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Prospective workshop 2015 announcement

by Virginie BALDY - published on

29 Sept. - 2 Oct. 2015
Venue: Observatoire de Haute Provence ( 04870 Saint Michel l’Observatoire


BIODIVMEX is one of the programmes of MISTRALS, an interdisciplinary CNRS meta-program which aims at implementing systematic observations and research on the Mediterranean environment. BIODIVMEX addresses issues about biodiversity of the Mediterranean region, its specificities and vulnerability to recent changes in socio-economic and physical drivers. BIODIVMEX also aims at creating a network of researchers to impulse and promote interdisciplinary research in the Mediterranean region including north-south collaborations.

The main activities of BIODIVMEX are: i) to facilitate the development of innovative interdisciplinary research projects built upon the BIODIVMEX network; joint responses to major calls for projects are envisaged; ii) to organize workshops and thematic schools to exchange and disseminate knowledge; iii) to support young scientists; iii) to develop joint publications (books, special issues, or policy or public oriented reports) and financially support some publications; iv) to make linkages with global level programs for environment and, v) to support key scientists or students that develop innovative works, to participate at conferences or other scientific events.


The general objective of the workshop is to develop our understanding of long-term processes, natural and anthropogenic, that have shaped the Mediterranean biodiversity. We also intend to evaluate current changes and/or vulnerability status of Mediterranean biodiversity on the basis of our present knowledge in ecological and/or social sciences.
The first objective of this workshop is to discuss key topics related to two main themes which have been identified during previous BIODIVMEX activities, in order to improve our understanding of Mediterranean biodiversity evolutionary dynamics and functioning, as well as identify and promote work in key research areas. Both scientific themes cover, terrestrial, marine as well as fresh water environments, and may be approached by biological/ecological and social sciences separately or jointly.
The second objective of this workshop is to create a network of researchers involved in the Mediterranean region. We hope to collectively establish a roadmap to develop activities (research projects, training courses, collaborative publications, etc.) under our main themes for the coming four years with the help of piloting committees (per work package) involving scientists that represent social and biological/ ecological sciences as well as the two themes, to be established at the end of the workshop. Preliminary topics have been identified (see below “Tentative work packages”) as a support for exchanges during the workshop and starting point for discussion. The workshop will comprise series of oral presentations as well as work in small groups.
A master paper or a series of papers in a special issue is envisaged.
THEME 1: Biodiversity of poorly known and highly constrained environments by abiotic factors and biotic interactions.
THEME 2: Biodiversity within socio-ecological system (SES)

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N.B. All WP cover the two above themes or in other words, contributions may cover either of the two above themes within a WP. These WP remain totally open to innovative ideas and discussions. We aim at improving the list of WP proposed here as well as possible contents.

WP 1: Insularity. Keywords: social and biological settings, isolation, economy, biological and climatic specificities, extinction-colonization processes.

WP 2: Fragmentation and connectivity. Keywords: natural or human-induced effects, complex mosaics,, ancient or new terrestrial and marine landscapes under current changes, conservation, metapopulations, metacommunities.

WP 3: Habitats and biodiversity values. Keywords: remarkable, structuring, endemic, widespread, rare, protected, values for conservation, people or ecosystem services, regression, evaluation, vulnerability.

WP 4: Ecotone or transitional environments. Keywords: coastal lagoon, coastal terrestrial and sea areas, forest- agriculture, sea-shore habitats, urban peripheries, cliffs, road and path sides.

WP 5: Historical construction of landscapes along a natural to a highly anthropogenic gradient Keywords: habitats, agroecosystems and agrodiversity, ancient and recent human practices, domestication.


Main Organizers: Virginie Baldy (UMR 7263 Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie marine et continentale, IMBE) and Yildiz Thomas (UMR 5175 Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive), Co-directors of BIODIVMEX, MISTRALS, CNRS.

Scientific Committee of Biodivmex: Bertrand Schatz (UMR CEFE), Vanina Pasqualini (Univ. de Corse), Thierry Perez (UMR IMBE), Thierry Tatoni (UMR IMBE), Samuel Robert (UMR ESPACE), Laurent Bouby (UMR ISEM), Chantal Aspe (UMR LPED), Wolfgang Cramer (UMR IMBE).
Contact Addresses: Virginie Baldy: and Yildiz Thomas:

You are invited to send a short presentation of your contribution of about 1000 words to both contact addresses. These short presentations should state in what WP you intend to be associated to, and should give a clear statement of scientific questions, results and perspectives linked to the context of this workshop. Deadline for submission: 10th August 2015.
Cost of stay (board and lodging) will be arranged for residential participants, free of cost. Biodivmex will also cover the travel costs, if they do not exceed 200 € for travel within France and 500 € for travel from abroad for a total of 50 participants.