AFEC-X 2015 Group PhotoThe Program for Field Studies in Tropical Asia runs a variety of courses aimed at young researchers, whose studies focus on the ecology and conservation of biodiversity the tropical Asia-Pacific region.

Currently our courses are aimed at post-graduate students, including those studying for an MSc degree or PhD, and researchers at an equivalent academic level in governmental or non-governmental organisations concerned with the environment.

Travel awards and course fellowships are offered to some participants from lower-income countries in the tropical Asia-Pacific region.


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  • 23 May 2016AFEC-X 2016, Application Open

    Title: Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2016  Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),  in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China Dates: 12 Oct – 23 Nov 2016 (6 weeks) Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences Registration:  open until 31 July and 31 August 2016 for application out of China and […]


  • 23 May 2016XTBG Spatial analysis workshop 2016 calls for applicants

    Title: Spatial Ecology: XTBG Spatial analysis workshop 2016 Type: Workshop Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),  in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China Dates:  18 – 23 July 2016 (6 days) Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences Registration: Registration is open until 8 July 2016 Sponsors: Centre for Integrative Conservation, Science Communication and Training Department of the […]


  • 06 Apr 2016Scientific Paper Writing: XTBG Advanced Workshop 2016 calls for applicants

    Title: Scientific Paper Writing: XTBG Advanced Workshop 2016 Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),  in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China Dates:  22–31 May 2016 (10 days) Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences Registration: application will be closed at 10 May 2016 Sponsors: Centre for Integrative Conservation and Science Communication and Training […]


  • 21 Mar 2016Meta 分析研修班招生通知

    生态学与保护生物学Meta-分析研修班 Meta-analysis workshop in ecology and conservation 1.目  的 推动meta分析在国内生态学与保护生物学领域的应用。 2.内  容 讲座:meta分析的概念理论、分析类型、模型选择、操作步骤(以授课老师自己的研究为例)。 练习:分小组,各小组讨论确定一个科学问题,之后检索筛选文献、提取数据、分析数据,最后各小组讲解分析结果。(如有可能,培训结束后写成文章发表,文章要致谢培训班)。 3. 对  象 相关学科的在读博士研究生及助研及以上级别的科研人员或教学人员(要求以第一作者身份发表过英文学术文章)。 4.规  模 为保证学习效果,学员人数限定在15-20人。 5.时  间 报名截止:2016年4月10日。 结果公布:2016年4月11日之前。 培训起止:2016年4月20日-26日,共7天。 6. 地  点 培训:云南省西双版纳傣族自治州勐腊县勐仑镇中国科学院西双版纳热带植物园(XTBG) 住宿:XTBG王莲宾馆(http://www.royalwaterlilyhotel.com/)或者 金江源假日酒店(http://hotels.ctrip.com/hotel/909640.html#ctmref=hodhpsblst) 7. 讲师及相关文章 张霜助理研究员 中国科学院生态环境中心城市与区域生态国家重点实验室 Zhang, S., et al. (2015). “The equal effectiveness of different defensive strategies.” Scientific Reports 5: 13049. Zhang, S., et al. (2012). “The ecological […]


  • 25 Nov 2015AFEC-X 2015 Closed by its Symposium

    from http://english.xtbg.cas.cn/ns/es/201511/t20151125_156466.html The 6-week Advanced Field Course in Ecology and Conservation-Xihuangbanna 2015 (AFEC-X 2015) came to a successful end on November 23, with 32 students from 11 countries presented their research to a panel of judges. The course included lectures, practical work in the field of laboratories. The students learned patterns of species distribution, climate change biology, […]


  • 08 May 2015AFEC-X China 2015, Application Open

    Title: Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2015  Type: Field course Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),  in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China Dates: 12 Oct – 23 Nov 2015 (6 weeks) Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences Registration: Registration is open until 31 July 2015 Sponsors: Centre for Integrative Conservation, Key Laboratory […]


  • 27 May 2014AFEC-X China 2014, Application Open

    Title: Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2014 Type: Field course Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),  in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China Dates: 12 Oct – 23 Nov 2014 (6 weeks) Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences Registration: Registration is open until 30 Aug 2014 for foreigners who need to apply Visa, […]


  • 20 Apr 2014XTBG-OTS Climate Change Fieldcourse People Visited Yangchajie Yuanjiang County

    17-19 April  2014, Alice C. Hughes and Jingxin Liu paid a visit to Yangchajie, Yuanjiang County, a planned field sites for the XTBG-OTS Climate Change Fieldcourse which will be held from 16 June – 16 July this year in Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Science (hereafter XTBG). This place is 42km away and NW of Yunjiang County, with […]


  • 20 Apr 2014AFEC-X 2013’s Fern Project Presented at BCT 8th on 2 April 2014

    Habitat and canopy light environment determines the diversity, abundance and distribution of ground ferns Yang Fengchun presenting his group’s work “The Program for Field Studies in Tropical Asia, XTBG” is proud to announce that the independent project “Habitat and canopy light environment determines the diversity, abundance and distribution of ground ferns“, done by five students Yang Fengchun, Chaya […]


  • 02 Apr 2014XTBG-OTS Climate Change Fieldcourse People Visited XTBG’s Yuanjiang Hot Dry Valley Ecological Station

    29-30 March  2014, Richard Corlett, Alice C. Hughes and Jingxin Liu paid a visit to Yuanjiang Hot Dry Valley Ecological Station, a planned field sites for the XTBG-OTS Climate Change Fieldcourse which will be held from 16 June – 16 July this year in Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Science (hereafter XTBG). The purposes of this trip were, since this […]


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