International conferences on Serpentine Ecology

Since 1991, scientists from 45 nations have participated in seven International Conferences on Serpentine Ecology (ICSE) and the latest was the 8th conference in Malaysia in June 2014. The conferences are always highlighting a region with intriguing serpentine soil-biota relations and previous conferences have been held in the US, New Caledonia, South Africa, Cuba, Italy and Portugal. The conferences have become an international forum to discuss and synthesize international multidisciplinary research, and have offered opportunities for scientists in different fields and from different regions of the world to conduct joint research.
Conference delegates have come from all corners of the world, including Albania, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, DR Congo, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, Japan, New Caledonia, Korea, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, UK, and USA. 

The 9th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology (9th ICSE)

The 9th ICSE is estimated to attract between 120–170 researchers from all over the world. The costs of the conference (facilities, accommodation, transport, field excursions and part of the organizing costs) are normally covered by the registration fees for the conference delegates, although we encourage seeking funding from business entities or national or international organizations to help lower the registration fees.

Why Albania ?

After the last conference in the wonderful heart of Borneo (Sabah, Malaysia), the ISES members voted to select Albania as the next venue for the 9th ICSE in June 2017.
Although a small country situated in the Balkans (28,750 km2), Albania has more than 10 % of ultramafic territory in its surface, being the highest percentage of all european countries. Albania, as part of the Balkan Peninsula, is a biodiversity hotspot with astonishing wild landscapes that host more than 3600 plant species (ca 4000 plant taxa) and many animal species such as large mammals (wolf, bear). Climatic conditions range from coastal typical mediterranean zones up to alpine environments in extremely short gradients. Among albanian plants, there is a lot of endemic species and ultramafic areas drive a significant part of this heritage. Albania is also rich in aquatic diversity (including endemic fish species).

Also, agromining in Europe was born in Albania on the shores of Lake Ohrid with the continuous work of the Agricultural University of Tirana. Additionally to the large ecological richness of the country, it is a must to visit the cradle of phytomining in Europe.