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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.

The passing of Navjot S. Sodhi – a big loss to world’s conservation science

June 28th, 2011 Comments off

On 12 June 2011, Professor Navjot S. Sodhi, my PhD supervisor, renowned tropical conservation biologist, passed away due to an aggressive form of lymphoma. He left many of us in deep sorrow, mourning for the loss of a person dear to our hearts, as well as a big loss to world’s conservation science. What he also left behind, is the wealth of research he committed to over the past 20 years. Perhaps an even more important legacy he left us is his passion in conservation biology, which will continue to inspire all of us. He dedicated a great deal of his effort in getting the conservation message to a broader audience. Showcasing this passion of him is a book written to be freely available for all, CONSERVATION BIOLOGY FOR ALL.

In commemorating Navjot’s contribution to tropical conservation biology, the Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation (ATBC) has set up the Navjot Sodhi Memorial Fund.

Koh, L. P. and Lee, T. M. 2011. Navjot S. Sodhi: the professor who wore his cap backwards. Tropical Conservation Science Vol.4 (1):iv-vi.


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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

AFEC-X China 2011

March 24th, 2011 Comments off

The Advance Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, China 2011 will start in October this year. Details and registration page will be available in April. Please spread the word and stay tuned!