IAVS conference 2011 – Lyon, France

This is a much belated post that took me far too long to publish but far too nice to forget.

One of the perks of doing research is attending conferences. It is great to be able to share your work with others and find out what is happening at other institutions in Australia and internationally. In 2011 I attended the International Association of Vegetation Science (IAVS) conference in Lyon, France. The theme of the 2011 symposium was ‘vegetation in and around water: patterns, processes and threats’. I presented some of my work on assessing riparian vegetation condition in Victoria.

The IAVS is an international organisation with a very broad scope of interest in vegetation science. They publish two research journals: Journal of Vegetation Science and Applied Vegetation Science. Their next (2013) annual meeting will be held in Tartu, Estonia.

Lyon, is a beautiful city and was a fantastic location for the conference. My travelling tip for Lyon: take advantage of the bike hire system, it is the perfect mode of transport for this city.

Lyon - bike hire

Lyon – bike hire



In addition to attending the conference, I was also able to spend some time with some of the alpine researchers from the Université Joseph Fourier’s Laboratoire d’Ecologie Alpine near the Col du Lautaret 90km east of Grenoble. This was an amazing place, particularly at that time of the year when the alpine meadows were in flower. This is quite a contrast to the Victorian Alps of southern Australia.

Alpine meadow - Col du Lautaret, France

Alpine meadow – Col du Lautaret, France

The French Alps

The French Alps

Alpine science

Alpine science at the Laboratoire d’Ecologie Alpine

And finally, what sort of trip to France in July would this be without some of the Tour de France… particularly in the first year the race was won by an Australian. Go Cadel!

Cadel Evans 2011 Tour de France winner

Cadel Evans 2011 Tour de France winner

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