Call for papers

The Balaton Research Institute of Kaposvár University and the Balaton Limnological Institute of the Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences are organizing an international conference on

Interaction of Natural and Social Processes in Shallow Lake Areas

Place and date of the conference: Kaposvár, Hungary, November 6–7, 2014.
Conference venue: Hotel Dorottya, 8 Széchenyi sq, Kaposvár, Hungary.

Keynote speakers:

  • Edita Stefanic (Josip Juraj Strossmeyer University of Osijek): Invasive plants – what should we need to know about them?
  • Martin Dokulil (University of Vienna): Sustainability of water resources: Climate change and eutrophication
  • Peter Hunter (University of Stirling): Remote sensing of biogeochemical parameters in Lake Balaton
  • László Molnár (University of Pécs): The developing framework of freshwater ecotoxicology: from monitoring and model experiments to prediction and prognosis
  • Anthony Lehmann (University of Geneva): A data-sharing journey from the Lake Balaton to the Black Sea catchment
  • Georg Staaks (Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin): Aquaponics as a chance for a sustainable ecological transformation process in traditionally agriculturally used shallow lake basins
  • A. Min Tjoa (Vienna University of Technology): [title under negotiation]
  • Adam Budnikowski (Warsaw School of Economics): The impact of international trade on the water security of nations
  • Alberto Gasparini (University of Trieste / Institute of International Sociology, Goricia): Towns and villages around the lake of Garda: belongings and values

Speakers of the plenary session:

  • Lajos Vörös (Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences): Current ecological state of Lake Balaton
  • Gabriella Kazinczi (Kaposvár University): Spreading of invasive plant species on the southern watershed of Balaton Lake
  • Károly Kutics (Kaposvár University): The history of human interventions in the environment of Lake Balaton – downs and ups
  • Sándor Kerekes (Kaposvár University): The economic evaluation of water reserves
  • György Csepeli (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest): Balaton as a source of Big Data
  • Béla Csukás (Kaposvár University): Extendable dynamic simulation model of Lake Balaton and its Southern catchment basin with expert and user interfaces

Possible topics of interest are:

  • anthropogenic impacts on the ecosystems of shallow lake catchment areas;
  • the effects of changing hydro-meteorological conditions on the life and management of shallow lake areas;
  • analysis and control of external and internal nutrient/pollutant loads of shallow lakes;
  • landscape, landscape values, nature conservation and environmental protection in lake basins;
  • invasive plants and animals in the watershed, pelagic and littoral zones of shallow lakes
  • plant protection and soil conservation in shallow lake catchment areas;
  • environmentally impacting human activities in shallow lake areas and the social, economic, and cultural mechanisms behind them;
  • social representations of the relationship of nature and culture/society;
  • the clash of values and/or interests and the varieties of environmental awareness of different actor groups in the local societies of sensitive geographical areas;
  • ecologically based social conflicts in shallow lake basins;
  • developmental strategies and interdisciplinary models of development for shallow lake regions;
  • media representation of anthropogenic ecological problems and ecologically based social conflicts in shallow lake areas;
  • models for water quantity and water quality prediction for shallow lakes;
  • problems of liquid and solid waste management in catchment areas;
  • dynamic modeling and simulation based multidisciplinary problem solving for catchment basins of shallow lakes;
  • computational sustainability;
  • computational support of model-based multi-objective decisions for finding trade-offs in resolving conflicting interests;
  • simulation based engineering of non-conventional multi-scale processes.

Working languages: English (preferred) and Hungarian.

Length of presentation of section papers: 15 min followed by a 5 min discussion.

Participation in the conference(including lunch and refreshments) is free of charge – financed by the TÁMOP-4.2.2.A-11/1/KONV-2012-0038 project. Participants are expected to cover their travel and accommodation expenses.

Please complete and return the Application Form for Participants to the email address below by September 15, 2014. The participants are advised to submit their application A.S.A.P. with regards to accommodation.

Speakers are kindly invited to submit an abstract of a length of 1000–1500 characters on the Application Form for Authors via email to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 15, 2014. The authors are encouraged to submit their abstracts A.S.A.P.

All abstracts will be published in an Abstract Book with ISBN number and will be available at the Conference registration.

Selected full papers of the conference will be published in a peer reviewed proceedings. Guidelines and format for full paper submission will be provided by October 5, 2014.

Details about travelling, accommodation and parking options will follow later on.

Important deadlines:

September 18, 2014: Closing date for registration and abstract submission
September 25, 2014: Notification of acceptance
October 5, 2014:   Final Programme
November 6–7, 2014: Date of the conference
November 7, 2014: Closing date for the submission of full papers to be published


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Project Code: TAMOP-4.2.2.A-11/1/KONV-2012-0038
Project Name: Multidisciplinary investigation of the ecological impacts of human activity and the concomitant social conflicts in a sensible geographical area pertaining to a shallow lake (Lake Balaton and its southern catchment basin)
Amount of Aid: 406 534 500 HUF
Beginning of the Project: October 1, 2012
End of the Project: January 31, 2015
Consortium Partner: Ecological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Balaton Limnological Institute)
Project Manager: László Sitányi PhD
Professional Leader: István Marton PhD
Project Financial Manager: Gábor Hegyi

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