NAEM 2020

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Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting

Tuesday 11 & Wednesday 12 February 2020

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 13th 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 are being invited. We hope to soon be able to share their names with you! Below, you can find more details about the general set-up of the programme and about the deadlines for submission of contributions to the 2020 NAEM meeting. You are cordially invited to register your participation.

Call for submission of parallel session proposals is now open! 

The NAEM organising committee invites those interested to organise a parallel session during NAEM 2020 to submit their proposal for a parallel session by clicking here. The deadline for submission of parallel session proposals is Tuesday 24 September 2019. Proposals for parallel sessions will be posted on the NAEM website, so that you can see which sessions have already been proposed and whether your topic of interest is covered or lacking. For an overview of the parallel sessions that have been proposed so far, please click here.

Please note that aside from the parallel sessions that are proposed by you and other participants, a number of parallel sessions will be pre-defined by the NAEM Organising Committee.

Important deadlines
  • Opening call for submissions of proposals for parallel sessions: Tuesday 25 June 2019
  • Deadline for submissions of proposals for parallel sessions: Tuesday 24 September 2019
  • Opening call for submissions of abstracts for an oral presentation in one of the parallel sessions: Early October 2019
  • Deadline for submissions of abstracts for an oral presentation in one of the parallel sessions: Tuesday 19 November 2019
  • Full programme online: Late November 2019
  • Deadline for submission of poster titles for a slot in one of the poster sessions: Tuesday 21 January 2020
  • Early-bird deadline for registration of participation: Tuesday 21 January 2020

At this moment, the call for parallel sessions is open. This means that you can also propose a parallel session that you would like to organise during NAEM 2020. You can do so by filling in the form here. Soon after the deadline for parallel session proposals has passed, we will announce the selected sessions, and the call for submitting abstracts for an oral presentation in ons of the parallel sessions will open. If you would like to get inspiration from previous editions of NAEM, please go to and download the programmes of the last few years there.

Fees 1
MSc students / PhD candidates (2 days, with Bed & Breakfast) € 180,- € 215,-
Others (2 days, with Bed & Breakfast) € 210,- € 250,-
Single room surcharge €   50,- €   50,-
MSc students / PhD candidates (2 days, without Bed & Breakfast) € 160,- € 190,-
Others (2 days, without Bed & Breakfast) € 185,- € 220,-
MSc students / PhD candidates (1-day visitor) € 110,- € 135,-
Others (1-day visitor) € 130,- € 155,-

1 The participation fee includes coffee/tea/water, lunches, and dinners.
2 The Early-Bird Fee applies to anyone who REGISTERS ON OR BEFORE 21 JANUARY 2020 


  • 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
  • Chris Smit, University of Groningen
  • Liesje Mommer, Wageningen University & Research
  • Kenneth Rijsdijk, University of Amsterdam
  • Matty Berg, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Patrick Jansen, Wageningen University & Research
  • Merel Soons, Utrecht University
  • Hans ter Steege, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
  • Dedmer van de Waal, Netherlands Institute of Ecology
  • Johan van de Koppel, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
  • 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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