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1st Edition

Comparative Approaches in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Science

October 9th-13th, 2017, Barcelona (Spain)

Comparative Approaches in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Science

The last decades have witnessed significant changes in the attitudes of ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and conservation scientists towards open-access data. The availability of information on species’ conservation status (IUCN), geographic ranges (GBIF), functional traits (CLOPA, BIEN) and demographic rates (COMPADRE, COMADRE, BIDDABA, MALDABA, DATLife) offer the unprecedented opportunity to examine global drivers of life history strategies using robust statistical tools on large datasets and phylogenetic methods.

This workshop brings together some of the leaders in functional ecology, demography, conservation science, and phylogenetic analyses to train participants on the combined predictive potential of these disciplines for ecology, evolution and conservation biology at a global scale. The first half of the week will be devoted to equipping the participants with key theoretical and technical knowledge, while during the second half the participants will develop group projects using the analytical approaches and open-access data made available during the course.

The course is specifically targeted towards graduate students (MSc and PhD), postdocs and senior researchers with an interest in being exposed to big data in these fields, or with strength in one of the aforementioned disciplines but interest in merging approaches and theories with others (e.g. phylogenetic comparative analyses).

LOCATION

Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològica (CRIP)

C/ Mestre J. Lladós, 1
08781 Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain)

How to get there

LANGUAGE

English

COURSE LENGTH & ECTS

32.5 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.

PLACES

Places are limited to 25 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

A ratio of maximum 5 participants for each instructor will be maintained.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.

Instructors

Ignasi Bertomeus instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Ignasi Bartomeus
Estación Biológica de Doñana
Spain

Dalia Amor Conde instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Dalia Amor Conde
Max-Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of Aging
Denmark

Jean-Michel Gaillard instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Jean-Michel Gaillard
CNRS – Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Évolutive
France

Jean-François Lemaître instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Jean-François Lemaître
CNRS – Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Évolutive
France

Alejandro Ordonez Gloria instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Alejandro Ordonez-Gloria
Aarhus Universitet
Denmark

Owen R. Jones instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Owen R. Jones
Max-Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of Aging
Denmark

Rob Salguero-Gómez instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Rob Salguero-Gómez
University of Sheffield
United Kingdom

Coordinators

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno instructor at Transmitting Science

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science
Spain

Rob Salguero-Gómez instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Rob Salguero-Gómez
University of Sheffield
United Kingdom

Requirements

Participants must be familiar with R to the level of being able to interpret R scripts (with comments) provided by the instructors.

Familiarity with at least one of the following disciplines is recommended: Population ecology, phylogenetic comparative analyses, functional ecology, and big data.

All participants must bring their own personal laptop.

Program

(Please note that the following is not set on stone. This is only meant as a guideline.)

Monday, 9th October, 2017.

  • Morning:
    • Welcome to Transmitting Science (S. De Esteban-Trivigno).
    • Introduction of course and instructors (R. Salguero-Gómez).
    • Introduction of participants (All).
    • Course expectations (R. Salguero-Gómez).
    • Matrix population models (R. Salguero-Gómez).
    • Exercises with matrix population models (All).
    • Intro to COMPADRE & COMADRE (O. R. Jones).
  • Afternoon:
    • Exercises with COMPADRE & COMADRE (All).
    • Life history traits (R. Salguero-Gómez and O. R. Jones).
    • Exercises on derivation of life history traits (All).
    • Transient dynamics (R. Salguero-Gómez).
    • Exercises on transient dynamics (All).
    • Intro to MALDABBA & BIDDABA (J.-M. Gaillard and J.-F. Lemaître).
    • Exercises with MALDABBA & BIDDABA (All).



Tuesday, 10th October, 2017.

  • Morning:
    • Fast-slow continuum of life history strategies (J.-M. Gaillard).
    • Exercises and discussion on fast-slow continuum (All).
    • IUCN species list (D. A. Conde).
    • Exercises IUCN species list (All).
    • DISKo & GenBank database (D. A. Conde).
    • Exercises with DISKo database and GenBank (All).
  • Afternoon:
    • Functional diversity and biogeography (GBIF) (A. Ordonez-Gloria).
    • Exercises functional traits and species distribution (All).
    • Merging data: Taxize and other packages (I. Bartomeus).
    • Exercises merging data (All).
    • Discussion on group projects with the instructors (All).

Wednesday, 11th October, 2017.

  • Morning:
    • Intro to phylogenetic analyses (O. R. Jones).
    • Exercises with phylogenetic analyses (All).
    • Advanced phylogenetic analyses (O. R. Jones).
    • Exercises with phylogenetic analyses (All).
  • Afternoon:
    • Imputation of missing data (A. Ordonez-Gloria).
    • Ten most common mistakes that I have done (or witnessed) with big data (I. Bartomeus).
    • Working group discussion (All).
    • Working group discussion (All).
    • Group projects (All).
    • Ping-Pong tournament (All).


Thursday, 12th October, 2017.

  • Morning:
    • Module on interest group A (All).
    • Group projects (All).
    • Group projects (All).
  • Afternoon:
    • Module on interest group B (All).
    • Group projects (All).
    • Volunteers’ presentations (All).


Friday, 13th October, 2017.

  • Morning:
    • Module on interest group C (All).
    • Group projects (All).
    • Volunteers’ presentations (All).
  • Afternoon:
    • Group projects (All).
    • Volunteers’ presentations (All).
    • Course evaluation and certification (S. De Esteban-Trivigno).
    • Closing of course (R. Salguero-Gómez).

Fees

  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until July 31st, 2017):
  • 780
  • Regular (after July 31st, 2017):
  • 1,090
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches.
    (VAT included)
  • Accommodation Package
  • Early bird (until July 31st, 2017):
  • 360
  • Regular (after July 31st, 2017):
  • 360
  • This includes local transportation, lodging, breakfasts, dinners and social (tourist) activities.
    (VAT included)
  • Course Fee + Accommodation Package
  • Early bird (until July 31st, 2017):
  • 1,140
  • Regular (after July 31st, 2017):
  • 1,450
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks, local transportation, lodging, breakfasts, lunches, dinners and social (tourist) activities.
    (VAT included)

We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact the course coordinators). Discounts (see Funding below) are not cumulative and apply only on the fee, not to Accommodation Package or other options.

Accommodation

If you take the Accommodation Package you will be hosted in the Youth Hostel Can Roviralta (take a look at the venue), in shared dormitories (common bathrooms), although you will only share rooms with other classmates. The possibility exists that the dormitories will be mixed. Therefore, if this is an inconvenience for you, and you require staying in a dormitory with only women, or only men, please indicate so in the “Comments” field of the Registration form (see below).

A supplemental charge will be added if you prefer to stay in a single room with private bathroom. The number of rooms is limited and if you prefer to have a single room, let us know it as soon as possible. If you want more information on this please contact the course coordinators.

Please be aware that from the centre of Barcelona city it takes about one hour by car and one hour and a half by public transport to arrive to Els Hostalets de Pierola. Course participants will find that staying in Els Hostalets de Pierola is more convenient.

If you do not want the Accommodation Package, accommodation is available in places other than Els Hostalets de Pierola. You may stay in Barcelona city, Martorell or Igualada. You will find information about Hotels in Martorell here, and information about Hotels in Igualada here.

How to get to Els Hostalets de Pierola from Barcelona city, Martorell or Igualada.

Youth Hostel Can Roviralta (Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona, Spain)

Funding

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

Unfortunately there are no scholarships available for this course. However a 20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Organizations with discount). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Spanish unemployed scientists, as well as Spanish PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinators. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.

Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the fee, not to Accommodation Package or other options.

Schedule

Course ScheduleCourse + Accommodation Package Schedule
Sunday, October 8th, 201719:00 Meeting point in Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona) to take the bus to Els Hostalets de Pierola. If you are planning to arrive later, you can find more information in How to get there.
20:00 Registration in the Youth Hostel.
20:30 Dinner.
Monday, October 9th through Friday, October 13th, 20179:30 to 13:00 Lessons.
13:00 to 14:30 Lunch.
14:30 to 17:30 Lessons.

There will be two coffee breaks each day, halfway through each lesson session.

8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
9:30 to 13:00 Lessons.
13:00 to 14:30 Lunch.
14:30 to 17:30 Lessons.
20:30 Dinner.

There will be two coffee breaks each day, halfway through each lesson session.

Saturday, October 14th, 20178:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
9:15 Meeting point in the Youth Hostel to take the bus to visit a wine cellar.
10:00 Arrival at the wine cellar.
11:30 Bus to Barcelona city.
13:00 Arrival at Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona).

The schedule is approximate; it is possible that the content of one day may run into the next and a working day may be longer than advertised.

Organizers

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Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològica (CRIP) Logo
Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) Logo

Collaborators

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Colegio Oficial de Biólogos de Euskadi Logo
Colexio Oficial de Biólogos de Galicia Logo
Col·legi Oficial de Biòlegs de la Comunitat Valenciana Logo
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