PopBio2017 Halle Germany




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Welcome to the 30th Conference of the Plant Population Biology Section of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ), which will be held in Halle/Saale, Germany, from 18th to 20th May 2017. PopBio 2017 will be hosted by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).

Please note that the selected date deviates from our longstanding tradition and does not take place during Ascension Day plus the following two days but one week earlier, from Thursday, 18th to Saturday, 20th May 2017.

PopBio is the annual international meeting for people working in the field of plant population biology and ecology. This years motto is “Population Biology in a Changing World” which will be tackled in five subfields: demography, population and evolutionary genetics, pollination, mechanisms of invasions and plant-pathogen and plant-herbivore interactions, for which international leading experts will give key note lectures. We expect that the conference will define the state of the art in plant population ecology, set the research agenda for the next years and give insights into novel tools to empower in particular young scientists to analyse population-ecological data.

We will have two and a half days of exciting presentations. An informal conference dinner will be offered on Friday. On Saturday afternoon, you can join the excursion to the Global Change Experimental Facility, GCEF, or to continental dry grasslands with unique flora on porphyry outcrops near Halle.



Roberto Salguero-Gómez |  Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, The University of Sheffield, UK

Life history currencies shape plant population performance worldwide

Erin Mordecai | Department of Biology, Stanford University, USA

Impact of pathogens on plant species diversity in grassland communities

Jeff Ollerton | Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, University of Northampton

The macroecology of wind and animal pollination

Steve Keller |  Department of Plant Biology at the University of Vermont, USA

Climate adaptation past, present, and future: new insights from combining genomics and spatial modeling in forest trees

Jane Catford | Centre for Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, UK

Using community ecology to understand invasive species and their impacts


We are very happy to invite you to Halle and are looking forward to your visit!

The PopBio 2017 organization committee

Harald Auge, Helge Bruehlheide, Walter Durka, Isabell Hensen, Tiffany Knight, Susanne Lachmuth, and Stefan Michalski

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