60th IAV Annual Symposium

20 – 24 June 2017 – Palermo, Italy

The 60th annual symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS) took place in Sicily, Italy. The venue was the Palermo Botanical Garden, and excursion was organized in both the Sicilian coast and mountains. The theme of the symposium was “Vegetation patterns in natural and cultural landscapes”.

Vegetation science can inform the sustainable management of landscapes that preserve natural ecosystems and their associated services. Moving towards a shared and integrated strategy for sustainability requires a substantial revision of the general objectives of growth and development: conservation, innovation and new ideas on human habitats should jointly proceed, recognizing the natural vegetation as a readily available monitoring target. At the same time, some reflection would be necessary also for the role of vegetation science and vegetation scientists in promoting ideas of sustainability.

During the IAVS symposium 2017, we have explored and discussed the applications of vegetation science to a wide array of landscapes and land-use patterns, with specific thematic sessions. Several special session have been also organized, and one of these, “Remote Sensing for Vegetation Science”, was of interest for ECOPOTENTIAL and convened by Ducco Rocchini (associate partner of the project) and Sebastian Schmidtlein.

More information about the symposium at: http://iavs.org/2017-Annual-Symposium.