What is ECOO?

ECOO 2012.The European Congress on Odonatology (ECOO) is a biennial European Dragonfly Symposium, arranged since 2010, and the ECOO 2016 is the fourth congress to be arranged.

Where and when will the ECOO be held?
The ECOO 2016 will be held in Tyringe, Skåne, Sweden, 11-14th July 2016, followed by field trips.

Who is behind the ECOO?
The ECOO in itself is not an organisation, instead organisations and/or persons are taking turns to arrange an ECOO. There is a Organization Committee (OC) that 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 people from different parts of Europe. Activities of 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, wider public awareness. Elected members of the Standing part of ECOO Organization Committee are:

4830260441_36df4dcc0b_zMagnus Billqvist (Scandinavia)
Klaus-Jürgen Conze (Germany)
Sonia Ferreira (Iberia)
Sönke Hardersen (Italy)
Miloš Jović (Balkans)
Cédric Vanappelghem (France)

Who will arrange the ECOO 2016?
The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation in Scania and the Swedish Dragonfly Society are the first organisations to support the ECOO 2016. There will be more organisers as well as 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 Magnus.

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

What are the topics?
Some of the important topics are monitoring, distribution, protection and climate change.

What is the vision with the ECOO?
The vision is to keep arranging a biennial European Dragonfly Symposium and through that create and maintain a sustainable European network of Odonatologists, all for the greater good of dragonflies and their habitats.

What is the vision with the ECOO 2016?
The vision with the ECOO 2016 is to get at least 100 participants from all over Europe to come to the best ECOO so far. An ECOO that will be so affordable that also students from all over Europe will be able to participate.

Post Congress Field Trips
After the ECOO there will be field trips to exciting areas in other parts of Sweden. These typically last for a week or more. You are of course welcome to join a post congress field trip without participating on the ECOO.

* Previous supporters and/or organisers
Banco Espirito Santo, British Dragonfly Society, Centro de Investigaçâo em Biodiversidae e Recursos Genéticos (CIBIO), Conservatoire d’espaces naturels du Languedoc-Roussillon (Cen-LR), Dragonfly Society Flanders, Dutch Butterfly Conservation (De Vlinderstichting), Dutch Dragonfly Association, Entomological Society of Serbia, 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, Natural History Museum in Belgrade, Office pour les insectes et leur environnement (Opie), ORF, Private donations, Societe Francaise d´Odonatologie, Société française d’Odonatologie (SfO), Tourist Organization of Belgrade and Worldwide Dragonfly Association.

Libellules sur nénupharsFormer ECOOs
2010: Vairão-Vila do Conde, Portugal.
2012: Belgrade, Serbia.
2014: Montpellier, France.

Upcoming ECOOs
2016: Tyringe, Sweden.
2018: Czech Republic.

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

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