Online 2021 WG2 Meeting

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12 May Wednesday

Online 2021 WG2 Meeting

12 May 2021, 09:00 - 12 May 2021, 15:00

FIRElinks WG2 meeting

Effects of wildfires on flora and fauna

Digital Event, May 12th 2021, 09:00 to 15:00

Due to the restrictions with the current situation, the WG4 meeting  will be held online to allow collaborators to participate.

The meeting will be focused on the effects of wildfires on flora and fauna on a European scale.

First part aims to evaluate the effects of fire on fauna, whilst the second one to assess the effects on vegetation. On the whole, the meeting aims to encompass environmental processes, ecoregional perspectives as well as methodological approaches.


9:00 A.M – 9:15 A.M. Welcome

Short Introduction by:

Prof Artemi Cerda (Chair) and Prof Stefan Doerr (Vice Chair) of the COST EU action COST Action “Fire in the Earth System: Science & Society” (FIRElinks)

Dr Joan Estrany, Workgroup leader 2: Effects of fires on flora and fauna


Explaining the programme:

Dr Zorica Popović (Institute for Biological Research “Siniša Stanković” – National Institute of Republic of Serbia, University of Belgrade) and Jesus Rodrigo Comino (Universität Trier) (organization)


9:15 A.M. – 9:25 A.M. Introduction participants

Breakout virtual rooms:

Further introduction between participants in small groups (5-10 persons).

  • What is your link with the effects of wildfires on flora and fauna?
  • What is your risk perception in your country concerning these effects?


9:25 A.M. – 10:05 A.M. Impact of fire on aquatic fauna

Speaker: Dr Vesna Djikanović, University of Belgrade (Serbia)


10:05 A.M. – 10:45 A.M. Effects of fire on animal populations: the role of fire refuges

Speaker: Dr Pere Pons, Department of Environmental Sciences, Universitat de Girona (Spain)


10:45 A.M. – 11:15 A.M. Break (30 minutes)


11:15 A.M. – 11:55 A.M. Fire severity and post-fire vegetation recovery

Speaker: Dr Emanuele Lingua, Università degli studi di Padova (Italy)


11:55 A.M. – 12:35 A.M. Leaf area index and water availability. Implementation in fire-affected areas

Speaker: Dr Nataša Čereković, University of Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina)


12:35 P.M. – 13:30 P.M. Lunch break (55 minutes)



13:30 P.M. – 14:10 P.M. Tackling the two-way relationships between fire and fire-adapted invasive plants

Speaker: Prof Joaquim S. Silva, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Centre for Functional Ecology (Portugal)


14:10 P.M. – 14:50 P.M. Burn severity and soil chemistry are weak drivers of early vegetation succession following a boreal mega‐fire in a production forest landscape

Speaker: Prof Lena Gustafsson, Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden)

14:50 P.M. – 15:00 P.M. Questions/reactions

15:00 P.M. Closure








52 available Candidate participants The attendance to this meeting will be limited to 70 people, so please register your interest on participating by the 26th of April.
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Date: May 12
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Venue Name: Online
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