NAEM 2022

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Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting


Conference Centre "De Werelt", Westhofflaan 2, Lunteren, The Netherlands


Each year in February, the Netherlands Ecological Research Network (NERN) organises her annual conference, the Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting (NAEM). This conference is particularly geared towards people working in the field of ecology and/or evolution. It aims to strengthen the network of ecologists in the Netherlands, Belgium, and surrounding countries and provides an overview of the work carried out by the people in the network. The NAEM meeting is two full days, each day consisting of a plenary session, in which a Dutch/Flemish and an international world leader present their view on a specific topic in ecology or evolution, two sets of five parallel sessions (including more workshop-like sessions), and a poster session. Parallel sessions generally consists of 6 oral presentations, thus leading to a total of approximately 125 oral presentations. On average, we have about 75-100 scientific poster presentations during the meeting. On the first evening, a more relaxed and thought-provoking presentation is generally scheduled. The NAEM meeting is financially supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

This year will be the 15th edition of the Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting (NAEM). As always, the meeting will be held at Conference Centre "De Werelt" in Lunteren but this time it is not in the second week if February but in September due to he lockdown we had last February. For the plenary sessions Prof. Grant Hopcraft (University of Glasgow, UK) and Prof. Judy Shamoun-Baranes (Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), UvA) will each give a plenary on "Animal migration". Plenary talks by Prof. Vicky Temperton (Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany) and Prof. Frans Bongers (Forest Ecology and Forest Management, WUR) will cover our second highlight topic "Ecological restoration". Below, you can find more details about the general set-up of the programme and about the deadlines for submission of contributions to the 2022 NAEM meeting.

When you want to join Please register as  soon as possible.

Presenting a poster during the NAEM meeting

Besides the plenary and parallel sessions, time has been allotted to two poster sessions. Those wanting to present a poster, are asked to indicate this in the registration form on the website. It is possible for you to indicate in the registration form whether or not your poster should be linked to one of the parallel sessions. If so, we will ascertain that your poster is assigned to the poster session that is scheduled on the same day as the parallel session. If you change your plans after registering, please send an email to to indicate that you will or will not be presenting a poster during the NAEM meeting, and if you will, be sure to give the title of your poster and to indicate whether it should be linked to one of the parallel sessions. Posters presented during the NAEM meeting have to be formatted in PORTRAIT ORIENTATION and in A0-size. At the end of the meeting, the best poster (as judged by the NAEM audience) will be selected and awarded with the NAEM Poster Prize. Deadline for submission of a poster title is: THURSDAY 1 September 2022.

Important deadlines
  • Deadline for submission of poster titles for a slot in one of the poster sessions: Tuesday 18 January 2022 EXTENDED to Thursday 1 September 2022
  • Early-bird deadline for registration of participation: Friday 15 July 2022

Tuesday 20 September

  Main Entrance Hall
08:30 Registration and coffee in the Lounge and setting up posters
10:15 Word of Welcome
  Plenary 1: “Animal migration”
Animal migration is a spectacular natural phenomenon, resulting in the redistribution of entire populations and billions of organisms. This session addresses some of the adaptations and challenges facing animal migrations when traversing hundreds to thousands of kilometers over land or in the air, and shows how different techniques can be used to inform us about how, when, where and why animals move.
10:30 Integrating animal movement with the conservation and management of ecosystems: behavioural and physiological insights from the Serengeti wildebeest migration. (Grant Hopcraft, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow, UK)
10:30 Migration through the troposphere (Judy Shamoun-Baranes, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam)
12:00 Lunch in the restaurant
  Air Water Hall A Hall B Hall C
13:30 Parallel 1a:
Animal migrations: pressures and adaptation to global change
Parallel 1b:
Bending the biodiversity curve
Parallel 1c:
Biogeography and macroecology in the Anthropocene and Quaternary, part 1
Parallel 1d:
Ecology of the microbiome
Parallel 1e:
Invasive alien species, tolerate or extirpate?
  1. Thomas Lameris (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
  2. Frank van Langevelde (Wageningen University & Research)
  3. Fleur Visser (University of Amsterdam)
  1. Nicky Faber (Wageningen University & Research)
  2. Bart Pannebakker (Wageningen University & Research)
  1. Sietze Norder (Leiden University)
  2. Kenneth Rijsdijk (University of Amsterdam)
  3. Majoi de Novaes Nascimento (University of Amsterdam)
  1. Marjolein Bruijning (Princeton University)
  2. Nejc Stopnisek (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  3. Shumaila Rasool (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  4. Dharani Kamalachandran (Utrecht University)
  5. Haymanti Saha (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  1. Annemarieke Spitzen (RAVON)
  2. Eelke Jongejans (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  3. Baudewijn Ode (FLORON)
  Many animals are adapted to a life on the move, and thereby form a fundamental part of multiple ecosystems along their migration routes. Due to increasing human pressures such as anthropogenic barriers and stressors in migration corridors, over-harvesting and climate warming, migratory animals are facing increasing risks during their migrations, causing migratory populations to decline or to switch to a residential lifestyle. In this session we welcome all talks discussing animal migration in the light of environmental change. The urgency to halt biodiversity decline has spurred the development of unconventional wildlife management methods. Examples include restricting predator species like wolves or domestic cats, or introducing genetically modified organisms for population control, such as in gene drives. Perceived controversies include ecological risks, animal welfare issues, and ideas about the ideal state of nature. In this session, we will highlight unconventional management methods to facilitate debate on what we should do to conserve biodiversity. Biodiversity is unequally distributed across the globe. Biogeographers and macroecologists try to understand the underlying sources of this variation. The aim of this session is to explore the contribution of climate, geography, and human activities shaping the spatial and temporal variation in biodiversity. The microbiome provides benefits to hosts, shaping immune development, metabolism and pathogen resistance. Complex patterns of transmission between hosts, and microbial interactions within hosts make understanding and predicting microbiome dynamics challenging. This session aims to foster an increased understanding, and centers on both fundamental and applied developments in the field. How does the microbiome contribute to host adaptation, and can we harness the potential of the microbiome for the protection of crop species or improvement of human health? Invasive alien species (IAS), ranging from pathogens, plants, insects to mammals are frequently introduced in natural systems. Upon detection, the impact of IAS needs to be assessed as well as the feasibility and costs of eradication or containment. Horizon scans and proactive management can reduce future impacts, however, none or reactive responses still seem to be the standard. In this session researchers will provide case studies of IAS, assess their impact and discuss management options.
13:30 Animal movement and migration: pressures and adaptation to global change
(Thomas Lameris, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
Introducing exotics to control invasive exotics –feelings, figures, and future for Europe
(Suzanne Lommen, Leiden University )
Session introduction: Biogeography and macroecology in the Anthropocene and Quaternary.
(Sietze Norder, Leiden Univeristy)
The ecology of the microbiome and its evolutionary consequences
(Marjolein Bruijning, Princeton University, US)
Predicting the risk and scope of plant invasions using species distribution and metapopulation modeling
(Gerard Oostermeijer, University of Amsterdam)
13:50 Bar-tailed Godwits breeding in adjacent tundra areas with different climate trajectories converge in time: potential for homogenization in previously isolated population
(Roeland Bom, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
Gene drive technology could be an efficient tool for the control of some invasive species, but not all
(Bart Pannebakker, Wageningen University and Research)
Historical biogeography and local adaptation explain population genetic structure in a widespread terrestrial orchid
(Alexandra Evans, KU Leuven)
Digging deep into Arabidopsis thaliana roots: quantifying the rhizosphere effect along a soil to-root gradient
(Sanne Poppeliers, Utrecht University)
First results of testing the Ecosystem Resilience Approach (ERA) to control the invasive Australian swamp stonecrop (Crassula helmsii) in the Netherlands
(Janneke van der Loop, Radboud University Nijmegen)
14:10 Equal survival and reproductive parameters between short- and long-distance migrating lesser black-backed gulls
(Morgan Brown, University of Amsterdam)
Beetle diversity in Meijendel: historical data and an outlook into the future
(Lia Hemerik, Wageningen University and Research)
The biogeography of island elephants worldwide from the Early Miocene to the present
(Alexandra van der Geer, Naturalis Biodiversity Center)
Weeds as auxiliary plants for crops: the role of their mycobiota for sustainable agriculture
(Jie Hu, University of Rennes)
A review of Hydrocotyle ranunculoides: The potential risks for bank restoration in waterways.
(Elizabeth Koppenaal, FLORON)
14:30 Short Break
14:40 The mysteries of mass-migrating bumblebees
(Thijs Fijen, Wageningen University)
When the cat’s away, the birds will play
(Chris Smit, University of Groningen)
From phylogenetic data to island dynamics and back
(Rampal Etienne, University of Groningen)
Impaired AHL signalling increases microbial-induced plant resistance to herbivores across variable abiotic and biotic environments
(Oriana Sanchez-Mahecha, Technical University of Munich)
Do feeding-related functional traits predict the invasive success of alien freshwater fishes?
(Leo Nagelkerke, Wageningen University)
15:00 Seasonal differences essential for accurate bird migration forecasts for conservation and flight safety
(Bart Kranstauber, University of Amsterdam)
Introducing the Nature Futures Framework for more positive futures for nature and people
(Jan Kuiper, Stockholm University)
The robustness of a simple dynamic model of island biodiversity to geological and eustatic change
(Pedro Santos Neves, University of Groningen)
Closing the loop: use of insect residual streams to improve soil health
(Azkia Nurfikari, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Invasion pathways and public health risks of the raccoon and its roundworm Baylisascaris procyonis in the Netherlands
(Miriam Maas, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment)
15:20 Terrestrial Mammal Responses to COVID-19 Lockdowns
(Marlee Tucker, Radboud University Nijmegen)
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(Liesbeth Bakker, Netherlands Institute of Ecology / Wageningen University & Research)
Macroevolutionary impact of humans on birds and mammals of the Caribbean, Madagascar and New Zealand
(Luis Valente, Naturalis Biodiversity Center)
Is the aphid microbiome affecting the success of biological control?
(Mariska Beekman, Wageningen University)
Genetics of invasive feral swine in the US
(Niek Barmentlo, Wageningen University)
15:40 Coffee and tea in the lounge
  Air Water Hall A Hall B Hall C
16:00 Parallel 2a:
Animals adjusting to a rapidly changing world
Parallel 2b:
Patterns and processes aiding ecosystem resilience
Parallel 2c:
Modelling ecology
Parallel 2d:
Viral ecology
Parallel 2e:
Workshop series
  1. Bart Nolet (Netherlands Institute of Ecology / University of Amsterdam)
  2. Jan van Gils (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
  1. Loreta Cornacchia (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
  2. Johan van de Koppel (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
  3. Max Rietkerk (Utrecht University)
  1. Monique de Jager (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  2. George van Voorn (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  1. Kyle Mason-Jones (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  2. Corina Brussaard (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
  3. Marcelle Johnson (Netherlands Institute of Ecology / Wageningen University)
  Environmental changes occur more rapidly than ever before as a result of direct and indirect human effects. In fact, changes are so fast that we as ecologists can study the way organisms are responding. In this session, we want to show examples of animals trying to cope by behavioural, physiological or somatic changes, with an emphasis on empirical evidence. Whether ecosystems will dramatically change when climate change pushes them beyond a tipping point is an ever more pressing problem for society. Recent studies point out that ecosystem complexity, e.g. in the form of the spatial patterns that are characteristic of many natural systems, can prevent tipping points to occur, and hence can dramatically increase ecosystem resilience. In this session, we will facilitate talks dealing with adaptations of ecosystems to climate change and other human-induced stresses. Where experiments and observations fall short, ecological modelling is an indispensable tool to research ecological theories and hypotheses. Using a range of different models including simple cellular automatons, partial-differential equations, and individual-based models, we can provide a better view into the underlying mechanisms of ecological processes or predict the effects of different scenarios. In this session, we will show a diverse line-up of (young) researchers who creatively solve their research questions using models. Viruses are mostly studied for their pathogenic effects, but their global impact reaches much further. Viruses are everywhere in the biosphere, with profound implications for host population dynamics, evolution and ecosystem function as well as for crop, livestock and human health. Virus ecology is an interdisciplinary field with new frontiers emerging in systems (e.g., soil) and approaches. This session will foster exchange between different perspectives and integration with broader ecological research. Any submission that considers viruses in their ecological context is welcomed. .
16:00 Migratory birds adjusting to a rapidly changing Arctic
(Bart Nolet & Jan van Gils, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Pathways of resilience in complex systems
(Max Rietkerk, Utrecht University)
Impact of chemical contamination on aquatic regime shifts: a model based study
(Swarnendu Banerjee, Utrecht University)
Highly pathogenic avian influenza in wild birds in Europe
(Ron Fouchier, Erasmus University Medical Center)
Workshop I:
"Talking to the press”
(Gert van Maanen, redactie Bionieuws)
16:20 Food for thought: dietary expansion facilitates the persistence of a large frugivore in fragmented tropical forest
(Nacho Villar, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Using deep learning and imagery to identify ecosystem resilience indicators from temporal and spatial patterns of plants and herbivores
(Rebecca James, Wageningen University and Research)
Lake Valkenburg: How interdisciplinary modelling efforts assist real world decision making
(Lilith Kramer, Netherlands Institute of Ecology )
Virophages and retrotransposons colonize the genomes of aquatic flagellates
(Thomas Hackl, University of Groningen / Max Planck Institute for Medical Research)
In this one-hour workshop you will be informed about how to prepare yourself to give an interview, what to do and not to do and how to see to it that your message comes across best.  
16:40 Increasing winter temperatures change hibernation site use in the Western barbastelle
(Luc De Bruyn, Research Institute for Nature and Forest)
Soil resistance and recovery during Neotropical forest succession
(Masha van der Sande, Wageningen University and Research)
Periphyton shading dynamics determines success of submerged macrophytes in temperate shallow lakes
(Alena Gsell, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Antarctic Viruses: seasonal diversity and dynamics
(Goncalo Piedade, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
17:00 Short Break
17:10 Effects of recreation on deer behavior and browsing impact override those of newly established wolves
(Bjorn Mols, University of Groningen)
Butterfly responses to climate change in relation to landscape configuration
(Marjon Hellegers, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency)
Estimation of collision mortality of the lesser black backed gull with an individual based model
(Floor Soudijn, Wageningen University)
Both the enzymatic- and structural properties of Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV) protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) are insignificant for brain entry in Spodoptera exigua caterpillars
(Simone Gasque, Wageningen University and Research)
Workshop II
17:30 Increasing Arctic cloud cover is expected to limit gosling growth and survival
(Mo Verhoeven, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Can we infer dryland restoration success from remotely sensed vegetation patterns?
(Yanning Qiu, Wageningen University and Research)
Interspecific dependences in macrozoobenthos abundance in the Wadden Sea
(Mark Rademaker, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
Effects of body condition and urbanisation on innate immunity in Common blackbirds Turdus merula
(Jurrian van Irsel, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
17:50 The extreme migratory adjustment: stop migrating
(Chiel Boom, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Ecosystem adaptation to climate change driven by pattern formation in freshwater and marine environments
(Loreta Cornacchia, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
Survival modelling as part of an Adaptive Flyway Management Programme for the barnacle goose
(Lisenka de Vries, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Costs and benefits of non-selective packaging of viral genome segments into virus particles
(Mark Zwart, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
18:10 Drinks in the Lounge and from 18:30 onwards dinner in the restaurant
19:30 Poster session 1
21:00 Evening Lecture: Transforming Biodiversity Governance (Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers, Radboud University)
Over fifty years of global conservation has failed to bend the curve of biodiversity loss, so we need to transform the ways we govern biodiversity. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity aims to develop and implement a transformative framework for the coming decades. In this evening lecture Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers will talk about what transformative biodiversity governance entails and how it can be implemented, given the complexity. The talk will be based on the recent published book “ Transforming Biodiversity Governance” (Edited by Ingrid J. Visseren-Hamakers, Radboud University and Marcel Kok, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency)
Wednesday 21 September
07:30 Breakfast in the restaurant
08:00 Registration for those coming on Day 2 only
  Air Water Hall A Hall B Hall C
08:30 Parallel 3a:
Driving forces: Behavioural responses to anthropogenic change
Parallel 3b:
Connectivity between different life stages in aquatic/marine animals
Parallel 3c:
Soil Ecology in a changing world
Parallel 3d:
Biogeography and macroecology in the Anthropocene and Quaternary, part 2
Parallel 3e:
Open session
  1. Marion Nicolaus (University of Groningen)
  2. Janne Ouwehand (University of Groningen)
  1. Ingrid Tulp (Wageningen University & Research)
  2. Klemens Eriksson (University of Groningen)
  3. Allert Bijleveld (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
  1. Emilia Hannula (Leiden University)
  2. Elly Morriën (University of Amsterdam)
  3. Ciska Veen (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  1. Sietze Norder (Leiden University)
  2. Kenneth Rijsdijk (University of Amsterdam)
  3. Majoi de Novaes Nascimento (University of Amsterdam)
  1. NERN office
  Anthropogenic disturbance is widely affecting ecosystems, and challenges organisms to adapt to those changes. Behavioural responses are typically faster than genetic, evolutionary adaptations. Yet, distinguishing whether behavioural changes are true genetic adaptations, or due to phenotypic plasticity is often less clear. This session will bring together studies on behavioural responses to environmental changes. We particularly welcome experimental approaches, such as common garden experiments, aimed at unravelling the underlying adaptive mechanisms. Hidden under the water’s surface, fish undertake migrations at various spatial scales ranging from local streams to oceans. As different life stages often require different habitats, connectivity between areas used by fishes throughout their life is crucial to fulfill their life cycle and ultimately sustain populations. In this session we welcome different contributions on this topic that may encompass the entire aquatic and marine realm. Soils provide most ecosystem services we rely on. However, the soils, the life in them – and the functions they provide – are severely affected by global changes. In this session we discuss human impacts on soil ecology and functioning and welcome submissions related to for example pollution, climate change, land-use, and invasive species. Biodiversity is unequally distributed across the globe. Biogeographers and macroecologists try to understand the underlying sources of this variation. The aim of this session is to explore the contribution of climate, geography, and human activities shaping the spatial and temporal variation in biodiversity. Open session.
08:30 The role of genes and early-life environment in shaping migration routes of Eurasian Spoonbills
(Tamar Lok, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
The role of spatial habitat heterogeneity as driver for diversity and abundances of young-of-the-year riverine fishes
(Twan Stoffers, Wageningen University and Research)
Watching the soil with Artificial Intelligence: Earthworm and springtail interactions during drought
(Anne Krediet, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Variability of past human legacies in north-western Amazonian forest plots
(Britte Heijink, University of Amsterdam)
08:50 Home-range behaviour of Pied Flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca) in relation to small-scale vegetation green-up within a West-African non-breeding site
(Wender Bil, University of Groningen)
Fish movements and habitat selection in response to lake restoration project Marker Wadden
(Casper van Leeuwen, Radboud University Nijmegen)
Exploring the trade-off between productivity and animal diversity in European forests
(Calyne Khamila, University of Twente)
Light competition and tree height growth during tropical forest succession
(Tomonari Matsuo, Wageningen University and Research)
09:10 Human-induced isolation causes rapid behavioral divergence with genetic underpinnings in resident and migrant sticklebacks
(Aparajitha Ramesh, University of Groningen)
Urban glass eels in a man-made fragmented catchment: migration from large ship locks in the North Sea Canal to Amsterdam and surrounding polders
(Ben Griffioen, Wageningen University)
Self-organization of microbial communities and their functioning is influenced by crop rotational diversity
(Lilia Serrano Grijalva, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Assessing phytolith composition across vegetation types in the Netherlands
(Iris de Wolf, University of Amsterdam)
Growth responses to severe droughts for assessment of forest growth potential under future climate in the Netherlands
(Meike Bouwman, Wageningen University and Research)
09:30 Short Break
09:40 Both genetic and plastic effects underlie phenotypic differences between rural and urban great tit (Parus major) populations
(Barbara Tomotani, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
The function of salt marshes for fish in the Wadden Sea
(Hannah Charan-Dixon, University of Groningen)
The interplay between soil nutrients, mycorrhizal fungi and the common juniper
(Rik Veldhuis, University of Groningen)
Understanding the relationship between dispersal and range size
(Adriana Alzate, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research)
Plant and plot-level diversity of chemical profiles in a tansy plant field population influences aphid occurrence
(Lina Ojeda-Prieto, Technical University of Munich, Germany)
10:00 The effects of Artificial Light At Night on plant-insect interactions
(Robin Heinen, Technical University of Munich)
Synchrony in plaice larval supply to European coastal nurseries by different North Sea spawning grounds
(Henk van der Veer & Suzanne Poiesz, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
The effect of salinization on natural floating fen biogeochemistry and plant community
(Milou Huizinga, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Dutch landscapes are losing insect-pollinated plants
(Kaixuan Pan, Leiden University)
10:20 Using microphone arrays and LiDAR to study the response of bats to artificial light in forest edge habitat
(Claire Hermans, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Temporary summer residency of migratory fishes in the western Dutch Wadden Sea
(Jena Edwards, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
10 years soil nutrient chemistry of a rewetted and managed peatland: implications for wet peatland use
(Ralph Temmink, Utrecht University)
The future of biogeographical research in the Netherlands and Belgium
(Sietze Norder, Leiden University)
Bugs at your service: recent insights into biocontrol and pollination in crop production systems
(Felix Bianchi, Wageningen University and Research)
10:40 Coffee and tea in the lounge
11:00 Poster Session 2
12:30 Lunch in the restaurant
  Air Water Hall A Hall B Hall C
13:30 Parallel 4a:
Aiding nature restoration by facilitation
Parallel 4b:
Coastal ecology
Parallel 4c:
Research Infrastructures – Making Science Happen
Parallel 4d:
Carbon and nutrient cycling
Parallel 4e:
Workshop series
  1. Ralph Temmink (Utrecht University)
  2. Jasper Wubs (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  3. Bjorn Robroek (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  1. Beatriz Marin-Diaz (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
  2. Janne Nauta (University of Groningen)
  3. Katrin Rehlmeyer (University of Groningen)
  4. Rens Cronau (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  1. Niels Raes (Naturalis Biodiversity Center)
  2. Elaine van Ommen Kloeke (Naturalis Biodiversity Center)
  1. Mandy Velthuis (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  2. Suzanne McGowan (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  Facilitative interactions in ecological communities have received considerable attention in the last three decades, especially in the context of plant community ecology and global climate change. Break-through research has highlighted that facilitation can also play an important role in the restoration of ecosystems such as dunes, salt marshes and wetlands. This session will bring together researchers that study facilitation in the light of ecosystem restoration. We welcome submissions on all species, habitats and spatial scales. Coastal ecosystems are essential to human life and nature quality for the many ecosystem services they provide, such as habitat for biodiversity, carbon storage and coastal protection. Almost half of the population worldwide lives or recreates in coastal areas and depends on these dynamic ecosystems. However, these ecosystems are highly threatened and face rapid degradation due to anthropogenic pressures. This session will focus on understanding the functioning of coastal ecosystems and which drivers may provoke changes in their dynamics. A good understanding of ecosystem functioning is essential for correct management, conservation and restoration, and could provide opportunities in our ever changing coastlines. After almost 20 year of investments Europe now has at its disposal a rich landscape of Research Infrastructures (RIs) covering all scientific domains. Next to European RIs like DiSSCo, eLTER and LifeWatch ERIC, the Netherlands is developing its national RI ARISE and is a voting participant in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility – GBIF. This session will highlight the recent scientific advances of RIs. We welcome contributions on RIs and scientific studies using RI mediated data. Anthropogenic carbon emissions, alongside eutrophication are exerting widespread pressures on aquatic ecosystems. Fundamental knowledge on the dynamics of carbon and nutrients is required to understand their ecological impacts and the ecosystem-scale consequences for net carbon storage and efflux. This session therefore welcomes presentations on the cycling of these elements, from both an ecological and biogeochemical perspective. We invite a variety of speakers that work on different processes, ranging from primary production to decomposition. Information on workshops will follow.
13:30 Plant facilitation: linking ecological theory to management action to aid nature restoration
(Rob Brooker, The James Hutton Institute, UK)
Biodegradable artificial reefs enhance food web structure and biodiversity in an intertidal soft-sediment ecosystem
(Janne Nauta, University of Groningen)
20 years of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and the importance of citizen science
(Niels Raes & Dylan Verheul, Naturalis Biodiversity Center & 2Observation International / )
Can a living fossil save our soils?
(Renske Vroom, Radboud University Nijmegen)
Workshop III
13:50 Making sense of plant-soil biota interactions for nature restoration
(Jasper Wubs, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Herbivory as a driving force of seagrass species composition and resilience in Caribbean seagrass ecosystems
(Fee Smulders, Wageningen University and Research)
Catalogue of Life: A global infrastructure for taxonomic names services
(Olaf Bánki, Naturalis Biodiversity Center)
Co-composting rose waste, assessing the potential as a sustainable waste management strategy
(Evy de Nijs, University of Amsterdam)
14:10 Local perennial plants affect occurrence and traits of annual grasses along an environmental gradient
(Megan Korte, University of Groningen)
Identifying bottlenecks for subtidal eelgrass growth in the Dutch Wadden Sea
(Katrin Rehlmeyer, University of Groningen)
DiSSCo - Weaving Natural Scientific Collections into the Web of Environmental Data
(Wouter Addink, Naturalis Biodiversity Center)
Aquatic plants can counteract eutrophication and greenhouse gas emission by wastewater effluent polishing
(Lisanne Hendriks, Radboud University Nijmegen)
14:30 Short Break
14:40 How facilitation by an unpalatable rush affects the invasive grass Elytrigia atherica in a salt marsh
(Isabelle Buyens, University of Groningen)
Benthic biodiversity patterns in the Dutch Wadden Sea
(Oscar Franken, University of Groningen / Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
UNLOCK – integrated biodiscovery-, bioreactor- and FAIR data facilities to unlock microbial diversity for society
(Hauke Smidt, UNLOCK consortium)
Multiple-effects of combatting eutrophication on CH4 emissions from a small pond: macrobiological, microbiological and biogeochemical insights
(Quinten Struik, Radboud University Nijmegen)
Workshop IV
15:00 Facultative mutualism facilitates European seagrass meadows
(Jimmy de Fouw, Radboud University Nijmegen)
Seagrass-ragworm interaction reducing seagrass survival by tube construction is mitigated by a dual-protection interaction with epiphyte grazers
(Rens Cronau, Radboud University Nijmegen)
What radar can do for biodiversity monitoring in the sky
(Bart Kranstauer, University of Amsterdam)
Greenhouse gas emissions from dredged material and potential mitigation measures: an experimental approach
(Judith van der Knaap, Radboud University Nijmegen)
15:20 Five years Marker Wadden: creating gradients for lake restoration
(Joep de Leeuw, Wageningen University and Research
Establishment of clonal expanding cordgrass: Better safe than sorry
(Clea van de Ven, University of Groningen / Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research )
ARISE – Building an infrastructure for species recognition and biodiversity monitoring
(Elaine van Ommen Kloeke, Naturalis Biodiversity Center)
Greenhouse gas emissions from Dutch inland waters, how to manage to reduce emissions?
(Bob Brederveld, Deltares knowledge institute)
15:40 Coffee and tea in the lounge
  Plenary 2: “Ecological restoration”
This plenary will focus on wicked problems in current ecological restoration e.g. how to incorporate multiple stakeholder perspectives and interests into grassland restoration as well as how we can use legacy effects of which plant species arrive first to create desired multifunctional outcomes, without compromising the aim to increase biodiversity as much as possible.
16:00 Grassland restoration - using legacies of the past and paths to the future to achieve multifunctional landscapes (Vicky Temperton, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany)
16:45 Tropical Forest Restoration: the power of natural regeneration (Frans Bongers, Forest Ecology and Forest Management, Wageningen University)
17:30 Awards and Closing Ceremony
18:00 Farewell drinks
18:30 Dinner
19:30 End / Travel Home (Shuttle available between Conference Centre and Lunteren Station)
Fees 1
MSc students / PhD candidates (2 days, with Bed & Breakfast) € 275,- € 300,-
Others (2 days, with Bed & Breakfast) € 315,- € 340,-
Single room surcharge €   25,- €   25,-
MSc students / PhD candidates (2 days, without Bed & Breakfast) € 240,- € 265,-
Others (2 days, without Bed & Breakfast) € 280,- € 305,-
MSc students / PhD candidates (1-day visitor) € 120,- € 145,-
Others (1-day visitor) € 140,- € 165,-

1 The participation fee includes coffee/tea/water, lunches, and dinners.
2 The Early-Bird Fee applies to anyone who REGISTERS ON OR BEFORE 15 JULY 2022 


  • Availability of hotel rooms at the conference centre may be limited. Rooms are filled on a first come, first served basis!
  • If you need an invoice to complete your payment, please send an email to, including ALL relevant details that should be mentioned on the invoice (e.g., purchase order no., specific addresses, attendees, etc.).
  • The Early-Bird policy is such that the moment of REGISTRATION (and not payment) is leading for determining the fee that applies to you.
  • Please make sure that your payment is arranged within two weeks after your registration.
  • It is the participant's responsibility to make sure that payment is completed correctly and in time.
NERN Cancellation Conditions
  • Up to 4 (four) weeks prior to the start of the event, cancellation is free of charge.
  • Up to 2 (two) weeks prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 50,- will be charged.
  • In case of cancellation within two weeks prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 100,- will be charged.
  • If you do not show at all, a fee of € 150,- will nevertheless be charged.

Note: If you would like to cancel your registration, ALWAYS inform us (and do note that you will be kept to the cancellation conditions).

NAEM Organising Committee
  • Dedmer van de Waal, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (chair)
  • Dries Bonte, Ghent University
  • Chris Smit, University of Groningen
  • Annelies Veraart, Radboud University
  • Emily Burdfield-Steel, University of Amsterdam
  • Matty Berg, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Lourens Poorter, Wageningen University & Research
  • Hans ter Steege, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
  • Laura Govers, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
  • Emily Strange, Leiden University
  • Yann Hautier, Utrecht University
  • Naomi Zweerus, Netherlands Ecological Research Network
  • Claudius van de Vijver, Netherlands Ecological Research Network
More information

Claudius van de Vijver (NERN)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485116

Naomi Zweerus (NERN)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485426


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