Scientific Programme

The detailed scientific programme of the congress will be established by the scientific committee 2017, when all abstracts submitted by the participants will have been evaluated.

Find the programme overview of the week here and the detailed programme.

You can also see the final version of the Congress Abstract Book !

We are however already delighted to announce exciting invited talks by prestigious scientists:

Special Sessions – Workshops:

We are pleased to announce that there will be special sessions and workshops at the IUGB 2017 Congress.

Find here the programme

Plenary talks:

Jean-Dominique Lebreton (CNRS, France)
on “To be or not to be a sustainable game : a demographer’s point-of- view”

Byron K. Williams (The Wildlife Society, USA)
on “Connecting science and decision making in the management of natural resources”

Keynote speakers:

Elisabeth Bro (ONCFS, France)
on “Galliforms and pesticides: what was/is going on in the field?”

Marie-Pierre Ryser (Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Bern, Switzerland)
on on “From wildlife population management to planetary health – a multidisciplinary challenge”

Henrik Andrén (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
on “Predator – prey interactions in human dominated landscapes”

Jesper Madsen (Aarhus University, Denmark)
on “Getting started with adaptive management of migratory waterbirds in Europe: the challenge of multifaceted interests”

Giovanna Massei (Animal and Plant Health Agency, UK)
on “Mitigating human-wildlife conflicts in an overcrowded continent: wild boar as a case study”

Péter Hajas and Prof. Dr. Sándor Faragó (University of West Hungary)
on “Recovering grey partridges: A genuine intersection of sustainable farming, wildlife conservation and management”

John Linnell (Norwegian Institute for Nature Research,Trondheim)
on “Coexistence between wildlife and humans: contrasting insights from wildlife management and conservation biology “

Luca Corlatti (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany)
on “What are men to mountain mammals?”

Jean-Michel Gaillard (ONCFS, France)
on “How do ungulates respond to environmental changes in temperate ecosystems?”

Stanley D. Gehrt (Ohio State University)
on “Carnivores Among People: Urban Ecology of Carnivores with Insights from Coyotes in Chicago”


Jean-Dominique LEBRETON

Jean-Dominique Lebreton is a Member of the French Academy of Sciences and an Emeritus Director of Research at the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, CNRS, Montpellier. With a background in statistics, Jean-Dominique has an extensive research record on population dynamics and conservation biology, which has been influential to many in the wildlife management sphere (his publications led to 11,000 citations after researchgate). With his research team, Jean-Dominique has considerably contributed to the development of Capture-Mark- Recapture theory and analytical tools, largely based on the long-term Black-headed Gull ringing program he has conducted. Jean-Dominique has however worked on a wide variety of other species, with a particular interest for those harvested by Man. As an expert on the demographics of such exploited populations, he is a long-standing member of the ONCFS Scientific Committee.

Byron Kenneth WILLIAMS

Ken Williams is Executive Director of The Wildlife Society, a non-profit organization that represents wildlife professionals throughout the world.
He has held leadership positions in three federal agencies, an academic appointment as associate professor at the University of Vermont, and several science and management positions at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland.
He has advanced degrees in both mathematics and statistics and a PhD in natural resources ecology/management from Colorado State University.
Dr. Williams has been deeply involved for many years in developing frameworks for the integration of natural resources science and management.
His contributions include lead authorship of the USGS Ecosystems Strategic Plan, the U.S. Department of the Interior Adaptive Management Technical Guide, the DOI Adaptive Management Applications Guide, The Wildlife Society’s 2015-2019 Strategic Plan, and over 100 scientific publications.

Elisabeth Bro

Elisabeth Bro is the Head of the Grey partridge & Ring-necked pheasant / croplands team at the French National Hunting and Wildlife Agency (ONCFS). Her recent projects included issues in avian ecotoxicology. In particular, she developed with some colleagues a large-scale field study to investigate unintended effects of current plant protection products (PPPs) on mortality and reproduction in the Grey partridge (taken as a case study). Pioneer results were obtained on the potential exposure of the birds and their clutches to a large array of PPPs, associated mortality and hatching rates, as well as contaminations of breeders and eggs in operational conditions. These results have been published in several scientific papers in reputed international journals and presented in communications in a diversity of congresses.
She will propose an overview of terrestrial ecotoxicology that is overall poorly documented for birds in croplands. The talk will provide the state of the art of this topic (focusing on galliforms), together with a feedback of her own experience. It will also highlight the current gaps of knowledge and challenges of this issue to stimulate research and collaborations.


Marie-Pierre RYSER

Marie-Pierre Ryser-Degiorgis heads the Wildlife Group at the Centre for Fish and Wildlife Health (FIWI), University of Bern, Switzerland. She is a diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine in the specialty Wildlife Population Health, a member of the Working Group on Wildlife of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), a member of the IUCN Wildlife Health Specialist Group, and the current chair of the European Wildlife Disease Association. Her group conducts the national wildlife health surveillance program in Switzerland; regularly contributes to courses on wild meat hygiene, wildlife diseases and wildlife immobilization; provides support to conservation projects (in particular lynx translocations); and carries out research projects related to disease emergence in wildlife, the role of diseases in mammal conservation, and the risk posed by wildlife pathogens to the health of domestic livestock.


Professor in wildlife ecology at Swedish university of agricultural sciences, Department of Ecology, Grimsö wildlife research station. Henrik Andrén's research focuses on population, community and landscape ecology, particularly population dynamics of large carnivores and the interaction with prey, including domestic prey. The research has many applied aspects and includes adaptive management of large carnivores.


Jesper is professor (D.Sc.) at Department of Bioscience – Kalø, Aarhus University in Denmark. He works with wildlife ecology, focusing on migratory waterbird ecology and their management, from the Arctic breeding areas, along the migration routes to the wintering grounds. Since 2012, he coordinates the first European adaptive management plan for waterbirds. He chairs the Waterbird Harvest Specialist Group of Wetlands International and provides scientific advice to national authorities, the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement and the European Commission.

Giovanna MASSEI

Giovanna is a senior ecologist based in York, UK. She received her BSc from Florence University (Italy) and her PhD from Aberdeen University (UK). Giovanna has over 25 years’ experience in non-lethal approaches to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts and worked extensively on wildlife management, animal behaviour and fertility control for wildlife and free-roaming dogs. Giovanna published more than 120 scientific and popular articles and she is an Associate Editor for the journal Human-Wildlife Interactions and a Scientific Advisor for the EAZA Group on Zoo Animal Contraception. She has collaborated with government and non-governmental agencies and academic partners in the UK and in countries that include Montserrat, India, Italy, Spain, Hong Kong, Morocco, Nepal and the US. In 2010 Giovanna organised the 8th International Symposium on wild boar and other suids in York, and in 2012 she led the 1st International Conference on Dog Population Management in York.


Péter Pál HAJAS

P. P. Hajas is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Wildlife Management and Vertebrate Zoology of the University of Western Hungary. He has been involved in farmland game conservation demonstration projects since 2004, mainly focusing on recovery and re-introduction of grey partridges. In order to bridge gaps between science and practice, he has been active in many fields varying from improvement of predation control techniques to the adoption of sustainable farming practices serving both ecological modernisation of farming and the conservation of farmland biodiversity. He is currently employed by the Agricultural and Rural Development Agency (ARDA) as county branch office director in Nógrád County, Hungary.


John D C Linnell has a PhD in Zoology from University College Cork, National University of Ireland. He is now a Senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research in Trondheim, where he has held a permanent position since 1999. His area of experience includes interdisciplinary approaches to studying human – wildlife interactions, policy relevant research related to wildlife conservation in human-dominated landscapes, and communicating results to the public and across the science-policy interface. John is working on ungulates and mammals (e.g. deers, caribou, muskox, lynx, wolverines, wolves, bears, but also leopards and jaguars, etc), in a range of countries across Europe (Norway, Baltic States, Western Balkans) as well as more exotic places such as India, Myanmar, Brazil or Turkmenistan. He is the author of > 200 scientific articles and chapters in edited books, in addition to an active publication activity for policy makers and the general public via technical reports and popular science articles.



Luca Corlatti is a Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) in Freiburg, Germany. He collaborates with the Chair of Wildlife Ecology and Management (University of Freiburg), the Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria), the Stelvio National Park (Italy) and the Research Unit of Behavioural Ecology, Ethology and Wildlife Management (University of Siena, Italy) to investigate mountain mammals at the intersection of behavioural ecology and wildlife management. During his PhD he focussed on the evolution of mountain ungulate mating systems, specifically on the mechanisms underlying the maintenance of alternative tactics in a population of Alpine chamois within the Gran Paradiso National Park (Italy). His current research interests include the role of anthropogenic influence on life history traits of mountain ungulates, as well as other aspects such as population dynamics, spatial movements and abundance estimation of mountain-dwelling mammals in different areas of the Alpine arch.

Jean-Michel GAILLARD

J-M. Gaillard is Directeur de Recherche at CNRS in the Research Unit « Biométrie et Biologie Evolutive » at the University of Lyon. Jean-Michel’s research concentrates on understanding evolutionary processes in populations of large mammals from analyses of their dynamics and identifying life history strategies of vertebrates from comparative studies. More recently, he has worked on how vertebrate populations are responding to climate change. He is also interested in developing new management strategies to minimise conflicts between human activities and large game species in a changing environment, in close collaboration with the French National Hunting and Wildlife Agency (ONCFS). Jean-Michel has published almost 300 scientific articles and has been associate editor of six scientific journals. He is currently Senior Editor of the Journal of Animal Ecology. His work is widely quoted in scientific literature.

Stanley D. GEHRT

Stan Gehrt is Professor of Wildlife Ecology at The Ohio State University, and Chair of the Center for Wildlife Research at the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation. His research program focuses on various aspects of mammalian ecology, especially urban systems, and dynamics of wildlife disease, and human-carnivore conflicts. He has studied the urban ecology of various mammals, including bats, raccoons, skunks, and others. He is principal investigator of a 16-year study of coyotes in the Chicago area, which has involved the capture and monitoring of over 1,000 individuals among 9 million people. Other current research includes coyote and deer ecology in Cleveland, Ohio, river otter population ecology, and a collaborative project on coyotes in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia. Stan has published over 100 scientific publications, including the volume ‘Urban Carnivores’ published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and his research has been featured in numerous print, radio, and television outlets.