The 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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  • 12 Aug 2019Survey of PFS-Tropical Asia fieldcourse students

    Hellooo everyone, how are you guys doing ! I hope PFS-Tropical Asia fieldcourse was an unforgettable experience for you! And I also hope the course was a good start for your career because that was why XTBG started this international training program. How time flies! Now PFS-Tropical Asia program has entered its second decade. Its […]


  • 07 May 2019AFEC-X 2019, Application Open

    Title: Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2019 Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),  in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China Dates: 15 Oct – 26 Nov 2019 (6 weeks) Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences Registration:  open until 15 and 31 August 2019 for application […]


  • 09 Aug 2017Landscape Resilience Workshop Open for Application

    Title: Cultivating Landscape Resilience in South East Asia Workshop Venue: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS),  in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China Dates: 12  – 16 September  2017 (5 days) Organiser: XTBG Registration:  8 September 2017, we only accept applicants within China Now! Course fee: Free. Course credits:  Graduate students from the UCAS and […]


  • 05 Jul 2017AFEC-X 2017, Application Open

    Title: Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2017 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 2017 (6 weeks) Organiser: XTBG Course fee: RMB 8,000 (or 1350 USD , high-income countries/regions), RMB 2,500 (or 420 USD, other countries/regions) based on your salary country, which is not […]


  • 09 Feb 2017Two AFEC-X 2015 students published their indepdendent project results on Oikos

    Congratulations to Bruno Leles and Xue Xiao ! You did wonderful work during the AFEC-X 2015!  Leles, B., Xiao, X., Pasion, B. O., Nakamura, A. and Tomlinson, K. W. (2017), Does plant diversity increase top–down control of herbivorous insects in tropical forest?. Oikos. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/oik.03562 Higher trophic level interactions are key mediators of ecosystem […]


  • 21 Dec 20162nd XTBG writing workshop in 2017 open for registration

    Title: Scientific Paper Writing: XTBG Workshop 2017_2nd time Venue: Meeting room 101  (XTBG Kunming branch) or Meeting room 1 (XTBG headquarter)  according to how many people will register from each side Dates:  15 – 20 February  2017 (6 days) Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences Registration:  application will be closed before 20 January 2017 Sponsors: Centre for […]


  • 11 Dec 20161st XTBG writing workshop in 2017 open for registration

    Title: Scientific Paper Writing: XTBG Workshop 2017 Venue: Meeting room 1 Dates:  15 – 20 January 2017 (6 days) Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences Registration:  application will be closed before 10 January Sponsors: Centre for Integrative Conservation and Science Communication and Training Department of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS Registration fee: free About the workshop: The writing […]


  • 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: 9 Oct – 20 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 […]


  • 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 […]


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