Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting 2018

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Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting

Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 February 2018

Conference Centre "De Werelt", Westhofflaan 2, Lunteren, The Netherlands

 
Scope

Each year, on the second Tuesday and Wednesday of February, the Netherlands Ecological Research Network (NERN) organises her annual conference, the Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting (NAEM). This conference is particularly geared towards people working in the field of ecology and/or evolution. It aims to strengthen the network of ecologists in the Netherlands, Belgium, and surrounding countries and provides an overview of the work carried out by the people in the network. The NAEM meeting is two full days, each day consisting of a plenary session, in which a Dutch/Flemish and an international world leader present their view on a specific topic in ecology or evolution, two sets of five parallel sessions (including more workshop-like sessions), and a poster session. Parallel sessions generally consists of 6 oral presentations, thus leading to a total of approximately 125 oral presentations. On average, we have about 75-100 scientific poster presentations during the meeting. On Tuesday evening, a more relaxed and thought-provoking presentation is generally scheduled. The NAEM meeting is organised in collaboration with the Dutch-Flemish Ecological Society (NecoV) and is financially supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

This year will be the 11th edition of the Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting (NAEM). As always, the meeting will be held at Conference Centre "De Werelt" in Lunteren. At this stage, the four plenary speakers have been confirmed, and the call for submissions of parallel session proposals is now open (deadline for submissions = Wednesday 25 October 2017, 12 NOON). Below, you can find more details about the general set-up of the programme and about the deadlines for submission of contributions to the 2018 NAEM meeting. You are cordially invited to register your participation.

 
Call for submission of abstracts for an oral presentation in one of the parallel sessions => NOW OPEN!

The call for submitting an abstract for a presentation in one of the parallel sessions is now open and will be open until MONDAY 11 DECEMBER 2017, 12 NOON. That gives you just over four weeks to look at the programme, think about the session that you would like to present your work in, make an abstract (max. 200 words), and submit that along with a title of your proposed talk to the conveners of the session of your choice (their e-mail addresses are hyperlinked in the programme (under their names).

Please take note of the following regarding the submission of presentation abstracts
Sessions are led by conveners who are responsible for filling their session with 6 presentations (15 minutes talk + 5 minutes discussion), one of which is given by one of the conveners or a senior speaker giving the birds-eye view on the topic. People that wish to give a talk in one of the parallel sessions, are asked to contact the conveners of the session (names and email addresses of the conveners can be found below the session title in the programme on the website), sending them the following details:

  • Your full name and those of co-authors to be listed in the programme, should your talk be selected
  • Your affiliation
  • The title of the presentation that you propose to give
  • A short abstract of the presentation that you propose to give (max. 200 words)

Conveners will select the most applicable presentations. Selected and rejected applicants will be informed by the conveners no later than MONDAY 18 DECEMBER 2017. Once again, the deadline for submission of your abstract to the conveners is MONDAY 11 December 2017.

Important deadlines
  • Opening call for submissions of proposals for parallel sessions: Tuesday 5 September 2017
  • Deadline for submissions of proposals for parallel sessions: Wednesday 25 October 2017, 12 NOON CLOSED
  • Opening call for submissions of abstracts for an oral presentation in one of the parallel sessions: Friday 3 November 2017
  • Deadline for submissions of abstracts for an oral presentation in one of the parallel sessilons: Monday 11 December 2017, 12 NOON
  • Full programme online: Thursday 21 December 2017
  • Deadline for submission of poster titles for a slot in one of the poster sessions: Tuesday 23 January 2018
  • Early-Bird deadline for registration of participation: Tuesday 23 January 2018
 
Programme
 
Tuesday 13 February
 
  Main Entrance Hall
08:30 Registration and coffee in the Lounge and setting up posters
10:15 Word of Welcome
  Plenary 1: “Ecosystem functioning in a changing world: the role of higher trophic levels”
The rapid current rate of global change has led to increased interest in relation between the structure of ecological communities and the functioning of ecosystems. Most work in this field has addressed the consequences changing species richness of grasslands for primary productivity. However, much less is know how changes in other trophic levels as herbivores, predators or decomposers will affect key aspects of ecosystem functioning, including strong feedbacks to vegetation processes. This plenary session will address this topic.
10:30 How altered animal communities change the functioning of ecosystems, and possibly our climate​ (Trisha B. Atwood, The Department of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University, United States of America)
11.15 Understanding multiplex networks of species interactions in a changing world​ (Han Olff, Community and Conservation Ecology, GELIFES — Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
12:00 Lunch in the restaurant
  Europe Hall America Hall Asia Hall Africa Hall Vide Hall
13:30 Parallel 1a:
COMMUNITY ECOLOGY; Ecosystem functioning in a changing world - the role of higher trophic levels
Parallel 1b:
DISEASE ECOLOGY; Ecology of pathogen-host-community interactions of vector-borne pathogens
Parallel 1c:
DECOMPOSITION; Integrating drivers of decomposition across time and space
Parallel 1d:
PLANT ECOLOGY
Parallel 1e:
EXOTICS AND INVASIVES; Biotic interactions of exotic and invasive species
  Conveners:
  1. Fons van der Plas (Senckenberg Institute for Biodiversity)
  2. Wimke Fokkema (University of Groningen)
  3. Michiel Veldhuis (University of Groningen)
Conveners:
  1. Maarten Schrama (Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) - Leiden University)
  2. Quirine Astrid ten Bosch (Institut Pasteur)
  3. Yin Shenglai (Wageningen University & Research)
Conveners:
  1. Hans Cornelissen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  2. Joost Keuskamp (Utrecht University)
  3. Marta Manrubia Freixa (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Conveners:
  1. Merel Soons (Utrecht University)
  2. Nadia Soudzilovskaia (Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) - Leiden University)
Conveners:
  1. Kadri Koorem (University of Tartu / Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  2. Kelly S. Ramirez (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  3. Suzanne Lommen (University of Fribourg)
  The rapid current rate of global change has led to increased interest in relation between the structure of ecological communities and the functioning of ecosystems. Most work in this field has addressed the consequences changing species richness of grasslands for primary productivity. However, much less is know how changes in other trophic levels as herbivores, predators or decomposers will affect key aspects of ecosystem functioning, including strong feedbacks to vegetation processes. This plenary session will address this topic. Improved understanding of vector-borne pathogens (VBP) is essential for mitigating threats to human and veterinary health. Spread of pathogens is governed by a complex interplay between environmental drivers, vector ecology, and host-pathogen-interactions. It is increasingly recognized that, to reduce the ‘pathogenicity of landscapes’, we need a holistic understanding of all levels of the transmission cycle. This session aims to unite and synthesize research on interactions between vectors, pathogens and ecosystems, ultimately leading to policy recommendations. Decomposition is a crucial ecosystem function. Plant traits, the decomposer community and the decomposition environment shape early and late stages of decomposition. Unraveling the relative contribution of these drivers and their interactions across temporal and spatial scales is key to improving our understanding of decomposition. This session welcomes empirical or theoretical research on decomposition that addresses research gaps in this field. This open session welcomes all talks related to plant ecology. The movement of exotic species outside their native range, whether from human-assisted migration or climate-warming driven range expansion, is not expected to slow. In all ecosystems, from aquatic to terrestrial, and for all taxonomic groups, the establishment of exotic species is influenced by interactions with the native biota. In this session, we will bring together researchers, who are exploring the biotic interactions of exotic species and their consequences.
  Call for submission of presentation abstracts is now open. When you would like to present a talk in a parellel session, contact the conveners of that session directly (names of the conveners are hyperlinked for each session) and send them the title and abstract of your proposed oral presentation. The deadline for submissions is Monday 11 December 2017, 12 NOON
15:40 Coffee and tea in the lounge
  Europe Hall America Hall Asia Hall Africa Hall Vide Hall
16:00 Parallel 2a:
FUNCTIONAL NETWORKS IN ECOLOGY
Parallel 2b:
ECOLOGY OF MOVEMENT AND DISPERSAL
Parallel 2c:
AGRO-ECOLOGY; Ecological processes in agriculture for more sustainable farming
Parallel 2d:
ECOSYSTEM RESILIENCE; causes and consequences of climate change
Parallel 2e:
Reserved for specific NERN initiative
  Conveners:
  1. Emilia Hannula (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  2. Elly Morriën (University of Amsterdam)
Conveners:
  1. Allert Bijleveld (NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
  2. Wouter Vansteelant (Novia University of Applied Sciences / University of Amsterdam)
  3. Jelle Treep (Utrecht University)
Conveners:
  1. Raymond Klaassen (University of Groningen)
  2. David Kleijn (Wageningen University & Research)
  3. Simone Weidner (Utrecht University)
  4. Pilar Puentes-Tellez (Utrecht University)
Conveners:
  1. Maggie Armstrong (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  2. Tjisse van der Heide (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  3. Tjeerd J. Bouma (NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
Conveners:
  1. Claudius van de Vijver (NERN Office)
  2. Lennart Suselbeek (NERN Office)
  Networks provide ecologists an overview of complex interactions. To understand how ecosystems work, we need to know who interacts with whom and how does the change in interactions affect ecosystem function. In this session we want to bring together different fields that work on functional or structural characterisation of communities of above- and belowground terrestrial, freshwater or marine ecosystems with a focus on using networks to cross pollinate ideas and methods to advance community science. Movement is a key process in ecology and provides a link between the life history of individuals, population- and ecosystem dynamics in many organisms. Despite the rapid progress in technology for monitoring movement and the abiotic environment it remains a challenge to link individual, population and ecosystem processes due to the wide range of scales involved. We welcome submissions on all organisms that address the causes and consequences of movement at varying spatiotemporal scales. We are currently experiencing a biodiversity crisis in agriculture. Also from society there is a wish for a more sustainable farming system with a rich biodiversity. In order to make the necessary transition to more sustainable farming, we need to better understand the ecosystem services provided by a rich above and below-ground functional biodiversity. This session highlights recent findings regarding the use and conservation of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. In this session, we will address the influence of climate change and extreme climatic events (ECEs) on ecosystem dynamics. Assessing the effects of this influence on different spatio-temporal scales and developing system resilience will be key in the sustainable management of our resources. This session welcomes contributions focused on the interactions between physical processes and ecosystem dynamics, on resilience assessment methodologies and on potential management actions to mitigate climate change and ECE effects. To be determined.
  Call for submission of presentation abstracts is now open. When you would like to present a talk in a parellel session, contact the conveners of that session directly (names of the conveners are hyperlinked for each session) and send them the title and abstract of your proposed oral presentation. The deadline for submissions is Monday 11 December 2017, 12 NOON
18:10 Drinks in the Lounge and from 18:30 onwards dinner in the restaurant
19:30 Poster session 1
21:00 Evening Programme: Will follow later
 
 
Wednesday 14 February
 
07:30 Breakfast in the restaurant
08:00 Registration for those coming on Day 2 only
  Europe Hall America Hall Asia Hall Africa Hall Vide Hall
08:30 Parallel 3a:
ECOLOGICAL STOICHIOMETRY; Alterations through environmental change and impacts on organisms and ecosystems
Parallel 3b:
MONITORING BIODIVERSTY CHANGE; Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) and beyond
Parallel 3c:
ECO-EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY: Understanding Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics with Experimental Evolution
Parallel 3d:
MICROBIAL ECOLOGY; Community composition and dynamics
Parallel 3e:
Reserved for specific NERN initiative
  Conveners:
  1. Harry Olde Venterink (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  2. Vanessa Minden (University of Oldenburg)
  3. Judith Sitters (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Conveners:
  1. W. Daniel Kissling (University of Amsterdam)
  2. Rob Jongman (Wageningen University & Research / JongmanEcology)
Conveners:
  1. Cyrus A. Mallon (University of Groningen)
  2. Karen Bisschop (Ghent University / University of Groningen)
  3. Daniel E. Rozen (Leiden University)
Conveners:
  1. Leo Lahti (University of Turku)
  2. Karoline Faust (KU Leuven)
  3. Didier Gonze (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Conveners:
  1. Claudius van de Vijver (NERN Office)
  2. Lennart Suselbeek (NERN Office)
  The stoichiometry of biologically important elements, such as carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, influences processes on scales ranging from cells to ecosystems, and affects composition of plant, animal and microbial communities and their interactions. Environmental change (e.g., rising CO2 or N deposition) can have profound ecological effects by altering stoichiometric relationships. We will bring together scientists working on ecological stoichiometry at scales ranging from cells to ecosystems and in ecosystems ranging from aquatic to terrestrial. The concept of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) was introduced to structure biodiversity monitoring globally, and to harmonize a minimum set of biodiversity variables. It follows the approach of Essential Climate Variables developed for global harmonisation of climate observation systems. In this session, we provide an overview of the history, methods, technologies and applications of the concept, and welcome examples from traditional in situ field surveys, citizen science, sensor networks, DNA-based techniques and UAV/satellite remote sensing. Experimental evolution is a powerful tool that allows one to observe the real-time feedback between ecological and evolutionary dynamics. Different model species and systems including microbes, plants, and arthropods have been experimentally evolved under controlled conditions to gain insights into diverse eco-evolutionary phenomena, ranging from kin selection and cooperation to life history evolution and sex allocation. This session highlights the power of experimental evolution to elucidate the intimate feedbacks between ecology and evolution. Modern measurement techniques have transformed our ability to monitor microbial ecosystems at a deep phylogenetic resolution in large populations. The increasing scale and depth are creating new opportunities as well as challenges for the ecological modeling in various habitats such as the human body, buildings, soil, oceans, and other environments. We provide an overview of the latest advances in high-throughput microbial ecology, with a particular focus on community composition and dynamics. To be determined.
  Call for submission of presentation abstracts is now open. When you would like to present a talk in a parellel session, contact the conveners of that session directly (names of the conveners are hyperlinked for each session) and send them the title and abstract of your proposed oral presentation. The deadline for submissions is Monday 11 December 2017, 12 NOON
10:40 Coffee and tea in the lounge
  Plenary 2: "Ecosystem services provided by arthropods: from volatiles to landscapes"
We will highlight the importance of plant-mediated interactions between different organisms such as herbivores, pollinators and natural enemies at different spatial scales. We will discuss the mechanisms that allow plants to mediate interactions among very different kinds of organisms that might interact with the plants at different spatio-temporal scales. We will also demonstrate how plant-arthropod interactions are shaped by the surrounding landscape and can play a crucial role in agricultural production.
11:00 Landscape complexity effects on arthropod-mediated ecosystem services​ (Katja Poveda, Department of Entomology, Cornell University, United States of America)
11.45 Species interactions underlying arthropod-mediated ecosystem services (Marcel Dicke, Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
12:30 Lunch in the restaurant
13:30 Poster Session 2
  Europe Hall America Hall Asia Hall Africa Hall Vide Hall
15:00 Parallel 4a:
ECOSYSTEM SERVICES; from volatiles to landscapes
Parallel 4b:
ECOPHYSIOLOGY; Mechanisms of Plant-Environment Interaction
Parallel 4c:
SOIL BIODIVERSITY; A methodological consensus to better understand soil biodiversity, their function and interaction with plants
Parallel 4d:
THEORETICAL ECOLOGY; Unifying principles in ecology and beyond
Parallel 4e:
ANIMAL ECOLOGY
  Conveners:
  1. Erik Poelman (Wageningen University & Research)
  2. Daan Mertens (Wageningen University & Research)
Conveners:
  1. Eric Visser (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  2. Ronald Pierik (Utrecht University)
Conveners:
  1. Stefan Geisen (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  2. Arjen de Groot (Wageningen Environmental Research, Wageningen University & Research)
Conveners:
  1. Koen Siteur (NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
  2. Valerie Reijers (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  3. Maarten Eppinga (Utrecht University)
Conveners:
  1. Chris Smit (University of Groningen)
  2. Patrick Jansen (Wageningen University & Research)
  We will highlight the importance of plant-mediated interactions between different organisms such as herbivores, pollinators and natural enemies at different spatial scales. We will discuss the mechanisms that allow plants to mediate interactions among very different kinds of organisms that might interact with the plants at different spatio-temporal scales. We will also demonstrate how plant-arthropod interactions are shaped by the surrounding landscape and can play a crucial role in agricultural production. Plants display great plasticity and adaptation to optimise their growth and reproduction in a variety of adverse environmental conditions. Responses to such environmental stress are regulated by molecular mechanisms that are better understood than ever. This session highlights recent advances in this field, with particular focus on how different environmental stresses may interact at the level of response regulation. Overall knowledge on soil biodiversity has exploded thanks to molecular techniques. However, this predominantly counts for microorganisms, for which most functions remain unknown. Despite pivotal functions in soils, this molecular revolution has largely omitted soil animals. We will provide an overview of the entire taxonomic biodiversity in soils, their functional roles in soil food webs and interactions with plants, present state-of-the-art methodologies and illustrate future research highlights, that bridge soil science to other scientific fields. In this session we will try to draw parallels between different research directions within ecology and between ecology and other fields. Can ecologists use methods and/or findings from other fields, such as mathematics, physics and chemistry, to explain ecological phenomena? How can we explain similar dynamics of very different ecosystems? We welcome speakers that do research on the interface of ecology and other disciplines, or that apply techniques and methods from other fields to ecological problems. This open session welcomes all talks related to animal ecology.
  Call for submission of presentation abstracts is now open. When you would like to present a talk in a parellel session, contact the conveners of that session directly (names of the conveners are hyperlinked for each session) and send them the title and abstract of your proposed oral presentation. The deadline for submissions is Monday 11 December 2017, 12 NOON
17:20 Awards and Closing Ceremony
18:00 Farewell drinks
18:30 Dinner and NERN board meeting
19:30 End / Travel Home (Shuttle available between Conference Centre and Lunteren Station)
 
 
 
Fees 1
 
  EARLY-BIRD FEE 2 REGULAR FEE 2
MSc students / PhD candidates (2 days, with Bed & Breakfast) € 175,- € 225,-
Others (2 days, with Bed & Breakfast) € 200,- € 250,-
Single room surcharge €   50,- €   50,-
MSc students / PhD candidates (2 days, without Bed & Breakfast) € 150,- € 200,-
Others (2 days, without Bed & Breakfast) € 175,- € 225,-
MSc students / PhD candidates (1-day visitor) € 100,- € 150,-
Others (1-day visitor) € 125,- € 175,-

1 The participation fee includes coffee/tea/water, lunches, and dinners.
2 The Early-Bird Fee applies to anyone who REGISTERS ON OR BEFORE 23 JANUARY 2018
Note:

  • Availability of hotel rooms at the conference centre may be limited. Rooms are filled on a first come, first served basis!
  • If you need an invoice to complete your payment, please send an email to office@nern.nl, including ALL relevant details that should be mentioned on the invoice (e.g., purchase order no., specific addresses, attendees, etc.).
  • The Early-Bird policy is such that the moment of REGISTRATION (and not payment) is leading for determining the fee that applies to you.
  • Please make sure that your payment is arranged within two weeks after your registration.
  • It is the participant's responsibility to make sure that payment is completed correctly and in time.
 
NERN Cancellation Conditions
  • Up to 4 (four) weeks prior to the start of the event, cancellation is free of charge.
  • Up to 2 (two) weeks prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 50,- will be charged.
  • In case of cancellation within two weeks prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 100,- will be charged.
  • If you do not show at all, a fee of € 150,- will nevertheless be charged.

Note: If you would like to cancel your registration, ALWAYS inform us (and do note that you will be kept to the cancellation conditions).

 
NAEM Organising Committee
  • Dries Bonte, Ghent University
  • Hans Cornelissen, VU University Amsterdam
  • Chris Smit, University of Groningen
  • Liesje Mommer, Wageningen University & Research
  • Daniel Kissling, University of Amsterdam
  • Patrick Jansen, Wageningen University & Research
  • Merel Soons, Utrecht University
  • Dedmer van de Waal, Netherlands Institute of Ecology
  • Johan van de Koppel, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
  • Maurice Hoffmann, Netherlands Flemish Ecological Society
  • Nadia Soudzilovskaia, Leiden University
  • Lennart Suselbeek, Netherlands Ecological Research Network
  • Claudius van de Vijver, Netherlands Ecological Research Network
 
More information

Dr Claudius van de Vijver (NERN)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485116
Email: claudius.vandevijver@wur.nl

Dr Lennart Suselbeek (NERN)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485426
Email: lennart.suselbeek@wur.nl

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