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Quo vaditis agriculture, forestry and society under Global Change?

International conference
2nd - 4thOctober 2017
Velké Karlovice (Czech Republic), Valachy Resort


This year, the Global Change Research Institute CAS - CzechGlobe is marking the 20th anniversary of intensive research into the concerns regarding global change, carbon cycle and ecophysiology of production processes in plants. This research began to develop at the former Institute of Landscape Ecology and later at the Institute of Systems Biology and Ecology. Since 2010, when the center of excellence CzechGlobe was established through the OP RDI, the global change research has expanded to the research into the climate development and climate modeling as well as research into the impacts of global change on the development and behavior of society.

Since the very beginning, most GCRI research activities have been linked to the participation in international projects of framework programs, thanks to which we managed to participate in the solution of the current and urgent issues related to the impending global change. Thanks to the participation in a project of 5th Framework Programme in 1997, we were able to officially put into the operation the cultivation lamellar mini-domes at the experimental station Bily Kriz. At that time they were the world's unique device enabling the cultivation of a part of a forest stand in the atmosphere of doubled CO2 concentrations and thus simulate the conditions expected, according to the forecasts on the climate development, in about 50 years. Opening the lamellar mini-domes not only was one of the impulses towards the start of a political debate in the Czech Republic about the very existence of global change and the human share in it, but it also helped to gain awareness of the issues among the general public.

In connection with this significant anniversary, we decided to organize an international scientific conference titled Quo vaditis agriculture, forestry and society under global change?“


The conference proceedings will take place in three specialized sections. Presentations can be given through lectures or posters. The abstracts of all the presentations (lectures and posters) will be published in the Book of Abstracts.

Following the conference, there will be an opportunity to publish full text papers in conference proceedings accessible at Web of ScienceTM. Conference proceedings will be distributed before December 30, 2017 in an electronic form.

The conference language is English.

The expected attendance is about 120 participants.

As part of the conference, on the morning of 3rd October 2017, we are planning an excursion to the Experimental ecological site Bílý Kříž.


Scientific committee

Michal V. Marek - chairman
Reinhart Ceulemans
Douglas Godbold
Karel Klem
Tatiana Kluvánková
Werner Kutsch
Stanisław Małek
Miroslav Trnka
Otmar Urban
David Vačkář
Vyacheslav Zelentsov


Organising committee

Mirka Šprtová - chairman
Olga Brovkina
Pavel Cudlín
Petr Horáček
Karel Klem
Michal V. Marek
Marian Pavelka
Hana Šprtová
Otmar Urban
David Vačkář


Technical suppport

Josef Andratschke
Vladimír Hebelka


The conference contributions will take place in three specialized sections:

  1. Global change and agriculture,
  2. Global change and forestry,
  3. Human dimension of global change impacts

The conference sections are mirroring the fundamental research directions of the Global Change Research Institute, which provide a strong basis for local, regional, and international scientific cooperation. In our understanding, the global change involves a wide range of biophysical, ecosystem and socio-economic components of the biosphere that alter the functioning of the Earth system on a planetary scale. This change has a strong impact on Earth’s ability to support life (from


Focuses of individual sections:

Global change and agriculture

Today's agriculture is facing probably the biggest challenge ever,  represented by  a combination of negative impacts of the ongoing climate change with the need to feed a growing population, requiring the increase of food production by 70% in 2050. In addition, climate change together with agricultural management are  to a large extent threatening the non-production functions of agriculture such as carbon sequestration and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, water retention in landscape, biodiversity conservation, nutrient cycling etc. Both production and non-production ecosystem services provided by agriculture are potentially compromised not only by long-term trends in climatic conditions, but also by their increased variability accompanied with higher frequency of weather extremes such as drought episodes, heat waves or flash floods. Therefore, this section will be primarily focused on climate change impacts on different scales from molecular or plant level to the region. Besides the evaluation of impacts, we also expect  contributions focusing on adaptation measures ensuring sustainable production under climate change.

Global change and forestry

Global change triggers the simultaneous and rapid alteration of key environmental conditions that control the dynamics of a forest ecosystem. Consideration of climate, land use, and biological diversity are the key components to understanding the forest’s response to global change. This section is expected to cover various scientific topics including:

forest ecosystem response to changes in CO2 concentration, temperature and nutrient availability; ability of different forest ecosystem types to store atmospheric carbon, quantitative remote sensing monitoring of forest biochemical parameters; monitoring of forest health indicators, forest biodiversity changes;
global change alternation and degradation of forest ecosystem services

Human dimension of the global change impact

The centre point of the potential global change mitigations is full understanding of human and natural process interactions boosting or diminishing the impacts of global change. Consequently, this section focuses on exploration of causes and consequences of how human activities and interactions within the social systems are influencing and are being influenced by global change events. The section is expected to cover, but is not purely limited to, the following areas:
human driving forces (population change, wealth/poverty level, economic structure and technology), regionally relevant climate change assessment and predictions, land use/land cover dynamics and human migration, potential human responses to global change impacts, ecosystem function/service mapping and modelling.


Instructions for the authors of presentations

The length of oral presentations: Requested lecture 30 minutes, others 20 minutes

The length of oral poster presentation: 2-3 minutes

Poster size: 80 x 100 cm


Instructions regarding the format of abstracts and manuscripts submitted

Abstracts will be published in the Book of Abstracts.


Abstract Submission Deadline: 1st September, 2017


Deadline for the submission of manuscripts: 27th October, 2017




The preliminary conference program

Monday, 2nd October 2017 – conference opening 2 p.m., lectures and poster presentations, dinner

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017 - morning excursion at EES Bílý Kříž, lunch, from 2 p.m. lectures and poster presentations, social dinner

Wednesday, 4th October 2017 - morning lectures and poster presentations, conference closing, lunch




Already confirmed keynote speakers

Reinhart Ceulemans, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Douglas Lawrence Godbold, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Christian Körner, University of Basel, Switzerland

Werner Kutsch , ESFRI ERIC ICOS, Finland

Mauro Masiero, University of Padova, Italy

Jacques Roy, CNRS, France

Kai Schwärzel, United Nations University, FLORES, Germany

Jan Urban, Charles University/Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Tomáš Václavík , Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Germany



You can register for the conference by sending a completed registration form to the following email address: Your registration will be confirmed by email.


The conference participation fee is 5,000 CZK

*Please note that when registering at a later date than 1st July we cannot guarantee accommodation in the mentioned hotels

The conference fee includes: 3x coffee break, 1x lunch (Tuesday, 3rd October), 1 social dinner (Tuesday, 3rd October), excursion to the experimental ecological site Bílý Kříž and conference materials (including proceedings). The lunch on Wednesday 4th October and dinner on Monday 2nd October is included in the price for accommodation.



The Conference fee (the fee is specified in the registration instructions) is to be sent to:

bank account: 377950233/0300

account holder: SPRTOVA Hana - ENVICO

bank address: CSOB Olomouc, Jeremenkova 1211/40B, 779 00 OLOMOUC

variable symbol: 47209232

IBAN: CZ3103000000000377950233


When making the payment, state your first name and surname into the message for recipient, so that your payment can be identified.

You will receive the payment receipt upon the registration at the conference.


Conference participants are invited to book accommodation in the Horal hotel and the Lanterna hotel where there will be capacities reserved for the event.

Conference participants can choose from the following special offers of accommodation:

Horal hotel

Horal Standard*** double room 1,550 CZK (plus VAT)

Horal Standard*** single room 2,150 CZK (plus VAT)

Horal Family room*** double room 1,750 CZK (plus VAT)

Horal Family room*** single room 2,150 CZK (plus VAT)

Horal E Standard Deluxe **** double room 1,750 CZK (plus VAT)

E Horal Standard Deluxe **** single room 2,550 CZK (plus VAT)

Horal E Suite Spa**** double room 2,550 CZK (plus VAT)

Horal E Suite Spa **** single room 3,650 CZK (plus VAT)

Horal additional bed for adults 1,235 CZK (plus VAT)


Lanterna hotel

Lanterna Standard**** double room 1,550 CZK (plus VAT)

Lanterna Standard **** single room 2,150 CZK (plus VAT)


The accommodation special price applies to a two-night stay and is listed for 1 person / per night and does not include VAT (15%).


The accommodation price includes half board (breakfast and dinner) and unlimited access to the Wellness Horal. The conference program will be held at the Horal hotel, transportation between the Horal and Lanterna hotels (3 km) will be continuously provided.

Accommodation can be booked after the registration to the conference and after its confirmation by 16th July 2017 at the following email address:

When booking, please, use the identification code "Quo vaditis".



Valachy Resort
Hotel Horal Velké Karlovice - Léskové 583
756 06 Velké Karlovice
Telephone:  +420 571 495 500


How to get there?

By car

In the direction from Prague, Brno and Ostrava taking E442 road, drive through the border crossing with the Slovak Republic called Bumbálka, 2 km after the border crossing turn right in the direction to Vsetín (road no. 487). After driving for about three kilometers, you will arrive directly at the hotel HORAL in Velké Karlovice.

In the direction from Vienna, Bratislava (SR) take the D1 highway (E75), exit at Bytča, in the direction to Makov – CR border – then take the road No. 10/E442. At about 2 km before the border crossing called Bumbálka turn left in the direction to Vsetín (road no.487). After about three kilometers you will arrive directly at the hotel HORAL in Velké Karlovice.

Hotel Horal - GPS   N 49° 22' 36''   E 018° 23' 33''

Hotel Lanterna - GPS   N 49°22'13", E 18°21'7"


By train

We recommend that you take the train from Prague main station to Ostrava main station. You can travel with Czech Railways (SC Pendolino, the journey takes about 3 hours), or with LEO Express or RegioJet – the journey takes 3 hours 20 minutes.

It is also possible to take a train from Prague to Vsetín (Czech Railways, direct train 3 hours 45 minutes).

Transportation to Velké Karlovice will be arranged from Ostrava and Vsetín upon arrival of selected trains (will be specified later).


First call

Second call





Conference Join activity: 1st WG4 meeting  COST ACTION CA15226:

CLIMATE-SMART FORESTRY IN MOUNTAIN REGIONS (CLIMO): Incentives for sustainable provision of forest ecosystem services in European mountains:  practice of existing PES schemes.
October 4-6, 2017.

WG4 meeting info