Macro2018 - 10.-13.04.2018 - Birmensdorf

REGISTRATION ONLINE

The upcomming annual meeting of the specialist group for macroecology of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland will be about “Macroecology in the age of big data”. With the focus on big data, we would like to invite the macroecological community to present their research in this exiting emerging field of ecological research at the WSL.The “Specialist Group on Macroecology of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland” is one of the leading scientific platforms for macroecological topics in central Europe. The primary goal of the annual meeting is to support the development of macroecological research in central Europe and beyond.

We are very happy to welcome four excellent keynote speakers from outside and inside the macroecology community who will present very different angles on how big data are shaping our research. There are many things we can learn from each other in terms of data, methodologies, and - not the least - inspiration. Maybe big data also needs big thinking? Reto Knutti and Wilfried Thuiller will lead us into the world of (ensemble) modelling in climate and biodiversity science. Martin Wikelski and Signe Normand will take us on a remote journey to answer small to large-scale questions in animal and plant ecology.

Swiss Federal Research Institue WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf
Switzerland
P: +41 44-739 21 11

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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Prof. Dr. Reto Knutti Professor at the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science – ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Prof. Knuttis research focuses on many topics related to climate physics and climate change. He uses climate models to derive long-term climatic projections, to assess the uncertainty and probability of climate change scenarios, understand climate and carbon cycle feedbacks, natural atmospheric and oceanic variability and extreme events. The questions whether we can trust the models and which processes are relevant to derive accurate projections of the future climate are among the guiding themes of his work. He has authored numerous publications in the field of ensemble models, which bring together projections from different climate models, a method also used by macroecologists in species distribution models.

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Dr. Wilfried Thuiller Senior Research Scientist - National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) Grenoble, France

Dr. Thullier is a senior scientist at the CNRS in Grenoble and is ranked among the most highly cited researchers in ecology. His research interests are manifold and include global change impacts on biodiversity (species, functional and phylogenetic), species co-existence and community assembly, plant demography and intraspecific trait variability, and species invasions. He also worked on spatial network approaches analysing how ecological networks vary in space and time and why. Since his PhD, large parts of his work were dedicated to the development of species distribution modelling approaches where he made significant contributions, including the development and release of the “biomod” packages, which are used by macroecologists worldwide.

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Prof. Dr. Martin Wikelski Director Max-Planck-Insitute for Ornitology, Radolfzell, Germany & Professor at the University of Konstanz, Germany

Prof Wikelski is one of the leading scientists in movement ecology. He represents a new generation of zoologists who combine traditional field observations and experiments with cutting edge technology to further our understanding of animal ecology. In recent years, he has spearheaded research initiatives such as ICARUS, a global project which uses satellites and equipment onboard the ISS to track animals from space, as well as MoveBank, a large database of worldwide animal movements. By observing the movement of animals in real time, we can use their senses as early warning system for earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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Prof. Dr. Signe Normand Associate Professor - Department of Bioscience – Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

Prof. Normand is a macro- and vegetation ecologist dedicated to understanding and predicting vegetation and species’ range dynamics across space and time. Her research aims at answering fundamental questions in ecology but also at informing nature conservation about the impact of global change on biodiversity. She pushes the limits of empirical fieldwork approaches by combining them with modern technology and modelling, ultimately to gain insights on the factors and processes driving ecological patterns from small to large scales, and study the vulnerability plant communities to future climate change. To find answers to these questions, Prof. Normand has led teams of vegetation ecologists through the arctic environment, but has also used remote sensing drones and pattern recognition algorithms to remotely sense ecosystems.

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PRELIMINARY AGENDA

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Greenhouses of the Botanical Garden

University of Zurich, Zollikerstrasse 107, 8008 Zurich

Icebreaker

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University of Zurich, Zollikerstrasse 107, 8008 Zurich

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Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

Zürcherstrasse 111, 8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland

Scientific Sessions

Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

Zürcherstrasse 111, 8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland

Scientific Sessions

Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

Zürcherstrasse 111, 8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland

Conference Dinner

Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

Zürcherstrasse 111, 8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland

Scientific Sessions

Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

Zürcherstrasse 111, 8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland

REGISTRATION AND ABSTACT SUBMISSION

Registration fees will cover the meeting itself, as well as full catering (morning coffee & snacks, lunch, afternoon coffee & snacks). The WSL is located a at the outskirts of Birmensdorf, and there are no Restaurants in the vicinity. We therefore INCLUDE A FULL LUNCH (meat and vegetarian option) in the conference fee.

Contributed Talks and Posters

Contributions will cover three differnt types: Contributed Talks, Posters, and Discussion Groups. Contributed talks will be in the scope of 12 min talks with 3 minutes for questions and discussions. With the focus of the conference on big data topics, we would like to encourage attendees to submit talks around this topic.

Discussion Groups

We also offer the possibility to submit a topic for a discussion group. Abstracts for discussion groups can be submitted for any macroecological topic and, when accepted, attendees of the conference can register to a discussion group. Discussion groups will have a 90 minutes timeslot. A submission for a discussion group should indicate the topic, the broader context of the topic within macroecology, the actuality of the topic, and who is leading the discussion group. Discussion groups can be submitted in addition to a contributed talk or poster.

Everybody can submit either an abstract for a contributed talk and a discussion group, or a poster and a discussion group

Registration Fee

CHF170
  • Conference fee
  • Morning coffee & Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon coffee & Snacks
  • Icebreaker
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CONFERENCE-DINNER@WSL

CHF60
  • Apero
  • First course
  • Main course
  • Dessert
  • Beer and Wine inclusive
LOCATION

Abstract Submission

  • Contributed Talks
  • Posters
  • Discussion Groups
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION CLOSED

December 18. 2017: Submission deadline for abstracts (CLOSED)

January 05. 2018: Extended deadline for abstracts (CLOSED)

February 15. 2018: Registration closes

ORGANIZERS

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Dr. Dirk Nikolaus Karger Dynamic Macroecology Group, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

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Prof. Dr. Niklaus E. Zimmermann Dynamic Macroecology Group, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

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Dr. Rafael O. Wüest Karpati Forest Resources and Managment (GIS), Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

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Dr. Damaris Zurell Dynamic Macroecology Group, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

THE VENUE

The conference will be held at the the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL). The WSL is concerned with the use, development and protection of natural and urban spaces. The focus of our research is on solving problems related to the responsible use of landscapes and forests and a prudent approach to natural hazards, especially those common in mountainous countries. The WSL occupies a leading position internationally in these research areas. We also provide groundwork for sustainable environmental policies in Switzerland. WSL is a research institute of the Swiss Confederation. It is part of the ETH Domain and employs approximately 500 people. In addition to the headquarters in Birmensdorf, near Zurich, and to the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Davos, branch stations in Lausanne and Bellinzona (opened in 1991) and Sion (1996) generate local synergies and reach out to professionals.

GETTING THERE

Zurich is located in the center of Switzerland and at the heart of Europe. Whether you are coming from Madrid or Stockholm, or any other european capital, Zurich is usually reached in less than 2.5 hours by plane. With its main train station, Zurich also has the largest railway station in Switzerland – with direct connections to other Swiss cities and the surrounding countries. Find out more about arriving in Zurich by bus, train, car or plane on the webpage of Zurich Tourism.

The Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL itself is located at the Zürcherstrasse 111, in Birmensdorf, a small town in the vicinity of Zurich. Birmensdorf is connected by several train and bus lines to Zurich, and can also easily be reached by car.

Public transportation: There are several train and bus lines going from Zurich main train station to Birmensdorf. The bus station in front of the WSL is called "Birmensdorf ZH, Sternen/WSL". Zurich has a zone system and tickets are usually valid for all forms of transportation (bus, train, tram) within a zone. For more information on local transportation in and around Zurich check the schedule at the ZVV

ACCOMMODATION

Zurich offers a wide range of accommodation possibilities. In general, accommodation in Zurich is not exactly cheap, but in cooperation with Zurich Tourism, we can offer you special rates on a set of pre-booked hotel rooms. We have tried our best to also include budget-friendly options. The rooms are held free until Thursday 8th March 2018; first come, first served.

You can also contact Zurich Tourism directly (please mention that you belong to “Macro 2018” in order to profit from the reduced rates): Zürich Tourismus, Hotelreservation, Im Hauptbahnhof, Postfach, 8001 Zürich, Phone: 0041 44 215 40 00, Fax: 0041 44 215 40 44, E-Mail: touristservice@zuerich.com

ACCOMMODATION

  • The available rooms and booking can be found here:
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