15 Oct 2021

The Sixth International Symposium "Alien Species in the Holarctic: Borok VI" was held during 11-15th October 2021 in Uglich and Borok, Russia. The objectives of the Conference are to promote international collaboration and provide a scientific platform for the study of alien species, consequences of their activity, and actions to predict and control their appearance in new territories and water areas. The event was led by Alexey Kotov, and was attended by 97 participants in online and offline mode. Ten Young Scientists from Russia, Belarus, Czech Republic were supported by IUBS through the Young Scientist Grant. 

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Objectives

The objectives of the symposium are to promote international collaboration and provide a scientific platform for the study of alien species, consequences of their activity, and actions to predict and control their appearance in new territories and water areas. 

Since the second half of the 20th century, alien species have invaded, adapted to, and affected terrestrial and aquatic, natural, and anthropogenic ecosystems.

The main goals of the Symposium are:

1) Consolidation of efforts to study the processes of how new plant and animal species spread into terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems

2) Exchange of information on the vectors, causes, scales, and directions of species spread; changes in their properties in new aquatic and terrestrial habitats

3) Assessment of the role played by alien species in the transformation of aboriginal communities; evaluation of social and economic consequences of biological invasions and development of new assessment techniques

4) Discussion of issues related to terminology, theory of species spread and study methods

Themes

Themes of presentations include the following topics:

I. Spatial and temporal dynamics of biological invasions in the Holarctic: (1) invasions in marine ecosystems; (2) invasions in freshwater ecosystems; (3) invasions in terrestrial ecosystems.

II. Genetic and evolutionary aspects of biological invasions

III. Impact of alien species on aboriginal species and communities

IV. Role of global climatic and anthropogenic factors in the processes of biological invasions

V. Information systems for monitoring invasion processes; mathematical modeling of the processes related to invasion of alien species

Young Scientists supported by IUBS

KutlvaĊĦr Josef, Bega Anna Gennadevna, Gvozdareva Margarita Andreevna, Golovenchik Victoria Ivanovna, Klimova Nadezhda Borisovna, Kropotin Alexander Vladimirovich, Okhremenko Yulia Ivanovna, Sokolova Alexandra Sergeevna, Ustinova Helena Nicolaevna and Fedorova  Valentina Sergeevna are among the young scientists supported by IUBS for the symposium.

 

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