Pattersonia Occidentalis
Patersonia occidentalis, Western Australia. Image credit: Peggy L. Fiedler

International Mediterranean Ecosystems Conference • MEDECOS

The origins of MEDECOS  date back to March 1971, when an international group of scientists convened in Valdivia, Chile, to discuss their work on Mediterranean-climate ecosystems. Organized by Francesco di Castri of the University of Valdivia, the meeting revealed the need for a regular series of  conferences focused on the five Mediterranean-climate regions.

Now known as the International Mediterranean Ecosystems Conference, or MEDECOS, the conference is held on a semi-regular basis and rotates among Mediterranean-climate countries. Each conference brings together ecologists and resource managers from around the world to seeking to advance our understanding of these fragile and well-loved landscapes.


The next MEDECOS meeting will be held 6-11 September 2020 near Cape Town, South Africa. The meeting will be organized in conjunction with the FYNBOS FORUM, a local group of researchers, managers and other stakeholders that meets annually to discuss the biology, conservation and management of fynbos ecosystems.  The theme of the meeting is Partnerships for Global Change. The call for symposia/workshops closes 1 November 2019. Learn more and register at http://medecos2020.org.