in highlighting the beauty and diversity of the Carpathians. His gallery presenting high-quality photographs from many Carpathian countries can be found at

The Science for the Carpathians (S4C) Newsflash is a quarterly publication sent out to the 400 addresses of the S4C Network. The next Newsflash is planned for September 2015. Please send us any information you want to be distributed to the network (target length 80-90 words). If you have documents to share please send us the web link rather than the document. To send questions or comments, or if you do not wish to receive this mailing, please reply to Dominik Kaim (

Sincerely yours,

Dominik Kaim, Jagiellonian University
Yurij Bihun, Director, Shelterwood Systems

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