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2017 Prague, Czech Republic

Key Info

Conference Dates
15/09/17 — 18/09/17

The conference is organised by members of Czech Wader Study Group and staff University of Life Sciences in Prague staff.

If you need anything, don’t hesitate to contact main organizers via e-mail: iwsg.conference@gmail.com

 

Location

The venue is located in the campus of the University of Life Sciences in Prague (N 50.130249, E 14.373349). The place is on the North-Eastern edge of Czech capital, but it offers very calm and friendly environment for the conference. Moreover, there is a perfect traffic reachability to the airport, city center, or the Prague ZOO.

Campus itself facilitate several pubs, large accommodation capacities and everything what conference needs including modern auditoriums and sufficient space for social life of the IWSG community. In the case of sunny autumn days, the place is good for walks and relaxing in the parks of the campus too.

Flights

Fly to the Vaclav Havel Airport Prague. From the Airport, use public transport. Way to the venue takes about 45 minutes and it costs approximately 1.3 EUR (tickets is possible to buy in the automatic machines at the bus stops, or via sms – depicted at the bus station). Easiest way is usage of the bus line number 119 to the Nádraží Veleslavín station. Then change to the underground and continue to the Dejvická station (direction to Depo Hostivař). Alternatively you can use bus number 119 only to Divoká Šárka station and then use tram number 20 or 26 going down to Dejvická station with first glimpse of Prague and surrounding. At Dejvická station change to the bus again, and use bus line number 107 or 147 going to the Zemědělská Univerzita station. Campus begins just beside this stop and conference signs will start from this point. Alternatively you can use taxi.

Grasslands of Prague airport represent the last breeding place of Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) in the whole Czech Republic.

Maps of these transfers will be provided with the pre-conference information during the summer.

Trains and buses

To travel from many European countries, you can also use a train or international buses (e.g. Regiojet – this is very cheap option https://www.regiojet.com/en/). Both alternatives do take not more than 45 minutes of additional traveling through Prague.

By train, you will arrive probably to the Prague main station “Praha hlavní nádraží”. From this place you should use an underground (line “C” or “red line”) to move one station to the Muzeum station, where you have to change to the green line (or line “A”) and continue to the Dejvická station. There you will take the bus number 107 or 147, and continue right into the “Zemědělská univerzita” station, the conference venue.

By bus, you will most probably arrive to the Florenc station (in case of another final stop, please contact us, and we will help you with appropriate way to the conference venue). From the Florenc use the yellow line (line “B”) of the underground to the “Můstek” station, or red line (line “C”) to the “Muzeum” station, and then switched to the green line (line “A”), and continue to the “Dejvická” station. Then take bus line 107 or 147 to the “Zemědělská univerzita” station, the conference venue.

Car
You can also arrive by car, there is a possibility of parking directly in the campus.

The cheaper alternative of accommodation, hopefully sufficient for most of delegates will take place in student’s dormitories, placed directly in the university campus. All rooms are two-beds, whereas toilets and showers are mostly shared by two neighboring rooms (but see specification of concrete accommodation categories). More luxury, but also more expensive alternative is hotel “Galaxie” (http://www.hotelgalaxie.cz/cs), placed no more than 200 meters from the Campus. For those, who would like to enjoy the stay in the Prague for longer period, there exists possibility to use these accommodation capacities also for some other nights after the conference. If you are interested in this option, try to book conference and accommodation as soon as possible, please!

Thursday 14th September     Delegates arrival (pm)
Friday 15th September           Workshop(s)
Sarturday 16th September    AGM, Conference presentations, social evening
Sunday 17th September         Conference presentations, conference close
Monday 18th September       Excursions (all day)

Excursion 1

Rozkoš a dále „The pleasure and beyond“

Rozkoš excursion will show us that even in the inland country you can meet quite wide variety of shorebirds. We will visit Rozkoš reservoar, the best wader locality in CZ and Milovice – old military area with Aurochs and Eurasion Bisons and wild horses.
Rozkoš reservoar is one of the largerst water bodies within the country situated near Jaroměř in East Bohemia, 1.5 hour drive from Prague.

Excursion 2

České Budějovice Basin

České Budějovice basin is placed in the Southern Bohemia. It hosts one of the most preserved rural landscapes in the Czech Republic, including great pond systems! Although that big areas of natural habitats, as wet meadows were during last decades degraded and fragmented, this piece of land still attracts many interesting bird species, as well as birdwatchers. It is a last regular breeding site of the Black-tailed Godwit in whole Czech Republic. Apart from waders, this district hosts breeding Eurasian Spoonbills, Little Egrets, White-tailed Eagles, and in 2016 even the Cattle Egrets.

During our excursion we will visit ponds and other habitats, selected by up to date presence of shorebird and/or waterbird species. You will hopefully see a lot of migrating shorebirds, ducks, and other bird species. Moreover, we would like to present you localities with implemented Agro-Environmental program adjusted exactly for breeding of the Norther Lapwing, and other forms of the conservational management. We hope, that you will enjoy birds, as well as genius loci of this traditional rural piece of land!

Excursion 3

Prague ZOO.

Excursion 4

Nature walk beyond Prague.

Excursion 5

Prague city.