SEFS 10 - Aqua fons vitae – water as a source of life and irreplaceable component of the nature environment
10th Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences
SEFS10 2017: Registration is opened!
The online registration to SEFS10 2017 is now opened.
We kindly invite you to register by clicking on the link on the right.
More information is available on the official SEFS10 Website, which will be updated continuously.
Though the planet we inhabit is called Earth, what makes the third planet of our solar system unique is water. Most of this water (97.5 %), however, is saline, not directly available for human life. Only negligible amount of freshwater occurs in form of rivers, lakes or groundwater aquifers, systems that represent the main water source for all human well-being.
These ecosystems are continually threatened by various sources of anthropogenic pollution, water abstraction, and by climate changes which influence primarily the global water cycle and cause unpredictable fluctuations in water level and discharges into rivers. The number of temporary watercourses that naturally cease to flow and run dry came as the first warning from our Mediterranean colleagues, while an increasing number of drying systems is now also apparent in Central Europe. All these impacts interact and enhance uncertainty about the availability of freshwater for human life in the near future; at the same time, changes in water quality and quantity might influence all aquatic life.
Our crucial aim is to ensure a sufficient supply of good-quality water for future generations. However, the maintenance and management of freshwater ecosystems require the close cooperation of scientists, politicians and stakeholders, and must arise from the best available knowledge and experience provided by ecologists and limnologists. We hope that the 10th European Symposium for Freshwater Sciences (SEFS10) will offer an opportunity to bring together experts from various freshwater disciplines and contribute substantially to increasing our knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of freshwater sciences.
The city of Olomouc, located on the Morava River, is the ecclesiastical metropolis and historical capital city of Moravia. Its inner city is the second-largest reservation of historical monuments in the country, after Prague. Olomouc contains several large squares, the chief of which is adorned with the Holy Trinity Column, built between 1716 and 1754 and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Olomouc also hosts Palacký University, which was founded in 1573 and is the second oldest in the Czech Republic. A couple of kilometres north of Olomouc, the Morava River forms a unique floodplain forest environment. The ecological backbone of this area is the naturally meandering Morava, in floodplain forests branching out and forming a complex system of permanent and temporary river arms, a so-called anastomosing river system.
We are proud to invite all freshwater scientists to participate in the SEFS10 in Olomouc in 2017!