Dear Colleagues,


I am pleased to announce that the 11th Symposium on the Conservation of Saproxylic Insects will be hosted by the Forest Research Institute and is scheduled for June 5–7, 2020, in Białowieża, Poland. We are working hard to make this meeting an event that everyone will enjoy and remember, so please add these dates to your calendars.



With all the best,

Jacek Hilszczański

Forest Research Institute


Main theme: This conference will be held under the main theme Disturbances and saproxylic insects. We highly encourage all authors to submit presentations and posters related to this problem. However, other topics related to diversity, ecology and conservation of saproxylic insects are also accepted.

Background: Protected areas in forests are essential for biodiversity conservation. In practice, forest areas in national parks and reserves are often subject to strict protection. One of the main positive effects of this strategy is increased amount of dead wood in the forest – a key resource for saproxylic organisms, including large proportion of insects. Increasing dead wood volume has been acknowledged as a factor enhancing populations of saproxylic insects. At the same time, many saproxylic insects require disturbances that create specific ecological conditions in the forest, e.g., diversified dead wood and increased sun exposure. However, natural disturbances (i.e., wind, fire, insect outbreaks) are a relatively rare and unpredictable phenomena which often occur in a limited spatial scale. This may lead to the decrease of structural heterogeneity of the forest due to natural succession and, in turn, may have detrimental effect on many saproxylic insects. It is particularly important for species which breed in sun-exposed trees and for taxa associated with early successional stages of forest development. This process is evident in some protected forests in Europe, where negative effects of scarcity of natural disturbances are exacerbated by the exclusion of disturbances related to human activity. In conclusion, future conservation strategies and management plans should take into consideration diversified means of protection in the forests.

Venue: HOTEL BIAŁOWIESKI Conference, Wellness & Spa. Stoczek 218b, 17-230 Białowieża, Poland. Tel.: (+48) 85 744 43 80;

Date: June 5th 2020 (Friday) – June 7th 2020 (Sunday)



The conference is partly supported by the project entitled "Open Resources in Digital Repository of Scientific Institutes (OZwRCIN)" is co-financed by: Operational Program Digital Poland, 2014-2020, Measure 2.3: Digital accessibility and usefulness of public sector information; funds from the European Regional Development Fund and national co-financing from the state budget. Contract No. POPC.02.03.01-00-0029/17-00.