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Phenological shifts and their impact on Society

A small light green conifer bud. Photo.

Phenological shifts and their impact on Society
- Application of phenology research in planning and decision-making


Symposium by the Swedish National Phenology Network, SLU and BECC in connection to the Oikos Conference in Uppsala 2019.

Phenological shifts, i.e. changes in the timing of seasonal events, are well-documented effects of climate change, with potentially large impact on nature and society. These effects include biodiversity conservation, spread of invasive species and conditions for growth, pests or frost damage in agriculture and forestry, as well as on human health (allergies). The goal of the symposium is to discuss how deliverables from phenology research and data monitoring may be used by stakeholders in their planning and decision-making, and by the general society for discovery and adaption to a changed climate.

The symposium is organized by the Swedish National Phenology Network (SWE-NPN), as a joint effort of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (head organization of SWE-NPN) and the Lund and Gothenburg Universities, through the BECC consortium (Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate).

Homepage and registration:

To participate, please register at the latest the 15 January. (Participation is free of charge and includes lunch)

For more info for BECC-researchers, please email to jacob [dot] johansson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se or aslog [dot] dahl [at] bioenv [dot] gu [dot] se.

Prel. Program

9:30 Registration and coffee (poster presentations)

10:00 Introduction

Session 1

10:05 Introductory speach: The benefit from phenological observations when tracking the effects of a changed climate in 
                                            nature, from a stakeholder's perspective, Ola Langvall (Coordinator Swedish National Phenology
                                            Network) and Henrik Josefsson (Länsstyrelsen Örebro län)

10:30 Artportalen – a species reporting system for Swedish animals and plants, Stephen Coulson (SLU, Artdatabanken)

10:50 Trends of first flowering date of hazel (Corylus avellane L.) under warming, Tochia Ting (Graduate student National 
                                                                                                                                                        Taiwan University)

11:10 The course of the annual life cycle of bees may be selected to match local floral resources. Åslög Dahl
                                                                                                                                                    (Gothenburg University, BECC)

11:30 Understanding phenological strategies in plants through studies on genetically defined barley mutants, Mats Hansson 
                                                                                                                                               (Professor Lund University, BECC)

11:50 Lunch (poster presentations)

Session 2

12:30 Key-note speech: Vinifera... Kimberly Nicholas (Assoc prof Lund University, BECC)

13:15 Long-term standardized forest phenology in Sweden, a climate change indicator and used in forestry, 
                                                                                                                                Mikaell Ottosson Löfvenius / Ola Langvall
                                                                                                                                  (Swedish Univ. Agricultural Sc.)

13:35 Annual variation of berry production in south-central Sweden and its bottom-up effects on brown bears,
                                                                                                                                          Anne Hertel (Post Doc Senckenberg
                                                                                                                                 Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre)

14:00 "Speed dating" - exploring the current and future use and demand for phenology deliverables 

15:30 Presentation of "results" from speed dating

16:00 Closure of symposium

4 February 2019 09:30 to 16:00
SLU Campus Ultuna, Uppsala
jacob.johansson [at]

About the event

4 February 2019 09:30 to 16:00
SLU Campus Ultuna, Uppsala
jacob.johansson [at]