Thank you!

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to each of you who participated at the 2nd International Conference on Community Ecology.

Over 100 researchers and scientists from 23 countries gave their time and resources to attend and to contribute. It was a great pleasure to see so many of you here!

Hopefully you enjoyed both the scientific part and the social programmes and you used the opportunity to extend your existing networks. We are sure that the cooperation with most of you will continue in the near future!

We would like to give special thanks to the Plenary Speakers of the conference.

Congratulations to the Young Community Ecologist Awardees*

Gemma Burgazzi
(University of Parma / Parma, Italy) for the presentation entitled:
Communities in high definition: Spatial and environmental factors affecting small scale distribution of aquatic invertebrates

Giannina S. I. Hattich
(GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research / Kiel, Germany) for the presentation entitled:
Ecological and evolutionary changes shape future phytoplankton communities

Pierro Zannini
(University of Bologna / Bologna, Italy) for the presentation entitled:
Patterns of plant communities in Sacred Natural Sites across Italy

*The award is a free card for an Open Access on an accepted publication in the journal Community Ecology

We hope to see you all at ComEc2021!

Prof. Alessandro Chiarucci
Conference chair
Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences
Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy

Dr. Irene Montanari
Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences
Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy

Prof. Laura Airoldi
Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences
Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy

Prof. Alberto Basset
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies
University of Salento, Lecce, Italy

Prof. Stefano Mazzoleni
Applied Ecology and System Dynamics Lab
University of Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italy

Dr. Juri Nascimbene
Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences
Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy

Krisztina Tóth
Conference coordinator
AKCongress, Budapest, Hungary

Welcome reception

Welcome reception

At the Welcome reception guests have the opportunity to get acquainted with the venue and meet the participants of the conference. Buffet dinner based on typical Italian dishes and alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks will be served.

Date: June 4, Tuesday 19:00–21:00
Price: Included in the registration fee
Location: DAMSLab / Hall

Discover Bologna!

Bologna at Night

Learn more about the hosting town of ComEc 2019, hear the story of „le due torri” (the two towers): Asinelli and Garisenda, the universally recognized symbols of Bologna while walking along the mediaval streets near the oldest university in the world.

Date: June 5, Wednesday 19:00–21:00
Price: Included in the registration fee

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Fusing haughty elegance with down-to-earth grit and one beautifully colonnaded medieval grid, Bologna is a city of two intriguing halves. One side is a hard-working, high-tech city located in the super-rich Po valley where suave opera-goers waltz out of regal theatres and into some of the nation's finest restaurants. The other is a bolshie, politically edgy city that hosts the world's oldest university and is famous for its graffiti-embellished piazzas filled with mildly inebriated students swapping Gothic fashion tips.

No small wonder Bologna has earned so many historical monikers. La Grassa (the fat one) celebrates a rich food legacy (ragù or bolognese sauce was first concocted here). La Dotta (the learned one) doffs a cap to the city university founded in 1088. La Rossa (the red one) alludes to the ubiquity of the terracotta medieval buildings adorned with miles of porticoes, as well as the city's long-standing penchant for left-wing politics.

Bologna gallery

DAMSLab - Laboratori delle Arti

DAMSLab - Laboratori delle Arti

The Laboratories of the Arts are part of the buildings inside the Manifattura delle Arti. The area, originally designed in 1883 by architects Priori and Buriani, has been renovated since 1996 with a joint effort by the Municipality and the University of Bologna, under the auspices of architect Aldo Rossi.

On the premises of the Laboratories, assigned today to the Department of Arts of the University of Bologna, the Hall, the Seminar Room, the Auditorium and the Theater are suitable to host teaching, research and third mission activities like conferences, exhibitions, installations, film screenings, workshops and different dance, music, theater and cinema performances.

Since 2018 the activities of this space have merged into the DAMSLab.

Address & contact 

Piazzetta Pier Paolo Pasolini 5/b, 40100  Bologna, Italy


Venue gallery

We would like to thank all over 120 participants for joining us in Budapest at the 1st International Conference on Community Ecology!

September 27–29, 2017 / Budapest, Hungary

Take a look into Book of Abstracts:
Pdf document / 5 Mb
Final Program: Pdf document / 170 Kb

Browse photo gallery: 1st Day / 2nd Day / 3rd Day


The First Conference on Community Ecology was the opening of a conference series accompanying the journal Community Ecology. The scientific focus was quite wide, presenting all aspects of community ecology and its connections to landscape ecology, multivariate statistics, systems ecology, vegetation science, macroecology and many other fields.

Main topics of the conference

  • Community ecology
  • Spatial and landscape ecology
  • Statistical ecology
  • Systems ecology
  • Ecological networks
  • Island biogeography
  • Macroecology
  • Socio-ecology
  • Vegetation science

Conference Chair

Ferenc Jordán
Danube Research Institute
MTA Centre for Ecological Research, Budapest, Hungary
Community Ecology, Editor-in-Chief

Keynote Speakers

Duccio Rocchini
Professor in Biology and Ecology
University of Trento, Italy
How to monitor community diversity from space?

Enrico Feoli
Department of Life Sciences
University of Trieste, Italy
Classification of plant communities and alpha and beta diversity of vegetation systems

Jens M. Olesen
Professor in Ecology
Aarhus University, Denmark
Ecological networks

Owen Petchey
Associate Professor
University of Zürich, Switzerland
Is Ecology Predictable? Lessons from experimental microbial ecosystems

Ulrich Sommer
GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany
The food web implications of plankton body size

Ursula Scharler
School of Life Sciences, Durban, South Africa
Contribution of communities to ecosystem functioning in aquatic systems

Conference Coordinator

Krisztina Tóth
AKCongress / Budapest, Hungary

Special Partner



Young Community Ecologist Awardees

1st prize: Juliana Pereira for the presentation entitled:
Protecting landscape connectivity: Multi-node selection of key habitat patches based on fragmentation and reachability

2nd prize: Michael Meyer for the presentation entitled:
Influence of temporal diversification on invertebrate communities in a long-term crop-rotation experiment

3rd prize: Orsolya Valkó for the presentation entitled:
Grassland recovery on linear landscape elements – Promising example to restore natural vegetation

Authors are invited to submit their poster and oral contributions from the following fields:

  • Community ecology
  • Island biogeography
  • Macroecology
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • Metacommunities
  • Diversity partitioning
  • Ecological networks
  • Statistical ecology
  • Dark diversity
  • Effects of global change
  • Conservation biology / community conservation
  • Potential new topics / according to suggestions

Oral presentations

Plenary talk: 45 min. (Including Q&A)
Oral talks: 20 min. (Including Q&A)

Please bring your presentation - saved both in ppt and pdf format in 16:9 ratio - on a USB memory stick.
Upload and check your presentation preferably in the morning but at the latest in the break before your session in the lecture room where your talk will be held.

All lecture rooms are equipped with microphone, projector, remote controller and a laptop. Technical assistance will be guaranteed during the whole conference.

Poster presentations

Your poster should be printed in size A0 (841mm x 1189mm) and be in portrait orientation. You will be given sticky tack/blue tack to affix your poster.

Date of the poster sessions:
Wednesday / June 5, 2019 15:45-17:00
Thursday / June 6, 2019 15:30-16:30

Posters will be displayed in the Teatro / Hall (see floorplan) by name of the presenter and title.
You are asked to be next to your poster during the Poster Sessions in order to answer any questions.
You can mount your poster from 08:00 on Wednesday, 5 June and posters are expected to remain up until the end of the Poster Session.
Posters must be taken down no later than 18:30 on Thursday, 6 June.

Special Partner