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Fifth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention (COP5) date and venue officially announced

The Fifth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention will take place in Lillafüred, Hungary from 10 to 12 October 2017.

More details soon

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S4C on the Caucasus Mountain Forum

S4C SSC representative, Dr. Katarzyna Ostapowicz introduced the S4C Research Agenda at the Caucasus Mountain Forum in Tbilisi, Georgia 28-30.11.2016. Dr. Ostapowicz described the current status of S4C Research Agenda but also history of the agenda, and shared key lessons learned including implementation of these documents.

Identifying Green Energy Options for the Ukrainian Carpathians from a biophysical and socioeconomic perspective – New Research Project

On the occasion of the Kick-off Workshop on 8-9 February 2017 the Ukrainian National Forestry University (UNFU) in Lviv, Ukraine, the Swiss Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape (WSL) in Birmensdorf, Switzerland launched a new research collaboration investigating the use of wood energy in the Ukrainian Carpathians. Supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), the project runs from 1st of January 2017 to 31st of December 2020 and targets at an inter- and transdisciplinary system analysis to assess the significance and future potential of wood as energy source from an environmental, economic and social perspective.

Organized by the Institute of Ecological Economics and Management at UNFU and WSL, the workshop successfully stimulated the knowledge exchange between researchers from different disciplines, including numerous young researchers who will play an important role in the implementation of the project. The intensive work of the two-days was primarily devoted to ensuring the linkage between science to ‘real world challenges’. As a consequence, and to make the project relevant for Carpathian stakeholders, the partnership includes the expertise of the Ukrainian NGO FORZA in Uzhgorod, Ukraine and the Center for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Berne, Switzerland.


For more information:

Dr. Lyudmyla Maksymiv, Dept. of Ecological Economics, Institute of Ecological Economics and Management, Ukrainian National Forestry University,
Dr. Astrid Björnsen Gurung, Energy Change Impact Program, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL,

Forest change detection and monitoring using passive and active remote sensing data  - New Research Project

A new project on the northern Carpathians focusing on forest changes and remote sensing methods has started at the Jagiellonian University, Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Kraków, Poland. The Principal Investigator (PI) of the project is a member of the SSC S4C Dr. Katarzyna Ostapowicz. You will find more information on the project website.

PhD position in old-growth forest dynamics, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Switzerland
The PhD aims at explaining the extreme dominance of beech in the large old-growth forest of Uholka-Shyrokyi Luh in the Ukrainian Carpathians. The PhD student will investigate processes such as seed dispersal, growth and mortality of beech and of its competitors. You will complement existing inventory data with targeted sampling campaigns and make use of statistical and simulation models. Research findings will be published in international journals and presented at scientific conferences.

Call for papers
Open call for papers: the IALE Europe 2017 symposium Connectivity in human-dominated landscapes: current status, new approaches, and future challenges. The deadline to submit papers is the 15th of March 2017.


The special issue on biogeography of the Carpathians was published

The Biogeography of the Carpathians: Evolutionary and Spatial Facets of Biodiversity (2016, vol. 109, No. 3) was recently published as a special issue of the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. The publication contains 11 papers based on presentations in the First Interdisciplinary Symposium ‘Biogeography of the Carpathians: Evolution of Biodiversity in a Spatiotemporal Context’, which took place in Kraków, Poland from the 28 to 30 September 2013. The initiative reflected the importance of the Carpathians as a hotspot of biodiversity, the renewed interest in advancing biogeographical studies in this region with modern tools at hand, and the need for a forum for exchange of ideas. The meeting objectives were to discuss these issues from the perspectives of different methodological approaches and proxies across plants, animals, and fungi. The main aim of the forum was to provide a timely overview of recent advances on the evolution of the Carpathian biota in the spatiotemporal context. The main topics included history and future of species range shifts, mechanisms of diversification and spatial distribution of the Carpathian biodiversity, identification and conservation of biodiversity hot spots across the Carpathian arc, and, the biogeographical relationships of the Carpathians to adjacent areas, other Eurasian mountain ranges, and the Arctic. Abstracts of presented contributions can be found in Acta Biologica Cracoviensia, series Botanica, Volume 55, Supplement 1, 2013.

Three papers of the special issue present distribution analyses that provide insights into current patterns of biodiversity in the Carpathians, their correlation with historical and environmental features, and also links with adjacent regions. Two papers focus on endemic species that are key indicators of the unique regional richness important for our understanding of biodiversity and its drivers. One study contributes to our knowledge of Holocene vegetation changes and human presence in the region through a multiproxy palaeoecological reconstruction of the relatively biologically unexplored northeastern foothills of the Carpathians. Three papers present phylogeographical/phylogenetic case studies either focused on the Carpathians or placing Carpathian populations in a wider context and using molecular tools to explore historical processes and present-day biodiversity. The special issue concludes with two papers, one of the presenting a fine-scale genetic study of bank vole populations from north of the Carpathians, and the second one present a detailed cytogeographical survey, a field with a strong tradition in Carpathian studies and recently reinvigorated by the availability of new tools such as flow cytometry. Some papers are focused to individual groups of organisms, namely vascular plants, forest land snails, cave Collembola, groundwater Copepoda, Diptera, and small mammals. 

The Second Interdisciplinary Symposium Biogeography of the Carpathians is scheduled to take place in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) on 27-30 September 2017.

Information based on: Mráz et Ronniker, 2016, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

Carpathian science (or not) related

Wolf meets lynx - Species intersect in the Carpathians

This unusual meeting of predators was recorded in the Eastern Carpathians - wolf meets lynx. Both species exist in the Carpathians, but their tenure in the ecosystem is far from being secure. See short video clip below.
Recent publications

Bugmann, H. et al., 2017. Impacts of business-as-usual management on ecosystem services in European mountain ranges under climate change. Regional Environmental Change 17, 3–16.

Wordlcover 2017
14-16 March 2017, Rome, ITALY

European Geosciences Union General Assembly
23-28 April 2017, Vienna, AUSTRIA

11th International Conference on Ecosystems and Sustainable Development

26-28 April 2017, Cádiz, SPAIN

The International Symposium “Environmental Quality and Land Use”
2-4 June 2017, Suceava, ROMANIA


ESEH Biennial Conference 2017, Natures in between. Environments in areas of contact among states, economic systems, cultures and religions
28 June - 2 July 2017, Zagreb, CROATIA

Wooded Rural Landscapes of Central and Eastern Europe: Biodiversity, Cultural Legacy and Conservation
20-22 September 2017, Rzeszów, POLAND

Second Interdisciplinary Symposium Biogeography of the Carpathians
27-30 September 2017, Cluj‐Napoca, ROMANIA

Mountains in the Changing World
1-2 October 2017, Lillafüred, HUNGARY

International Conference on Transdisciplinary Research for Sustainable Tourism Development
6-8 October 2017, Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA

Fifth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention
10-12 October 2017, Kathmandu, NEPAL

6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas
2 - 4 November 2017, Salzburg, AUSTRIA

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 May 2017. 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 (

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