State of the World’s Plants Symposium

25–26 May 2017, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


In conjunction with the publication of a cutting-edge annual report, scientists and policymakers will gather at Kew for the 2nd international State of the World’s Plants Symposium. An annual review of the major issues affecting plant diversity and abundance, State of the World’s Plants highlights how plants are faring and how this is changing over time.


This year’s State of the World’s Plants will have a special focus on Madagascar – exploring the country’s unique biodiversity and examining how we can tackle threats to it. Other topics for discussion include extinction risk, wildfires, invasive plants, medicinal plants and valuing nature.


For details of the programme, to submit an abstract or to register for the meeting, please

Biogeochemistry, ecohydrology, and land-use in the tropics

European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017 Vienna  Austria 23–28 April  2017. January 11th is the deadline to submit an abstract.


Convener: Alexander Knohl
Co-Convener: Hans Verbeeck

Invited speaker: Johan Six (ETH Zürich)

Tropical ecosystems play an important role for the regional and global climate system through the exchange of trace gases, water and energy and provide important ecosystems services that we as humans depend on, such as wood, foods, and biodiversity. Historic and recent human activities have, however, resulted in intensive transformation of tropical ecosystems impacting the cycling of nutrient, carbon, water, and energy. Here we invite contributions that provide insights on how land-use and land-use changes influence biogeochemical cycles and ecohydrology in tropical ecosystems from plot to continental scale. Examples include nitrogen and carbon cycle in the soil and vegetation, the exchange of trace gases between soil and atmosphere as well as ecosystem and atmosphere, changes in the energy balance, impacts on the water cycle, scaling issues from plots to country to continent. Experimental studies using flux measurements, eddy covariance, stable isotopes, inventories, etc. as well as remote sensing or modelling studies are welcomed.


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International Congress of Odonatology 2017

The International Congress of Odonatology 2017 (ICO2017) will be held in the Gillespie Centre at Clare College Cambridge from 16 to 20 July 2017.

Registration will be on Saturday 15 July.
ICO2017 was scheduled for Annaba, Algeria. It became clear that in the current political climate it will not be possible to hold a well-attended ICO2017 there. This is largely a matter of perception as there is no objective evidence that Algeria is anything but a safe destination.
However, as we experienced at Xalapa (swine flu … later established as originating in the USA) and Odawara (irrational fear of radiation leaks from Fukushima), perception is everything, and a good Congress needs the more peripheral attendees for success.

Plan B has involved shifting the meeting to Cambridge UK.

Boudjéma Samraoui remains in charge of the scientific progamme.

Three special sessions are planned, associated with the Cambridge location:
Dragonfly vision
Dragonfly flight, celebrating the contributions of Charlie Ellington
Ten years since Philip, looking at advances in fields Philip Corbet contributed to.

Registration will open on 1 January 2017. Ordinary registration will close 31 March 2017.
Submission of paper proposals with abstracts will be by 31 March 2017.

Costings are in GBR pounds. We anticipate ordinary registration will be about $US500.
This will include morning and afternoon tea and lunch provided in College on session days, and the mid-congress tour.

The Congress dinner will be held in the evening of the 20th, in Caius College Hall (Philip Corbet’s old college). The cost will be about $US80.

A limited amount of accommodation is available in Clare College. We will seek additional sources of accommodation.

An accompanying persons programme will be arranged, at least on an informal basis.

As always the ICO2017 is open to all odonatologists, affiliated or unaffiliated

A Congress website will appear at this url address later this year with up to date details and further information as we consolidate the plans

Richard Rowe
International Congress Coordinator

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Student travel award to attend to the 12th International Mammalogical Congress in Perth, Australia, in July 2017


12-imcAre you an undergraduate or graduate student member of the American Society of Mammalogists who plans to attend the 12th International Mammalogical Congress in Perth, Australia, in July 2017? Or do you know of any undergraduate or graduate student who wishes to attend the congress and who needs some financial travel assistance in order to attend?
The Board of Directors of the American Society of Mammalogists has made available four travel grants of $1250 each to be given to student members of the Society who will be attending the 12th International Mammalogical Congress (IMC-12) to give an oral presentation or a poster.
Any undergraduate or graduate student attending any university in any country is eligible as long as the applicant is a member of the American Society of Mammalogists at time of application. To become a member of the Society visit the ASM membership page at Applications should include (1) the applicant’s résumé or CV (one page only) with complete contact information (-including full name, mailing address, contact telephone number, university affiliation, and e-mail address), student status, awards and grants received, and publications; and (2) a single double-spaced page of an expanded abstract describing the research to be presented at IMC-12 and its significance to the student’s career goals. Deadline for applications for this student travel award is November 15, 2016, and notification of results will be made around December 15, 2016. All applications must be made electronically and sent to Dr. Duane Schlitter, co-chair of the International Relations Committee, e-mail address: .
Any questions concerning this travel award opportunity should be sent to the International Relations Committee co-chairs Dr. Duane Schlitter ( or or Dr. Ricardo Ojeda (
Information on IMC-12 can be found online at

​ATBC Asia Pacific Chapter Meeting 2017


In 2017, the annual ATBC Asia-Pacific Chapter Meeting will be held in Xishuangbanna, Southwest China, near the northern limits of the Southeast Asian tropics, from March 25th to 28th. Although primarily targeted at researchers and conservation practitioners working in tropical Asia, we also welcome participants with tropical interests from outside the region.

The meeting will be hosted by the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which boasts world-class research facilities set in a stunning 1100-ha garden. There will also be opportunities to visit different forest types and agroecosystems in Xishuangbanna. XTBG is connected by road and air south through Laos to the rest of SE Asia, and north through Yunnan, a center of biological and cultural diversity, to the rest of China. Myanmar, India, and the rest of Asia are easily reached by air from Kunming, an hour’s flight north of Xishuangbanna.

The meeting will focus on the past, present, and future of biodiversity in the Asian tropics, with four major themes: patterns and processes of biodiversity; biogeography and evolution of Southeast Asian biodiversity; addressing the threats to Southeast Asian biodiversity; and sustainable production and use of natural resources. There will also be variety of workshops, training courses, and skills sessions before, after, and during the meeting.

January 15th 2017 is the deadline for abstract submission and earlybird registration. Please visit the website below for details.


SER2017 World Conference on Ecological Restoration


The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) will host its seventh biennial World Conference in Foz do Iguassu, Paraná, Brazil from 27 August to 1 September 2017 in partnership with the Brazilian Society for Ecological Restoration (SOBRE) and the Ibero-American & Caribbean Society for Ecological Restoration (SIACRE). The conference is expected to draw more than 1,500 delegates from the around the world embodying the great professional and cultural diversity of the three hosting organizations and representing all stakeholders in the restoration enterprise—from researchers, practitioners and policymakers to artists, educators, students and community leaders. Delegates will come from all sectors—government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, and the private sector—with a wide range of professional expertise in the natural and social sciences, landscape architecture, environmental engineering, urban and regional planning, and public policy, among others.

The overarching theme of SER2017 is Linking Science and Practice for a Better World. Bridging the gap between these two modes of engagement in the restoration process—that is, between the ecologist’s perspective and the field manager’s experience—is the perennial challenge for the work of repairing degraded ecosystems. The need to foster productive two-way communication is more important than ever as the world increasingly embraces the imperative of restoration and begins undertaking projects of ever larger scope. SER2017 seeks to provide a dynamic and engaging platform for knowledge sharing among not only scientists and practitioners, but also the many other stakeholders who enter into the equation, and to leverage the unique chemistry among the three hosting organizations to widen discussion across scales—from national to regional to international.

The SER2017 conference program will feature world-renowned keynote and plenary speakers as well as numerous symposia, training workshops, concurrent sessions, and technical field trips. Sessions at past conferences have explored such topics as:

Reinstating landscape connectivity and reducing fragmentation
Threatened and endangered species, populations and habitats
Invasive species management
Restoration in parks and protected areas
Restoration in an urban context
Monitoring and adaptive management
Natural capital and ecosystem services
Agro-ecological and silvicultural systems
The role of restoration in mitigating and adapting to climate change
Environmental policy at the local, regional and national level
Traditional and local ecological knowledge and community engagement in restoration
Along with the formal program of oral sessions, SER2017 will include poster sessions and other networking events, as well as a robust program of social activities—in a country and among a people known to have a penchant for socializing!

European Conference of Tropical Ecology (GTOE) – Call for oral and poster presentations

European Conference of Tropical Ecology (GTOE)
“(re)connecting tropical biodiversity in space and time”


We are pleased to announce that the “European Conference of Tropical
Ecology” – the annual scientific meeting of the Society for Tropical
Ecology (GTOE) – will be organized in 2017 for the first time in
Brussels, Belgium. The overarching topic will be “(re)connecting
tropical biodiversity in space and time”. It highlights both the
importance of integrating fundamental sciences inferring past processes
(e.g. paleoecology, evolution, social history…) to understand current
patterns of biodiversity, and the urgent need to reconnect patches of
fragmented landscapes if we wish to conserve tropical biodiversity and
ecological services of tropical ecosystems for future generations.

When: 6-10 February 2017
Where: Brussels, Belgium

Deadline for abstracts and early registration: Please submit your
proposal, until the 31 of October 2016, on the conference webpage:

This conference aims to connect researchers at all levels of their
career and from all disciplines relevant to tropical ecology, and to
promote scientific exchanges and cooperation in a friendly atmosphere.
Students and young scientists are very welcome and to encourage them, we
make our best to maintain costs accessible to all, including nice social
events. Thirty sessions are open, and it is time to register to
participate to this stimulating conference!

For more information, please see the official website:


3rd African Congress for Conservation Biology – Morocco

3rd African Congress for Conservation Biology

04 – 08 September 2016, Faculty of Science El Jadida – Morocco



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10 Student Travel Awards for the 12th International Mammalogical Congress, Perth, Australia 9th – 14th July 2017


Call for Applications: Prestigious IFM Student Travel Awards

12th International Mammalogical Congress (IMC12) of the International Federation of Mammalogists (IFM), Perth, Western Australia from 9th – 14th July 2017.

Theme: “Advances in Mammalogy in a Changing World”

Deadline for Applications: 15 October 2016

In its quest to support zoological training and facilitate and even greater knowledge and understanding of the mammals of the world and their conservation, the International Federation of Mammalogists (IFM) invites applications for 10 Prestigious Travel Awards for outstanding postgraduate students from developing countries to attend the 12th International Mammalogical Congress (IMC12). The congress will be held in Perth, in Australia’s southwest from 9th to 14th July 2017 (see

Each award is to the value of AUD 800 (Australian Dollars) that will serve as partial funding for your attendance of IMC12. The successful candidates will be expected to give a presentation (poster or talk) on their research.

The IFM Travel Awards are intended to provide the recipients with an opportunity to present their research, learn from, and interact with fellow mammalogists from around the world at the IMC12 Congress. The IFM organizes the International Mammalogical Congresses every four years, which unite mammalogists from around the globe in of the most scenic locations on different continents, which are excellent platforms for networking and forging new collaborations.

An international IFM Student Award Committee adjudication panel will be appointed from the Officers and Board of Directors to evaluate applications. The decision of this panel will be final.

Applications will be assessed based on overall quality in respect of academic excellence, envisaged positive impacts of your research and merit, which includes a desire to continue a career in mammalogy, the potential for achieving excellence and qualities to act as a worthy ambassador for your country/ society of origin and mammalogy as a discipline.

Your application submission must include the following documentation in electronic format:

1. An extended abstract for the IMC12 Congress (not exceeding 1 000 words).
2. Motivation letter explaining how your attendance of the IMC12 will benefit your prospective career and also advance research and conservation of mammals, and zoology in general.3. Letter of recommendation from your supervisor/mentor.

4. Full Curriculum Vitae.
5. Written proof of additional financial support/awards that will enable you to attend IMC12. All applications must be submitted per e-mail to the Secretary of the IFM, Dr. Sarita Maree ( by 15 October 2016. *No incomplete or late submissions will be considered.The successful candidates will be notified by 30 November 2016 to allow adequate time for travel arrangements, registration and abstract submission to the ICZ12 conference website. All recipients will be responsible for organizing their own passport and visa requirements to travel to Australia.The recipients of the 10 Travel Awards will be announced at the General Assembly of the International Federation of Mammalogists (IFM) and presented with a Certificate and official letter of confirmation on the same occasion. Their names will also be listed on the IFM website (

63rd Annual Fall Symposium Ecological Restoration in a Changing Biosphere

mbg_logo_centerstackMissouri Botanical Garden
St. Louis, Missouri
October 7-8, 2016

The 2016 Symposium will present contemporary perspectives on the science, technology, and human dimensions of the rapidly expanding field of ecological restoration. In the post-COP21 world, when all three UN Conventions call for scaling up and mainstreaming of ecological restoration, it is clear that restoration programs will affect hundreds of millions of hectares – and as many people – over the coming decades. At the same time, we find ourselves in an era of unprecedented change where climate, ecological baselines, and future land-use changes are highly uncertain. This symposium will address key questions including: How are restoration ecologists, practitioners, and policy makers addressing these challenges? And what do these challenges mean for countries striving to meet ambitious restoration targets? In addition to featuring an outstanding slate of speakers, the Symposium will be moderated by Paddy Woodworth, author of “Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century”.



Paddy Woodworth Moderator:
Paddy Woodworth
(Dublin, Ireland)



James Aronson, Ph.D. James Aronson(Missouri Botanical Garden) – The Reference Concept in Ecological Restoration and Rehabilitation. Karen Holl, Ph.D. Karen Holl(University of California, Santa Cruz) – Research Directions in Neotropical Forest Restoration.
Pedro Brancalion, Ph.D. Pedro Brancalion(University of São Paulo) – Linking science, technology, policy, and best practice. Curt Meine, Ph.D. Curt Meine(Center for Humans and Nature/Aldo Leopold Foundation) – Restoration and novel ecosystems: priority or paradox?
Robin Chazdon, Ph.D. Robin Chazdon(University of Connecticut) – Landscape restoration, natural regeneration, and the forests of the future. Margaret Palmer, Ph.D. Margaret Palmer(University of Maryland) – Restoration for the future does not mean giving up on the past.
Donald Falk, Ph.D. Donald Falk(Keynote) (University of Arizona) – From Restoration to Resilience Ecology. J. Leighton Reid, Ph.D. J. Leighton Reid (Missouri Botanical Garden) – Achieving Longevity in Ecological Restoration.


Register now! Registration is open for the 63th Annual Fall Symposium.


Symposium registrants, especially students and post-doctoral scientists, may contribute posters that will be displayed during the Symposium. Posters on the topic of restoration ecology are strongly encouraged and will be given preference, but posters on other topics in systematics, evolution, ecology, and conservation will be considered if space allows. Posters should be no more than 4 x 4 ft (1.21 x 1.21 m). Materials may be secured to poster boards with push-pins, which will be provided. Abstracts for the posters should be sent to Peter Hoch ( for consideration; you must be registered for Symposium in order for your abstract/poster to be considered. We will post abstracts on the Symposium website and include them in the printed program at the Symposium. Deadline for submission: 26 September 2016Annual Fall Symposium Poster.