The main accommodation for ECCB participants will be provided in the on-campus Student dormitories with approximately 500 beds in four different qualities. The Dormitories are only 5 minutes walk from the Congress venue. Breakfast is included in price and is provided as a buffet in Students dining hall (5 minutes by food from dormitories). More information here.
The Local Organising Committee will also offer a possibility to book the accommodation in four hotels close to the congress venue (max. 10-minutes walk from dormitories) located in a quiet suburban area.
Field excursions and social programme
Below you can see various examples of field excursions that we are preparing for you. As we get closer to the conference, we will announce more detailed information about field trips and activities for conference participants (social programme, guided excursions in Prague for conference participants and their accompanying persons, special activities for children etc.). Stay tuned for more information.
Czech Karst (Český kras) Protected Landscape Area and Karlštejn castle
This thermophilic karst area lies southeast of Prague and includes many interesting ecosystems – rock steppes, xerothermic forests, and the strong valley effect of the Berounka River. It is interesting visit to the karst features and cave systems (a well-known geological locality and paleontological site). In the central part of the PLA lies the large, gothic Karlštejn castle. The most valuable parts of the PLA are endangered by limestone mining; the excursion includes a demonstration of the protection and restoration ecology of this area.
Milovice Nature Reserve and observation of Spermophilus citellus
Located near the towns of Milovice and Benátky nad Jizerou, this nature reserve is a pioneering rewilding project of cooperation between several scientific bodies. Milovice Nature Reserve is the first and only place in Europe where visitors can see Aurochs, European bison, and wild horses together. After Milovice Nature Reserve you will visit a stable population of European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus) near Mladá Boleslav.
Central Bohemian Uplands (České středohoří) PLA
A mountain complex of volcanic origin and a thermophilic grassland area situated to the northwest of Prague. You will see different management regimes, a LIFE project for six species, and also the problem linked with building a motorway through this valuable protected area. There are many interesting species in this cultural landscape and the excursion will highlight their management and protection.
The lignite basin under Krušné hory (the Ore Mountains)
This wide opencast coal-mining area in the northwest of Bohemia is called the “Black triangle”. In this area are interesting examples of large scale landscape remodelling, devastation, the succession stages of spoil banks, and the protection and management of succession areas. The visit to Krušné hory provides a chance to see large forest area that died due to acid rain, forest regeneration, and replacement tree species.
Bohemian Paradise (Český ráj) PLA
Bohemian Paradise is unique landscape with the status of UNESCO Global Geopark. The area is formed mainly of block sandstone, which was deposited on the edge of the sea in the Mesozoic period. The current form of the rocks is the result of the long-term effects of forces from the interior of the Earth and of long-term erosion. The rock-column landscape and Tertiary uplands of volcanic origin make this countryside unique. Caves, pseudo-sinkholes, rock gates and windows are interesting aspects of this rock-column landscape.
Šumava National Park – forests, lakes, and mountains
Šumava National Park is the largest national park in the Czech Republic. It contains large areas of coniferous and mixed mountain forests, cirques with glacial lakes, widespread mountain peat bogs, alluvial valleys, and remnants of former settlements in various stages of reintegration into nature. The excursion is planned as a demanding hike through forested and rocky terrain between 800 and 1378 m above sea level and will include the National Park’s highest peak (Plechý) and Plešné jezero glacial lake.
Třeboňsko PLA – wetlands and ponds
Třeboňsko PLA and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is in the most important region for fish ponds and fish farming in the Czech Republic. In “fish pond country” we can still find a unique combination of natural elements with cultural and economic use of the region’s natural resources. The unique large wetland area (about 700 km2) provides habitats for a large range of valuable plant and animal species. There will be a lunch of regional fish specialties.
Bohemian Switzerland (České Švýcarsko) National Park
This National Park lies on the Czech side of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, north of Děčín, on both sides of the Elbe River. A wonderful landscape of the sandstone in the north of Bohemia. It was the sea’s sand bed that gave birth to the phenomenal world of sandstone after the sea receded; a world of rock towers, bridges and gates, a world full of miraculous stone shapes, gorges, streams and rivers.
Pure beauty of the South Moravian landscape
Bílé Karpaty (White Carpathian) PLA is unique compared to other large-scale conservation areas in the Czech Republic because they are the highest mountains of the south-western edge of the Carpathian mountain range. The whole PLA (especially its southern part) has been cultivated by man for hundreds of years. Despite (or due to) this fact, exceptionally important natural treasures have been conserved here. Most of the area can be considered as a balanced landscape. For these natural and landscape qualities, Bílé Karpaty was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Pálava PLA lies in the northwest promontory of the Panonská lowlands. It is the warmest and (almost) the most arid area in the Czech Republic; therefore vines are cultivated here. The unique protected landscape includes karst forest steppe, alluvial forests, and halophytic vegetation.