of the Specialist Group Macroecology
the Gesellschaft für Ökologie
- 11. März 2010, Uder/Eichsfeld
the Horizon of Macroecology
next annual meeting hosted by the AK Macroecology will see a
different, highly interactive format: Horizon scanning. It
requires more preparation on both parts, organisers and participants,
but shall (hopefully) lead to a lot of interactions.
workshop will feature three types of presentations:
Presentation of cool results
keynotes. Results should interest the audience from a
macroecological point of view. (Only few slots available.)
Presentation of proposed projects
for newbies: present content, open questions and methods.
Proposals shall allow presenters to make use of the audiences'
wisdom for their own research.
islands”, like a poster session, just with laptops. Method
islands shall facilitate the spread of methods.
we shall devote an entire day to
the macroecological horizon for emerging hot topics
scanning – the process
shall collect all hot topics submitted in advance,
group them and select one of the proposers to present this
topic/group of topics as rapporteur. All hot topics will be
listed in a hand-out, but there will not be enough time to present
all of them in detail.
after these initial brief presentations, there will be
break-out groups to formulate 1-3 paragraphs on each hot
topic. The morning session will deal with emerging hot
topics as such, the afternoon session with emerging hot
methods or data.
results will be wrapped up in the evening, while a
potential publication strategy will be discussed in the
morning of the third day.
efficiently organise this meeting, we ask you to consider in which of
the above you would like to contribute, and submit your proposal(s)
in one of the following four formats:
hot thing in macroecology:
short, one paragraph abstract of what you
think will be a hot topic/method/dataset to know of in the future (as
many as you want, but please each one with its own paragraph).
talk: standard 15+5 min
style; please focus on ecology, hypothesis and interpretation, less
on methods (or, if you have a cool new method to present, focus on
that and its validation, less on application); thus: keep it concise
proposals: 10+10 min style:
present general question you want to address and then the workflow or
methods; expose unresolved issues and ask detailed questions for
discussion with the audience. Use this talk to tap the knowledge of
the audience (in only 10 minutes discussion!)
islands: a practical
demonstration of a method at your own laptop. This could be, for
example, a GIS toolbox you have discovered/developed, a brief
introduction to MCMC sampling; a database-access-tool linking GBIF
and R. All methods presented should be freely accessible (e.g. open
source, freely given away by the demonstrator)!
Ingolf Kühn and Carsten Dormann
(accomodation & food)
room: approx. € 150,-
room: approx. € 100,-
(UNTIL 15 January 2010)