ISCAR Workshop 2015: "Interface between science
and mountain protected areas: the role of scientific councils"


Workshop issues

"The scientific councils of Alpine protected areas: an overview and analysis of their contribution to linking science and management" in eco.mont Vol. 8 No. 2

"Recommendations for establishing or renewing scientific councils in protected areas" in eco.mont Vol. 8 No. 1


25 - 26 June 2015 (noon-to-noon)

Chambéry (F)


Programme (pdf)


This workshop will focus on the role and issues of scientific councils of mountain protected areas. Scientific councils will be seen as interfaces between science and management. Various models of constituting and organizing scientific councils will be presented and the role of scientific councils regarding science and management in protected areas will be discussed by experts from science, mountain protected areas and administration: To what extent and under what conditions are scientific councils able to promote scientific research in protected areas? To what extent and under what conditions can they support the management and the policy of a protected area and mediate conflicts? How can they contribute to building networks and cooperation?


The workshop will gather together some 40 participants, members of scientific councils and persons responsible for management and research in protected mountain areas from all Alpine countries.


Expected outcomes:





No fees; meals (1 dinner and 1 lunch) and coffee breaks are offered.





25th June 2015, 14:00 - 18:00


Welcome and Introduction

Jean-Jacques Brun, LabEx ITEM and ISCAR

Edouard Simonian, Région Rhône Alpes


Plenary session: Scientific research for protected areas: different approaches


Moderator: Isabelle Arpin, Irstea




26th June 2015, 9:00 - 13:00


9:00    Discussion groups 1-3

Introduction to the workshops: Thomas Scheurer, ISCAR



1)   Relationships of scientific councils to science


Moderator: Thomas Scheurer, ISCAR


Daniel Kreiner, head of research in Gesäuse National Park, A
Grégory Loucougaray, scientist active in the Vercors National Park, F



2)   Relationships of scientific councils with  management & policy


Moderator: Isabelle Arpin, Irstea


Dominik Siegrist, scientific council of Adula National Park, CH
Michael Vogel, director of Berchtesgaden National Park, D



3)   Role of scientific councils in the interface between science and management


Moderator: Guido Plassmann, ALPARC


Chris Walzer, Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, University of Vienna, A
Emmanuel Michau, director of Vanoise National Park, F


11:30 Final plenary session

Moderator: Fabien Hobléa, University Savoie Mont-Blanc


Marine Henry,
Alpine Space Contact Point Rhône-Alpes



Full programme (pdf)