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Advanced Courses in Life Sciences

2nd Edition

Integral Projection Models: Demography in a Continuous World

November 6th-10th, 2017, Barcelona (Spain)

Integral Projection Models: Demography in a Continuous World

Population modelling provides insights on ecological and evolutionary processes as diverse as the probability of a local extinction, the evolution of cellular maintenance, or the influence of clonality on senescence.

With advances in computing power and theoretical developments, population models have evolved rapidly and new approaches such as Integral Projection Models (IPMs) have emerged.

This course will teach basic and advanced applications of IPMs. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to construct IPMs with their own data (or data provided by the instructors), and estimate a number of important population rates including sensitivity analyses, life table response experiments, stochastic projections and times to local extinction.

The course is targeted to MSc, PhD students and postdocs (although faculty are welcome to apply to) with a strong interest in demography, with an already existing foundation of population matrix models, and an intermediate level of R.

Participants with well developed scientific questions and collected data will be given priority, but the instructors will provide with example data to those with no data.

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

37.5 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

Rob Salguero-Gómez instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Rob Salguero-Gómez
The University of Sheffield
United Kingdom

Maria Paniw instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Maria Paniw
University of Cadiz
Spain

Tim Coulson instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Tim Coulson
Oxford University
United Kingdom

Eelke Jongejans instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Eelke Jongejans
Radboud University
The Netherlands

Isabel Smallegange instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Isabel Smallegange
University of Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Coordinators

Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano coordinator at Transmitting Science

Dr. Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano
Transmitting Science
Spain

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
The University of Sheffield
United Kingdom

Requirements

Graduate or postgraduate degree in Life Sciences. Some knowledge of population matrix models and intermediate level of R is required.

All participants must bring their own personal laptop. We would like to encourage participants to bring along their own data.

Program

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

Monday, November 6th, 2017.

  • 9:30 – 11:00
    • Introduction.
    • Who’s who: 2 slides per organizer or participant.
    • IT introduction and computer logistics.
  • 11:00 – 11:15  Coffee break.
  • 11:15 13:30
    • Building an IPM from scratch: theory.
    • Building an IPM from scratch: computer exercises.
  • 13:30 15:00  Lunch break.
  • 15:00 17:00
    • Continuation of exercise + IPM 1.4 + dataset checking.
    • IPMpack introduction: introduction.
    • IPMpack introduction: computer exercises (vignette).
  • 17:00 17:15  Coffee break.
  • 17:15 18:30
    • Working groups + informal survey.


Tuesday, November 7th, 2017.

  • 9:30 – 11:00
    • IPMpack vignette + personal projects.
    • Diagnostics and error checking.
    • Fecundity I: theory.
  • 11:00 – 11:15  Coffee break.
  • 11:15 13:30
    • Fecundity I: computer exercises.
    • Fecundity II: theory.
  • 13:30 15:00  Lunch break.
  • 15:00 17:00
    • Fecundity II: computer exercises.
  • 17:00 17:15  Coffee break.
  • 17:15 18:30
    • Working group discussions on personal projects.


Wednesday, November 8th, 2017.

  • 9:30 – 11:00
    • Re-enforcement of discrete stage life cycle.
    • Perturbation analyses (Sensitivity & Elasticity): theory.
    • Perturbation analyses: computer exercises.
  • 11:00 – 11:15  Coffee break.
  • 11:15 13:30
    • IPMs and uncertainty.
    • Exercises + personal projects.
  • 13:30 15:00  Lunch break.
  • 15:00 17:00
    • LTREs: theory.
    • LTREs: computer exercises and personal projects.
  • 17:00 17:15  Coffee break.
  • 17:15 18:30
    • Personal projects.


Thursday, November 9th, 2017.

  • 9:30 – 11:00
    • Stochasticity: theory.
    • Stochasticity: computer exercises + personal projects.
  • 11:00 – 11:15  Coffee break.
  • 11:15 13:30
    • Evolutionary demography: theory.
    • Evolutionary demography: computer exercises.
  • 13:30 15:00  Lunch break.
  • 15:00 17:00
    • Personal projects.
  • 17:00 17:15  Coffee break.
  • 17:15 18:00
    • Missing data and uncertainty.
  • 18:00 18:30
    • Social Activity.


Friday, November 10th, 2017.

  • 9:30 – 11:00
    • Computer exercises + personal projects.
  • 11:00 – 11:15  Coffee break.
  • 11:15 13:30
    • Personal projects.
  • 13:30 15:00  Lunch break.
  • 15:00 17:00
    • Personal projects.
  • 17:00 17:15  Coffee break.
  • 17:15 18:30
    • Participants presentation.

Fees

  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until July 31st, 2017):
  • 745
  • Regular (after July 31st, 2017):
  • 1,045
  • 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):
  • 1,105
  • Regular (after July 31st, 2017):
  • 1,405
  • 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, November 5th, 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, November 6th through Friday, November 10th, 20179:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.
15:00 to 18:30 Lessons.

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

8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.
15:00 to 18:30 Lessons.
20:30 Dinner.

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

Saturday, November 11th, 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

Asociación Española de Ecología Terrestre (AEET) Logo
Colegio Oficial de Biólogos de Castilla y León Logo
Colegio Oficial de Biólogos de Euskadi Logo
Colexio Oficial de Biólogos de Galicia Logo
Col·legi Oficial de Biòlegs de la Comunitat Valenciana Logo

Registration