Sixth World Conference on Ecological Restoration

ser2015Theme: Towards Resilient Ecosystems: Restoring the Urban, the Rural and the Wild

When: 23-27 August 2015
Where: Manchester, England

SER 2015 in Manchester aims to be the major restoration event of the year. Building on recent successful world congresses and regional meetings such as SER Europe 2013 in Finland, SER 2015 hopes to attract a large number of academics and practitioners who will share good practice and network successfully in one of the homes of the industrial revolution.

The conference will bring together more than 1,000 delegates from around the world to explore the role of ecological restoration as a means of responding to current and future causes of environmental degradation and as a tool for addressing the myriad 21st century challenges we face – environmental, economic and social. The 4-day scientific program will feature world-renowned keynote and plenary speakers, including Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), thought-provoking symposia, pre-conference training courses, field trips, and a range of concurrent sessions.

Here below is a list of selected symposia and workshops that will take place at SER 2015:

  • Ensuring adapted plant material for restoration: seed zones, climate change and insuring genetic diversity through seed increase (Nancy Shaw, US Forest Service, USA)
  • Socio-ecological resilience in restoration ecology (Steve Murphy, University of Waterloo, Canada)
  • Significance of wild vs. artificially selected genotypes, and local adaptation in seed sourcing for restoration (Julia-Maria Hermann, Chair of Restoration Ecology, Technische Universität München, Germany)
  • Using native plants for ecological restoration in urban areas – species introduction, habitat manipulation and management (Kathrin Kiehl, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
  • Securing native seed supply for broadscale restoration (Linda Broadhurst, CSIRO, Australia)
  • The shared conservation challenges and distinct restoration needs of forests and the grassy biomes (Joseph Veldman, Iowa State University, USA)
  • National and Regional Native Plant Materials Programs: Developing Collaborations and Infrastructure to Provide Locally Adapted Seed Supplies (Rob Fiegener, Institute for Applied Ecology, USA)
  • The current status, challenges and opportunities in seed production and use for grassland restoration – a global perspective (Costantino Bonomi, MUSE – Museo delle Scienze, Italy)
  • Ecoregional and Local Native Plant Materials Programs: Developing, Maintaining and Deploying Adapted Native Plant Materials (Rob Fiegener, Institute for Applied Ecology, USA)
  • Mapping Global Land Degradation, Ecosystem Function Loss and Restoration; a Major or Minor Factor in the Water, Food, Climate and Biodiversity Nexus? (Ben ten Brink, PBL-Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Netherlands)
  • Growing native plants using science and community engagement (Anthony Davis, University of Idaho, USA)
  • Optimizing Ecological Restoration for Ecosystem Service Benefits (Jonathan Walker, Moors for the Future Partnership, UK)

and many more…

For more information, visit SER 2015 Website here.