The 63rd IAVS annual symposium: Vegetation in the Anthropocene

pre-symposium site. prepared with intention to make your planning for the Russian trip smooth

Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS (Russia)
Far Eastern Federal University (Russia)


Pavel Krestov, Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS, Russia

Local Organizing Committee:
Kirill S. Golokhvast, Dr. Prof., Far Eastern Federal University, Russia
Elena A. Pimenova, PhD, Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS, Russia
Valentina A. Kalinkina, PhD, Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS, Russia
Dmitri E. Kislov, PhD, Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS, Russia
Kirill A. Korznikov, PhD, Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS, Russia
Ekaterina A. Petrunenko, Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS, Russia
Anna S. Vozmishcheva, PhD, Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS, Russia
to be upgraded

Scientific Committee:
Milan Chytrý, Dr. Prof., Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Jürgen Dengler, Dr. Prof., Institute of Natural Resource Sciences, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Wädenswil, Switzerland
Martin Diekmann, Dr. Prof., Universität Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Nikolai B. Ermakov, Dr. Prof., Nikitskii Botanical Garden RAS, Nikita, Russia
Monika Janišová, Dr. Prof., Institute of Botany Slovak Academy of Sciences, Banská Bystrica, Slovak Republic
Javier Loidi, Dr. Prof., University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain
Peter Minchin, Dr. Prof., Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, U.S.A.
Yukito Nakamura, Dr. Prof., Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokyo, Japan
Vladimir G. Onipchenko, Dr. Prof., Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Meelis Pärtel, Dr. Prof., University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
Robert K. Peet , Dr. Prof., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, U.S.A.
Cindy Q. Tang, Dr. Prof., Institute of Ecology and Geobotany, Yunnan University, Kunming, China
Susan Wiser, PhD, Manaaki Whenua Landscape Research, Lincoln, New Zealand
David Zelený, PhD, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
to be upgraded

2019-03-23: Pre-symposium site is opened


Dear Colleagues! We cordially invite you to the 63rd annual IAVS symposium that will be focussed on fitting the theory and methodology of vegetation science to the reality of new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. This symposium will be held in Vladivostok, Russia, on 20-24 of July, 2020.

Now we all are witnessing a transfer between the two geological epochs: the Holocene and the Anthropocene. Humanity has created a fundamentally new environment, in which it will develop further. New human habitats have acquired new qualities, such as depleted biodiversity, significant changes in the atmosphere, the increasing deposition of technofossils, the degradation of terrestrial ecosystems and a sharp increase in population. All this led to changes in vegetation unprecedented in historical times. This symposium focuses on understanding how deep are transformations that changed the Earth's vegetation, how new vegetation will be able to serve to the big human population, and how to fit the vegetation science theory and methodology to new situation.

We anticipate that this symposium will become a common ground not only for vegetation scientists, but also for geophysisists, biochemists, paleobiologists and anthropologists and provide a useful step forward in understanding how big are new challenges for the humankind in the Anthropocene epoch.

The main theme of the Conference

Vegetation in the Anthropocene: transformation, new vegetation combinations, value of relictual vegetation, migrations, new environment for humankind. We will try to assess how the existing and developing theories and methodologies work for the future study of the world's flora and vegetation.

We expect the main themes will include:

1. Diversity and functioning of natural and artificial vegetation.
2. Traditional and new drivers of ecosystem transformations.
3. Ecosystems before human.
4. Ecosystems under human impact.
5. The Anthropocene changes in vegetation.
6. Vegetation science contribution into the humankind sustainable development.

In addition to papers on these topics, we are welcoming your proposals for other related subjects to be discussed during the Symposium.

Side events

Since the Russian Far East, and especially Kamchatka, is one of volcanically most active regions in the Pacific Ring of Fire, and in 2003 we had a great experience in organizing the field symposium "Plants and Volcanoes", it will be unforgivable to miss the opportunity to repeat such event in Kamchatka this time.

Here will be the links to all kinds of registrations


20190330 - first announcement of symposium
20190415 - gathering information for long excursions
20190530 - detailed information on symposium venue, cheep accommodation and pre- and post-symposium excursions
20190630 - request for proposals of special sessions
20190725 - information on keynote speakers
20190730 - registration open
20190815 - preliminary program page opened and continuously updated
20191115 - expressions of interest sought for participants in excursions
20200115 - deadline for Special session proposals
20200215 - deadline for IAVS travel grant applications
20200315 - decision on IAVS travel grant applications
20200330 - abstract submission deadline
20200331 - deadline for submitting information for the official invitation from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affair for visa application (info)
20200420 - abstract decision deadline
20200515 - early registration deadline (reduced fees)

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Russia is rather big. Modest nature in some small places explodes with a variety of unbelievable colors, plant combinations, adaptations and traits. During this symposium we would like to make experiment on you, guys, and try to give you opportunity to sea very different looks of vegetation of Russia. Now we are working on logistic for pre- and post-symposium excursions in four different areas: North Caucasus (group leader Vladimir Onipchenko), Altai Mountains (Nikolai Ermakov) and Kamchatka (Pavel Krestov). Of course, we also have the basic excursion near Vladivostok - Sikhote-Alin Mountains. Because of long distances in every excursion location, we reserve a minimal time frame for each excursion 8 days, except one in Sikhote-Alin, where it will be possible to plan 2, 4 and 7-day excursions.

Caucasus (Vladimir Onipchenko)

The excursion will cover different types of mountain vegetation in two areas: 1) oceanic west Caucasus with montane dry grasslands, broad-leaved forests, coniferous forests, subalpine shrubs and tall-herb meadows, alpine grasslands and meadows as well as sub-nival rocky vegetation, 2) central Caucasian continental vegetation near the highest European peak - Elbrus (5642 m) with dry grasslands, petrophytic vegetation in dry valleys, pine and birch forests, subalpine and alpine vegetation. The excursion include several areas in Kabardino-Balkaric Republic (Baksan valley) and Karachai-Cherkessian Republic (Kuban, Teberda, Arkhyz). We are going to visit National Park "Prielbrus'e" and Teberda Biosphere Reserve.

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Altai (Nikolai Ermakov)

Altai is one of the most important biodiversity centers in Northern Eurasia. A wide range of altitudes and climate humidity-continentality are favorable for the formation of large number of zonal vegetation types. The excursion route will take place along the geographical transect crossing the ultra-humid, humid and arid geographical sectors of the mountain system. Participants will have the opportunity to visit the natural communities of North Asian and European-Siberian dark coniferous and light coniferous forests, the zonal types of West Palaearctic and Central Asian meadow-steppes, typical steppes and desert-steppes, as well as various types of high mountain vegetation. We will see remarkable landscapes of the Katun river valley, Kuraiskaya and Kosh-Agachskaya intermountain basins and surrounding high mountain ridges.

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Kamchatka (Pavel Krestov)

One of the most extreme corners of the world's boreal zone with a variety of vegetation you would never expect at these latitudes nowhere in a world. Very nice Betula ermanii forests that survive probably the deepest snow in Northeast Asia, endless Pinus pumila thickets, tall-herb (really tall) meadows, variety of tundras adapted to continental and oceanic conditions. The major highlights are volcanoes. They are about 300 dormant and 30 active. Some of them are very active now. We will certainly visit two major groups of volcanoes: Klyuchevskaya group (includes Klyuchevskoy Volcano itself, Bezymyanny, Tolbachik) and Avachinskaya group (home volcanoes for Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city. They are nearly the best nature laboratories for study plant succession, and this is why we plan a field symposium here.

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Sikhote-Alin Mountains (tbc)

The world's wildest place in latitudinal range 40-50 degrees with ecosystems who's food chains end with tiger, the world's biggest cat. This place is populated with indigenous people, who try to keep their own culture in this changing world. We will be able to see the legendary nearly intact broadleaved-Korean pine forests, the vertical vegetation zonation ending with Pinus pumila thickets and mountain tundra on the tops and variety of vegetation characteristic of this beautiful area. We will visit the National park Bikin, Sikhote-Alin Biosphere reserve, Hanka Lake, and look on the North Korea over the state boundary.

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because we would like to ask you to help us to prepare the best logistics for planing you trip after the list and time of excursions will be finally set up. This is why we ask you to vote, which excursion you would join taking in account your working schedule for July of 2020, just filling up and sending the form below:



Vladivostok city, the Russian gate to East Asia has undergone a profound transformation in the last 10 years. Russian, provincial and Vladivostok city governments have built a new large university, new road systems, two marine bridges, a new Aquarium and considerably improved the city infrastructure.

WIKI says this.


From a botanical point of view July in Vladivostok is the mid summer with vegetation in its most beautiful state. Most ephemeroids are in fruits, most forest and meadow plants are blooming. The weather should be very comfortable for the sessions and excursions. We are firmly committed to achieving our best in symposium organization and extend a very warm invitation to you.


Far Eastern Federal University will present the facilities for the major sessions and events of symposium. It was first officially established in 1920 on the basis of the Eastern Institute, which was the major grain in the Eastern policy of Russian government since 1899. Now it comprises 9 schools and 18 academic departments. The university is home to over 40 000 students.

WIKI says this.

All foreign participants of the IAVS 63rd annual symposium must have valid Passport and visa to enter in Russia. Please contact the nearest Russian Consulate to obtain visa. In the Consulate, everyone will be asked for official invitation from Russian Immigration Office and invitation letter from Organizing Committee of Symposium. The letter from Russian Immigration Office is our responsibility, and in order to prepare it, we need to obtain from you the following information:

1. Passport data (all information on the first page of your passport including passport number);
2. Length of your stay in Russia;
3. Photocopy of the first page (with photo) of your passport, scanned and sent by e-mail;
4. Exact route of your travel within Russia (based on the itinerary);
5. Affiliation and organization-employer of participants with full mailing address, telephone and fax;
6. The city with Russian Consulate, where you intend to apply for Russian visa.

Earlier submission of required documents will guarantee the timely prepared official invitation letter. The deadline for information submission is March 31, 2020.

How to reach Vladivostok
Vladivostok is situated in the southernmost part of the Russian Far East. The fastest way to reach city is by air. Direct flights from Tokyo, Toyama, Osaka (Japan), Seoul (Rep. Korea), Beijing, Harbin, Shanghai, Hong-Kong (China) to Vladivostok are available from Aurora, Korean Air and Siberian Air (S7). Aeroflot, Siberian Air, Aurora and several other companies connect European Russian cities (Moscow, St.-Petersburg) to Vladivostok. Aeroflot, Siberian Air, Ural Air connect Vladivostok to Novosibirsk and to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. European participants can reach Vladivostok via Moscow, St.-Peterburg or Novosibirsk, taking direct flight from one of those points to Vladivostok. For more specific information, please contact the Organizing Committee.

Local information
The registration fee does not cover insurance for the participant. We would strongly recommend to bring specific medicine if you use any. No vaccinations are needed in Russia.

During the sessions no formal dress is required, but casual style is a minimum requirement. During the excursions we suggest to bring warm sweater, warm coat, water proof clothing.

The Russian monetary unit is Ruble [rubl']. In March 2019 $ 1 US = 64-67 Rubles. These rates will likely remain actual in July 2020.

Credit cards are accepted in all big cities, credit card terminals and ATMs are available in the big hotels. You may use only Russian Rubles in Russia. Cash can be easily obtained from ATMs from any credit cards. If you want to take some amount of cash from your country, please note that most convenient currencies in Russia are US$ and Euros. It is possible to exchange them to rubles in the any place in Russia. There may be difficulties to exchange any other currency.

Vladivostok time belt is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), and 7 hours ahead of Moscow time.

The electric current is 220-240 V, 50 Hz alternating current. Two-pin round plugs are standard.

International telephones, Fax, e-mail will be available in the Symposium Venue.

Secretariat: e-mail:

Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS
Address: Makovskii Str. 142, Vladivostok 690024 Russia
Tel.: +7 914 7038565
Fax: +7 423 2388041
Pavel Krestov

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