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


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 proposals for parallel sessions => NOW OPEN!

On Tuesday 5 September 2017, the call for submission of proposals for parallel sessions opened. The NAEM organising committee invites those interested to orgainse/convene a parallel session during the 2018 NAEM Meeting to submit their proposal for a parallel session by clicking here. The deadline for submission of parallel session proposals is Wednesday 25 October 2017. As last year, the proposed parallel sessions will be posted on the NAEM website as to give insight in which sessions have already been proposed and whether your personal topic of interest is already covered or lacking. In case your personal topic of interest is lacking, we invite you to submit a proposal for a parallel session on this topic yourself (of course only so long as the deadline for submissions has not passed). For an overview of the parallel sessions that have been proposed so far, please click here. Finally, please note that some sessions may be pre-defined / pre-positioned by the NAEM Organising Committee, to ensure a broad and interesting programme for all.

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
  • Opening call for submissions of abstracts for an oral presentation in one of the parallel sessions: Wednesday 1 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
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: “Title will follow soon”
10:30 Title will follow soon (Trisha B. Atwood, The Department of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University, United States of America)
11.15 Title will follow soon (Han Olff, Community and Conservation Ecology, GELIFES — Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
12:00 Lunch in the restaurant
13:30 Parallel Session 1a Parallel Session 1b Parallel Session 1c Parallel Session 1d Parallel Session 1e
  Call for session proposals is now open:
15:40 Coffee and tea in the lounge
13:30 Parallel Session 2a Parallel Session 2b Parallel Session 2c Parallel Session 2d Parallel Session 2e
  Call for session proposals is now open:
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
13:30 Parallel Session 3a Parallel Session 3b Parallel Session 3c Parallel Session 3d Parallel Session 3e
  Call for session proposals is now open:
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
13:30 Parallel Session 4a Parallel Session 4b Parallel Session 4c Parallel Session 4d Parallel Session 4e
  Call for session proposals is now open:
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
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

  • 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, 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

Dr Lennart Suselbeek (NERN)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485426


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