AC19 – Open Call for Workshop Co-leaders

Good morning Egeans! As on every congress, you will have opportunity to participate in workshops. Those who are active and motivated, they can go even further –  co-lead the workshops with Experts! We are searching for those motivated people who will like to be the right hand of the experts. Experts will prepare the first […]

Good morning Egeans!

As on every congress, you will have opportunity to participate in workshops. Those who are active and motivated, they can go even further –  co-lead the workshops with Experts! We are searching for those motivated people who will like to be the right hand of the experts. Experts will prepare the first part of the workshop – lecture and the scientific excursion.. and you will be in contact with them before the congress, help with preparations (if needed), get into the topic, and in the end, you will lead the final workshop session on your own, as well as prepare the outcome of the workshop.

To sum up your tasks:

  • help experts prepare the WS (if needed)
  • be present at all Workshop sessions (incl. Lecture and Scientific Excursion)
  • lead the final WS session (2 – 2,5 hours)
  • present the main goal and outcome of the Workshop at the Workshop presentations (5 – 10 minutes)
  • (co-)write an article with the Expert for the Scientific Report (after the congress)


We hope that this will be a nice opportunity for all EGEAns to learn something and gain valuable experience. Besides that, we offer you a FIXED PLACE for the congress  and some other benefits, that will be specified later :)


Since we have already chosen the experts and the topics, you can ONLY apply to the TOPICS mentioned BELOW! And please apply only as individuals not as pairs!


For really interested people: if there are more topics, you are interested in and would like to co-lead → Beside the proper application, mention max. 2 other topics you might be able to co-lead and we take it into consideration. You will have definitely bigger chance to become co-leader of workshop!


What to include into your application:


  • name, surname, egea nickname, entity, email and skype contact
  • your motivation (max. 150 words)
  • your experience with scientific program in EGEA (max. 250 words)
  • your experience with the topic you picked, why it interest you and why you would like to co-lead it (max. 250 words)
  • possible ideas of outcome for the WS presentations, to make it more interesting (max. 250 words)
  • for really interested people: other 2 possible topics, you might be able cover with explanation (max 100 words per each)


The Open Call will last from March 21 to April 20!!!


Please, send your application in the form of PDF file to: with a subject “Open Call for WS co-leader” by 20.04.2019, 23:59 CET.


TOPICS for which you can apply:

1) Migration as inevitable destiny

Workshop leader: Mgr. Veronika Kupková, Alumni from University of West Bohemia


During our history several times people have had to migrate. Individuals, families, ethnic groups, sometimes even whole nationalities. Especially 20th century was rich in massive population movements and the region of Jeseníky mountains was no exception. Originally inhabited by German population which had to leave their homes to be replaced by (mostly) Czech people. The people who were born here but had to leave their home now live their lives elsewhere in Europe. We will contact them and the people who still remember these times in order to do a socio-cultural study of the consequences which migration can have in individuals and regions.


2) Materializing border – Transnationalism in everyday lives

Workshop leader: Mgr. Lucie Macková, PhD student Palacký University Olomouc


This workshop will focus on the role of the borders and the concept of transnationalism in migration studies. Transnationalism refers to “multiple ties and interactions linking people and institutions across the borders of nation-states” (Vertovec, 1999). Following on the work of geographers, sociologists and anthropologists, we will explore new forms of mobility in people’s transnational engagements. During this workshop, we will visit two border towns Mikulovice (Czechia) and Głuchołazy (Poland), both at the periphery of their respective state. We will inquire whether contacts are sustained over the border and how the inhabitants of the border regions view their identities. Do they see themselves as transnational and how does the border play out in the everyday life of the town? The practical part will feature a survey with the inhabitants of both towns about their transnational activities. Finally, we will reflect on the fact if borders still matter in the 21st century and if we indeed live in a borderless world.


Vertovec, S. 1999, Conceiving and researching transnationalism, Ethnic and Racial Studies 22(2): 445-62. in Castles, S. 2000. International Conference on Transnational Communities in the Asia Pacific Region: Comparative Perspectives, Singapore 7-8 August, 2000


Note: This topic is suggested (but not restricted) for Slavic participants and the WS leader would like to have Polish co-leader to help with the excursion and translation. So, Polish people, this is great opportunity for you!!!


3) Bringing lost places to life with GIS

Workshop leader: Mgr. Josef Laštovička, PhD student Charles University Prague


Once a magnificent monastery, strong impenetrable castle or a lively village. But the time is relentless and can ruin everything that people stop taking care about. However, thanks to chronicles, images, paintings or stories people have conserved places so that they can recall their appearance even after hundreds of years. And nowadays, we can bring these deserted localities to life again using modern GIS methods and 3D modelling. Specialists from the Charles University in Prague have been working on reviving buildings and areas for several years now with more than twenty five different 3D models made. During this workshop you will learn the process of making such a model on your own and we’ll make a 3D model of an abandoned local village in open-source graphical and GIS software.


4) UAV usage for monitoring natural processes
Workshop leader: prof. RNDr. Jakub Langhammer, Ph.D.

The landscape is best explored from height, and how best to achieve it today than with the help of drones. Drones can be used in geography in many studies and interconnect each other. For example, modelling of retention potential, multispectral analysis of forest disturbance and regeneration, analysis of snow cover dynamics, or even 3D reconstructions. This workshop will focus  on hydrological part. Current progress in hydrology and fluvial geomorphology is largely driven by the emerging survey and detection techniques, employing advanced technologies for remote sensing and monitoring of runoff processes and fluvial dynamics. The terrestrial LiDAR scanning allows construction of very detailed 3D models of selected fluvial forms, enabling deeper insight into the effects of fluvial dynamics and verifying the spatial information acquired using UAS photogrammetry. During the workshop you will see in practise the work with a drone and with the data it obtains.


5) A landscape is a mirror of civilisations

Workshop leader: Assoc. prof. RNDr. Ivan Bičík, CSc., Charles University Prague


What can a landscape tell us about the people who have been living in it? It might not look like that but those who know how to look for will find a lot of information. Land use and land cover are two main landscape characteristics which we nowadays use to characterise a landscape, society and their relationship. If you have data from the past, you can find what people did for living, how they lived, which types of industry they used or what was their relation to their environment. Czechia has a unique timeline of land use and land cover statistics starting in the middle of 19th century and thanks to this data we will be able to characterise changes in human-landscape relationships since the times of late industrial revolution. We will use this data to analyse human impact in the peripheral Moravian area of Jeseníky mountains in the congress region.


6) Disturbances: the end or a new beginning?

Workshop leader: Mgr. Jindřich Chlapek, Protected Landscape area Jeseníky


Disturbances are key drivers of forest ecosystem dynamics (Seidl et al. 2009). Despite the fact that a major disturbance can destroy a habitat it always is a new starting point for a new ecosystem. What is looking like a dead landscape with no life in it can be a lively forest in tens or hundreds of years. There have been several examples of such disturbances in the past and the nature has always coped with them. A new calamity is approaching central Europe – a bark beetle gradation. Is it possible to protect (mainly unnatural) spruce forests from this beetle? What is the natural, esthetical and economic impact of the massive infestation of a bark beetle? Or is it too late for changing the process and do we have to think about a new beginning for our forests? We’ll visit a “dead forest” and try to find answers to these questions so that we are able to save as many central European forests as possible from being destroyed. Or is this all a natural process which we shouldn’t interrupt?


Seidl, R., Schelhaas, M. J., Lindner, M. et al.(2009): Modelling bark beetle disturbances in a large scale forest scenario model to assess climate change impacts and evaluate adaptive management strategies. Regional Environmental Change, vol. 9, issue 2, p. 101-119.


7) Tourism in peripheral areas, its development and management

Workshop Leader: Mgr. Nikola Medová, PhD student Palacký University Olomouc


The workshop will focus on sustainability of tourism. Santorini island will represent the example place, where the whole environment has to change its structure due to the expansion of tourism. We will also focus on the sustainability of tourism itself, environmental changes, and impacts on the island´s population. For the workshop purposes we will connect and compare Santorini with other places in the Czechia, especially within Jeseníky area. What are the positive aspects but also risks that are brought into the places where tourists flow?


8) Migration of plant species

Workshop leader: Mgr. Martina Sychrová, PhD student Masaryk University Brno


Nowadays, migration of plant species is much more successful than in the past, due to globalization and long-distance trade. Man-conditioned migration of species is faster, and it can overcome previously insurmountable barriers, for example high mountains or oceans (Lockwood et al., 2006). That means, we can observe a large number of non-native species from all parts of the world in Czechia. We know that invasive animal species can exterminate native species, but it is the same with invasive plants? How dangerous are they? We will try to answer these and similar questions in this workshop, which will focus on these non-native plant species. We will get familiar with the basic terminology, with the main pathways or from where alien species are most frequently introduced in Czechia. We will try to find answers to the questions: What habitats are the most occupied? How global climate change affects the dispersal of non-native species? At the field excursion, we will apply knowledge gained during the workshop. We will show basic invasive species and we will compare several habitats (natural or anthropogenic) using phytosociological relevés.


LOCKWOOD, J. L., HOOPES, M. F., MARCHETTI, M. P., Invasion Ecology. Wiley Blackwell, 2006, 312 s., ISBN 978-1-4051-1418-9.



In case you have some questions, don’t hesitate and contact directly:

AC19 Scientific Coordinators

Veronika Korvasová –

Jakub Růžička –

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