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ESENIAS & DIAS Conference 2018, 8th ESENIAS Workshop



Joint ESENIAS and DIAS Scientific Conference and

8th ESENIAS Workshop



Management and sharing of IAS data to support knowledge-based decision making at regional level


26-28 September 2018




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In collaboration with:





Organising Committee

Paulina Anastasiu, UB (chair)
Carmen Chifiriuc, ICUB
Carmen Postolache, UB-FB
Geta Rîşnoneanu, UB-FB
Cristina-Andreea Staicu, UB-FB
Petronela Camen-Comănescu, GBDB
Eugenia Nagodă, GBDB
Mihaela Urziceanu, GBDB
Oana Peiu, ICUB
Daniela Clara Mihai, UB-FB
Marian Constantin, ICUB
Teodora Trichkova, IBER-BAS,
Ahmet Uludağ, ESENIAS, DIAS
Rumen Tomov, ESENIAS, DIAS
Florian Ballnus, DIAS


Scientific Committee

Paulina Anastasiu, Romania (chair)
Teodora Trichkova, Bulgaria
Ahmet Uludağ, Turkey
Steve Adkins, Australia
Necmi Aksoy, Turkey
Borys Aleksandrov, Ukraine
Sven Bacher, Switzerland
Angela Bănăduc, Romania
Christian Bohren, Switzerland
Giuseppe Brundu, Italy
Dan Cogălniceanu, Romania
Csaba Csuzdi, Hungary
Aljoša Duplić, Croatia
David Finger, Iceland
MilkaGlavendekić, Serbia
Gábor Guti, Hungary
F. Güler Ekmekçi, Turkey
Zdravko Hubenov, Bulgaria
Nicoleta Ianovici, Romania
Sven Jelaska, Croatia
Nejc Jogan, Slovenia
Pavel Jurajda, Czech Republic
Hristina Kalcheva, Bulgaria
Paraskevi Karachle, Greece
Stelios Katsanevakis, Greece
Yalçın Kaya, Turkey
Harald Kutzenberger, Austria
Yuriy Kvach, Ukraine
Richard Lansdown, UK
Dinka Matosevich, Croatia
Daniyar Memedemin, Romania
Adrian Oprea, Romania
Eliza Oprea, Romania
Momir Paunović, Serbia
Lucian Pârvulescu, Romania
Danijela Pavlović, Serbia
Ana Petrova, Bulgaria
Luis Popa, Romania
Cristina Preda, Romania
Sanja Radonjić, Montenegro
Geta Rîşnoveanu, Romania
Laurenţiu Rozylowicz, Romania
Riccardo Scalera, Italy
Anca Sârbu, Romania
Culiţă Sîrbu, Romania
Marius Skolka, Romania
Josef Soukup, Czech Republic
Cristina-Andreea Staicu, Romania
Barbara Stammel, Germany
Milcho Todorov, Bulgaria
Rumen Tomov, Bulgaria
Sasho Trajanovski, FYR Macedonia
Violeta Tyufekchieva, Bulgaria
Doru Ureche, Romania
Vladimir Vladimirov, Bulgaria
Sava Vrbnijanin, Serbia
Irina Zarafu, Romania
Argyro Zenetos, Greece

Conference Overview

Networking and cooperation on invasive alien species (IAS) in different scales is crucial for the collection, harmonisaiton, standardisation, management and sharing of sufficient, high-quality and up-to-date scientific information. Recently, several joint research projects have been implemented in order to collect and analyse IAS data at regional level. The largest project conducted by the ESENIAS countries is the ESENIAS-TOOLS project: East and South European Network for Invasive Alien Species – A tool to support the management of alien species in Bulgaria (2015-2017). This project aimed at networking and development of IAStools to support the management of alien species in Bulgaria and in the overall region. Some of the outcomes of the ESENIAS-TOOLS project include:compilation of lists of alien species; collection of data on alien marine, freshwater and terrestrial plants, fungi and animal species; and prioritisation of species and preparation of lists of priority species for the ESENIAS region.The project ‘Potential threats to environmental and economic sustainability in the Danube and Black Sea Region: Danube River as invasive alien species corridorhas been conducted since2012, by the IBER-BAS, and supported by the International Association of Danube Research (IAD), ESENIAS, and recently by DIAS. Another DIAS project was implemented in the period 2016-2017: Pilot-study (data collection) on invasive alien species in the Danube Region with a smartphone application developed by the Joint Ressearch Centre (JRC) (Danube-IASapp project). The practical use of the smartphone applicationwas tested by gathering of data on invasive alien species of EU concernto assist in monitoring and early detection of IAS in the Danube River basin. The achieved results and data within these projects will be further analysed and managed by the newly developed tools, and thus, will contribute to implementation of the existing IAS instruments and development of the Danube Region IAS strategy and workplan.

This conference entitled Management and sharing of IAS data to support knowledge-based decision making at regional level’is the second conference organised jointly by the ESENIAS and DIAS. The conference aims at:

  • Presentation of research results from the recent ESENIAS and DIAS project activities
  • Sharing of results and information on other IAS related initiatives carried out in the region, such as national and local monitoring programmes, risk assessments, pathway analyses and action plans, control and eradication projects, management plans and national strategies, citizens activities and responsibilities, data planning and management
  • Networking and cooperation among scientists in the ESENIAS and DIAS regions and with other networks and projects in Europe.


Scientific Topics

  1. Invasive alien species traits and trends – invasive alien species introductions and spread, biological and ecological characteristics; characteristics of recipient environment; invasive alien species and climate change
  2. Vectors and pathways for invasive alien species introductions – analysis, prioritisation, action plans
  3. The Danube River as invasive alien species corridor – priority species for the Danube Region, impact on threatened species, specificity of biological invasions in Lower, Middle and Upper Danube River sections
  4. Invasive alien species impact – impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services, socioeconomic impact and impact on human health; pests and pathogens
  5. Invasive alien species prevention and management – early detection and rapid eradication, surveillance systems;risk assessment and horizon scanning; control measures; restoration of damaged ecosystems; education, citizen science, strategies, policy and legislation;
  6. Management and sharing of IAS data – IAS networks and information systems, databases, data planning and management.


Management and sharing of IAS data will be also the main topic of the 8th ESENIAS Workshop. Possibilites for extending, maintanance and improvement of the ESENIAS database will be discussed at a brainstorming session.


Important Information

The official language of the conference will be English.

Authors are invited to submit their contributions related to one or more of the scientific topics given above. The scientific presentations will be oral or poster. Each presentation should indicate the most appropriate topic. The number of scientific contributions by an author is limited to two.

All contributions will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to change the scientific topic and form of presentation (oral/ poster) in case of thematic consideration or timing.



Abstracts accepted for presentation will be published in a Book of Abstracts (in electronic and printed form).

The authors are invited to submit full papers for publication in:

Transylvanian Review of Systematical and Ecological Research (TRSER)  >>>

Acta Oecologica Carpatica >>>

Acta Horti Botanici Bucurestiensis >>>


Registration Fee is Not Required!


Key due dates

Abstract submission:        01 August 2018

Registration:                     20 August 2018
Full paper submission:     15 September 2018



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