International Scientific Conference
Invasive alien species threat: from theory to practice

19-21 September 2022 Ankara, Turkey (Hybrid)

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   The introduction and spread of invasive alien species (IAS) have had dramatically negative ecological and economic impacts worldwide. Following habitat loss, IAS are the greatest threat to native biological diversity. New species are usually introduced to novel environments with the aim of food utilization, ornamental and sportive fishing, as a result of either accidentally or unauthorized translocations. Increasing number of studies on successful alien species that are becoming invasive have clearly revealed negative impacts of these species on native/endemic species, ecosystem structure and services. These studies have universally focused on understanding impact mechanism of non-native species, establishing early detection systems, assessing invasiveness risks and proposing management options.

Since trade, technology and production techniques that have taken place much faster and more effectively in recent years, and the effects of climate change, IAS have become an important problem all over the world which are one of the important issues to be considered for Turkey, which is in a geographically unique and fragile position. For this reason, many researches have been carried out in recent years regarding the existence, detection, risk assessment and effects of IAS on the ecosystem in our country, and meetings have been held regarding this. However, combating such global problems is possible with international cooperation and the creation of national legal infrastructures. The European Union has published the 1143/2014 regulation for combating invasive alien species in terrestrial and aquatic environments and requested the necessary studies to be carried out for the harmonization of candidate and member countries with this regulation.

Hence, we cordially invite you to the international conference entitled ‘Invasive alien species threat: from theory to practice’, which will be organized as one of the activities of EU based Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) II project entitled ‘Addressing of invasive alien species threats in terrestrial areas and inland waters in Turkey’ between 19-21 September 2022 in Ankara, Turkey. We believe that the outcomes of this conference will be very useful for anybody who is interested in invasive species in institutes, universities, ministries and non-governmental organizations.

Looking forward to seeing you in Ankara,
Prof.Dr Ali Serhan TARKAN
On behalf of the organizing committee



  • The conference will be organised as a hybrid event.The official language of the conference is English.
  • A simultaneous translation service will be provided as Turkish and English.


Registration for attendees:
  • There is no fee for registration if you want attend to conference; but you need to send motivation letter to the email After your application is approved, zoom link will be shared.
  • Accommodation, transportation and food expenses of those who want to participate to conference physically will be covered.

Registration for speakers and poster presenters:
  • There will be no limitation of the number of scientific contributions by an author. All contributions will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and they reserve the right to decide form of presentation (oral/poster) in case of scope of the presentation or timing.
  • The accommodation, transportation and food expenses of the oral speakers, whose abstracts are accepted and want to attend the conference physically, will be covered.
  • Abstract papers should be prepared according to the abstract template must be at least 200 words and at most 700 words. Papers prepared without using the template and without following the word count will not be evaluated.
  • You can submit your paper prepared according to the template by 5 September 2022 at the latest in doc/word format to
  • You can download the abstract template by clicking on it.

Presentation Rules

  • Power-Point, 15 minutes (5 minutes Q&A).
  • Presentations should include information focusing on the essence of the study, rather than general expressions known by everyone.
  • The speaker is responsible for the proper operation of the software and hardware (Camera, microphone, presentation file etc.) for the Zoom system.
  • The session program and zoom link will be shared when technical arrangement is finished.
  • The attendees name must be entered as "Speaker Name_ Surname_Affiliation" in Zoom on the presentation day.
  • Presentation text will be prepared in English. You can access the presentation template here

Poster format

  • Max. 80 x 120 cm – All posters should be sent to Scientific Committee’s review at least one week before the conference.
  • Posters presenters should focus on graphs and small tables and avoid excessive text.


Conference Date:

19-21 September 2022

Deadline for Abstract Submission

5 September 2022

Acceptance of abstracts:

9 September 2022

Deadline for Registration:

15 September 2022


Please click here to view the program.


  • Ecological risks and impacts
  • Best practices for management
  • Ecosystem services
  • Pathways and vectors: organisms in trade
  • Education and Outreach
  • Resilience of ecosystems
  • Monitoring tools for management
  • Control tools for management
  • Data tools for management
  • Climate change impacts
  • Genetic tools for monitoring
  • Collaborating across borders
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Meet Our Keynote Speakers


University of Lodz, Poland/ Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Hydrobiology,
Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection

Invasional meltdown: nightmare or promise?

Karolina Bacela Spychalska is an associate professor at the Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Hydrobiology, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Lodz, Poland. The problem of diversity loss which is observed nowadays and human impact on that process are close to her scientific field.  She is focused mostly on biology and ecology of invasive species in inland waters, as well as parasitism in biological invasions and application of molecular methods in phylogeography, phylogeny and identification of organisms.


Bournemouth University,United Kingdom/Department of Life &Environmental Sciences,
Faculty of Science & Technology

Ecology,management and policy implications of alien fish invasions originating in recreational fisheries in Great Britain

Robert Britton is an aquatic ecologist who specialises in fish ecology. His research interests cover the impacts on aquatic fauna of anthropogenic stressors, including invasive alien species (including parasites), habitat loss and climate change. He works on issues ranging from the ecological consequences of biological invasions through to the predicting the impacts of climate change on fish life history traits. He generally applies empirical approaches, including stable isotope analysis and aquatic telemetry and population genetics. Outputs of his work have included the development of risk management schemes for invasive species, analysis and evaluation of invasive fish eradication programmes and increased understandings of invasion patterns and processes. He works on a range of natural systems (e.g. River Severn, Norfolk Broads, River Frome) and experimental systems using more controlled conditions. Subjects of recent publications include predicting the impact of climate change on the growth and distribution of cyprinid fishes, the use of biocontrol to manage invasive fish populations and how invasive fish and parasites affect food web structure. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Ecology and Biological Invasions.


Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt/ Department of River Ecology and Conservation  Senckenberg

The InvaCost project from giving birth to the first public database on the costs of invasive alien species to growing a global network of invasion biologists

Phillip Haubrock obtained his PhD in Ecology and Ethology with a focus on invasion biology from the University of Florence, Ferrara, and Parma (Italy) in 2018 and since then works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of River Ecology and Conservation of the Senckenberg Research Institute in Gelnhausen (Germany). His current research focuses on long term trends in aquatic invasions specifically regarding (a) observable changes in community composition and functionality, (b) how such functional changes reflect within common stream quality assessment metrics, and concomitantly (c) how invasive species facilitate functional and biological homogenization.


University of Leeds/ Faculty of Biological Sciences

Incorporating context dependency into impact assessments

Josie South completed her PhD in predicting impacts of the twin threats of climate change and biological invasion on Irish Sea fisheries at the Queens University of Belfast, and went on to two post-doc fellowships in South Africa at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity and Centre for Invasion Biology. Josie’s research interests lie in the complex dynamics of aquatic invasion ecology, particularly improving capacity for predicting ecological impact. She is mainly interested in what animals eat and how they eat them, so unpacking the nuances of trophic interactions form the basis of her work. The flip side of invasion ecology also allows her to dabble in restoration and native species conservation projects, as well as interdisciplinary work to address the social conflicts around invasive species used for aquaculture and sportfishing. She currently works on a diverse set of projects, including improving ecological impact prediction, African and European crayfish invasion ecology, functional ecology of Brazilian fish assemblages, small fish ecology of Java, and assessments of southern African inland fisheries.


Harran University Department of Plant Protection, Şanlıurfa, Turkey

Sicyos angulatus invasion in the Black Sea region: What we have learnt so far?

Dr. Shahid Farooq is serving Department of Plant Protection, Harran University, Şanlıurfa Turkey as Assistant Professor. Dr. Farooq is among the researchers in Turkey trying to solve the basic questions in Ecology that how climate change will mediate plant invasions in the country. His research is focused on the biology and ecology of invasive plant species under stressful and benign environmental conditions. The current research focus of Dr. Farooq is assessing the impacts of climate change on the potential spread of invasive and potentially invasive species in Turkey and assessing the risks associated with these species.


University of Palermo Postdoctoral Research Fellow Laboratory of Ecology Department of Earth and Marine Sciences

Invasive gelatinous zooplankt on: large blooms or silent invasion, what challenges for aquatic socio-ecosystems?

Guillaume Marchessaux is working on invasive species on Mediterranean coastal and lagoon systems using a socio-ecological approach to determine the relationships between species and human activities (professional fishermen, bathers, boaters, etc.).He worked in particular on gelatinous zooplankton (the ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi,the hydromedusa Gonionemus vertens,and the hydromedusa Craspedacusta sowerbii) but also on invasive blue crabs and other invertebrates.


University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain/ Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition & Food Sciences

Invasive plant and algae species biomass as a potential source of bioactive compounds

Prof. María Carmen Garrigós is Full Professor in Chemistry in the University of Alicante. Multidisciplinary expertise on Analytical Chemistry, Polymer Science and Food Science. Author of 87 research papers with an h index of 31. She is currently the head of the Research Group in Polymer and Nanomaterials Analysis (NANOBIOPOL), and has experience in chemical analysis, green extraction of active compounds from natural sources and biomaterials formulation. She is experienced in coordination of national projects and leadership in 4 H-2020 projects.


Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart Universitesi/ Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Plant Protection

Comparing strategy of Turkey on invasive alien species with the European approaches

Prof. Dr. Ahmet ULUDAĞ works at Plant Protection Department in faculty of Agriculture of Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University. He has graduated from Agricultural Machinery department but worked in weed science alongside almost entire professional life. His involvement of invasive alien plants activities has started in EPPO invasive alien plants scientific panel early 2000s followed by EPPO Core Panel member. He has contributed to preparation of EU regulation as IAS project manager in EEA. He had leading role establishment of ESENIAS,  a regional IAS network and SuEKOS, a national NGO on aquatic biodiversity. Furthermore, he leads EWRS IAP working group.


University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA/ Scientific Institute of Translational Genomics

The challenges and new opportunities for DNA-based biomonitoring of aquatic invasive species

Bilgenur Baloglu, Ph.D. is a molecular biologist, bioinformatics scientist, and a lecturer, based in Pasadena, California. Dr. Baloglu studied Molecular Biology and Genetics at Istanbul Technical University and earned a Ph.D. at the National University of Singapore in Molecular Ecology, working on the biological assessment of Singapore’s aquatic ecosystems using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and Nanopore sequencing. Her research interests focus on biodiversity monitoring and developing molecular and bioinformatics tools to make DNA sequencing technologies cheaper, faster, and more accurate. After completing her postdoctoral studies at the University of Guelph, Canada, Dr. Baloglu led bioinformatics efforts at Sequential Skin, and moved to Thermo Fisher Scientific, continuing work in bioinformatics support for NGS. During her Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies, she provided consulting to Singapore’s National Water Agency (PUB) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) for DNA-based biomonitoring. She is currently a part-time faculty at the University of Southern California, teaching a course on genomic analysis methods.


University of Palermo, Italy/ Department of Earth and Marine Sciences

Functional-SDM as a combined approach to non- indigenous species risk Assessment

Mar Bosch is a marine ecologist working on organisms responses to climatic and anthropogenic disturbance through the use of functional trait - based approaches. Specifically, she focuses on the study of how temperature changes influence organisms' metabolism and drive species interactions and their distribution across spatial scales, the functional composition of the community and its influence on ecosystem functioning. She mainly works on coastal marine ecosystems through field and laboratory experimental approaches combined with modeling methods. Some of her recent publications include studies based on native and invasive species thermal niche and the integration of organisms physiological traits within correlative Species Distribution Models (SDM's) to create most trustworthy and ecological well-informed tools useful to biodiversity management under current and future climatic conditions.


Ghent University, Belgium/ Department of Biology, Terrestrial Ecology Unit

Invasive ring-necked parakeets (Psittacula krameri): causes and consequences

Diederik Strubbe is an ecologist researching processes affecting the invasion success of non- native species. He combines observational, experimental and niche modelling techniques to unravel how species introduced to areas beyond their native distribution ranges cope with new environments, and how such ‘invasive species’ can impact native communities and alter ecosystem functioning. His research aims at a better understanding of the factors affecting the reliability of forecasts of invasion risk.


Invasive Bird Management, Canary Islands- Spain, IUCN/ISSG Member

Kramer Parakeet elimination and how to avoid human conflict. Lessons learned

Susana Saavedra,Invasive Bird Management director, started working on invasive species management in 1999, by eradicating myna birds (Acridotheres tristis) in Tenerife. Since then, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura (Canary islands), the Balearic island of Mallorca, and Atiu (Cook Islands), have been all managed by INBIMA, and these projects have all achieved myna bird eradications. Other of INBIMA projects pursuing control of invasive species have had a huge impact, as in Tahiti, American Samoa or Saint Helen where other IAS, as jungle mynas and red vented bulbuls, have been included in the management activities. And lately, two Kramer parakeets (Psittacula krameri) breeding populations have been eliminated totaly from the environment in La Palma Island (Canary Islands), resulting in a 78% of the birds getting trapped, and the rest shot down. Actually working as international consultant, Mrs. Saavedra is coordinating, teaching and supporting several programs on management of invasive bird species in the Middle East and in the Pacific Ocean.


University of California/ Long Marine Laboratory, Island Conservation & Ecology Group

Restoring freshwater biodiversity through the eradication of aquatic invasive alien species

Gregg Howald is leading expert in the field of island restoration with over two decades of experience. He has been involved in the eradication of invasive species from more than 75 islands in eight countries. With a diverse technical background, grounded in ecotoxicology, Gregg’s focus has evolved into conservation diplomacy and is a key member of controversial projects. He helps lead public engagement processes, where he supports the communication of risks and benefits of projects to inform values‐based decisions including regulatory compliance processes and stakeholder engagement. He has developed a network of global partners from government agencies, private industry, NGOs, academic institutions, and local communities. Gregg is currently working on building networks of multilateral and transboundary public- private partnerships to bring industry, government, scientists, and NGOs together under national and international policy frameworks that are focused on island restoration programs, with a goal to increase the scale, scope, and pace of the eradication of invasive species from insular ecosystems..


University of Alicante, Analytical Chemistry and Food Science and Technology

Alfonso Jiménez, Chemistry PhD (1996). Full Professor in Analytical Chemistry and Food Science and Technology in the University of Alicante (Spain) from 2001. He has participated in 49 research competitive research projects with public financing (35 of them as Principal Investigator), being the most relevant 6 consecutive projects financed by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (2008-2024) and four international projects under the H-2020 framework program running from 2016 to 2022. In addition, he has been responsible of 239 research and innovation projects with different national and international companies. Editor of 19 books on Polymer Degradation, Stabilization and more recently on Biodegradable and Sustainable Composites. Author or co-author of 148 research papers published in journals in Analytical Chemistry, Food Technology and Polymer Science. The total number of citations is 5495 and h index 41. He has been chairman in 7 international conferences in the International Conference on Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers (BIOPOL). He has supervised 10 PhD thesis presentations from 2003 to 2021.


Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University,Department of Biology, Faculty of Science

Effective management and control practices for aquatic alien species

Daniela Giannetto is Associate Professor at the University of Muğla Sıtkı Koçman (Turkey),(Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biology). Her research interests deal with ecology and biology of freshwater fish species, biodiversity and conservation of aquatic ecosystems. She works on interactions between aquatic non-native and native species from behavioural ecology (predation, resource competition and ecosystems alteration) to management.


Biodiversity Centre of the Finnish Environment Institute

Invasıve alien species in Finland:Engaging the public for a nationwide fight

Jaakko J. Ilvonen is a researcher in the Biodiversity Centre of the Finnish Environment Institute, where he mainly works on projects related to threatened species and biodiversity protection. He did his PhD on insects and species interactions.


Director of Natural Environment Centre, Finland

Vulnerability of ecosystems in different biogeographical zones due to risks related IAS

Petri Ahlroth defended his Ph.D. thesis in 1999 with the title Dispersal and life-history differences between waterstrider (Aquarius najas) populations. Petri Ahlroth has worked as the Director of the Biodiversity Centre (former Natural Environment Centre) since 2013. Before that he worked as Environment Counsellor at the Ministry of the Environment and as Senior Coordinator at SYKE in which he had responsibility in big projects. They can be listed as national and international work on conservation of biodiversity, including e.g. assessments of the conservation status of species and natural habitats; research on methods of management and restoration of habitats; research on ecosystem services and their interactions with biodiversity; finding solutions to problems with invasive species, assessment of the environmental impacts of genetically modified organisms. He was also representative in the national IPBES panel and member of the Finnish delegation in the IPBES plenary sessions. (The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the intergovernmental body which assesses the state of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers. IPBES is placed under the auspices of four United Nations entities ).


  • Scientific Committee

    • President: Prof. Dr. Ali Serhan Tarkan- Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University
    • Prof. Dr. Ahmet Uludağ- Çanakkale University
    • Prof. Dr. Ayşe Pınar Öztopcu Vatan- Eskişehir Osmangazi University
    • Dr. Ayşegül İliker-DAI
    • Dr. Bilgenur Baloğlu- USC Keck School of Medicine, USA
    • Prof. Dr. Cumali Özaslan- Dicle University
    • Prof. Dr. Dinçer Ayaz- Ege University
    • Dr. Edmundas Greimas-DAI
    • Dr. Josie South- Leeds University
    • Prof. Dr. Kamil Coşkunçelebi- Karadeniz Technical University
    • Prof. Dr. Kerim Çiçek- Ege University
    • Doç Dr. Karolina Bacela Spychalska- Lodz University
    • Doç Dr. Kiraz Erciyas Yavuz- Ondokuz Mayıs Üniversitesi
    • Prof. Dr. Mari Carmen- Alicante University
    • Prof. Dr. Özgür Emiroğlu- Eskişehir Osmangazi University
    • Dr. Petri Ahlroth-SYKE
    • Dr. Phillip J. Haubrock- Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt
    • Prof. Dr. Robert Britton- Bournemouth University
    • Prof. Dr. Salih Terzioğlu- Karadeniz Technical University

    • Elif Deniz Ülker
    • Seda Gürleyik


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