17th International Symposium Nitra 2015


Institute of Landscape Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences

Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra

Slovak Ecological Society by the Slovak Academy of Sciences

International Symposium

27 – 29 May, 2015

Nitra, Slovakia

Symposium was attended by 128 participants from 21 countries of Europe, America and Asia (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, India, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the Russian Federation, Serbia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the U.S.A., Ukraine and the United Kingdom).

Symposium photos (click to view and download)


Topics / Sections / Workshop

1. Theoretical issues of landscape ecology: current concepts and trends

Invited lecture: “Current concepts and trends in establishing Landscape Observatories at national

and continental scales” by Prof. Felix Kienast – President IALE International (Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland)


2. Methods in landscape research

Invited lecture: “Post-industrial landscape: its identification, typology and value”

by Assoc. Prof. Jaromír Kolejka (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)

3. Landscape and ecosystem services: concepts and applications

Invited lecture:

– “Ecosystem and landscape services – development and challenges of disputed concepts” by Dr. Olaf Bastian (State Capital of Dresden, Environmental Authority, Germany);

– (Dr. Joachim Maes cancelled his presentation due to a major obligation received)


4. Landscape governance and management

Invited lecture: Ms. Pavlína Mišíková (Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic) cancelled

her presentation „Landscape and Policy. Time for Change“ due to unexpected circumstances

5. Environmental awareness and education in landscape ecology

Invited lecture: “Landscape conversations. Getting involved with local people and their landscapes“

by Prof. Hannes Palang (Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University, Estonia)


Workshop: Ecosystem Services in Changing Landscapes: How to assess tradeoffs and land use options?

Chairs: Dr. Sandra S. Luque (IRSTEA – National Research Institute of Science and

Technology for Environment and Agriculture, France/

University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK)

Dr. Peter Bezák (Institute of Landscape Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences,


Find the introduction here.


Presented contributions for download (in a new window)


Abstracts and Proceedings

Language of the Symposium and proceedings is English.


Publication of abstracts and full papers will be possible only for an author with valid registration. The Scientific Board reserves the right to accept the contributions for oral or poster presentation and publication within the due deadline. Participants will be offered a possibility to publish full texts of papers and posters presented at the Symposium in a peer-reviewed book of proceedings. Its first volume will contain selected contributions and will be applied for indexing in the Web of Science (Thomson-Reuters).

Book of abstracts for download:



Book of proceedings for download:


Scientific Board

Prof. Emer. Milan Ružička (honorary member) – Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra,

Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences – Slovakia

Dr. Zita Izakovičová – Institute of Landscape Ecology, SAS – Slovakia

Prof. Juraj Hreško – Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Department of Ecology

and Environmental Sciences – Slovakia

Dr. Olaf Bastian – State Capital of Dresden, Environmental Authority – Germany

Dr. Slávka Gałaś – Academy Górniczo-Hutnicza im. Stanisława Staszica, Department Analiz

Środowiskowych, Kartografii i Geologii Gospodarczej, Kraków – Poland

Prof. Felix Kienast – Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf – Switzerland

Assoc. Prof. Jaromír Kolejka – Masaryk University, Faculty of Education, Department of

Geography, Brno – Czech Republic

Prof. Dénes Lóczy – University of Pecs, Institute of Geography – Hungary

Dr. Sandra Luque – National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment

and Agriculture – France

Assoc. Prof. Bas Pedroli – Wageningen University, Land Use Planning Group, Wageningen

– the Netherlands

Prof. Wolfgang Sulzer – Karl Franzens University Graz, Institute for Geography and Regional

Sciences – Austria


Organising Committee and contacts

ILE SAS: Dr. Andrej Bača (Committee Chair), Dr. Jana Borovská (Deputy Chair), Assoc. Prof.

Martin Boltižiar, Dr. Ľuboš Halada, Dr. Peter Bezák, Dr. Peter Gajdoš

CPU: Dr. Regina Mišovičová (Deputy Chair), Prof. Juraj Hreško, Prof. František Petrovič, Dr. Filip



Institute of Landscape Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences – branch Nitra

Akademická 2, POB 22

949 10, Nitra

Slovak Republic

website: www.uke.sav.sk/symposium2015

e-mail: ilesymposium2015(at)savba.sk

Dr. Andrej Bača (Organising Committee Chair) – tel. 00421 2 2092 0350
Dr. Jana Borovská (Deputy Chair) – tel. 00421 2 2092 0368





The Symposium will take place at the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

Address: Trieda A. Hlinku 1, 949 74, Nitra, Slovak Republic (N 48.308239, E 18.091289)

(approx. 90 km from Bratislava).


Symposium programme


26 May 2015 (Tue) – start of registration at the venue
27-29 May 2015 (Wed-Fri) – registration, oral presentations and poster sessions, workshops; sightseeing in Nitra (sites on the castle hill) and Symposium dinner on 28 May; overview programme and the map for download: Symp2015_overview_programme.xlsx
30 May 2015 (Sat) – post-symposium excursion:

The Mlyňany Arboretum
Castle of Topoľčianky with museum
– free programme in Topoľčianky