Training Course "Impact of invasive alien species on biodiversity and ecosystem services in extreme environments"
The Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (IBER-BAS) will host a training course "Impact of invasive alien species on biodiversity and ecosystem services in extreme environments" on 03-04 April 2017, in Sofia.
The training course has been jointly organised by IBER-BAS, Reykjavik University, Iceland, East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species (ESENIAS), and Danube Region Invasive Alien Species Network (DIAS), and funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014, Programme BG03 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, under the project: East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species – A tool to support the management of alien species in Bulgaria (ESENIAS-TOOLS), D-33-51/30.06.2015.
The aims of the course are as follows:
- Capacity building and increasing awareness on IAS impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services in extreme environments among young scientists and PhD students from Bulgaria and the ESENIAS countries;
- Imparting basic skills and competencies on IAS, its related terminology, the relevant international regulatory framework, networks, projects and information systems;
- Networking and cooperation among scientists in the ESENIAS region.
To apply, please submit a filled application form with a short motivation to the Programme committee at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The training course announcement, preliminary programme and information about the invited lecturers may be found here
The application form may be downloaded here
For further information, please visit the ESENIAS webpage
10th Anniversary "Seminar of Ecology – 2017" with International Participation
Section "Biology" of the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria and the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS kindly invite you to attend the 10th Anniversary "Seminar of Ecology – 2017" with International Participation
. The event will be held on 27-28 April 2017
at IBER-BAS, 2 Gagarin Street, Sofia.
The invitation and the registration form can be downloaded here
Deadline of registration and the abstracts submittion: 24 March 2017.
Opening of a permanent exhibition on Invasive Alien Species within the ESENIAS-TOOLS project
At 2.00 pm on 26 January 2017
, in the Leventis Hall of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, a permanent exhibition devoted to the invasive alien species will be opened. Those species are considered as one of the greatest threats to biodiversity alongside climate change and habitat destruction.
The preparation of this exhibition is one of the goals under project: East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species – A tool to support the management of alien species in Bulgaria (ESENIAS-TOOLS), D-33-51/30.06.2015, funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014, within the frame of Programme BG03 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
The exhibition has been arranged jointly by IBER and NMNH and its main aim is to inform the public about the threats to biodiversity and ecosystem functions, which are posed by the introduction and spread of alien species in the territory of Bulgaria and Europe as a whole.
further information about this event and its schedule.
7th ESENIAS Workshop with Scientific Conference
The Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (IBER) will host the 7th ESENIAS Workshop with Scientific Conference entitled: Networking and regional cooperation towards Invasive Alien Species Prevention and Management in Europe
, which will be held on 28-30 March 2017
, in Sofia, Bulgaria.
In recent years, IBER has been working activily on issues related to invasive alien species (IAS). The Institute is a founder and leading organisation of two European regional networks: East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species (ESENIAS) and Danube Region Invasive Alien Species Network (DIAS), of which a total of 20 countries are currently members. The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for presentation of multidisciplinary research activities on various topics related to IAS, highlighting the importance of regional cooperation in finding solutions at the national, regional and European levels.
The topics to be covered at the conference are as follows:
- Invasive alien species traits and trends
- Vectors and pathways for invasive alien species introductions
- The Danube River as invasive alien species corridor
- Invasive alien species impact
- Invasive alien species prevention and management
The conference is funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014, Programme BG03 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, under the project: East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species – A tool to support the management of alien species in Bulgaria (ESENIAS-TOOLS), D-33-51/30.06.2015.
The conference announcement may be found here
Please visit the webpage
of ESENIAS for further and more detailed information.
CALL FOR ASSOCIATE PARTNER PROPOSALS
Institute of Oceanology – Bulgarian Academy of Science, Varna
is opening a procedure for selecting associated partners for the project proposal for "Sustainable Management of the Marine Environment and it’s Resources - SUMMON"
, funded by the Operational Programme "Science and Education for Smart Growth" 2014-2020 (OP SESG),
Priority Axis 1. Research and technological development, procedure title: Creation and development of Centers of Excellence, Specific Objective 1. Enhancing excellent and market-oriented research.
For the purpose of this call, associated partner means: all natural persons and legal entities and consortia thereof constituting an interested party with regard to the project implementation and involved in the implementation of the project activities but which do not spend grant funding. Eligible associated partners under the procedure will be legal entities supporting the project implementation.
School of ornithology and nature conservation
Bulgarian Ornithological Centre (IBER-BAS) is organising a School of Ornithology and Nature Conservation, following a 29-year tradition. This educational program is free of charge.
The lectures will be held every Tuesday at 18:30 at the Мeeting hall of the National Museum of Natural History - BAS (joint building with Base 2 of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research - BAS, 1 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., 1000 Sofia).
Lecturer: Dr Boris Nikolov.
The first lecture will be on 18 October 2016.
/Bulgarian Ornithological Centre, IBER-BAS, 15.10.2016/
Third International Conference "Malaria and related Haemosporidian parasites in wildlife", 27–29 September 2016, Arbanasi, Bulgaria
Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research was host of Third international conference "Malaria and related Haemosporidian parasites in wildlife", 27–29 September 2016, Arbanasi, Bulgaria.Organizers:
- Prof. Pavel Zehtindjiev, Dr. Mihaela Ilieva, Dr. Dimitar Dimitrov, Dr. Aneliya Bobeva, Mr. Martin Marinov, Ms. Karina Ivanova, Mr. Strahil Peev (Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)
- Prof. Abdullah Inci, Prof. Alparslan Yildirim, Mr. Arif Ciloglu (Erciyes University, Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases Implementation and Research Center Kayseri, Turkey)
- Prof. Staffan Bensch, Department of Biology Lund University, Sweden
- Prof. Pavel Zehtindjiev, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
- Prof. Gediminas Valkiūnas, Dr. Vaidas Palinauskas, Nature Research Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
- Dr. Ravinder Sehgal, Department of Biology San Francisco State University, USA
State of the art in Haemosporidian parasite genetics, phylogeny, ecology and interactions with wildlife around the globe. Studies from North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe were presented by 45 participants from 17 countries in 32 oral presentations and 12 posters. The program of the conference with abstracts of the presented research is available here
The best award for the organizers are words of acknowledgments of all participants in the end of the conference summarized by Curators' Professor of Biology at the University of Missouri, St. Louis Robert Eric Ricklefs "This was a great success, and the entire community is grateful to you for taking on the responsibility on such short notice".
Photos: 1) Salutations from Arbanasi for our Turkish colleagues who organized conference in Cappadocia, but were able to participate in relocated venue only by Skype; 2) Participants in the 3th International conference Malaria and related Haemosporidian parasites in wildlife 27–29 September, Arbanasi, Bulgaria.
/Prof. P. Zehtindjiev, IBER-BAS, 07.10.2016 г./
International Summer School "Advanced methods and new integrated approaches to study soil processes in mountain ecosystems"
The Italian Society of Soil Science (SISS) and the COST ACTION project "Enhancing the Resilience Capacity of Sensitive Mountain Forest Ecosystems under Environmental Change (SENSFOR
)" are pleased to announce the Joint International Summer School "Advanced methods and new integrated approaches to study soil processes in mountain ecosystems"
. The event will be held on 26-30 June 2016 at the Alpine Study Center in Pieve Tesino (Trento, Italy)
is a COST Action started in 2012, and is investigating the drivers and extent of contemporary and future environmental changes in European mountain forests, developing methods for estimating their resilience and define consequences for society.
The summer school will focus on soil properties to study, as integrated approach, soil processes in mountain ecosystems. The school is devoted to PhD students and young researchers interested to know innovative methods to study in a wider meaning. Discussion among lectures and students will be encouraged to promote their full involvement in order to have a complete vision of soil as a key component of forest
ecosystem.First announcementAplication form
/IBER-BAS, 08.02.2016 г./
Seminar of Ecology with International Participation - 2016
Section "Biology" of the Union of Scientists and the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBER-BAS) are pleased to announce "Seminar of Ecology - 2016"
with International Participation. The event will be held on 21 - 22 April 2016 at IBER-BAS, 2 Gagarin Street
, Sofia.Main scientific topics:
- Biodiversity and conservation biology.
- Biotic and abiotic impact on the living nature and mechanisms of adaptation.
- Ecosistem research, services and ecological agriculture.
- Landscape ecology.
- Ecology and education.
- Other related topics.
The First announcement and the registration form can be downloaded here
/IBER-BAS, 08.02.2016 г./
6th ESENIAS Workshop: ESENIAS-TOOLS Kick-Off Meeting
The Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBER-BAS) is organiser of the 6th ESENIAS Workshop: East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species – A tool to support the management of alien species in Bulgaria (ESENIAS-TOOLS); ESENIAS-TOOLS Kick-Off Meeting. The workshop will be held on 27th October 2015, at the Conference Hall of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1, 15th November Str., Sofia, Bulgaria.
The workshop has been supported by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014, Programme BG03 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, under the newly launched project: East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species – A tool to support the management of alien species in Bulgaria (ESENIAS-TOOLS), Д-33-51/30.06.2015.
The 6th ESENIAS workshop and ESENIAS-TOOLS project kick-off meeting will bring together scientists, stakeholders and authorities from Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Kosovo, R. Macedonia Romania, Serbia, Turkey, and UK, to:
- Share information on invasive alien species (IAS) related initiatives carried out at regional level, such as national and local monitoring schemes, risk assessments, control and eradication projects, management plans and national strategies, citizens activities and responsibilities;
- Discuss ESENIAS-TOOLS project working plan, tasks and activities, and expected results within different working groups;
- Seek further opportunities for cooperation and networking on IAS in the region and collaboration with other networks and projects, such as the European Alien Species Information Network (EASIN).
/IBER-BAS, 22.10.2015 г./
New projects of IBER-BAS funded by Norwegian Financial Mechanism
During the last few months a few teams of scientists from IBER-BAS successfully participated in the Programme BG03 "Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services", Call BG03.02 "Ecosystems mapping and assessment". Seven proposals were contracted and will be funded under the Programme BG03 in Bulgaria in the frame of Financial Mechanism of European Economic Area (EES, Norwegian Financial Mechanism). The titles, acronyms and the duration of the projects are presented bellow:
- ESENIAS-TOOLS: East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species – a tool to support the management of alien species in Bulgaria (June 2015 - April 2016). Project coordinator: Assistent Teodora Trichkova
- WEMA: Wetland Ecosystem services Mapping and Assessment in Bulgaria (September 2015 - April 2016). Project coordinator: Chief Assistant Nevena Ivanova
- FEMA: Freshwater Ecosystem services Mapping and Assessment in Bulgaria (September 2015 - April 2016). Project coordinator: Professor Yordan Uzunov
- GRASSLAND: Assessment and mapping of GRASSLAND ecosystems condition and their services in Bulgaria (September 2015 - April 2016). Project coordinator: Professor Iva Apostolova
- SPA-Ecoservices: Mapping and assessment of sparsely vegetated land ecosystem services in Bulgaria (September 2015 – April 2016). Project coordinator: Professor Svetlana Bancheva
/IBER-BAS, 21.10.2015 г./
Programme of the International Scientific Forum "TERRA MADRE BULGARIA"
TERRA MADRE BULGARIA
will take place for the first time in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 23-25 October, 2015
. The forum is a platform of academics, local rural communities, small-scale farmers and food producers. The event is organized within the project ESSEDRA (Environmentally Sustainable Socioeconomic Development of Rural Areas), managed by Slow Food International
The final programme of the event can be downloaded here.
School of ornithology and nature conservation
Bulgarian Ornithological Centre (IBER-BAS) is organising a School of Ornithology and Nature Conservation, following a 28-year tradition. This educational program is free of charge. The lectures will be held every Tuesday at 18:30 at the meeting hall of the National Museum of Natural History - BAS (joint building with Base 2 of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research - BAS, 1 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd., 1000 Sofia).
Lecturer: Dr Boris Nikolov
The first lecture will be on 06 October 2015.
/Bulgarian Ornithological Centre, IBER-BAS, 01.10.2015/
A workshop within ParrotNet project
IBER hosted a one-day workshop within the project "European network on invasive parakeets: Understanding invasion dynamics and risks to agriculture and society" (ParrotNET
, COST Action ES1304). Participants from research, governmental and non-governmental organisations from eight countries attended the workshop.ParrotNet
is a European network of scientists, practitioners and policy-makers dedicated to research on invasive parrots, their impacts and the challenges they present. A special focus of the project is the Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri
). The species originates from South Asia and currently it is considered one of the 100 worst invasive species in Europe, expanded to more than 100 cities on the continent since the 1970s. P. krameri
was recorded for the first time in Bulgaria in 1996 and since then numerous individuals have been observed throughout the country. One breeding attempt was also recorded in the country. Profound knowledge on the invasive species is of crucial importance for setting adequate measures for managing their populations.
International Conference on European freshwater turtles
The Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research is pleased to announced the 5th International Symposium on Emys orbicularis and the other European freshwater turtles, 19th–21st August 2015, Kiten, Bulgaria
. The Symposium is hosted by the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research and the National Museum of Natural History of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and Fauna Carpatica Košice, Slovakia.
Detailed information can be found on the website
of the event.
International Scientific Forum "TERRA MADRE BULGARIA"
TERRA MADRE BULGARIA
will take place for the first time in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 23-25 October, 2015
. The forum is a platform of academics, local rural communities, small-scale farmers and food producers. The International scientific conference "Plant diversity towards society
", which will be a major part of the Terra Madre Bulgaria 2015 forum, is the first event for structuring and strengthening the academic network of researchers working to support the preservation and sustainable use of genetic resources in the Balkans.
To illustrate the practical use of plants parallel to the scientific conference will be organized a market Bulgarian traditional food. The Market will take place on 24th and 25th of October, 2015 and will be hosted by the first Balkan Kid’s Museum "Muzeiko".
Public hearing at the European Court of Justice
On May 20, 2015, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg organized a public hearing in the frames of a case initiated by the European Commission
against the Republic of Bulgaria over problems associated with Natura 2000 zones in the region of Kaliakra. Dr Pavel Zehtindjiev
, Associate Professor at IBER – BAS, was invited by the Minister of Environment and Waters as a leading expert in the field to provide expertise for the position of Bulgaria.
As a part of the outreach program, we have produced a 30-min documentary film on CoCoNet
, directed by Roberto Rinaldi. It features Marine Protected Areas, ecosystem functioning, and offshore wind farms, with beautiful and colorful footages of both the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
Please take a look (link
) and show it for various outreach and dissemination activities.
A study of a fluke from the sand gobies in the Black Sea coast highlighted by Springer Animal Sciences
is a fluke living in the body cavity of sand gobies in European brackish waters. The unusual morphology, life cycle and site of infection of this parasite have resulted into its uncertain position in the classification of trematodes. The recent record of this fluke species from Caucasian Dwarf Goby (Knipowitschia caucasica
) in the lagoon Atanasovsko (Black Sea coast of Bulgaria) allowed its characterisation by light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy as well as sequencing its 28S rRNA gene. The results revealed the phylogenetic relationships and the position of the genus Aphalloides
in the family Cryptogonimidae. The members of this family typically have a three-host life cycle. From evolutionary point of view, the two-host life cycle of Aphalloides
is considered secondarily simplified, with sand gobies being simultaneously second intermediate and definitive host of this parasite.
This study was presented in a paper by our colleagues B. Stoyanov, B. Neov, P. Pankov, G. Radoslavov, P. Hristov and B.B. Georgiev published in the international journal Systematic Parasitology
. It was highlighted on the popular page of Springer Animal Sciences
A global event for sequencing the oceans: the Ocean Sampling Day results are published
The Ocean Sampling Day (OSD)
is a simultaneous sampling campaign of the world’s oceans which took place for the first time on the summer solstice June 21st 2014
. These cumulative samples, related in time, space and environmental parameters, provide insights into fundamental rules describing microbial diversity and function. On Mach 3rd 2015
, some months after the OSD-2014 took place, DNA from the marine microbial communities thriving in the world’s oceans and populating our surface waters, are sequenced and published on European Nucleotide Archive website
Among the 150 marine research sites worldwide, sampling event in vicinity of Sozopol
has been performed by our colleagues N. Todorova, D. Berov and V. Karamfilov
from the Division of Functional Ecology and Bioresources of Marine and Coastal Ecosystems, IBER-BAS. This approach is of key importance for predictions and comparisons of both known and unknown genes for innovative ecological knowledge. The study was designed and performed in the frame of the EU-FP7 Project Micro B3
to facilitate a global, coordinated, standardised campaign in marine data collection.
Seminar of Ecology 2015
Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria, Section "Biology" are pleased to announce
Seminar of Ecology with International Participation - 2015
The event will be held on April 23-24, 2015, at the main hall of the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, 2 Yurii Gagarin Street, 1113, Sofia.
The invitation of the Organzsing Committee and the registration form could be downloaded here
Third Workshop of SIGNAL project within BiodivERsA Program
SIGNAL project "European gradients of resilience in the face of climate extremes
" started in 2013. It is the first project funded by BiodivERsA
in Bulgaria and currently involves nine countries. The 3-rd Workshop was organized by Bulgarian team from the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS in Sofia, 3-6 November 2014.
Colleagues from Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Hungary, Izrael, Italy and Turkey participated in the meeting. By its 29 participants this workshop became the most attractive event compared to the previous ones. Discussions addressed the progress of project activities and the output deliverables. Special brainstorm sessions were organized for discussing foreseen scientific papers and the dissemination of results.
Collaboration between IBER-BAS and CSIE, Yeongwol Insect Museum (Yeongwol, Republic of Korea)
On October 2nd 2014 Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Science (Sofia, Bulgaria), on behalf of acting director Dr. Anna Ganeva, and the Center for the Study of Insect Ecology (CSIE) at the Yeongwol Insect Museum
(Yeongwol, Republic of Korea), on behalf of the director Dr. Dae-Am Yi, on the basis of the "Memorandum of Understanding" between IBER-BAS and CSIE (concluded on 07 July 2014) have signed a contract for joint research project on the ecology of the dung beetles (Scarabaeus typhon, S. pius, S. sacer, S. armenicus, Gymnopleurus mopsus
etc.) for the purpose of preserving the biological diversity of rare species of insects in the Palaearctic region.
International conference on avian haemosporidians
The Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences organized and hosted the International Conference on Recent Challenges in Wildlife Avian Haemosporidian Research
. The meeting took place in Tulenovo (Bulgaria) on 28th and 29th of September 2014. This conference was arranged to promote results of the Global Grant Project (VPI-3.1.-ŠMM-07-K-01-047)
of the Nature Research Centre
of Lithuania. Eleven talks on the conference subject were given (Program of the Conference
). The bilateral exchange of current stage knowledge in the field of identification, taxonomy, ecology of the haemosporidian parasites as well as their impact on the biodiversity were discussed.
A new species of the green bush crickets described from the Balkans
Significant amount of data have recently been accumulated on the importance of the Balkan Peninsula as a centre of diversification, main refugium for many organisms to survive Pleistocene cooling and warming periods, and a corridor for spreading fauna and flora from Central and Western Asia to Europe. The Balkans are among the richest (or possibly the richest) in biodiversity, but also the poorest studied territories in Europe. As a leading centre for studying biodiversity in Bulgaria, the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, BAS continues surveys in this topic. On October 14th, 2014, an international team of scientists led by Dr. Dragan Chobanov
published a paper with a description of the morphology, behaviour, distribution, and distinctive features of a new species of the well known green bush crickets (genus Tettigonia
). Tettigonia balcanica Chobanov & Lemonnier-Darcemont, 2014
has been described from Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia. The Balkan Green bush cricket inhabits the hilly and mountain belt of all high mountains in Bulgaria and one can hear its characteristic loud song
in summertime at such famous and crowded places as the Rila Monastery.
For a detailed information on this topic see:
Chobanov, D., Lemonnier-Darcemont, M., Darcemont, C., Puskás, G., Heller, K.-G. (2014). Tettigonia balcanica, a new species from the Balkan Peninsula (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae). Entomologia 2(2), 209, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4081/entomologia.2014.209 (pdf
(courtesy of Asen Ignatov, National Museum of Natural History, BAS)
Photos: Tettigonia balcanica sp. n. in nature: male (A) and female (E).
Celebrating 50 years of The IUCN Red List
The IUCN Red List
is the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of wild species and their links to livelihoods and a powerful tool to inform and catalyse action for biodiversity conservation.
Dr Simon Stuart, the IUCN chair, appeals to the members of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and the public to help spread the word about the importance of the IUCN Red List. "As part of our communications and fundraising campaign to support the 50-th anniversary of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, we have released a stunning video explaining the importance of The IUCN Red List as a powerful tool that drives action for nature conservation. Featuring fabulous images, the video was produced by the photographer and filmmaker Mattius Klum, who is also an IUCN Goodwill Ambassador.", Dr Stuart says.
View the video here
, read about the IUCN aims, programs and campaigns, and try help protecting and preserving the World's biodiversity.
The conference is organised together with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Ministry of Environment and Water of Republic of Bulgaria and the General Secretariat of IAD. The event will be held on 17-20 June 2014 at the Great Hall of the Headquarters of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1 "15 Noemvri" Street, Sofia.