EcoSummit 2016

Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change

29 August - 1 September 2016 | Le Corum, Montpellier, France

EcoSummit 2016 has now taken place.

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Poster Clips: "Poster clips" are short 3-minute videos of a scientific poster discussion. Early Career Researchers had the opportunity to record a poster clip during EcoSummit to promote their research. If you did not have the chance to discuss the research directly at the conference click here to find out more!

EcoSummit 2020 will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre near Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and hosted by Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.

At EcoSummit 2016, we expect 1500 delegates from 75 countries to hear 11 plenary presentations from some of the world’s premier ecologists and environmental scientists. We are hosting over 750 presentations in 93 sessions and 15 side events, in the form of workshops, round tables and world cafés. More than 600 posters will also be displayed during EcoSummit 2016. Together we will focus on finding solutions for today’s massive environmental problems. Sessions relate to ecological engineering, ecological restoration, green infrastructure, adaptation to climate change, earth stewardship, ecohydrology, eco-informatics, ecological modeling, sustainable agriculture, protection of biodiversity, carbon sequestration, human ecology and enhancement of ecosystem services.

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The 5th International EcoSummit Congress, EcoSummit 2016 - Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change, will take place at The Corum Convention Centre, Montpellier from 29 August – 1 September 2016. This conference series was founded in 1996 in Copenhagen, as a forum to meet the demands of scientists working in several new ecological disciplines, and who required a better understanding of the concepts and methods for a holistic use of ecology in environmental management. Since 1996, EcoSummit has been taken around the world (Canada and China), with EcoSummit 2012 hosting 1600 participants from 75 countries in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

EcoSummit 2016 will centre on the ecology of terrestrial ecosystems and all habitats that are integrated within those ecosystems, including river networks, wetlands and coastlines. Focus will be placed on fragile ecosystems that are more likely to suffer the consequences of climate change and anthropogenic pressure. However, in the current context of an increasing world population, changes in social habit (increasing world consumerism) and climate change, it is evident that agriculture is being intensified but with a growing awareness of the need to preserve and use sustainably world resources. Therefore, we will also address how terrestrial restoration can be carried out when the massive demand for food results in fragile ecosystems, forests and marginal lands being turned over to agriculture. The central and fundamental topics of EcoSummit 2016 are as follows:


  • Agro-ecology
  • Anthropogenic pressure
  • Arid lands and desertification
  • Biodiversity and biological conservation
  • Biological invasions
  • Climate change
  • Disturbance ecology
  • Ecohydrology
  • Ecological complexity
  • Ecological economics
  • Ecological engineering
  • Ecological indicators
  • Ecological intensification
  • Ecological modelling
  • Ecosystem creation and restoration
  • Ecosystem health
  • Ecosystem services
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Environmental policy
  • Fragile ecosystems and hotspot management
  • Integrating socio-economics and ecology
  • Sustainability and resilience
  • Watershed/River catchment management
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Plenary Speakers

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EcoSummit 2016 Co-Chairs

Organising Committee

  • Luc Abbadie, France
  • Brigitte Cabantous, France
  • Thierry Caquet, France
  • Christian Dupraz, France
  • Thierry Fourcaud, France
  • Philippe Hinsinger, France
  • Ida Kubiszewski, Australia
  • Philippe Lagacherie, France
  • François Munoz, France
  • Marie-Laure Navas, France
  • Guy Richard, France
  • Christine Riou, France
  • Catherine Roumet, France
  • Jean-Michel Salles, France
  • Yan Zhang, France

Scientific Committee

  • Guillermo Angeles, Mexico
  • Richard Bardgett, UK
  • Kunfang Cao, China
  • Laurent Cournac, France/Senegal
  • Blanca Jimenez-Cisneros, France
  • Robert Costanza, Australia
  • Alan P. Covich, USA
  • Rudolf S. De Groot, The Netherlands
  • Brian Fath, USA
  • Eeva Furman, Finland
  • Sven Erik Jørgensen, Denmark
  • John Kim, Germany
  • Kokou Kouami,Togo
  • Hans Lambers, Australia
  • Bai-Lian (Larry) Li, USA
  • Xuehua Liu, China
  • Sandra Luque, France
  • Ülo Mander, Estonia
  • Somaiah Sundarapandian, India
  • Florencia Trama, Peru
  • Maciej Zalewski, Poland

Young Scientist Ambassador

  • Luis Merino-Martin, France/Spain
Hosted by
  • INRA
  • IRD
Organised by
Supported by
  • Agropolis Foundation
  • CeMEB
  • Cirad
  • EcoServ
  • University of Montpellier
  • National Science Foundation
In association with
  • AEES
  • British Ecological Society
  • esa
  • Gaie
  • IEES
  • IEES
  • SER
  • sfe
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Supporting Publications

  • AnaEE
  • Belmont Forum
  • CABI
  • CAIS
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Emergy Society
  • INRA
  • IRD
  • Peerage of Science
  • SFE
  • Royal Society
Nature Ecology & Evolution