2021 Virtual Conference

Key Info

Conference Dates
08/10/21 — 10/10/21

Registration Dates
21/06/21 — 10/10/21

Abstract Submission Dates
21/06/21 — 16/08/21

Attendance Fees
Members €20.00
Non-Members €20.00

Only recently we had the hope to meet in person this year, but the ongoing uncertainties regarding the health emergency have made the decision for us: the IWSG annual conference 2021 will be held online.

The meeting will take place from the 8th until the 10th of October.

The main format of the conference will be similar to the one last year: we will use the Zoom Webinar to host the meeting and ask presenters to submit pre-recorded talks for a smooth running of the conference. Upon agreement with the presenter, the talks will also be available for rewatching for a limited time after the conference. While a virtual conference cannot replace the social aspect of a face-to-face meeting, we intend to offer more possibilities for interactions this year.


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Friday 8th Oct

afternoon                             Workshop “Water management for wet meadows under climate change

Saturday 9th Oct

10 – 11am CET                     General Annual Meeting

11:30 am CET onwards      Conference

Sunday 10th Oct

until midafternoon              Conference

Watch this space – we are currently looking into options for a social event on Friday or Saturday evening.

Water management for wet-meadows under climate change

For agricultural reasons, wet meadows were drained and consequently lost or made less attractive as breeding grounds for breeding waders. Water management for meadow breeding waders, mostly via water retention during winter, has been an efficient conservation measure. Recently, through the changing climate these areas are now facing drier springs, different wind conditions, altered precipitation and water sources dry out quicker during spring meaning they are not available anymore for waders’ offspring. Through this accelerated drying-out process, the vegetation grows up quicker, arthropods develop faster and earthworms retreat into deeper soil layers, which are all too early in the views of breeding waders. Adapted management strategies need to be addressed to allow waders to successfully raise their offspring. Irrigation systems for early spring re-wetting are necessary, as “simple” winter flooding is not sufficient anymore.

In this workshop, we would like to profit from the recent experiences of water management experts and collect solutions for the future management of wet meadows.

This workshop is organised by Yves Bötsch, Michael-Otto-Institut im NABU. A more detailed programme will be published soon. If you have further questions, please contact Yves via Email:

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