Workshop 14th – 16th Feb 2019

Ecological and Socio-Economic

Challenges and Opportunities of Climate Change in Rural Southern Europe.

Several regions in Europe comprise rural areas with low population density but a high potential for recreational use by people from nearby urban areas (myco-tourism, agro-tourism, hunting, mountain bike tourism etc.). Finding out the ecological challenges of climate change in those regions and adapting business models according to those challenges will be objective of the meeting, among others.

During the workshop, scientists of different disciplines from 14 institutions from Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Czech Republic, UK and Spain will share their lines of research to encourage future cooperation. On the excursion, we will visit forest research and mycological resource evaluation sites and knowledge will be exchanged with forest owners and managers.


Thu 14 Feb

Scientific Meeting at the Diputación of Zaragoza.

10,00 h. Welcome. José Antonio Dominguez. CITA-Aragón, Ulf Büntgen. University of Cambridge and Miguel Menéndez. Universidad de Zaragoza.

10,15 h. Short presentations

  • Department of Geography. University of Cambridge.
  • Czech Globe Centre.
  • Swiss Federal Institute.
  • Department of Geography. University of Mainz.
  • Department of Ecology & Ecosystem Management, TU Munich.
  • Forestry Commision England, Bristol.
  • Department of Geography. University of Zaragoza.
  • Institute of Research into Environmental Sciences. University of Zaragoza.
  • Forest Resources Unit. Agrifood Research and Technology Centre of Aragon.
  • Economy Unit. Agrifood Research and Technology Centre of Aragon.
  • Pyrenean Institute of Ecology.
  • European Mycological Institute.
  • University of Lleida.

13, 00 h. Discussion and next steps.

Fri 15 Feb

Excursion and scientific exchange in SORIA Province.

10,00 h. Departing to Pinar Grande Mycological Research Site.

10,45 h. Visiting research areas and ongoing monitoring plots. Technical and scientific exchange with forest owners and managers.

  • Fungal production and diversity.
  • Forest treatments influence on mycological ressources.
  • Climate change adaptation experiences: Irrigated areas to ensure early fruiting
  • Mushroom collecting permit system.
  • Mycoturism.

14,00 h. Lunch

16,00 h. Visiting Truffle Plantations.

  • Research plots.
  • Truffle-tourism business models.
  • Truffle hunting demonstration.

Sat 16 Feb

Abejar Truffle Festival in SORIA Province.

10,00 h. Departing to the Abejar Truffle Festival (

11,00 h. Opening of the Truffle Festival.

12,00 h. Scientific presentation and open discussion in Abejar (30 minutes each conference with English-Spanish translation).

  • “Factores climáticos que determinan la producción trufera”. Dr Ulf Büntgen. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.
  • “Gestión del riego en truficultura”. Daniel Oliach, Centro de Ciencia y Tecnología Forestal de Cataluña.

14,00 h. Lunch.

16,30 h. Synthesis and Outlook Workshop at City Hall of Abejar

How to go?

Venue: Diputación Provincial de Zaragoza
Plaza de España, 2, 50004 Zaragoza
Date: Thu 14 Feb.
Schedule: 10:00 to 13:00

Venue: Centro Cultural Palacio de la Audiencia de Soria
Plaza Mayor, 0, 42002 Soria
Date: Fri 15 Feb.
Schedule: 10:00 to 16:00

Venue: Ayuntamiento de Abejar
Calle Barrancazo, S/N, 42146 Abejar, Soria
Date: Sat 16 Feb.
Schedule: 10:00 to 16:30


Department of Geography, University of Cambridge


Ulf Büntgen

Climatology and ecology

Alma Piermattei

Dendrochronology and genetics


Alexander Kirdyanov

Dendrochronology and forest ecology


Alan Crivellaro

Wood anatomy and forest management

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    My current research concentrate on structure and function relationships in trees, shrubs, herbs and lianas, especially related to biomechanics and wood quality. I work to show how variations in anatomical features of plant stems represent a unique tool for conducting research at the cross-disciplinary interface of wood science, forestry, ecology and archeology. I love providing conditions in which students can learn. I have been teaching many classes and international training schools related to wood anatomy, wood science and technology, tropical timbers, wood and cultural heritage, and wood products.

paul krusik

Paul Krusic

Czech Globe Research Centre, Brno

Petr Stepanek

Petr Stepanek


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    Researcher (climatologist) at the Global Change Research Institute (Czech Academy of Sciences), Brno, Department of Climate Modelling. Specialized in  data quality control, homogenization and analysis of climatological time series. He also devotes to validation of climate models outputs and climate change with focus on Central Europe. The last years he participates in the drought monitoring (including forecasting) in Central Europe (

Tomas Cejka

Dendrochronology and mycology

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    Tomáš Čejka is a PhD student (supervised by Ulf Büntgen) at the Masaryk University and the Global Change Research Institute – CzechGlobe (Brno, Czechia). In his dendroclimatological research, he deals with the drought reconstruction of northern Spain using a juniperus thurifera species. He closely collaborates with a Tree-ring Unit from the University of Cambridge.

Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL


Simon Egli

Mycology and ecology

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    Study of Forestry Sciences at ETH Zurich, PhD in Forest Mycology. With a focus on the mechanisms and drivers of forest mushroom diversity and productivity, particularly in relation to forest management, tree growth, and climate change.

Paolo Cherubini

Dendrochronology and forest ecology

Department of Geography, University of Mainz

Jan Esper

Climatology and dendrochronology

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    Jan Esper is a professor in climate geography at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He is an expert in dendroclimatology studying high-resolution climate variability through the analysis of tree-rings and other palaeoclimate archives at regional to global scales. He evaluates instrumental climate data used for the calibration of these archives to reconstruct climate over the past couple hundred to thousand years. At Mainz he teaches introductory and methodological courses on climatology with emphasis on spatial patterns and long-term changes of climate and ecological variability.

Department of Ecology & Ecosystem Management, TU Munich

Franz Krah

Mycology and ecology

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    Mycologist interested in the interface of fungi-host-climate, combining ecological and evolutionary approaches. Background in forest science and biology. Currently finishing a PhD addressing pattern and processes of fungal community ecology. Franz is associated with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the National Park Bavarian Forest.

Forestry Commission England, Bristol


Jonathan Spencer

Forest management and ecology

University of Zaragoza

María Martínez Martínez

Environmental law

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    Doctora en Derecho y profesora titular de
    Derecho civil (Departamento Derecho Privado). Facultad Derecho (UNIZAR).
    Abogada en ejercicio durante 6 años. Presidenta de tribunales arbitrales
    de consumo (Gobierno de Aragón). Miembro del Grupo de Investigación de
    Referencia AGUDEMA (Agua, Derecho y Medio Ambiente) y doctora permanente
    y profesora Secretaria del IUCA (Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias
    Ambientales de Aragón). España.
Miguel Angel Saz

Miguel A. Saz


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    Departamento de Geografía y Ordenación del Territorio.
    Área de Análisis Geográfico Regional
    Subdirector del Instituto Universitario de Ciencias Ambientales de Aragón
    Investigador responsable del grupo de investigación de referencia del Gobierno
    de Aragón: Clima, agua, cambio global y sistemas naturales.
    Coordinador del Máster Universitario en Ordenación Territorial y Medio Ambiental

Edurne Martínez del Castillo

Geography, dendroecology, remote sensing.

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    My main research goal is to understand the underlying causes of forests distribution and tree growth in relation with climate, to provide solutions that help mitigate the effects of climate change on forests. To fulfil this purpose, I use and combine different disciplines and techniques as xylogenesis, dendrochronology, modelling, remote sensing and spatial analysis, with a geographical perspective. I am interested in how tree-rings spatial analysis can be used to improve forest management actions, especially on forests growing at marginal sites

José M. Cuadrat


Roberto Serrano

Roberto Serrano-Notivoli


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    Geography, climate extremes, agro-climatology

    My work is focused on developing high-resolution climatic datasets for a better understanding of global and regional climates and their temporal evolution. I am interested in climate extremes and their subsequent environmental risks for human activities. Most of my background has been focused in numerical modelling of climate and its applications, like dendroclimatology, biogeography and environmental risks. Also, I code and use Geographic Information Systems to model the environments of different agricultural species to predict their cultivation potentiality.

fernando lopez

Fernando López Martín



Paloma Ibarra Benlloch

Landscape and forest fire

Gloria Cuenca

Gloria Cuenca Bescós


Agrofood Research and Technology Centre of Aragon

Eustaquio Gil

Eustaquio Gil Pelegrin


Domingo Sancho

Domingo Sancho


Fernando Martínez Peña

Mushroom ecology and management

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    PhD. Forestry Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Currently Research Director of the Agrifood Research and Technology Center (Government of Aragon) and Director of the European Mycological Institute. Specialized in ecology, sustainable management and valorization of forest mycological resources. Coordinator of national and European R + D + i projects and author of scientific publications in his specialty.

Tiziana di Magistris

Biotourism, economics.

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    Tiziana de Magistris  is agricultural economists at the Agro-food and natural resources economy unit at Agro-food Research and Technology Centre of Aragón (CITA). Her research interests are sustainable and health labelling, food choice and decision-making and experimental methods.  At present, she is studying the beekeeping sector in Teruel, consumer preferences of new bio-tourism products, and the assessment of consumer preferences in virtual reality environment. She is author of scientific publications in her specialty.
David Alonso

David Alonso


Juan Pedro

Juan Pedro Ferrio


josé Javier pequero pina

José Javier Peguero Pina


University of Lleida

José Antonio Bonet

Mushroom ecology and management

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    José-Antonio Bonet, PhD in Forest Engineering is Associate Professor at the University of Lleida (UdL, Spain) He is also associate researcher and former Director of the Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC, Spain). He is acknowledged as one of the leading European scientists in the field of mycology having participated in more than 50 national and international research and knowledge transfer projects, including large collaborative EU-funded FP6, FP7 and H2020 projects. At present, he is involved in different interdisciplinary international and national research projects (either as main coordinator, work package leader or researcher) aiming at unravelling the relationships between forest management and fungal diversity and productivity based on new-generation DNA sequencing methods, advanced modelling techniques and multi-scale approaches

Yasmin Piñuela

Eduardo Collado

Eduardo Collado

Forest Ecology

Sergio de Miguel

Biostatistics, Forest Ecology.

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    Doctor of Science (Agriculture & Forestry) from the University of Eastern Finland (Joensuu, Finland). Currently, Visiting Professor at the Dept. of Crop and Forest Science of the University of Lleida (UdL, Spain), Member of the Steering Committee of the Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI), and Head of the GFBI Hub located at the University of Lleida. Specialized in forest ecology and management, with strong focus on fungal ecology and ecosystem multifunctionality in relation to the provision of multiple forest ecosystem services. Participation in multiple national and European R + D + i projects including several H2020 projects, and author of high-impact scientific publications.
Daniel Oliach

Daniel Oliach lesan


University of Valladolid

Pablo de Frutos

Pablo de Frutos

Mycotourism, economics

European Mycological Institute

Joaquin Latorre Minguell


Pyrenean Institute of Ecology

Jesus Julio

J. Julio Camarero Martínez

Ecology, climate change

Forest managers

jose antonio

José Antonio Lucas

Head of forest management in Soria Province

Antonio Martin

Antonio Martin

Natural resources management

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    Forestry Technical Engineer, Polytechnic University of Madrid.

    Master in Management of Protected Natural Areas, interuniversity department of ecology of the Autonomous University of Madrid, Complutense of Madrid and Alcalá de Henares.


    He has developed most of his professional career in the Management of Protected Natural Areas; Natural Park of Sierra Nevada (Granada), Natural Park of the Palencia’s Mountain (TRAGSA 1996-1999), Heritage and Livestock Service of the Environment Department of the Junta de Andalucía (2000-2001), National Park of Sierra Nevada (Spanish National Parks of the Environment’s Ministry) as head of the Public Use area (2001-2005), Technician of the MYAS Project (Mycology and Quality) in the province of Soria (2005-2006), Technician of the Natural

Forest Owners


Lourdes Andrés

City Hall of Soria


Pedro Asensio

Commonwealth of 150 municipalities of Soria


iuca Zaragoza