2018 European Conference of Tropical Ecology in Paris, France


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.