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Scientific Paper Writing: XTBG Advanced Workshop 2016 calls for applicants

April 6th, 2016 Comments off

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 Department of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS

Registration feeRMB 2,000

Accommodation,food and local transport: the fee will cover local transport, teaching materials, and food etc.,but will not cover accommodation. Participants are free to choose any hotel during the workshop, but we can help to get a discounted price if participants choose to stay in the Jinjiangyuan Holiday Inn 勐腊金江源假日酒店 in the town( or the Royal Waterlily Hotel 王莲宾馆 in XTBG(

About the workshopThe writing workshop aims to teach the knowledge and skills needed to publish scientific papers in international journals, with a focus on the biological and environmental sciences.It will cover the entire process,from preparing to submitting a scientific research paper, and dealing with reviewer comments, as well as scientific writing skills. It will also teach how to write reviews, as well as opinionand perspective articles.

Participants should come prepared to write one or more papers (with research results in hand). The workshop will mix lectures, demonstrations and writing sessions, followed by feedback from experienced scientists and journal editors. The timetable will be flexible.

Major topics: Modern scientific publishing, plagiarism and publication ethics, choosing a journal, impact factors, what editors and reviewers want, scientific writing skills, writing abstracts, presentation of statistical analyses, scientific graphics, writing review articles, other article types, the submission process,cover letters, responding to reviewer comments, maximizing citations.

Target: The workshop is targeted at young scientists (PhD candidates and early career researchers) from Chinese Organizations, with limited previous experience of publishing scientific papers in international journals.

Student number: a maximum of 20

Instructors: Professor Richard Corlett and other XTBG staff.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please email, and/or

XTBG Advanced Workshop 2016_Application form

AFEC-X 2015 Closed by its Symposium

November 25th, 2015 Comments off


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, application of molecular biology in biodiversity conservation, conservation biology, invasion ecology, methods of investigating insects and birds, statistical analysis, R program, and experiment design etc. They investigated tropical vegetation around Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical garden (XTBG), canopy corridor, 20-ha forest dynamic plot, and canopy cranes. Course students also did a field trip to “Yuanjiang Savana Ecological Station” in Yuanjiang National Nature Reserve from 31 Oct to 3 Nov. Then they carried out group project in and around XTBG.
On November 23, the students presented their group work to the judges. The 7 projects were as following:
1. Edge effects on herb community in limestone forest and rubber plantation of XTBG: the conservation of native herbs
2. Does plant diversity increase top-down control of herbivorous insects in tropical forest?
3. Adaptive ability of seedlings of three important tree species in the limestone forest under two light conditions
4. Impacts of artificial light on the activity of insectivorous bats in different habitats
5. Habitat characteristics influence dragonfly diversity and abundance in Man-made ponds in XTBG
6. Influence of functional and social traits of bats on Ectoparasitism in XTBG
7. Ecological impacts of rubber plantation on ants.
The best research project award went to “Does plant diversity increase top-down control of herbivorous insects in tropical forest” completed by Dr.Bruno Pereira Leles from Brazil and Ms. Xiao Xue from XTBG.

Dr. Jin Chen, Dr. Richard Corlett, Dr. Alice C. Hughes and other five judges conferred certificates to the trainees at the closing ceremony. They encouraged the students to keep in contact and go further in research career and to make contributions to regional biodiversity conservation.


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

April 2nd, 2014 Comments off

29-30 March  2014, Richard CorlettAlice 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 is a new field station of XTBG and all of us never been there before  1) check the suitability of the sites for the coming field course, 2) determine the activities, i.e., whose topics would be taught, at this station, 3) make agreements with the managers there concerning logistics, and 4) to estimate the time and determine the schedule for the trip during the fieldcourse.

Dr. Chen, Aiguo, the executive  head of a station of the station showed us all the facilities at the station and guided us to the field experiment setups around the station. At the end, all the aims of this trips were achieved.

Alice Hughes, Richard Corlett, Aiguo Chen, Jingxin Liu at the station

Alice Hughes, Richard Corlett, Aiguo Chen, Jingxin Liu at the station (left to right)Landscape and vegetation around the station

Landscape and vegetation around the station
Categories: Course updates

XTBG-OTS Climate Change Fieldcourse is open for registration

January 21st, 2014 Comments off

Title: The Ecology of Climate Change in the Tropics and SubtropicsIMG_2066

Type: Field course

Venue: Yunnan province, China

Dates: 16 June – 16 July 2014 (one month)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

& Organisation for Tropical Studies

Sponsors: Program for Field Studies in Tropical Asia Office, Center for Integrative Conservation, Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology of Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden

Eligibility:  participants will be graduate students and early-career researchers from the New and Old-World tropics, with students from Latin America, the USA and Southeast Asia, brought together for the first course of its kind.  The language of instruction will be English for which the students must demonstrate proficiency.

How to apply: Students from China and SE Asia should apply to XTBG directly, via instructions available at the PFS website; Students from the United States and Latin America should apply to OTS, via instructions available at

Deadlines:  Complete applications must be received by February 25, 2014.  Final acceptance decision will be made by March 10, 2014.

Costs:  Funding from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Science Foundation will cover the cost of airfare, visas and the course expenses except for personal incidental expenses.

Course description:  South East Asian forests have already been greatly impacted by rapid deforestation as a result of development and population growth. The growing risks to these threatened ecosystems from the impacts of climate change will be the focus of this new program bringing together participants and experts from five continents.

In June to July, 2014 Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens, Chinese Academy of Sciences (XTBG-CAS), will host an entirely new training course, on “The Ecology of Climate Change in the Tropics and Sub-Tropics”. This course has been developed as collaboration between XTBG-CAS and the Organisation for Tropical Studies (OTS-Duke).

The course will bring together experts from around the world to teach different aspects of climate change ecology, from the practical, theoretical and social perspectives. It will use a mix of lectures on theory with practical field experiences on methods in a range of very different ecosystems across Yunnan Province, Southwest China. The course will encompass cutting-edge techniques and research technologies, and multiple perspectives on the interaction between climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem function. Topics will range from prediction (model-based approaches) to empirical research on species physiologies, and a timeframe from the Eocene to the future. Participants will be given the tools and insights to understand, interpret, evaluate and develop studies which integrate interdisciplinary forms of data to gain new insights into the ecology of climate change. Students will also develop and carry out their own independent research projects.

The course will take place at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, the premier tropical research centre in China on the northern margins of the Southeast-Asian tropics, and will include field-trips to tropical and subtropical forests, savanna, and a variety of agro-ecosystems. The steep climatic gradients in Yunnan make this the ideal place for the study of climate change ecology. XTBG (and nearby CTFS Plot Bubeng) represents the Northern edge of the Southeast Asian tropics as well as largest Botanic garden in China (in both collection size and extent). Ailaoshan is covered in extensive montane subtropical forest, and associated vegetation types, whereas Yuenjiang is one of the few hot-savannah areas in Southern China, and represents the newest XTBG Field-site. All three sites are part of the ASIAFLUX network, and have long-term climatic records.

Map of study areas:  XTBG (Red): Main site; Hot Dry Valley (Yellow)-YuanJiang; Sub-Tropics-Ailaoshan (Turquoise).

Map of study areas

27 applicants will attend AFEC-X 2013

September 25th, 2013 Comments off

27 applicants are accepted to attend the

Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2013AFEC-X 2013

Until 2013 Sep. 25 AFEC-X 2013 have received 110 valid applications from 80 different organizations from 32 countries or regions(7 of the 9 from XTBG are accepted). We reviewed all the applications carefully and finally we accepted 27 applicants from 18 different organizations from 10 countries.



Richard Corlett

Jing-Xin Liu

Program for Field Studies in Tropical Asia Office
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden,
Chinese Academy of Sciences
2013 Sep. 25

AFEC-X 2013 got 110 + applicants

August 31st, 2013 Comments off

Until yesterday, the closing data for application, we received more than 110 applicants mostly from SE Asia countries.

The evaluation is almost finished and our decision letter will be sent around soon.


Registrations open for two field courses!

May 22nd, 2012 Comments off

Registrations for the Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG China 2012 are now open until August 15 2012.

Registrations for the Next-gen forest surveys in Tropical Asia are now open until June 30 2012.

CAS Accredits fieldcourse training

May 9th, 2011 Comments off

AFEC-X has obtained accreditation from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)! Graduate students from the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS) and institutes under CAS will receive two course credits  towards their degree program, upon completion of the AFEC-X field course.

Registrations for AFEC-X China 2011 – Open

May 9th, 2011 Comments off

Registrations for the Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden are now open until August 31 2011.

To register please click the link to AFEC-X China 2011 under the course list to begin your application.

Developing the Capacity for Teaching Biodiversity and Conservation in the Asia- Pacific Region

April 27th, 2011 Comments off

Building on previous efforts, particularly those by DIVERSITAS in Western Pacific and Asia (DIWPA), Centre for Tropical Forest Science, and Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation Asia-Pacific Chapter, this Project is implementing capacity building activities on conservation biology focusing primarily on junior faculty members and young researchers in developing countries in Asia and the Pacific.

The junior faculty are more likely to incorporate what they learn into their own research and teaching agendas, thus
maximising the impact by ensuring long-term effectiveness and direct benefits. This project was composed of four main training components: i) Experimental design and data analysis courses (the Bali Botanic Gardens 12-15 July 2010); ii) Science writing courses (the Bali Botanic Gardens 16 July 2010); iii) Field biology training courses; and iv) Symposia, which emanated from the field course.

A Field Course on Biodiversity, Conservation and Sustainable Development entailed six weeks of field work in two national parks in East Java, Alas Purwo and Baluran, before crossing Wallace’s Line into Rinjani National Park in Lombok. Biologists from around the globe committed their time and expertise as resource staff, offering lectures and hands-on training in their fields of expertise.

The Field Course captured multidisciplinary approaches to biodiversity conservation and global climate change. Throughout the Field Course, participants engaged in their own student research projects, and presented their results at a concluding field course symposium. To educate the Indonesian public about our activities and to widen the audience’s awareness of educational activities, the media were also invited to attend.

The project also allowed for extending scholarship support to scientific and capacity building activities of global change, namely the meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) 2010 -“Tropical Biodiversity: Surviving the Food, Energy and Climate Crisis,” held in Sanur, Bali, Indonesia from 19-23 July 2010.


Project Leader:
Dr. Mochamad
Indrawan University of Indonesia
Tel: +62 81 199 0151
Fax: +62 251 837 447

APN Funding:
US$33,190 (For 1 Year)


News source: APN Science Bulletin. Issue 1, March 2011

Categories: Course updates