General Information

Topic:     Semi-natural grasslands across borders

The conference programme is now available (download PDF)

The 2017 Eurasian Grassland Conference will take place from 4th to 11th July 2017 in Riga, the capital of Latvia. This is the 14th annual conference of the EDGG, the organization which aims to promote exchange and collaboration between those interested in all aspects of semi-natural and natural grassland research and conservation across Palaearctic realm. The conference is intended to bring together latest research, and to link this to practical management and policy contributing to the sustainability of semi-natural and natural grasslands. Emphasis will be placed on the cases where grassland ecosystems are shared between man-made and natural geographical borders.

For the first time the conference will be jointly organised by two countries (Latvia and Lithuania), so providing an excellent opportunity to visit a range of semi-natural grasslands in Eastern Baltics. The event will be hosted by the University of Latvia, the Latvian Botanical Society and the Nature Research Centre in Lithuania.

The conference will include the following sessions:

  • Ecological, biogeographical and phytosociological boundaries

  • Grasslands on borders: environmental and agricultural policies

  • Overcoming marginality of semi-natural grasslands in agricultural landscapes

  • Networking and best practices for grassland conservation

All other topics related to semi-natural and natural grasslands are also welcome. A special issue of an ISI listed journal related to the conference is planned, to which all contributors to the conference will be invited to submit papers.

In addition to two session days, there will be four optional events: a pre-conference workshop on R programme for beginners and three excursions before, during and after the conference. Please use the Registration page to register and submit an abstract.

Important dates

  • The registration will start at the end of January
  • Early Bird registration deadline – extended to 30 April
  • Travel grant application deadline - extended to 30 April
  • Late registration deadline – extended to 10 May
  • Abstract submission deadline – extended to 10 May 2017 (travel grant applicants to 30 April 2017)
  • Information about travel grants – 15 May 2017
  • Acceptance of abstracts and type of presentation – 20 May 2017

Conference Language: English

Conference venue

Conference venue in Riga. Photo: Toms Grīnbergs, Media and Marketing Centre of the University of Latvia


Pre-conference excursion site in the Daugava River Valley with Koelerion glaucae dry grassland Pre-conference excursion site in the Dviete River Valley with Magnocaricion/Calthion vegetation
Post-conference excursion site in the Curonian Spit with dune vegetation Mid-conference excursion site in the Abava River Valley
Excursion sites. Photos: S. Rusina, V. Rasomavicius