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Historical Ecology; HEF2020; International conference;historical legacies;ecological trajectories; geography;archeology;paleoecology;economy;biology


HEF 2021 will start with a opening remarks. Next, the conference will be organize in 4 scientific sessions covering the different aspects of historical ecology. Each session will start with a keynote lecture of an expert giving his/her vision for the topic.

Venue of the conference:

Amphithéâtre "Demange", UFR Sciences Humaines et Sociales, "Île du Saulcy", 57 006 METZ, FRANCE

Language: English

Opening remarks at monday 24th 2021

William Balée
- "Historical Ecology for the Future aims at promoting historical ecology and highlighting its recent advances and key results. Geographers, biologists, historians, social scientists, economists, archaeologists, ecologists, paleoecologists, managers, and soil scientists, among others dealing with historical ecology issues, are welcome to join the conference to share and discuss their questions, data, and results."

Four scientific sessions

1 - Historical heritage and conservation 
- "Contribution of historical ecology to biological conservation and / or ecological restoration. Notions of “reference ecosystem”, degree of naturalness, resistance and resilience, adaptation to climate change and disturbance regimes, role of the human relationship with their environment, human perception of environment, etc."
2 - Environmental resource exploitation
- "Insights from past use and management of environmental resources into the understanding of the current state (soil, vegetation, biogeochemical fluxes) and sustainability of resources exploitation. Notions of thresholds, rates of harvesting, resources exploitation, overexploitation, sustainability, past and current practices, soil legacies, local products environmental characterization, etc."
3 - Ecological dynamics
- "Assessment of land and biodiversity dynamics in the past, current and future, at various spatial scales (from local to global), levels of organization (from genes to biome) and for all biota (including domestic and wild fauna, cultivated and wild flora, microbial communities). Notions of spatial or temporal ecological continuity, local adaptation, disturbance regimes, extinction debt and colonization credit, species migration and range shifts, diversification processes, etc."
4 - Methods and Tools in historical ecology
- "Progress in analytical strategies and tools relevant for historical ecology (modelling, machine learning, GIS, LIDAR, meta-analyses, molecular ecology and ecological genomics, paleo-indicators, bio-indicators, methods of dating, environmental archaeology sources, new types of archives, etc.), updates in historical ecology concepts and terminology, contribution of social sciences, etc."


This program is subject to change.

24th May 2021
25th May 2021
26th May 2021
27th May 2021
28th May 2021

Talks Session of the conference


Talks Session of the conference


Talks Session of the conference


Talks Session of the conference


Fieldtrip day of the conference

Lunch break
Lunch break
  Lunch break   Lunch break   Packed lunch

Talks Session of the conference


Talks Session of the conference


Talks Session of the conference


Talks Session of the conference


Fieldtrip day of the conference


Free Icebreaker: 24th May 2021: 19:00 to 20:30

Touristic visit of Metz: 25th May 2021: 19:00 to 20:30 

Conference dinner: 26th May 2021: 19:30 to 23:00

Side note:

Duration of a Regular lecturer talk : 15 minutes including 5 minutes for discussion.