Phenology symposium 2019

Last changed: 11 February 2019

Phenological shifts and their impact on Society

- Application of phenology research in planning and decision-making 

Adjacent to the OIKOS meeting 2019 in Ultuna, Sweden, the Swedish National Phenology Network (SWE-NPN) holds a symposium on how deliverables from phenology research and data monitoring are of importance for planning and decision-making of stakeholders and for the general society for discovery and adaption to a changed climate.

Phenological shifts, i.e. changes in the timing of seasonal events, are well-documented effects of climate change, with potentially large impact on nature and society including biodiversity conservation, spread of invasive species and conditions for growth, pests or frost damage in agriculture and forestry, as well as on human health (allergies). The symposium will be framing questions especially interesting to stakeholders in public service and researchers that focus on monitoring and modelling the impact of climate change on nature, or e.g. modelling seasonal growth patterns.


The symposium is organized by SWE-NPN, as a joint effort of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (head organization of SWE-NPN) and the Lund and Gothenburg Universities, through the BECC consortium (Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate).


Registration for participation is now open. Last day to register is on the January 15, 2019. If you wish to h show a poster during the symposium, you can still apply for that.

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Venue: Building "Ulls hus", floor 6, room "Ultuna" at SLU Campus Ultuna, Almas allé 8, Uppsala (see map below for guidance)

Date and time: 4 February 2019 9:30 - 16:00

Participation is free of charge and includes lunch


9:30 Registration and coffee (poster presentations)
10:00 Introduction
  Session 1
10:05   Introductory speech
The benefit from phenological observations when tracking the effects of a changed climate in nature, from a stakeholder's perspective.
Ola Langvall (Swedish National Phenology Network) and Henrik Josefsson (Länsstyrelsen Örebro län)

Artportalen – a species reporting system for Swedish animals and plants.
Stephen Coulson (Artdatabanken)


Trends of first flowering dates of hazel (Corylus avellana L.) under warming.
Tochia Ting (National Taiwan University)


The course of the annual life cycle of bees may be selected to match local floral resources.
Åslög Dahl (Gothenburg University, BECC)


Understanding phenological strategies in plants through studies on genetically defined barley mutants.
Mats Hansson (Lund University, BECC)

11:50 Lunch (poster presentations and mingle)

Session 2


Key-note speech
Growing and enjoying wine in a changing climate
Kimberly Nicholas (Lund University


Long-term standardized forest phenology in Sweden, a climate change indicator and used in forestry.
Ola Langvall (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)


Annual variation of berry production in south-central Sweden and its bottom-up effects on brown bears.
Anne Hertel (Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre)

14:00 "Speed dating" - exploring the current and future use and demand for phenology deliverables 
15:15 Coffee break (poster presentations and mingle)
15:30 Presentation of "results" from speed dating
16:00 Closure of symposium


Ola Langvall, Experiment Group Leader
Unit for Field-based Forest Research, SLU, +46 472 26 31 80


Arranging committée 

Ola Langvall, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, researcher and coordinator of the Swedish National Phenology Network
Åslög Dahl, Gothenburg University, researcher in BECC
Jacob Johansson, Lund University, researcher in BECC