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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  • 19 Sep 2019AFEC-X students published one paper, and gave two oral presentations at international conferences

    Congrutulations to AFEC-X 2015 members: Mark Jun Malaca Alcantara, Shrushti Modi, Monkai, Jutamart, Tial Cung Ling And Xu He, after about 4 years, their group project finally published on Myrmecological News. Thanks to their hard work, especially Mark and the project advisor Aki Nakamura. Also congratulate another two batches of students whoes group projects was […]


  • 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 […]


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