II. European Congress on Orthoptera Conservation

Smolenice, Slovakia | 19-21 September 2018

Dear orthopterologists,
it is a great pleasure to welcome you to the Second European Congress on Orthoptera Conservation organised by the IUCN SSC Grasshopper Specialist Group (GSG). The host institution is the Institute of Forest Ecology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS).


The Smolenice village and the well-known Smolenice Castle are situated at the foothill of Malé Karpaty Mts., 60 kms to the north of Bratislava (the capital of Slovakia). The Congress Centre of the SAS is situated in the castle. Each year, numerous international congresses and symposiums with international attendance organised by scientific institutions of the SAS take place there.

The Congress Centre of the SAS

You may reach the Smolenice Congress Centre either by bus or car, a free parking is available at the castle parkplace for Congress participants. The next airports are Bratislava or Vienna (note that you have to reach the bus station Bratislava for connection to Smolenice from the airports).

The Congress Room has a capacity of 100 seats. There is a free wifi internet access in the castle. Full meal service there (a day board is provided per 18.10 €) and 100 beds are available in one-, two-, three-, four-bed rooms or apartments with prices ranging from 25 to 40 € per person (more info).

Program, registration & fees

Lectures and posters can cover all fields of taxonomy, ecology, distributional patterns, population trends and conservation implications in the orthopterans world.
The Congress should encourage also MSc and PhD students to take part in and contribute to a stimulating academic discussion about the most recent developments in their research field.


Time schedule of the program depends on the number of registered lectures and posters. Participants will hear various talks and have the opportunity to take part in dialogues on a broad range of topics of scientific importance.

The program will include also session with posters, which will enable all participants to present and discuss their research. Finally, a post-conference field excursion to surrounding habitats is scheduled as still pleasant weather in late September is expected in Malé Karpaty Mts.
Renowned orthopterologists will be invited to held plenary lectures.
More details are coming after registration deadline.


The deadline for registration is 30 June 2018!
Registration and abstract submission will be open in February 2018.


Standard registration fee 50 €
Reduced fee (students/pensioners) 30 €
Late bird registration 100/60 €
Registration fee includes welcome reception, book of abstracts, bag with conference materials and refreshments and coffee/tea during the breaks.


Feel free to ask your questions using this form

We are looking forward to see you in Smolenice Castle!
On behalf of the Organizing Committee Dr. Anton Krištín and Prof. Dr. Axel Hochkirch