What is ECOO?

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ECOO 2012.

What is ECOO?
The European Congress on Odonatology (ECOO) is a biennial European Dragonfly Symposium, held since 2010; the ECOO 2020 is the sixth congress to be held.

The key objective of our congresses is to advance the science of Odonatology in Europe (and the world), as well as of nature conservation, habitats, behavioural science, ecology, hydrobiology, etc. The ECOO explores opportunities and challenges for Odonatologists to meet each other and to communicate new knowledge of such a beautiful and interesting science as Odonatology certainly is. Our congresses link Odonatology with the society and help science to deeply recognize and contribute to support joint dialogue and collaborative networks involving academics and people who are interesting in dragonflies.

Who can participate in the ECOO?
The ECOO welcomes all those who are working on or are interested in dragonflies at all levels.

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What are the topics?
Lectures and presentations on different topics preferably connected with European damselflies and dragonflies are welcomed. Some of the important topics are monitoring, distribution, protection and climate change.

What is the vision of the ECOO?
The vision is to keep organizing biennial European Dragonfly Symposia and, in turn, to create and maintain a sustainable European network of Odonatologists, all for the greater good of dragonflies and their habitats.

Where and when will the next ECOO be held?
The ECOO 2020 will be held in Central Slovenia, from June 29th to July 2nd 2020, followed by a field trip from 3rd to 8th July 2020.

Who is behind the ECOO?
The ECOO in itself is not an organisation. Instead, organisations and/or persons are taking turns to organize an ECOO. The ECOO’s Organization Committee (OC) consists of a standing part of OC and a national part from the country in which the ECOO takes place. Standing part of the OC is a group of odonatologists from different parts of Europe. Activities carried out by such a group should ease access to odonatologists, funds and decision makers of their regions. In that way ECOO would experience benefits from better dissemination of information, wider pool of sponsors, and a wider public awareness. The elected members of the Standing part of the ECOO Organization Committee are: Magnus Billqvist (Scandinavia), Sonia Ferreira (Iberia), Klaus-Jürgen Conze (Germany), Sönke Hardersen (Italy), Miloš Jović (Serbia), Damjan Vinko (Slovenia) and Cédric Vanappelghem (France).

Lead organizers of ECOOs have been: Sonia Ferreira (2010), Miloš Jović (2012), Cédric Vanappelghem (2014), Magnus Billqvist (2016), Otakar Holuša (2018) and Damjan Vinko (2020).

Who will organize the next ECOO?
The Slovene Dragonfly Society (in Slovene: Slovensko odonatološko društvo) is the organizer of the ECOO 2020, with the support of some other odonatologists from abroad. There will be more supporters as the planning continues. Just to get a hint on what those can be, we have listed the previous organisers and supporters below*. If your organisation is interested in supporting and/or co-organising the ECOO, please contact the Organizing Committee.

What is the vision of the ECOO 2020?
The vision of the ECOO 2020 is to get 70 participants from all over Europe to come to the best ECOO so far. An ECOO that will be affordable also for students from all over Europe will be able to participate also with the help of the Grants. Also we would like to make awareness on dragonfly and nature conservation in general in the local community where the congress will be held. In addition to lectures and poster presentations during this 4-day Congress we plan to organize a mid-congress trip, stress the importance of non-governmental societies and others on protection of odonates and also an Odonatological fair in order to ease access to contemporary literature as well as other products connected with dragonflies and field work.

Post Congress Field Trips
After each ECOO, there follows a few-day field trip to give its members an opportunity to visit the most exciting areas in other parts of the hosting country or its region. You are of course welcome to join a post congress field trip without participating at the ECOO.

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Former ECOOs
2010: Vairão-Vila do Conde, Portugal
2012: Belgrade, Serbia
2014: Montpellier, France
2016: Tyringe, Sweden
2018: Brno, Czech Republic

Upcoming ECOO
2020: Kamnik, Slovenia

* Previous supporters and organisers
Banco Espirito Santo, British Dragonfly Society, Centro de Investigaçâo em Biodiversidae e Recursos Genéticos (CIBIO), charitable society For Nature and Game Management, Conservatoire d’espaces naturels du Languedoc-Roussillon (Cen-LR), Dragonfly Society Flanders, Dutch Butterfly Conservation (De Vlinderstichting), Dutch Dragonfly Association, ENTO SPHINX s.r.o., Entomological Society of Serbia, Entomologiska Föreningen i Östergötland, European Invertebrate Survey, Fundaçao para a Cliência e a Tecnologia, Gesellschaft deutchsprachiger Odonatologen (GdO), Gomphus (Le groupe de travail Gomphus Wallonie), KBC Bank Serbia, Ministère de l’Écologie du Développement durable et de l’Énergie (MEDDE), Ministry of Culture, Media and Information Society of the Republic of Serbia, Mendel University in Brno, Moravian Forestry Institute r.d., Natural History Museum in Belgrade, Office pour les insectes et leur environnement (Opie), ORF, Osmylus Scientific Publishers, Private donations, Region Skåne´s Environmental Fund, Societe Francaise d´Odonatologie, Société française d’Odonatologie (SfO), Slovene Dragonfly Society (SOD), Society for Conservation of Nature in Scania, Studiefrämjandet Skåne-Blekinge, Swedish Dragonfly Society, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket), Tourist Organization of Belgrade, University of Ostrava and Worldwide Dragonfly Association.

We thank all our sponsors and all the people involved in making these congresses possible!

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Mid Congress Field Trip at ECOO 2018.

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