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The final dates for the 6th Forum Carpaticum are 21-25 June, 2021.

The format of the conference will be adapted to the Covid-19 situation at the time, but we will be preparing for a hybrid meeting with both physical and virtual participants.
The plan for the conference remains the same for now: 21st meeting with the stakeholders, 23rd – excursions.
We will issue again the call for abstracts, sessions and workshop proposals in the autumn, but it is OK for the participants to resubmit the same proposals and abstracts if they wish.

The Global Change Research Institute of the Czech Academy of Science and the Mendel University in Brno in cooperation with

the Science for Carpathians and the Institute of Landscape Ecology of SAS, the Centre for Ecological Research in Budapest, the University of Vermont, the Pedagogical University of Krakow, the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, the University of Bucharest, and the Ukrainian National Forestry University cordially invite your participation in:

An international scientific conference
the Environmental, Political and Societal Aspects for
Carpathian Sustainability

The Forum Carpaticum is an open meeting of the Science for the Carpathians (S4C) initiative. S4C – Science for the Carpathians – connects scientists in Central Europe, defines research priorities for the region, provides applicable findings for the politics of the region and enhances international collaboration with partners from outside the Carpathians.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held from 22nd June to 26th June, 2020, in the Conference centre of Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic.

Conference goals

  • Push the forefront of Carpathian research on climate, ecological processes, nature conservation, sustainable use of natural resources, human-environment interactions, education for sustainable development
  • Provide researchers and stakeholders with a space for exchanging ideas and research results, fostering dialogue between research, policy and practice to make the Carpathians more sustainable
  • Promote new inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary collaborations, establish links between S4C, local and regional authorities and various stakeholders involved in environmental management

Conference topics (including, but not restricted to)

  • Assessment of climate change vulnerabilities of forest and agricultural sectors and their dependency from adaptation opportunities and climate change mitigation
  • How can the concepts of Bio & Circular-Economy contribute to the sustainable use of natural resources in the Carpathians?
  • Can biodiversity loss effect the sufficient provision of ecosystem services in the Carpathians?
  • Rural urban relationships, connectivity of urban greenness with the peripheral zones
  • Conservation science and practical policy measures to promote the sustainable transformation process of the Carpathians
  • Carpathian waters
  • Advances in earth observations for sustainable development
  • Traditional land management, rural development, smart & sustainable planing , social innovation, sustainable tourism development
  • Historical human-environment interactions in the Carpathians, damages from environmental crime and their contemporary effects
  • Spatial justice, services of general interest and governance
  • Education for the sustainable Carpathians – the milestone for the present and future of the Carpathians

Call for Sessions and Workshops

Participants are invited to submit proposals for sessions or workshops in line with the conference goals and topics, containing the title, short description and the title of introduction lecture. Session and workshops will last for two hours and the sessions will include up to six oral presentations. Select sessions or their parts can be devoted to alternative forms of presentation, such as flash talks. It is recommended to devote sufficient time to the discussion. The session leaders are also obliged to review abstracts, select presentations, and prepare short report from session.

For session proposal we need:
  1. Conveners
  2. Session title
  3. Session description
  4. The title of the presentation of the convener (proposer)
For workshop proposals we need:
  1. Conveners
  2. Workshop title
  3. Workshop description (workshop format)
  4. Minimum and maximum number of supposed participants
  5. Duration

Call for abstracts (for oral presentations and posters)

Participants are invited to submit abstracts of papers and posters related to the themes of the Conference. The abstract must be written in English. To submit an abstract please follow this procedure and make use of the template on the conference website: DOCUMENTS.

Proposal for Assorting Sessions

Vulnerabilities of natural resources

Archives, data and modelling for the sustainable use of natural resources

Societal aspects for Carpathian sustainability – Human-environment interactions

Developing better policies


Please send the abstract by email to Radek Plch (

Instructions for Presenters

The maximal number of presentations per registered participant is 1 oral + 1 poster. We expect that for oral presentations the allotted time will be 15 minutes maximum + 5 minutes for discussion. In case of flash talks, speakers will have 3 minutes in total.

Please prepare your presentation in .ppt, .pptx (Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003-2017 format) or .pdf file in advance of the conference. Please note that using your own notebook is not recommended.

A flash talk is a short presentation lasting only three minutes, including two slides in which speakers present a scientific concept or idea in a manner understandable across a range of disciplines, while also encouraging the audience to visit  the poster session.

Posters should be prepared for standard STANDING (PORTRAIT) A0 size (84 x 119 cm – 1 sqm).

Publication options

Abstract Proceedings will be provided to the participants on the conference website. The Organizing Committee will try to find the appropriate publishing opportunities for all oral presentations and posters in special issues of scientific journals (e.g. MDPI journals as the Sustainability with link

Official language of the conference will be English.

Time Frame

9th January 2020Registration, session proposals and abstract submission opens
9th February 2020extend to 23rd February 2020Session proposals deadline
7th March 2020extend to 29th March 2020Abstract submission deadline
5th April 2020extend to 19th April 2020Notification of abstract acceptance and announcement about oral and poster presentations
30th April 2020extend to 3rd May 2020Early bird registration fee deadline
30th May 2020Standard registration fee deadline
19th June 2020Latest Registration deadline and higher registration fee deadline


The online registration form and all current information on registration fees and payment are provided on the conference website: REGISTRATION


Near the conference venue in Brno there are many accommodation options. Therefore, conference participants are asked to reserve accommodations for themselves.
The list of some recommended hotels:
SONO Hotel:

Field Trips

Field trip 1 – Northern part of the Protected Landscape Area Bílé Karpaty (with the intention of near natural management of forests)
Field trip 2 – Southern part of the Protected Landscape Area Bílé Karpaty (with the intention of protection and management of near natural meadows)

Scientific Committee

Pavel Cudlin, Global Change Research Institute CAS CR
Astrid Björnsen Gurung, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest
Yurij Bihun, University of Vermont
Lubos Halada, Institute of Landscape Ecology SAS
Christian Hoffmann, Eurac Research
Dominik Kaim, Jagiellonian University
William Keeton, University of Vermont
Ivan Kruhlov, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
Elena Matei, Bucharest University
Katalin Mázsa, Centre for Ecological Research
Marcel Mindrescu, Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava
Tamara Mitrofanenko, Secretariat of the CC/BOKU
Catalina Monteanu, Humboldt University of Berlin
Maria Nijnik, The James Hutton Institute
Péter Ódor, Centre for Ecological Research
Katarzyna Ostapowicz, Jagiellonian University
Márta Vetier, Central European University
Joanna Zawiejska, Pedagogical University of Cracow

Local Organising Committee

Pavel Cudlin, Global Change Research Institute CAS CR;; mobil: 420 604 272 215
Radek Plch, Global Change Research Institute CAS CR;
Hana Šprtová, Global Change Research Institute CAS CR;
Miroslava Šprtová, Global Change Research Institute CAS CR
Tomáš Žid, Mendel University in Brno

The conference is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.