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Programme & Registration

A European perspective on the future of biodiversity and ecosystems

Final Conference of the ECOCHANGE FP6 Project

21–22 March 2012

ETHZ, Rämistrasse 111, Zürich, Switzerland



Halting the loss of biodiversity and its associated benefits for society remains one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. Climate and land use change are strongly shaping ecosystems and herewith the presence and distribution of species. Biodiversity management needs to find conservation strategies, which both preserve the functioning of current ecosystems and take projected future changes into account.

The EcoChange project contributed to tackling this challenge by providing data, scenarios and associated confidence limits so that policy makers and land managers can use them for anticipating societal problems and for designing sustainable conservation strategies by accounting the most likely global change effects on biodiversity and ecosystems.

Objectives and Outcomes

This conference aims to disseminate key results of the EcoChange project and is welcoming participants from the scientific community, stakeholders, policy makers, and the interested public.

Conference sessions will cover different aspects of biodiversity research. In each session, EcoChange researchers will present their key findings, which will be further elaborated on by experts and stakeholders from various disciplinary backgrounds. Discussions at the end of each session allow for interaction between participants and speakers. We thus aim at a vivid discussion between scientists, stakeholders and policy makers.

Good reasons for you to engage in this conference:

• You will have the chance to discuss EcoChange results and their implications for biodiversity research and conservation with leading experts from all over Europe.

• You will receive cutting-edge results of biodiversity research, covering the relation of biodiversity to conservation strategies, climate change, DNA datasets, and ecosystem services.

The context

EcoChange aims at assessing and forecasting changes in terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems. The project concentrates on the improvement of models and the generation of new data, but it also integrates the findings in socio-economic analysis. 23 partners from all over Europe contribute to this project, which is supported by the 6th Framework Programme of the European Union. It started 2007 and will finish March 2012.


Please register for your poster in the registration form below, and send your abstract using the template below to Sibylle Hauser ( by February 27th 2012.

Abstract Template

Further Information and Registration



Conference Fees (incl. Catering):

Regular attendance: 250 EUR

Students (Masters, PhD): 190 EUR

Day Pass 21/03: 150 EUR

Day Pass 22/03: 150 EUR


Suggested Hotels

Please book your hotel yourself. The following is a list of suggested hotels that we recommend for the conference attendance.


A bit outside of Zurich

Landgasthof Leuen

Birmensdorferstrasse 56

8142 Uitikon Waldegg

+41 (0)44 406 15 00

Single:  140/155 [€ 113/125]

Double: 165/185  [€ 133/149]

Minotel Guesthouse Atlantis

Döltschihalde 49

8055 Zürich

+41 (0) 44 454 54 54

Single:  135/165 [€ 108/133]

Double: 160/195 [€ 129/157]
Youth hostel Zurich


Mutschellenstrasse 114

8038 Zürich

+41 (0)43 399 78 00

Single:         107   [€ 86]  / person

Double:        64.   [€ 52]  / person

Triple:         55.50  [€ 45]  / person
Suitable hotels downtown Zurich

Hotel Neufeld

Friesenbergstrasse 15

8055 Zürich

+41 (0)43 960 73 73

Single:       1101   [€   89]

Double:     1551   [€ 125]

Hotel Leoneck

Leonhardstrasse 1

8001 Zürich

+41 (0)44 254 22 22

Single:   120/200 [€   97/161]

Double: 160/250  [€ 129/202]

Hotel Ibis Zürich City West

Schiffbaustrasse 11

8005 Zürich

+41 (0)44 276 21 00

Double:    159 [€  128]

No singles
[1] ATTENTION: This is a special price for WSL. Please indicate that this is for a stay in connection with a meeting at WSL, so that you request the WSL prices.


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