Sunday, 22nd September                                                               

17:00 – 21:00    Registration desk open in the hotel Krystal                                                                    


Monday, 23rd September                         

8:00 – 10:00      Registration desk open in the hotel Krystal                                                                    

10:00 – 10:30    Opening ceremony                                                                  

10:30 – 11:15    Invited lecture: Jonathan Lundgren – Complex interactions among seeds and the carabids that eat them                                               

11:15 – 11:30    Coffee break                                                               

11:30 – 12:50    Session 1 – POPULATION GENETICS AND BIOGEOGRAPHY (chaired by Claudia Drees)

11:30 – 11:50 Spatial genetic structure of a dominant carabid beetle, Poecilus cupreus, in an agricultural landscape – Gauffre B., Badenhausser I., Litrico I., Ribout C., Marrec R.

11:50 – 12:10 Excessive gene flow despite differences in male genitalia: A contribution to the lock and key hypothesis in Carabidae – Boutaud E., Drees C., Eisenacher D., Matern A., Assmann T.

12:10 – 12:30 Did sea level changes shape phylogeography of Calomera littoralis inMediterranean? – Jaskuła R., Rewicz T., Grabowski M.

12:30 – 12:50 Multiple glacial refugia for two European Carabus species of cool montane habitats – Drees C., Homburg K., Brandt P., Husemann M., Assmann T.

12:50 – 14:00    Lunch                                     

14:00 – 15:40    Session 2 – DIETARY STUDIES ON CARABIDS (chaired by Jonathan Lundgren)

14:00 – 14:20 What do carabids have for dinner? – revealing the menu list using molecular analyses – Šerić Jelaska L., Vaughan I., Brown D., Symondson W.O.C.

14:20 – 14:40 Difference in trophic position and resource use between con-specific carabids: Isotopic study of seven common ground beetles on lake islands – Zalewski M., Dudek D., Godeau J.F., Kujawa K., Sienkiewicz P., Tiunov A., Ulrich W.

14:40 – 15:00 Influence of diet composition on the dynamics of stable isotopes in different tissues of ground beetles – Makarov K.V., Matalin A.V., Goncharov A.A., Tiunov A.V.

15:00 – 15:20 Seed predator carabids of the italian fauna and evaluation for conservation of their life traits – Brandmayr P., Giglio A., Talarico F.

15:20 – 15:40 Predation of seeds and seedlings in Atriplex sagittata, a species with a distinctive seed polymorphism – Koprdová S., Martinková Z., Saska P., Honěk A.

15:40 – 15:45    Information about the excursion to the Divoká Šárka NPR and welcome drink                   

16:45                Excursion to the Divoká Šárka Natural Protected Reserve (optional) and welcome drink


Tuesday, 24th September                                           

9:00 – 9:45        Invited lecture: John Holland – The spatial dynamics of carabid beetles from field to landscape and the implications for biocontrol of crop pests                                    

9:45 – 10:00      Coffee break                                                               

10:00 – 11:40    Session 3: AGROECOLOGY OF CARABID BEETLES (chaired by John Holland)

10:00 – 10:20 Effect of land-use and tillage on the dynamics of a dominant carabid beetle Poecilus cupreus (L.) in Western France agricultural landscapes – Marrec R.,BadenhausserI., Börger L., Gauffre B.

10:20 – 10:40 The spatial and temporal distribution of carabid beetles and weed seed predation in winter wheat: a comparison between conventional and conservation agricultural systems – Petit S., Trichard A., Ducourtieux C., Ricci B.

10:40 – 11:00 The effects of changing landscape and arable field management on the diversity of carabid beetles and their links with invertebrate crop pests – Brooks D.R., Bohan D.A.,Chapman J.W., Firbank L.G., Kunin W.E.

11:00 – 11:20 Do differences in grazing pressure affect upland ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) assemblages? – Pozsgai G., Littlewood N.A., Pakeman R.J.

11:20 – 11:40 Effects of large grazers on ground-beetle communities in productive, man-made ecosystems – van Klink R., Vermeulen R., Smit C.

11:40 – 12:45    Poster Session                                                                     

12:45 – 14:00    Lunch                                                             

14:00 – 16:00    Session 4: CARABID ASSEMBLAGES IN FORESTS (chaired by Emmanuelle Dauffy-Richard)

14:00 – 14:20 Do recover diversity and composition of indigenous ground-dwelling assemblages after fifty years of afforestation with native oak? – Tóthmérész B., Bogyó D., Mizser S., Nagy D., Magura T.

14:20 – 14:40 Carabid assemblages in pine stands disturbed by a hurricane in 2002: ten-years responses to hurricane impact (Piska Forest,Poland) – Skłodowski J.

14:40 – 15:00 Species composition and structure of carabid assemblages along the clear-cut originated succession gradient in pine forests – Aleksandrowicz O., Marczak D.

15:00 – 15:20 Changing climate associated with homogenization of forest assemblages of boreal ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) – Spence J.R., Bourassa S.

15:20 – 15:40 Restoration as a forest-management tool inNorthern Europe: effects on carabid beetles – Koivula M., Toivanen T., Heikkila T.

15:40 – 16:00 Ancient forest species: does the concept apply on carabids? An example in pine and oak forests in French lowlands – Dauffy-Richard E., Fleury J., Martin H., Bergès L., Dupouey, J.L.

16:00 – 16:30    presentation of the České středohoří Landscape Protected Area                          

16:30 – 16:35    Information about the excursion on Wednesday                                                                                                                                   


Wednesday, 25th September                                                         

Full day (ca. 8:30 – 18:00) excursion to the České Středohoří Landscape Protected Area and the town of Žatec, the capital of hop                                                                      


Thursday, 26th September                                                             

9:00 – 10:40      Session 5: WHAT DRIVES THE VARIABILITY IN CARABID LIFE HISTORY TRAITS? (chaired by Roberto Pizzolotto)

9:00 – 9:20     Functional diversity and life-history traits of carabid beetles in agricultural systems – Stockan J.A., Pakeman R.J., Baird J., Young M.R., Iason G.R.

9:20 – 9:40     Influence of the production system on life history traits of carabid beetles – Marie A., Plantegenest M.

9:40 – 10:00   The effect of abandonment of mountain meadows on assemblage structure and life traits of ground beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae) – Skalski T., Armatys P., Kędzior R.

10:00 – 10:20 Responses of ground beetle assemblages to forest management in Japan – a study on beetle ecological traits – Shibuya S., Kikvidze Z., Toki W., Kanazawa Y., Suizu T., Yajima T., Fujimori T., Mansournia M., Abdelrahman S., Kubota K., Fukuda K.

10:20 – 10:40 Carabid species traits along an altitudinal gradient in the Dolomites (Italy) – Pizzolotto R., Albertini A., Gobbi M., Brandmayr P.

10:40 – 10:55    Coffee break                                                               

10:55 – 11:40    Invited lecture: Andrea Di Giulio – Morpho-functional and behavioral studies on the flanged bombardier beetles (Carabidae: Paussinae)                                               

11:40 – 12:45    Poster Session                                                                     

12:45 – 14:00    Lunch                                                             

14:00 – 16:00    Session 6: FASCINATING CARABIDS (chaired by Andrea Di Giulio)

14:00 – 14:20 The influence of Humulus lupulus on some physiological indicators of carabid beetle Platynus assimilis – Kivimägi I., Ploomi A., Jõgar K., Sibul I.

14:20 – 14:40 Integrative taxonomy in the subgenus Mesocarabus (Carabidae, Carabus) – Serrano J., Gómez-Zurita J., Andújar C.

14:40 – 15:00 The genus Notiophilus Dumeril, 1806 (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in fauna ofCentral Asia – Barševskis A.

15:00 – 15:20 Elytral surface structure in Poecilus lepidus: What about inheritance? – Mossakowski D., Paarmann W.

15:20 – 15:40 Effects of pitfall trap lid transparency and habitat structure on the catches of carabid beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in tame pasture – Bell A.J., Phillips I.D., Floate K.D., Hoemsen B.M., Phillips C.E.

15:40 – 16:00 The explosive defensive system of paussine and brachinine bombardier beetles (Coleoptera Carabidae): comparative morphology and ultrastructure – Di Giulio A., Muzzi M., Romani R.

16:00 – 16:05    Information about the evening reception                                                           

19:00 – 22:00    Reception at theValenciaboat, with pleasure cruising on theVltavariver            


Friday, 27th September                                                        

9:00 – 10:20      Session 7: SPATIOTEMPORAL PATTERNS IN CARABID ASSEMBLAGES (chaired by Lucija Šerić Jelaska)

9:00 – 9:20     High concordance in the dispersal abilities of distant Carabus hungaricus populations in Central Europe – Elek Z., Bérces S., Drag L., Pokluda P., Čížek L.

9:20 – 9:40     Carabid beetle assemblages above and below the treeline in the Dolomites (Italy) after thirty years (1980 – 2009) – Pizzolotto R., Gobbi M., Brandmayr P.

9:40 – 10:00   Impact of climate change on suitable habitats for ground beetles in beech forests on karst -JelaskaS.D., Vujčić-Karlo S., Šerić Jelaska L.

10:00 – 10:20 Edge effects on carabid beetles (Coleoptera; Carabidae) across forest-meadow ecotones of Dinaric beech-fir forests – Brigić A., Starčević M., Vujčić-Karlo S., Hrašovec B.

10:20 – 10:35    Coffee break                                                               


10:35 – 12:15    Session 8: ANTROPOGENIC EFFECTS ON CARABID FAUNA (chaired by Axel Schwerk)

10:35 – 10:55 The habitat-specific effects of highway proximity on ground beetles: implications for biodiversity conservation – Knapp M., Saska P., Knappová J., Vonička P., Moravec P., Kůrka A., Anděl P.

10:55 – 11:15 The impact of the construction and renovation of the Skępe bypass on the carabid beetles fauna – Dymitryszyn I.

11:15 – 11:35 Quantifying predation pressure by using artificial caterpillars along an urbanisation gradient in Denmark – Ferrante M., Lo Cacciato A., Lövei G.L.

11:35 – 11:55 Carabid Assemblages of Semi-Natural Grassland Habitats inHelsinki- Venn S.J.

11:55 – 12:15 Changes in carabid beetle fauna (Coleoptera: Carabidae) along a successional gradient on post-industrial areas inCentral Poland – Schwerk A.

12:15 – 13:00    Closing ceremony                                                                   

13:00 – 14:00    Lunch                                                      


Saturday, 28th September – Sunday, 29th September


post-meeting tour (optional)


Saturday – trip to the Czech Karst Landscape Protected Area, visit of Karlštejn castle andKoněprusyCave

Sunday – trip to the Kokořínsko Landscape Protected Area


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