Science for the Carpathians: Newsflash March 2014

Science for the Carpathians: Newsflash March 2014

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S4C Newsflash




Communication is important. Without appropriate communication, cooperation is not possible nor does it yield the expected results.

Communication is not simply a transfer of information, but also carries the imprint of those in charge. To date, most of the S4C communication was coordinated by Astrid Bjornsen Gurung, Claudia Drexler and Yurij Bihun. From 2014 on, Dominik Kaim, the new S4C Communication Manager, takes over the reins!

The idea behind Dominik's inclusion is to establish an "information center of gravity" located closer to the Carpathians and to give more attention to this central task. We all know that communication cannot be done by a single individual but is only possible as a joint S4C community effort. For this reason, we want to try a new communication channel: the S4C LinkedIn group (see NETWORK). If there is anything of interest to the community, just share it with us!

New technologies are important, but nothing compares to face-to-face meetings. For S4C, such an occasion is Forum Carpaticum - one of the most important achievements of the S4C Community.

The nearest opportunity is in mid-September in Lviv, Ukraine (see EVENTS).

The S4C Newsflash has been following a standard format but as we evolve and change, we are trying to make it more relevant and compeling. We are expanding to a new section including all kinds of "light" news items, as well as photographs, video, graphics and cultural pieces to add to our science (see CARPATHIAN SCIENCE (OR NOT) RELATED).

Changes are natural, but your opinion matters here. We will try to prepare the best Newsflash possible, but we would like to ask you for the patience and support. Feel free to send us your ideas and comments. And keep your finger crossed!

Astrid Björnsen Gurung, MRI-Europe
Dominik Kaim, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Yurij Bihun, Shelterwood Systems, Vermont, USA



As of January 2014, Dominik Kaim, Jagiellonian University will be in charge of managing all aspects of S4C communications. Having a designated communication person in the region gives more possibilities to share local, Carpathian information within the community. Plans for 2014 are focused on the further development of internal communication (mainly by LinkedIn group) and launching the new S4C website. Yurij Bihun will continue to contribute editorial support and the North American perspective (thanks a lot Yurij !).

At this point, we would like to thank Astrid Björnsen Gurung and Claudia Drexler for all the great work done so far for S4C Community in the field of communication! Hoping that they will still share their experience on how to make mountain scientists talk to each other and exchange views and results, we would like – on behalf of the S4C community – to express our gratitude for their continuous support. Astrid, Claudia: we would not climb so high without you!

Luboš Halada & Jacek Kozak




 S4C LinkedIn group

 We would like to invite you to join the S4C LinkedIn group. The aim of the group is to stimulate an easy two-way communication among S4C members. The group offers not only the possibility to disseminate news items that are currently part of the S4C Newsflashes, but also foster a fast way to comment the information directly, by any group member.

Carpathian Convention Implementation Committee : fifth meeting

The fifth meeting of the Carpathian Convention Implementation Committee (CCIC) was held on 18-20 February 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. The review of the activities of the Carpathian Convention (CC) bodies in the last period and preparation of documents for Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CC (COP4) were in the main focus of the meeting.
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Carpathian Network of Protected Areas (CNPA) meeting

The meeting of the Carpathian Network of Protected Areas (CNPA) was held on 20 February 2014 and it was linked to the CCIC meeting mentioned above. The CNPA organised its 2nd conference in April 2013 in Tatranská Javorina (Slovakia). Recently, the CNPA Unit was established, led by the Association of Natural Parks Administrations (RO) and the NGO Pronatur (SK).
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How many bears are roaming the Carpathians of Slovakia?

A team of geneticists from the Faculty of Forestry, Technical University in Zvolen, Slovakia, are working on a project to determine the genetic inventory of brown bear populations in the Western Carpathians. This is a subproject of the project 'Research and monitoring of large carnivores and wild cats in Slovakia' and is financed by the Operational Program 'Environment'. For the genetic inventory, non-invasive scat samples and fingerprinting individuals with a set of nuclear microsatellites will be used. The project is scheduled to run through June 2015.
More: Prof. Ladislav Paule, Project Coordinator or 


Genetics as aid to capercaillies

This scientific project aimed at the study of genetic diversity and differentiation of the endangered capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) populations along the Carpathians is conducted by the Faculty of Forestry, Technical, University in Zvolen, Slovakia. Except the estimates of the genetic diversity, the project is mainly aimed at the genetic differentiation of fragmented populations within the Western Carpathians using methods of landscape genetics.
More: Prof. Ladislav Paule, Project Coordinator


Birds of the Carpathians

The Polish Society for The Protection of Birds is conducting the project 'Survey of the key bird species of the Polish Carpathian Mountains and creating the system of their monitoring and protection'. The project is being implemented between 2011-2015 and supported by Swiss-Polish Cooperation Programme. The main aim of the project is to identify and monitor populations of the key bird species in the area of the Polish Carpathian Mountains and to strengthen the protection of these populations.


Institute of High Mountain Biology ZU aims at increasing the level of education and research

The Institute of High Mountain Biology, ZU Tatranska Javorina, Slovakia offers cooperation based on research activities and monitoring of alpine fauna, flora and the environment.  The objectives of the project "Collaboration of professional workers of international research institutes with researchers of Institute of High Mountain Biology ZU, aimed at increasing the level of education and research" are: publication and updating of data on a shared web space, active cooperation with selected departments alpine research on the preparation and implementation of research plans, research projects suitable for implementation in a IHMB ZU, and expanding the capabilities of the implementation of intensive research plans on the basis of cooperation with partner institutes.




2014-07-16/19, Reno, USA, MRI Global Fair and Workshop Long-term Observing Systems of Mountain Socio-Ecological Systems

The goal of this event is to move toward a more comprehensive, global mountain observation network by strengthening the ties between existing observation systems. Researchers working in the Carpathian region are invited to submit proposals for sessions, workshops and presentations. The organizers will consider applications for partial travel support from participants outside of the US and Canada.


2014-08-18/22, Krakow, Poland, IGU Regional Conference

The main theme of the conference is Changes, Challenges, Responsibility. Modern geography faces significant challenges focusing on the recognition of and response to contemporary changes in the environment, society and economy. All this calls for our responsibility. The conference aims to create a forum at which these issues can be addressed. It is open to all geographers across the spectrum who specialize in all fields of the discipline. 
S4C SSC member, Katarzyna Ostapowicz, is organizing a session 'New perspective in landscape fragmentation and connectivity assessment' during the conference. The aim of this session is to identify current trends in spatial explicitly analysis and modeling of landscape fragmentation and connectivity.
More: and


2014-09-16/18, Lviv, Ukraine, 3rd Forum Carpaticum

3rd Forum Carpaticum: Local Responses to Global Challenges
The first call invites the research community to submit abstracts for posters and presentations addressing the conference topic 'Local Responses to Global Challenges'. As such, they should be related to the policy priorities of the Europe 2020 Strategy, which are translated as Societal Challenges in the Horizon 2020 Programme (e.g. 'Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry' or 'Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials') or related to other global challenges affecting the Carpathian region.
Submission deadline extended to 31 March 2014.
Additional information: At present the situation in Lviv is stable and calm and there is no risk when traveling to or from Lviv. Nevertheless, in the case of unfavourable development of the political situation in Ukraine, the S4C Executive Board together with Forum Carpaticum Organisational Committee will consider changing the conference venue to another Carpathian country. The final decision will be taken in April 2014. We plan to organise the conference as scheduled.


2014-09-24/26, Mikulov, Czech Republic: COP4 of the Carpathian Convention

Save the date!
Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention



2014-10-5/11, Salt Lake City, USA, Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People – The role of research

Depending on interest from the S4C community, S4C SSC members Yurij Bihun and Andrzej Bytnerowicz will organize a side event or workshop.
If you are planning to go, please contact:





Evaluating competitive interactions between trees in mixed forests in the Western Carpathians

Bošeľa M., Petráš R., Šebeň V., Mecko J., Marušák R., 2013, Evaluating competitive interactions between trees in mixed forests in the Western Carpathians: Comparison between long-term experiments and SIBYLA simulations. Forest Ecology and Management 310, 577-588. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2013.09.005


Agricultural land change in the Carpathian ecoregion after the breakdown of socialism and expansion of the European Union

Griffiths P., Müller D., Kuemmerle T., Hostert P., 2013, Agricultural land change in the Carpathian ecoregion after the breakdown of socialism and expansion of the European Union. Environmental Research Letters 8, 1-12. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/4/045024


Impact of the Carpathians on the genetic structure of the spruce bark beetle Ips typographus

Krascsenitsová E., Kozánek M., Ferenčík J., Roller L., Stauffer C., Bertheau C.,2013, Impact of the Carpathians on the genetic structure of the spruce bark beetle Ips typographus. Journal of Pest Science 86 (4), 669-676. doi: 10.1007/s10340-013-0508-8


Understanding Land Cover Changes in the Italian Alps and Romanian Carpathians Combining Remote Sensing and Stakeholder Interviews.

Malek Ž., Scolobig A., Schröter D., 2014, Understanding Land Cover Changes in the Italian Alps and Romanian Carpathians Combining Remote Sensing and Stakeholder Interviews. Land 3, 52-73. doi:10.3390/land3010052


Response of fish and benthic invertebrate communities to constrained channel conditions

Wyżga B., Amirowicz A., Oglęcki P., Hajdukiewicz H., Radecki-Pawlik A., Zawiejska J., Mikuś P., 2014, Response of fish and benthic invertebrate communities to constrained channel conditions in a mountain river: Case study of the Biała, Polish Carpathians. Limnologica - Ecology and Management of Inland Waters 46, 58-69. doi:10.1016/j.limno.2013.12.002




Sciex-NMSch - Tenth and last regular call for tenders for reseachers from the New EU Member States

Within the « Scientific Exchange Programme between Switzerland and the New Member States of the European Union » (Sciex-NMSch), the tenth regular call is now launched and open. The programme aims at facilitating research stays in Swiss research teams to Doctoral Candidates and PostDocs from the 10 New Member States of the EU (BGR, CZE, EST, HUN, LTU, LVA, POL, ROU, SVK, SVN). The Sciex Fellows will be fully integrated in the on-going research work, contribute their own ideas and results and benefit from specific knowledge through exchanges with experienced professionals and young researchers.
Submission deadline: 01.04.2014



Assistant Professor position to lead a research group in Landscape Ecology

The Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL invite applications for an assistant professor position to lead a research group in Landscape Ecology. 
The closing date for applications is April 15, 2014.




Tatra National Park official YouTube Channel

Tatra National Park, Poland, has its own YouTube channel presenting high quality movies of the Tatra Mountains. In these films, various aspects of mountain-related topics are presented. Most of the films are in Polish, but some are available with English subtitles e.g. 6-minute film "Darkness in Tatras" presented in the final of Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in Canada.


Mechanisms for an Entente artistic project

In 2013 an artistic project Mechanisms for an Entente was developed in four Carpathian countries. The initiative analyzed the evolving political context that led to the birth and disappearance of the train line named "Silesia Cracoviana Karpathy" connecting Warsaw to Bucharest via Kraków, Košice, Budapest and Cluj. Among the many initiatives within the project, discussions with artists and researchers (historians, transport specialists, geographers) were organized. The outcome of the project was an exhibition presented in Kraków, Košice and Budapest during autumn 2013 followed by two additional exhibitions that will take place in Bordeaux during Spring 2014.
More (in English, French, Romanian, Polish and Slovak)


December in Tatra Mountains

Special thanks to Monika Dobosz, Jagiellonian University for sharing that nice photo of Carpathian winter with us (we are waiting for others, this time Spring, photos from the entire Carpathians).

S4C Flash Feb2014Tatras



The Science for the Carpathians (S4C) Newsflash is sent out every two months to the 440 addresses of the S4C Network. The next Newsflash is planned for May 2014. Please send us any information you want to be distributed to the network (target length 80-90 words). If you have documents to share please send us the web link rather than the document. To send questions or comments, or if you do not wish to receive this mailing, please reply to to Dominik Kaim (

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Astrid Björnsen Gurung, MRI Europe
Dominik Kaim, Jagiellonian University
Yurij Bihun, Director, Shelterwood Systems

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