Outline & Speakers

Symposium synopsis and confirmed speakers.

This exciting meeting is a Joint Symposium with the Norwegian Ecological Society (Norsk Økologisk Forening), a member of The Nordic Society Oikos.

Across the boreal zone the altitudinal treeline ecotone shares many plant and animal species. It can be one of the most biologically diverse transition zones due to its highly variable structure. How have the markedly different land use histories in Scandinavia and the UK affected the flora and fauna, both above and below ground, and their function in these ecotones? What are the implications for rural policy and land use of the current heightened dynamic flux in both climate and politics?

There appears to be an upward trend in the movement of tree and shrub species in Scandinavia while in the UK treeline habitats are very rare and there is conservation concern associated with many montane scrub species. In addition, the land use differences, across the countries, have fostered very different attitudes to this ecotone and its role in supporting (or not) the interests of extensive agriculture or hunting practice, and wider recreational activity.

Join us in Bergen, Norway for an examination of the science exploring these issues with leading scientists from across Europe. Then join the debate between rural policy makers, land users and other key stakeholders, about the impact that land use and rural policy has on the biodiversity and the delivery of ecosystem services. This discussion will be live web-linked between Bergen and Perth, Scotland, a first for BES, and enabling direct comparisons between the two countries.

The indoor meeting will be followed by a chance to visit a treeline ecotone site in either country.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Karina Clemmensen (Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU), Dept Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology)
  • Ellen Dorrepaal (Umea University)
  • Amy Eycott (Cambridge University)
  • Marc Macias Fauria (Oxford University)
  • Bente Jesse Graae, (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU)
  • Emily Hessling (The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen University)
  • Annika Hofgaard (Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, NINA)
  • Brian Huntley (Durham University)
  • Christian Rixen (Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research)
  • James Speed (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU)
  • Carly Stevens (Lancaster University)
  • Tom Parker (Stirling University)
  • Andy Taylor (The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen University)
  • Alison Hester (The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen University)
  • Kerstin Potthoff (University of Bergen)


Want to participate? We will be inviting submissions for poster presentations, showcasing your contribution to our understanding of treeline zone dynamics. Abstract submission will open with registration.


Registration is due to open in July 2018.

Please register your interest with BES Events Manager, Amy Everard to be updated when registration opens.