IOBC-WPRS Working Group Meeting

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8th IOBC-WPRS Working Group Meeting

Landscape management for functional biodiversity

Wednesday 27 - Friday 29 March 2019, Wageningen, the Netherlands

Deadline for submission of papers is 18 January 2019


  Felix Bianchi, Wageningen University, the Netherlands Paul van Rijn, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  Claudius van de Vijver, Graduate School PE&RC, the Netherlands Bärbel Gerowitt, University of Rostock, Germany
  Lennart SuselbeekGraduate School PE&RC, the Netherlands Graham Begg, the James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom
Aims of the meeting and scientific programme

There is ongoing debate about the future of agriculture. While intensive management practices, including the use of synthetic pesticide applications, are standard practice in conventional farming systems, their undesirable side effects are increasingly recognized. There is public concern about the decline of pollinator populations, neonicotinoid insecticides and glyphosate herbicides are under scrutiny, and the EU has launched greening measures to mitigate negative impacts of intensive management practices on farmland biodiversity. There is growing momentum for a transition towards more ecologically-based pest management, but there remain still many scientific challenges.

The aim of the meeting is to bring together the latest insights on current topics in landscape management for functional biodiversity, including the management for multiple ecosystem services, the identification of promising crop and non-crop management options to support biodiversity-based pest management, and initiatives to meet the challenge to halt the ongoing decline of important farmland species. Promising areas for future research will be identified.


Registration and welcome drinks are scheduled for the evening of Tuesday 26 March (starting around 20:00 hrs). Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th are days for oral presentations, poster sessions and discussions. On Thursday afternoon there will be an excursion followed by a conference dinner. The programme ends on Friday 29th at 13:30 after lunch.

Bugs at your Service Postgraduate Course - 31 March - 5 April 2019

bee-flowerWe are organising an in-depth postgraduate course aimed at PhD candidates, postdocs, and academic staff in connection with this IOBC-WPRS working group meeting. This course will run from Sunday evening 31 March until Friday 5 April 2019. In this course we will provide an overview of concepts and tools that can contribute to the design of multifunctional landscapes that are better suited to capitalize on ecosystem services in conjunction with other land use functions. The focus of the course will be on:

  1. Consumer-resource interactions underlying pollination and biocontrol services;
  2. The spatial ecology of pollinators and natural enemies;
  3. The impact of pest management practices on arthropod-mediated ecosystem services;
  4. The design of multifunctional landscapes that support arthropod-mediated ecosystem services as well as other land use functions

Aside from updating and deepening your scientific knowledge, this course also offers an excellent opportunity to broaden your network and to interact with world-class scientists in the field! More information about this course, as well as a link to register your participation, can be found here.

Conference venue

The Symposium will be held at Hotel De Wageningsche Berg, Wageningen, The Netherlands. The venue is located in a beautiful forested area overlooking the river Rhine, yet close to the centre of Wageningen and Wageningen University campus.


We are pleased to be able to offer a competitive rate of € 85,- per night (including breakfast) for your stay at the conference venue "Hotel De Wageningsche Berg". To make use of this special offer, you will have to submit a special hotel reservation form. The blank version of this form will be made available to you upon registration for the IOBC-WPRS meeting. Of course there are other options for staying overnight in and around Wageningen. For information on B&B's and hotels in Wageningen please visit Another option is Short Stay Wageningen. Furthermore, Airbnb offers several rooms in the area. Other hotels in the neighbourhood that are not mentioned on the website of "Proef Wageningen" are Fletcher Hotel Doorwerth-Arnhem in Doorwerth, Bilderberg Hotel Wolfheze in Wolfheze, Bilderberg Hotel De Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, Bilderberg Hotel De Buunderkamp in Wolfheze, Bilderberg Hotel Klein Switzerland in Heelsum, and Hotel ReeHorst in Ede. Do note, however, that the conference venue is not actually located in the city centre of Wageningen, but a short distance away from the city, nicely situated on top of the glacial uplift just east of Wageningen. To help you with your stay in the city, we also suggest you have a look at the brochure "A Taste of Wageningen".


Hotel de Wageningsche Berg can be reached by public transport, however, it does take a few transfers when travelling from Schiphol Airport to the hotel. To facilitate participants of the IOBC meeting in this, we have arranged for a shuttle service between Ede-Wageningen train station and the conference venue. This shuttle service will be available on Tuesday evening between 17:00 and 20:00 hrs and on Wednesday morning between 7:30 and 8:30 hrs. In the registration form, you can indicate whether or not you would be interested in making use of this shuttle service, so we have an idea of the number of people to cater for. Direct trains depart from Schiphol Airport for Ede-Wageningen (direction Arnhem/Nijmegen), an approx. 1 hour train ride. At Ede-Wageningen railway station, you can use the shuttle service we provide, take a taxi to the hotel, or take a regular bus to Wageningen centre and from there another bus in the direction of Arnhem. Those arriving by car: Hotel de Wageningsche Berg has its own free parking facilities.

Submission of papers

The IOBC-WPRS Bulletin publishes papers presented during IOBC-WPRS Working Group Meetings. Paper submission is mandatory to be invited for giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Papers should be clear, concise, written in English, and should be limited to 4 pages maximum, including tables and graphs. In order to allow good and uniform reproduction, all manuscripts must be submitted in MS Word format (.docx) and subject to a light review. All full papers will be published in an electronic pdf issue of the IOBC-Bulletin. Papers should be submitted via an online submission form, which can be found here. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 27 January 2019.

Conference Fees 1
IOBC members and PhD candidates 3 € 350,- € 400,-
All others 3 € 500,- € 550,-

1 The conference fee includes:

  • Admission to all scientific sessions;
  • Welcome drinks on Tuesday 26 March;
  • A PDF of the IOBC Bulletin;
  • Coffee/tea breaks and lunches throughout the conference;
  • Dinner on Wednesday and Thursday (a conference dinner and a buffet dinner);
  • A guided excursion in the region

2 The Early-Bird Fee applies to anyone who REGISTERS ON OR BEFORE 1 MARCH 2019
3 The Graduate School PE&RC offers a subsidy for its members to participate in this meeting. Thus, if you are a PE&RC member (PhD, postdoc, or academic staff), and you wish to participate in this conference, please contact our office at

  • If you need an invoice to complete your payment, please send an email to, including ALL relevant details that should be mentioned on the invoice (e.g., purchase order no., specific addresses, attendees, etc.).
  • Please make sure that your payment, if applicable, is arranged within two weeks after your registration.
  • It is the participant's responsibility to make sure that he/she (or his/her secretary) completes the payment correctly and in time.
Cancellation Conditions
  • Up to 2 (two) weeks prior to the start of the event, cancellation is free of charge.
  • Up to 1 (one) week prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 275,- will be charged.
  • In case of cancellation within one week prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 350,- will be charged.
  • If you do not show at all without informing us prior to the event, a fee of € 500,- will nevertheless be charged.

Note: If you would like to cancel your registration, ALWAYS inform us!

More information

Dr Felix Bianchi
Phone: +31 317 481197

Dr Lennart Suselbeek
Phone: +31 317 485426


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To facilitate participants of the IOBC meeting in reaching the conference venue, we have arranged for a shuttle service between Ede-Wageningen train station and Hotel de Wageningsche Berg. This shuttle service will be available on Tuesday evening between 17:00 and 20:00 hrs and on Wednesday morning between 7:30 and 8:30 hrs. Here, you can indicate whether or not you would be interested in making use of this shuttle service, so we have an idea of the number of people to cater for.