European Conference of Tropical Ecology


Dear colleagues, dear young scientists, dear students of tropical ecology,
We are pleased to announce that the “European Conference of Tropical Ecology” and the Annual Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology (Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie, gtö) in 2018 will be hosted by the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle/UPMC/Académie des Sciences-COPED, Sorbonne Universités, Paris.
The overarching topic will be " Challenges in tropical ecology and conservation - global perspectives “ The conference will take place from Monday 26 to Thursday 29 March 2018 at the Centre International de Conférences Sorbonne Universités (CICSU) of the University Pierre-Marie Curie and at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris historic center.

Tropical aquatic (marine and freshwater) and terrestrial ecosystems are global biodiversity hotspots increasingly under pressure from a growing population. The complexity and unpredictability of these systems present considerable challenges for ecologists, conservation biologists and natural resource managers. The global demand for food, energy and recreation, large scale industrial land use change and anthropogenic climate change present scientific and social challenges. Ensuring resilient tropical ecosystems and provisioning a broad array of ecosystem services necessitates maintaining biodiversity as well as ecological function at all its levels. Past and present mismanagement and habitat degradation require counter measures, including habitat restoration and developing novel management approaches for resilient tropical landscape mosaics which both meet the immediate livelihood needs of oceanic, coastal, and rural communities and the ecosystem services for broader society. This presents great challenges but also opportunities.

The annual conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö) will provide an interdisciplinary platform for discussing these major challenges and future opportunities in tropical Ecology including:

  • Understanding tropical biodiversity at all spatial and taxonomical scales
  • Defining resilient tropical ecosystems
  • Novel approaches to understand and manage tropical ecosystems
  • Conservation and restoration of tropical ecosystems

Call for sessions

The organizing committee encourages all members of gtö and scientists interested in tropical ecology research to organize and chair sessions for presentations or workshops.

Proposals for sessions will be accepted until 30 September 2017. We welcome proposals addressing the above-mentioned topics as well as all other topics relevant to tropical ecology.

How to submit a session proposal:

Proposals should include the following information:

  1. A session title
  2. A short title (max 5 words or 50 characters)
  3. The goal of the session (half A4 page)
  4. Names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of chairs (up to three chairs per session)
    (Please note: diversity and gender parity is highly encouraged among both chairs and speakers.)
  5. List of potential speakers
    (Please note: all potential speakers will have to register and pay registration fee)

If you would like to propose and chair a session, please submit your proposal here.

Procedure

For all sessions, researchers and students interested in tropical ecology will be welcome to submit oral and/or poster presentations. Over the following weeks, session themes and chairs will be selected by the scientific committee. The call for presentations will then follow. Speakers will be selected by the session chairs, in collaboration with the scientific committee. Attendees not giving an oral presentation will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a poster presentation. Efforts should be made to be specific and to avoid presenting overviews, summaries, or material that is already widely known. The goal of the conference is to stimulate new ideas by presenting new information.

More information to follow at a later date.

This brief note intends to provide you with the conference date and venue for your planning purposes. More detailed information (including materials concerning the submission of talks and posters, and registration information, etc.) will follow in the coming weeks. We are looking forward to arranging a stimulating conference and hope that you will be able to participate. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our conference office at: . Please refer to the conference website for further information: www.soctropecol-conference.eu.

We look forward to welcoming you to Paris!
Please forward this email to interested colleagues, students etc.

With best regards,
Chairs
Pierre-Michel FORGET, Professeur MNHN, UMR MECADEV,
Catherine REEB, Professeur agrégée UPMC, UMR ISYEB