The main goals of the Sixth Symposium are:
• Consolidation of efforts to study the processes of how alien plant and animal species spread in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems;
• Exchange of information on the vectors, causes, scales, and directions of species spread; changes in their properties in new aquatic and terrestrial habitats;
• Assessment of the role of the alien species in the transformation of endemic communities; evaluation of social and economic consequences of biological invasions as well as development of risk assessment approaches;
• Discussion of issues related to terminology, theory of species spread and study methods.
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; 4) paleoinvasions.
II. Genetic and evolutionary aspects of biological invasions.
III. Consequences of alien species invasion for aboriginal species and ecosystems and human well being.
IV. Role of global climatic and anthropogenic factors in the processes of biological invasions, including new approaches and methods in research of invasions of alien species.
V. Information systems for monitoring invasion processes, including development of problem-oriented databases and mathematical modelling of the processes related to invasion of alien species.
It is planned that the program of the Symposium will include “Round Tables” with lectures delivered by leading scientists on the following topics:
(1) alien species in urban environment;
(2) social and economic aspects of the processes of biological invasions;
(3) management of biological invasions: risk assessment, prevention and control.
Registration by February 1st 2021