SCAPE is the Scandinavian Association for Pollination Ecology. Or possibly the Scandinavian Association of Pollination Ecology? Perhaps the Scandinavian Association of Pollination Ecologists or the Scandinavian Association for Pollination Ecologists? Or is it just Scandinavian Pollination Ecology or Scandinavian Pollination Ecologists? I’ve also seen it written as the Scandinvian Association of Pollination Egologists which I assume are typos rather than a reflection on the conceit of the participants and their geographical confusion!
The fact that no one can decide on the exact name, and that it seems to change from year to year, is just one of the charms of this annual scientific meeting, usually held in October. Others include (expensive) Scandinavian beer; great food (usually); very hot saunas (except in Denmark); and exciting, stimulating scientific presentations and discussions.
The focus of the meeting is on pollination ecology, pollinator conservation, plant reproduction, pollinator behaviour and diversity, flower evolution, and related subjects. The SCAPE meeting has been held annually since 1987 and rotates around the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. As far as we are aware it is the longest running scientific meeting devoted to this area of research.
The SCAPE logo shows a small, mythical Scandinavian creature inspecting a flower with a magnifying glass – does anyone know who drew it?
A feature of SCAPE meetings is their friendly, informal nature which provides a supportive atmosphere for younger scientists (Master’s and PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers) to present their results. The official language for the meeting is English, and attendees are increasingly drawn from Europe, North America, and other parts of the world. In recent years SCAPE meetings have typically attracted between 50 and 70 participants, with about 30 oral presentations, plus posters. In some years there are guest keynote speakers.
There is no formal organisational structure to SCAPE and each year an organising committee volunteers to host the meeting. The venues for SCAPE are often field stations owned and run by universities, or local conference centres.
Since 1987 SCAPE has been held in the following venues (click on the hyperlinks to access PDFs of the programme for that year):
1987 Sweden, Uppsala
1988 Sweden, Lund
1989 Sweden, Göteborg
1990 Denmark, Mols
1992 Denmark, Kongskilde
1993 Sweden, [where?]
1994 Norway, Utøya
1997 Sweden, Tjärnö
1998 Denmark, Sandbjerg
1999 Norway, Bergen
2001 Sweden, Finhamn
2002 Denmark, Kongskilde
2003 Norway, Oksenøen
2004 Finland, Seili
2005 Sweden, Tjärnö
2006 Sweden, Gålö
2007 Denmark, Fuglsø
2008 Norway, Kaupanger
2009 Finland, Seili
2011 Denmark, Vingsted
2019 – the next SCAPE meeting will be held in Lund, Sweden in October 2019. More details on the blog as they become available.
In 2000 some of the contributors to SCAPE published a festschrift in honour of Professor Knut Faegri entitled “The Scandinavian Association for Pollination Ecology honours Knut Fægri” (Totland et al. 2000).
SCAPE was the first international conference that I ever attended, as a PhD student in 1991, and it remains a meeting that I’m very fond of, and which I try to attend every other year or so. Since beginning my blog I’ve written a number of accounts of the SCAPE meetings; if you search for “SCAPE” on the blog you will find them.
This page was originally intended to be an entry in Wikipedia. However when I submitted it the Guardians of the Wiki declared that the meeting was not “notable” enough to warrant a page, so I’ve decided to host it here on my blog and use it to archive past SCAPE programmes and other information as it becomes available.
References and links
Totland, Ø., Armbruster, W.S., Fenster, C., Molau, U., Nilsson, L.A., Olesen, J.M., Ollerton, J., Philipp, M. & Ågren, J. [eds.] (2000) The Scandinavian Association for Pollination Ecology honours Knut Fægri. Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi I. Matematisk-Naturvitenskapelig Klasse, Avhandlinger, Ny Serie 39: The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo.
I’m grateful to Professor Jens Mogens Olesen (Aarhus University) for sharing his collection of SCAPE programmes with me, and other SCAPE participants for sending programmes and information. Please feel free to comment below and to suggest edits, updates and additional content. Here’s some group photos from past SCAPE meetings: