we have now decided that, despite the positive local developments around the COVID-19 pandemic in the last weeks, it is likely not possible to have a successful and safe physical meeting with people from all over Germany in July.
Regrettably, we therefore have to cancel the planned meeting. We will set a new date as soon as we feel this can safely be done.
I am currently entertaining ideas about possible virtual activities of the AK. Maybe this can at least somewhat compensate the loss of physical interaction. I will send around information about this in due time.
Of course, the Corona situation makes the meeting somewhat uncertain. Given that we are all traveling local and don’t have to make major preparations for this, Johannes and I have decided to delay registration for the meeting until mid April. We will then re-assess the situation to determine if a meeting in July looks possible / probable, and let you know. Until then, please keep the dates blocked in your calendar!
Also, I wanted to let you know that Cedric Scherer is now co-tweeting from out AK twitter account, so be prepared for a surge of dataviz and ggplot activities 😉
The meeting will start on Wednesday evening (17th of May) and last until Friday, lunchtime (19th of May). In line with the discussion during our inaugural meeting at last year’s GFÖ, the program of the meeting will consist of
Short talks (5 min) of all participants to introduce their research interests
Discussion groups on subjects related to computational ecology, organized and lead by the participants
The goal of all activities is to get to know each other, and develop new collaborations or research questions between IK members.
Accommodation and registration
The Waldschlösschen provides lodgings (2 nights in single rooms) and full board (3 meals a day) for a price of 132 EUR per person. We have reserved a sufficient number of rooms, but to confirm them, we require a definite confirmation of your attendance before the 7th of February.
Good news! Last week, the general assembly at the GfÖ 2016 officially recognized us as a new IK (i.e. initiative group). We will be able to request the formation of a “full” special interest group of the GfÖ at next year’s annual meeting, which will done jointly with the BES and NECOV in Ghent, Belgium.
During the well-attended first IK meeting, we talked about what to do next. First of all, infrastructure-wise, we will for now organize via
What we talked about most is what activities we could do / organize. The final decision was to have our first IK meeting in Spring 2017, with
Introductory (very short) talks of all participants to get to know each other and to get an overview of topics and methodologies.
Plenty of time for discussions (either on a general topic aimed at finding possibilities for synergies between statistics, modeling and theory, or in breakout groups to be declared beforehand). We will send around a questionnaire to collect further ideas before the meeting (e.g. for discussion groups and / or general organization).
2-3 days at a place that is centrally located in Germany (there were suggestions for Frankfurt or Göttingen, each with volunteers for the organization).
We had many other good suggestions from the group that we have noted, particularly regarding connections to other groups (e.g., YoMos, AK Macroecology, AK Plant Population Ecology), activities at the upcoming joint GfÖ/BES (a session, potentially joint with the BES SIG Quantitative Ecology), and other meeting forms. We are going to follow up on those and will report back once we have concrete results.
In the meantime – if you haven’t done it, do not forget to fill out the questionnaire and/or follow us on twitter @AKCompEcol to keep informed about the group!