AK Computational Ecology Spring Cleaning Message

Dear AK members,

I hope you are enjoying the longed-for arrival of spring while periodically looking up from your keyboards!

It’s been too long since you have heard from us too, so here are a few random items about the recent past and future of our group:

Report from the Ecology Across Borders (#EAB2017) meeting in Ghent

  • General impressions: the EAB started a bit sluggish due to the weather, which had many attendees and speakers stranded at various airports, but then everything got rolling and I had the feeling we had an exceptionally nice and social meeting. A big thank you to all the organizers!
  • AK Events: as explained in an earlier post, the AK was involved in three activities at the EAB, the Ecology Hackathon, a joint mixer (with the YoMos and the SIG Quantitative Ecology) and a session “Are we any good at simulating ecology? Success and future challenges in ecological simulation models” (again, joint with the YoMos and the SIG Quantitative Ecology). All of these worked out great, and we were very pleased and grateful for the collaboration with our “partner groups”, something to be continued in the future.
  • AK Name / Status: you might have noticed: I’m writing AK instead of IK. This is because we are now officially an AK of the GFÖ. The decision was approved during the general assembly of the GFÖ during the EAB meeting.
  • Other things: AK members were also involved in a lunch session on using jSDMs to identify biotic interactions. A summary of this session will be posted as an extra guest post on this blog.

Future events

  • GFÖ Vienna: we have not organized a session at the GFÖ in Vienna, but of course we hope to see you there, and there will be an AK meeting during the general AK slot.
  • AK Meeting: apart from the GFÖ, it would be nice to have again an extra AK meeting this year. Given the advanced time, this must most likely be in summer. We are currently looking at options. If you want to help / have suggestions, please get in touch!

AK Organization

  • Emanuel and I am thinking of putting the AK organization onto a bit wider (i.e. more) shoulders. If you are interested in participating in internal discussions / take over a few tasks, please get in touch!



IK Computational Ecology activities at the #EAB2017 in Ghent

Dear all,

the joint meeting of the GFÖ / BES / NECOV and EFF in Ghent is around the corner, and we are all very excited. Here’s a final heads up about activities you should not miss if you want to meet with your fellow computational ecologists next week:

  • Hack R at the Ecology Hackathon on Monday (if you have signed up for that)
  • Mix with us at the joint mixer (with the YoMos and the SIG Quantitative Ecology), Tuesday, 19.00 Baekelandzaal 3
  • Get inspired by our session (again, joint with the YoMos and the SIG Quantitative Ecology) “TT10: Are we any good at simulating ecology? Success and future challenges in ecological simulation models”, Thursday, 9.45 Casinozaal 1

Also, as announced, we will bring forward a motion to convert the IK status of our group into a more permanent AK status during the general assembly of the GFÖ, Wednesday, 17.15.

See you in Ghent,

Emanuel and Florian

Status update IK Computational Ecology

Dear IK members,

it’s been a while since you last heard from us, so we wanted to share a few items of information with you about the current status of the IK.

IK Meeting in Göttingen: first of all, we were very glad that there was so much interest in our first IK meting. The unfortunate side effect is that we are by now booked out (33 participants), and had to create a waiting list. We are still hopeful, however, that we will be able to accommodate most people that wanted to join. In any case, we are very much looking forward to seeing so many of you at an exciting first IK meeting in Göttingen.

Activities at the BES / GFÖ: secondly, we wanted to inform you that, together with the YOMOs and the SIG Quantitative Ecology of the BES, the IK will convene a session “Are we any good at simulating ecology? Success and future challenges in ecological simulation models” at this year’s Joint Annual Meeting being organised by the British Ecological Society (BES), NecoV and Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ), in association with the European Ecological Federation (EEF), between 11th and 14th December 2017 in Ghent, Belgium. Apart from the interest in the session as such, we think it’s great that the computational groups in the BES and GFÖ are organizing something together, and we certainly hope there will be similar joint activities in the future. Also, there is talk about the IK supporting a hackaton organized by the MEE journal at the meeting, but this is not decided yet.

IK Members: we have by now around 120 people that have signed up for the IK. This is great! Nevertheless, there may still be many people that haven’t heard about the IK, so please do feel free to spread the word and forward the IK website or our sign-up link to potentially interested colleagues.

Mailing list: a comment on the use of the mailing list: if you are on the list, you can write directly to the list, you don’t have to write to us with the request to forward job / conference announcements! Also, remember that you can tweet us to retweet @AKCompEcol.

And finally, please to let us know if you have any comments / suggestions for the IK!