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Survey of PFS-Tropical Asia fieldcourse students

August 12th, 2019 Comments off

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 time to look back, to say “Hi” to eveyone, to see what and how are you doing, and to get your opinions to make future PFS-Tropical Asia fieldcourses better together.

We prepared some questions covering “Your current career status”, “The usefulness of the course to you and your suggestions”, “Your communication with your batchmates and instructors” etc..

Please spend some time on the online survey.

And as I do not have everyone’s email address, please spread these links among your batchmates, thank UUUU !!

AFEC-X 2009 students please go to

AFEC-X 2010 students please go to

PFS-Tropical Asia Indonesia course in 2010 students please go to

AFEC-X 2011 students please go to

AFEC-X 2012 students please go to

AFEC-X 2013 students please go to

AFEC-X 2014 students please go to

XTBG-OTS climate change biology course students please go to

AFEC-X 2015 students please go to

AFEC-X 2016 students please go to

AFEC-X 2017 students please go to

AFEC-X 2018 students please go to

Thanks for your time !!

Jingxin Liu

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1st XTBG writing workshop in 2017 open for registration

December 11th, 2016 Comments off

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 feefree

About the workshopThe writing workshop aims to teach the knowledge and skills needed to publish scientific papers in international journals. It will cover the entire process, from preparing to submitting a scientific research paper, and dealing with reviewer comments.

Participants should come prepared to write one or more papers. Part-written papers or rejected papers that need to be re-written are also OK. The workshop will mix lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and writing sessions, followed by feedback. The timetable will be flexible, but in general the lectures will be in the morning while the afternoons and evenings will be for independent writing and one-to-one consultation.

The workshop is targeted at young scientists from XTBG (PhD candidates and early career researchers) with limited previous experience of publishing scientific papers in international journals. [If there is demand, I will later run a 3-day course for mid-career scientists with more publication experience].

Major topics: The publishing process; current trends in scientific publication; publication ethics; literature searches; choosing a journal; writing scientific English; better titles; writing attractive abstracts and introductions; clear presentation of methods and results; what to discuss and how to do it; manuscript submission; cover letters; dealing with reviewer comments; special topics.

Student number: a maximum of 18

Instructor: Professor Richard Corlett

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

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Meta 分析研修班招生通知

March 21st, 2016 Comments off


Meta-analysis workshop in ecology and conservation

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Zhang, S., et al. (2015). “The equal effectiveness of different defensive strategies.” Scientific Reports 5: 13049.

Zhang, S., et al. (2012). “The ecological effects of the ant–hemipteran mutualism: A meta-analysis.” Basic and Applied Ecology 13(2): 116-124.



Chen, S.-C., et al. (2016). “Plants show more flesh in the tropics: variation in fruit type along latitudinal and climatic gradients.Ecography (Accepted)

Chen, S.-C. and A. T. Moles (2015). “A mammoth mouthful? A test of the idea that larger animals ingest larger seeds.” Global Ecology and Biogeography 24(11): 1269-1280

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AFEC-X China 2015, Application Open

May 8th, 2015 Comments off

Title: Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG, China 2015 Osbeckia stellata 星毛金锦香-BGAN_F (1)

Type: Field course

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 2015 (6 weeks)

Organiser: Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Registration: Registration is open until 31 July 2015

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

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 necessarily your home country.

Accommodation, food and local transport: the course fee will cover local transport but will not cover food and accommodation (except during field trips). Participants should expect to spend approximately RMB 50 per day on food, which is available through the XTBG canteen or in Menglun town. We can also help to arrange accommodation for participants at a budget hotel in Menglun town (RMB 50/bed/day/). We are happy to help arrange room sharing. Please indicate your hotel preference and room sharing preference when registering for the course.

Fellowships: We have a limited budget for full fellowships (course fee exemption + travel grant), and half fellowships (course fee exemption only), which will be awarded based on both merit and financial need-please indicate this on your application, with justification (and any other potential sources of funding).

Course credits: 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. Other participants may be able to arrange recognition of these credits by their home institutions.

About: This program is an intensive course in field research methods, including 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. For more details, see Modules and People.

Topics: Tropical Environments, Biodiversity, Conservation Biology, Systematics, Plant-Animal Interactions, Invasive Species, Climate Change Biology, Molecular Ecology,  G.I.S. and Spatial Modelling, Statistics, Presentation  and Writing Skills, and more.

Application: The program is exceedingly competitive, so please try to convince us why you would benefit from the course. We aim to build capacity across the region by training motivated and talented students: so please try to demonstrate why you fit that definition. Why would you like to participate in AFEC-X 2015, what skills would you like to learn, and what would you like to do next. Please provide as much relevant information as possible on your application, and tell us in detail why you would like a place on the course. The quality of applications helps us select participants, so please persuade us why you deserve and would like a place, and why you are interested in ecology and conservation.


Please help us to circulate the AFEC-X 2015 flyer!  Thanks a lot!!!

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

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XTBG-OTS Climate Change Fieldcourse People Visited Yangchajie Yuanjiang County

April 20th, 2014 Comments off

17-19 April  2014, Alice C. Hughes and Jingxin Liu paid a visit to Yangchajie, Yuanjiang County, 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).

This place is 42km away and NW of Yunjiang County, with altitude above 2000 m. In contray to the Hot-dry valley we visited last month, the vegetation around Yangchahe is mainly mountain evergreen broad-leafed forest.

The purposes of this trip were  1) talk with and get support from Yuanjiang National Nature Reserve Bureau about our course, 2) check the suitability of the sites for the field course and determine the activities, 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.

Mr. Chen Yongxiang and Feng Jianrong from Yuanjiang National Nature Reserve Bureau guided our trip.

Forest landscape around Yangchajie

Forest landscape around Yangchajie

View in the forest

View in the forest

Mr. Chen Yongxiang (L2), Alice C. Hughes (L3), Mr. Feng Jianrong (L4), Jingxin Liu (R1)

Mr. Chen Yongxiang (L2), Alice C. Hughes (L3), Mr. Feng Jianrong (L4), Jingxin Liu (R1)

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Course symposium marks ending of AFEC-X 2013

December 4th, 2013 Comments off


On the final day of the Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG 2013 (AFEC-X 2013), November 28, participants presented the findings of their projects to an invited audience.

The six presentations were: 1.comparative communities of non-volant small mammals in adjacent areas of limestone forest, seasonal rainforest and rubber plantation in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China ;2、Bats in Menglun : a preliminary study in different habitats;3、Leaf variation in Ficus: an evolutionary perspective;4、How do different species of bulbuls co-exist in differenthabitats?;5、Light determines the function, diversity and abundance of ground ferns;6、Likely possible change in forest communities from climate change in the Mt. Ailao region.

   The judge panel was composed of Chen Jin, Richard Corlett, Ferry Slik, Eben Goodale, Kyle Tomlinson, Alice Hughes, Edward Stashko.

The first prize was given to “Leaf variation in Ficus: an evolutionary perspective” completed by Kandlikar Gau lou, Nguyen Hai Huyen, Wu Wei-Huan, Yao Xin, and Zeng Si-Jin.

Afterwards, the participants received certificates from the judges.

Participants making presentation

Participants making presentation

Awarding certificates to participants

Awarding certificates to participants

Judges and participants pose a group photo

Judges and participants pose a group photo

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Advanced Field Course in Ecology and Conservation – XTBG 2013 Opens

October 22nd, 2013 Comments off

Oct 20, Morning, XTBG Conference hall, “Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2013 Advanced Fieldcourse in Ecology and Conservation” held its opening ceremony, and twenty-four participants from 17 organizations in eight countries and 12 XTBG staffs attended the ceremony.

Prof. Richard T. Corlett of XTBG first briefly introduced the history of field courses around the world and in tropical Asia, the number and composition of the total and accepted applicants this year, then explained the arrangement, schedule of the course this year. Afterwards, Prof. Li Qingjun, deputy director of XTBG, introduced the history, development and achievements of XTBG in scientific research, biodiversity conservation and science popularization and announced the opening of “AFEC-X 2013”.

The course will last until November 30. In the coming six weeks, we arranged “Lectures and practical (20 Oct night – 2 Nov)”, “Field trips (3 – 7 Nov)” and “Independent project (8 – 27 Nov)” then the course will be ended by “Course symposium (28 Nov)”.

AFEC-X is manly supported by XTBG. In 2013, we got funds from CAS Bureau of Personnel, CAS Graduate Education Foundation and International Center for Research in Agroforestry Beijing Office as well.

Professor Richard T. Corlett 介绍培训班情况

Professor Richard T. Corlett introducing the course


Professor Qing-Jun Li introducing XTBG


Group photo of participants in opening ceremony

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Topics in Tropical Asian Forestry: technology meets conservation – applications being accepted!

September 25th, 2013 Comments off

 Topics in Tropical Asian Forestry: technology meets conservation

Applications for full scholarships are now being accepted until Nov. 15, 2013!  
Please download this file.  Fill it in and submit it to <>.

=== Full course description is below


Topics in Tropical Asian Forestry: technology meets conservation


Course description :: Deforestation in Asia is progressing at a faster rate than any other tropical area, reducing natural forest cover to its lowest level in the Quaternary Period. A variety of modern technologies have been developed that can accelerate and invigorate conservation. This course will focus on how nascent techniques can be used to monitor change in habitats and biodiversity. We will investigate technological and analytical advances in tropical conservation before developing a group project to implement these methods to monitor species richness or biotic interactions. We expect that group projects will result in at least one multi-authored publication.


The course will consist of two parts: an online lecture/discussion course in Spring 2014 and a four week field course in June 2014 at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) in Yunnan, China, a research institute in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. All travel and accommodation expenses will be paid for 18 graduate students from any graduate degree granting institution in the U.S.A. or tropical Asia, funded by the US National Science Foundation. An additional 12 mainland Chinese graduate students will be funded by the Chinese Natural Science Foundation.


Instructors :: Chuck Cannon David Lohman

Texas Tech University & City College of New York

Chinese Academy of Sciences City University of New York


Online course :: Students will watch lecture videos online prior to participating in a guided discussion that will meet online once a week in Spring 2014 (February – May). Students will form partnerships with classmates and perform research projects on specific regions of the Asian tropics. Given the ease of web-based global communication, the students will be expected to develop proficiency in communicating with peers across technological, geographical, and cultural boundaries. Guest lecturers for the course include Richard CORLETT (XTBG), Rhett HARRISON (Kunming Institute of Botany), Erik MEIJAARD (People and Nature Consulting), Douglas SHEIL (Director, Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation), Cam WEBB (Arnold Arboretum/Harvard), and Jianchu XU (Chief Scientific Officer, ICRAF/China).

Field course :: The Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden ( has been performing scientific research and providing agro-forestry outreach and training for over 50 years in the remote southwestern corner of China, near the borders of Laos and Myanmar. With an active community of international scientists and graduate students, XTBG is a leading ecological and botanical research institute in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. All students enrolled in the course will travel to XTBG in June 2014 to participate in field training, taxon-specific survey techniques, and to complete one or more group projects. Several guest lecturers from the online course will also give presentations during the field the course, including additional lecturers, e.g. HE Fangliang (Ualberta), LUO Shu-jin (Peking U.) and others.


When/where: 4 weeks in June-July 2014 at XTBG, Yunnan, China


To apply, please visit one of the following sites: or Download, fill out, and submit the provided spreadsheet to The deadline for applications is November 15, 2013. If you have any questions about the course, please email or

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Site Maintenance Complete

March 5th, 2013 Comments off was down yesterday for a series of updates and maintenance. Primarily, we have corrected the issues causing confirmation emails to not be sent.

If you experience any issues, or something seems out of place, please contact us directly.

Thank you for your patience.

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Problem with website registration and emails

February 27th, 2013 Comments off

Dear Users,

We are experiencing a problem with the website. People cannot receive passwords or confirmation emails. We apologise for the problem and will fix it as soon as possible.

If you wish to attend the Plants of SE Asia course, please email Ferry Slik at ferryslik [at]

If you wish to attend the Experimental Design & Data Analysis workshop in Banda Aceh please email me at rharrison [at]

Thank you, Rhett


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