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.
- 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!
- 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!