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SER Europe

Newsletter Nº 3 November 2014


SER conference 2014 success!

Conference Highlights
9th European Conference in Oulu, Finland, August 3-8 2014

We had 400 attendees from 36 countries, presenting science, EU policy, management, private companies, consultancy firms and NGOs. Over 200 oral presentations in altogether 40 sessions and almost 100 posters were presented.The specific focus of the Conference was Restoration, Ecosystem Services and Land Use Policy.The timely topic related the Conference directly to global, EU and national level policies, which aim of safeguarding biodiversity and mitigating Climate Change impacts.The discussion concerning EU target of restoring 15% of degraded ecosystems by  2020 was lively. The ecosystem service concept and the valuation efforts of ecosystem services are changing the discussion concerning land use policy and natural resource management. Ecological Restoration is seen as a crucial means to bring back the function and structure of degraded ecosystems. It was the first time for the SER European Conferences to be hosted by one of the Nordic Countries. Next to the city of Oulu,participants could also visit restoration projects in the regions, subarctic Finnish Lapland, and the northern boreal Oulanka National Park. More information on the Conference at:
Anne Tolvanen: anne.tolvanen(at)
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with REVER or “Le Réseau d’échanges et de valorisation en écologie de la Restauration” and with this REVER became an affiliated member of SER Europe. We gained many new members in France! They organize national conferences and other activities that link the French restoration community.  More information about REVER: (website in French). Elise Buisson: elise.buisson(at)
signing Memorandum of Understanding with Sébastien Gallet (REVER)
Edited by Kathrin Kiehl, Anita Kirmer, Nancy Shaw, and Sabine Tischew
Compiled after Conference on Ecological Restoration 2012! (ISBN 9781443859004)
Chair: Jordi Cortina: jordi[at]
Secretary: Agata Klimkowska:
Treasurer & webmaster & representative in SER International: Kris Decleer: kris.decleer[at]
Editing newsletter: Agata Klimkowska

Remember to renew your membership, also for chapter Europe!

Board renewal


Upcoming SER events

Board renewal
Jordi Cortina from Universidad de Alicante, Spain was elected as a new Chair. Till now he was our vice-chair. Jordi immediately got into his new tasks and presented a draft of new strategy for SER Europe.  Norbert Hölzel, who was our Chair for past 8 years, will stay in board as a member ‘At large’. Thank you very much for your hard work!
Kathrin Kiehl (Germany), Jim Harris (UK) and Camiel Aggenbach (the Netherlands) left the board, because of work obligations or simply to let some ‘new blood’ in the board. It was great to work with you and thank you for a great job you did for SERE! We hope you will continue supporting us and we count on your advice.
Also five new board members were elected: Asa L. Arodottir (Iceland), Eszter Ruprecht (Romania), Johannes Kollmann (Germany), Péter Török (Hungary) and Francis Isselin-Nondedeu (France).
Camiel, Kathrin and Jim, thank you!

Upcoming events

Workshop 2015 'Developing and using donor site registers for near-natural re-vegetation' in June, by Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Bernburg, Germany, with a support of SER-Europe. More information will follow. Contact Sabine Tischew: s.tischew[at]
6th World Conference on Ecological Restoration Towards Resilient Ecosystems: Restoring the Urban, the Rural and the Wild
23-27 August 2015 in Manchester, UK Website s already open
10th European Conference on Ecological Restoration ‘Best Practices in Ecological Restoration’ will be hosted at Freising,Germany (Technische Universität München) and organized by prof.Johannes Kollmann. Mark in your agenda 21-27 August 2016!

Other events

European Learning Network on Regions and Biodiversity 10-11 December 2014, Barcelona, Spain
Natura 2000 in action! Regional cooperation for implementing the Natura 2000 network.Third Annual Conference . See more at
12th EUROPEAN DRY GRASSLAND MEETING (EDGM) 22-27 May 2015, Mainz, Germany
From Population Biology to Community Ecology
Organized by: the European Dry Grassland Group
Deadline for abstracts is planned for February 2015.
Introduction of new board members
Prof. Dr. Ása L. Aradóttir (Agricultural University of Iceland): My work focuses on ecological restoration in Iceland, which has some most severely degraded geographic areas in Europe. My research deals with restoration of severely degraded land, effects of restoration on ecological succession, ecosystem services, and soil. I am involved in large Nordic projects: ReNo &EvRest
Dr. Eszter Ruprecht (Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca,  Romania): In my research I focus on plant ecology and mechanisms behind vegetation transformations induced by land-use changes in grasslands. Within SER Europe I will represent Eastern-Europe and will try to involve scientists from this region in Restoration Ecology and in the activities of SER.
Prof. Dr. Johannes Kollmann (Restoration Ecology, Technische Universität München, Germany): My research and teaching focuses on the restoration of ecosystems destroyed by human activities. In particular, my group investigates semi-natural reference systems, criteria for selecting plants for restoration purposes, plant-animal interactions, invasive alien species and the long-term monitoring of restored systems.
Dr. Péter Török (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Research Group, University of Debrecen, Hungary): My research interest covers the conservation and restoration of grassland biodiversity in temperate zone. I study the use of various restoration techniques in grassland restoration. In the board I'd like to work to improve the visibility and recognition of SERE via the electronic media and establishing good work contacts with other international organizations.
Dr. Francis Isselin-Nondedeu (Landscape, Environmental & Urban Planning, Ecole Polytechnique de l’Université François Rabelais, Tours, France): My research fields are plant community ecology, restoration ecology and land-use management. The main objective is to understand the functioning of the natural systems, at different scales,and their inter-relationships with the human society, in order to manage, preserve or restore biodiversity. •
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