February 4, 2022

We are happy to announce that, after a pandemic-related delay, 3rd edition of the „Biogeography of the Carpathians” Symposium will take place.

The international, interdisciplinary symposium “Biogeography of the Carpathians” was launched by our team, in collaboration with friends from other Carpathian countries, in 2013 in Kraków. The idea of this meeting was to provide a timely overview of recent advances concerning the evolution of the Carpathian biota in the spatiotemporal context, including such topics as history and future of range shifts, mechanisms of diversification and spatial distribution of the Carpathian biodiversity, identification and conservation of biodiversity hot spots across the Carpathian arch, biogeographical relationships of the Carpathians with adjacent areas, other Euroasian mountain ranges and the Arctic. Importantly, the meeting was addressed to scientists representing various research fields and applying various tools to study the biogeography and evolution of the Carpathian biota. This allowed discussions from the perspectives of various methodological approaches and proxies (e.g. phylogeographical inference, geographical range analyses, palaeobiological reconstructions, landscape ecology, ecological modeling) and biological groups (plants, animals, fungi). With this principle, the symposium could serve as an efficient platform to exchange ideas and give a boost for novel, interdisciplinary research perspectives. As a durable output, special issues presenting original papers and reviews related to the topic have followed each edition of the Symposium. Post-Symposium Special issues have so far been published in Biological Journal of the Linnean Society and in Plant Systematics and Evolution.

Following the very positive feedback from the scientific community, we had decided to maintain the symposium as a serial event coordinated by a core symposium team and organized every four years in various sites relevant to the Carpathian research. The second edition, organized by our Romanian colleagues, took place in September 2017 in Cluj-Napoca (Romania; see the related information here). The third edition, originally planned for 2021 and postponed due to pandemic restrictions, will be organized by a team led by Patrik Mráz (Charles University) in Prague on 12-14 September 2022. We hope the meeting will not be further disturbed by the pandemic-related problems and, on behalf of the organising committee, we cordially invite everybody interested in the Carpathian biogeography and biodiversity research to join!

All Symposium-related information will be successively posted and available at the Symposium web page