First Circular

30th Conference of the European Vegetation Survey: Plant communities in changing environment
May 9 – 13, 2022, Bratislava (Slovakia)

Dear colleagues, dear friends,

On behalf of the local organizing committee, we are pleased to invite you to the 30th Conference of the European Vegetation Survey (IAVS Working Group), which will be held on May 9 – 13, 2022 in Bratislava (Slovakia). The venue will be Hotel Saffron (

The main topic of the meeting will be the hot issue humanity is facing,
Plant communities in changing environment.

The conference will bring together international and national researchers from scientific and educational institutions, nature conservationists, and landscape managers to explore, share and discuss new knowledge, research topics, results, opportunities, and strengths related to European biodiversity strategy to protect nature and reverse the degradation of ecosystems.

To learn more about the scientific and social program, as well as the excursions, please visit the conference website at, which will be launched on December 1st, 2021.

The program will include both oral and poster presentations. Not only professional researchers but also young scientists and students are warmly welcome. Students and young scientists can participate in the competition for the best presentations, and prizes will be awarded at the social dinner.

Thanks to the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS), the members may apply for financial support to participate in this annual meeting. The Global Sponsorship Committee of IAVS will work with the local organizing committee to set criteria and administer the application process. Information about how to apply will be available on the meeting website.

Program of the Conference

Monday, May 9th

6pm – 10pm: Registration, Welcome drink

Tuesday, May 10th

9am – 6pm: Registration, Opening Ceremony, Presentations

Wednesday, May 11th

9am – 6pm: Presentations, EVS Business meeting

Thursday, May 12th

9am – 6pm: Presentations, Closing Ceremony

7pm – 4 am: Social dinner

Friday, May 13th

Field excursions (4 options):

a) Riparian plant communities along the Danube River (led by Mária Šibíková and Ivan Jarolímek).

b) Steppes and thermophilous forests of the south-western part of the Little Carpathians at the confluence of the Morava and Danube Rivers (led by Katarína Vantarová, Iveta Škodová and Iva Hodálová).

c) Dry calcareous grasslands of the Tematínske vrchy: conservation and restoration (led by Monika Janišová and Daniela Dúbravková).

d) Sand kingdom of the Záhorie lowland (led by Milan Valachovič and Pavol Mereďa).


Fees includeEarly registrationLate registration
IAVS memberscoffee-breaks190 €220 €
Non IAVS memberslunches210 €240 €
Students IAVS membersconference package160 €190 €
Students non IAVS members(T-shirt, bag, book of abstracts…)180 €210 €
Accompanying personscoffee-breaks, lunches90 €90 €
Excursiontransport, lunch50 €50 €
Social dinnerdinner60 €60 €

Important dates

Deadline for financial support applications: February 15th, 2022

Deadline for registration and fee payment (early): February 28th, 2022

Deadline for registration and fee payment (late): April 15th, 2022

Deadline for Abstract submission: March 15th, 2022

Decisions about presentation acceptance: March 31st, 2022

Program: April 30th, 2022

In the case of an unsuitable pandemic situation and meeting cancellation, the fees will be returned to the participants (except for bank handling charges).

Financial support

If you need financial support from IAVS to participate at the EVS Conference, please fill in the financial support form in addition to the registration form by the end of December 2021. A motivation letter explaining the need to attend the EVS Conference, with an approximate amount of requested support (in Euros), and an explanation of what expenses are needed to be covered (travel, conference fee, accommodation, or any combination of these) will be necessary. Please state clearly that you have no or only partial financial support from your institution for attending the EVS Conference. Add a preliminary abstract of your talk or poster and a brief CV. Only IAVS members can apply for this support.


The organizers of the meeting do not provide booking services for the accommodations of the participants. However, a 15 – 25 % discount will be provided when making the reservation in the Hotel Saffron, and additional discounts linked to other accommodation facilities will be released later.

Useful links

On behalf of the organizing committee (Plant Science & Biodiversity Center, Slovak Academy of Sciences)

Jozef Šibík, Mária Šibíková, Milan Valachovič, Ivan Jarolímek, Iveta Škodová, Monika Janišová, Katarína Vantarová, Daniela Dúbravková, Jana Májeková and others

Scientific Committee:

  • Fabio Attorre, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
  • Idoia Biurrun, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain.
  • Milan Chytrý, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.
  • Anna Kuzemko, M.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine.
  • Joop Schaminée, Wageningen Environmental Research, Wageningen, the Netherlands
  • Emiliano Agrillo, Italian Institute of Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), Rome, Italy