International workshop on chamois

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The Gran Paradiso National Park (GPNP) and the Swiss National Park (SNP) are pleased to invite you to the International workshop on chamois that will be held in Valsavarenche (Gran Paradiso National Park) on November 26, 2013. The meeting is organised within the framework of the Interreg project "GREAT" (Large herbivores in changing Alpine ecosystems) between Italy and Switzerland. The aim of the project is to enhance our knowledge on the ecological mechanisms driving the survival of Alpine ungulates (ibex, chamois, red deer), therefore improving our knowledge on the responsiveness of such species to environmental changes, with special reference to climatic changes, food resources and spatial behaviour.

The aim of the meeting is to share the knowledge on the ecological mechanisms driving the life history of Alpine chamois, with special focus on interspecific competition in relation to climate changes, food resources and population dynamics. The conference is open to researchers, experts, managers and to everybody interested in this species.

The scientific programme will include 5 plenary talks:
1) Behavioural and ecological aspects of coexistence between mountain ungulates (Prof. Sandro Lovari*, Dr. Francesco Ferretti, University of Siena, IT)
2) Eco-physiological aspects of interspecific competition among ruminants (Prof. Juergen Hummel, Georg-August University Goettingen, GER)
3) Veterinary aspects of interspecific competition (Prof. Ezio Ferroglio, University of Turin, IT)
4) Potentials and pitfalls of counting methodologies (Dr. Luca Corlatti, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, AUT - GPNP, IT)
5) Physiological adaptations to extreme climates (Dr. Agnes Haymerle, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, AUT)
The tentative schedule of the meeting will be provided with the second announcement.
The official languages of the meeting will be Italian and German. Translation service will be provided.

The deadline for registration is 31st July 2013. Registration is free but only delegates who registered before the deadline will be allowed to attend.
To register to the meeting you can fill the online form which can be found at this page

Valsavarenche is accessible with public transport or by car. Instruction on how to reach Valsavarenche, together with a list of hotels will be provided with the second announcement. Hoping in a wide participation we look forward to your registration and to welcome you in Valsavarenche!

Bruno Bassano (GPNP)
Flurin Filli (SNP)
Achaz von Hardenberg (GPNP)
Ruedi Haller (SNP)
Luca Corlatti (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna - GPNP)
Seraina Campell (SNP)

Ente Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso
Servizio sanitario e della ricerca scientifica
Via della Rocca, 47 - 10123 – Torino (Italy)
Tel.: +39-11-8606211
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