Dear Carabidologists, friends and colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the 17th European Carabidologists Meeting will take place from September 20-25, 2015, in hotel Zora in Primošten, Croatia. After a very nice meeting in Prague, with plenty of interesting presentations in a friendly atmosphere, we hope to offer you attractive scientific and social programs, wrapped in the typical Mediterranean spirit of Dalmatia.

This meeting is being organized for the first time in Croatia, by the Croatian Ecological Society and Association BIOM, supported by the Department of Biology at the Faculty of Science, Zagreb and under the auspice of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia.

We will take you to a small and authentic Mediterranean town of Primošten located in the Šibenik-Knin County, near Šibenik. Formerly it was an island that had been connected to the mainland by the small wooden bridge. It is known for the nearby vineyards where the famous Babić red wine is produced. Here, you can enjoy beautiful views of „škoji“, small Adriatic islands such as Smokvica, Maslinovik, etc.

In the Šibenik-Knin County, situated in the middle of Dalmatia, you will experience the Mediterranean lifestyle and typical karst landscape with pristine nature and a wealth of cultural and historical landmarks, from prehistoric and Roman settlements to medieval and Renaissance fortresses. In addition you can visit Krka National Park with the beautiful Krka River, flowing from the Dinaric Alps toward the Adriatic Sea, creating unique waterfalls in karst, such as Skradinski Buk, with tuffa barriers, as well as the historic town of Šibenik, placed in the estuary of Krka River. The moto of the 17th ECM, “Learning about carabid habits and habitats – a continuous process in a continuously changing environment”, aims to highlight the continuous research on carabid beetles across Europe and beyond, in various types of habitats in relation to rapid environmental changes in the last decades, such as climate change, land use change, habitat degradations, various anthropogenic pressures etc… .  However, our invitation does not restrict to these themes only, thus all aspects of carabidology are more than welcome.

We cordially invite all scientists studying carabid beetles to participate and contribute to the quality of this traditional scientific symposium.

During the congress, participants can present their results through oral and poster presentations, and participate in all meeting activities, as well as in the field trip which will be held in Krka National park.

We look forward to your response and to welcoming you in Primošten, Šibenik-Knin County, in September 2015.


17th ECM Organisational Committee