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AFEC-X 2020, Application Open

August 21st, 2020

Title: Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2020

AFEC-X 2020 will be organized offline and online, applicants from China can apply for both offline and online, while applicants from other countries can only apply for online.

Offline 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 2020 (6 weeks)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration:  open until 18 September 2020.

Sponsors: Centre for Integrative Conservation, Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology, Key Laboratory of Tropical Plant Resource and Sustainable Use, and Environmental Education Centre of the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, CAS

Course fee: No course fee will be charged this year.

Transportation fee: the course organizer will not cover the tansportation costs.

Food and hotel fee: the course organizer will arrange food and hotel and cover part the costs for all participants. Participants need to pay part of the costs of hotel (2500 RMB) and/or food (2500 RMB).

Scholarships: the course organizer have some budget for scholarships (see the application form for details) to cover the transportation, food and hotel, which will be awarded based on both merit and financial need.

Course credits: AFEC-X has obtained accreditation from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS). Graduate students from UCAS and institutes under CAS will receive five course credits towards their degree program upon completion of the AFEC-X field course. Other participants may be able to arrange recognition of these credits by their home institutions.

About: This program is an intensive course in academic skills and research methods, including literature searching, reading, PPT making and presenting skills, scientific paper writing, research design, sampling and data analysis, intended primarily for early-stage graduate students in Ecology and Conservation. A typical day will include lectures, practical work in the field or laboratory, and opportunities for informal discussion. Participants will take part in established long term field monitoring experiments and gain experience in independent project design. With guidance, participants will develop and present research proposals and conduct field-based data collection. The statistical program R will be introduced and used for the data analysis throughout the course. The course concludes with a symposium, where participants present results of course activities amongst their peers and instructors. The course is based mainly at XTBG, with excursions organized to different field sites in the region. During the training course participants are encouraged to approach the XTBG professors to discuss their current research and future plans.

Topics: Tropical Environments, Biodiversity Science, Conservation Biology,  Plant-Animal Interactions, Climate Change Biology, Molecular Ecology, Open Sciences, Animal movement modelling, Experimental Design and R Statistics, Presentation and Writing Skills, etc.. Detailed schedule will be released at the end of September 2020.

Registration open until 18 September 2020.

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