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Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting

Thursday 17 & Friday 18 February 2022

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

 
Scope

Each year in 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 the first evening, a more relaxed and thought-provoking presentation is generally scheduled. The NAEM meeting is financially supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

This year will be the 15th 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 on the topics "MIGRATION" and "RESTORATION" 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 2022 NAEM meeting. You are cordially invited to register your participation.

Call for submission of abstracts for a presentation in one of the parallel sessions is now open!

The parallel sessions have now been selected by the NAEM Organising Committee. They can be found in the programme below. The call for submitting an abstract for an oral presentation in one of the parallel sessions is now open and will be open until THURSDAY 16 DECEMBER 2021. Please think about the session that you would like to present your work in, make an abstract of 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 their names in the programme below).

Please take note of the following regarding the submission of presentation abstracts
1. 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.
2. Conveners will select the most applicable presentations for their session. Selected and rejected applicants will be informed by the conveners no later than TUESDAY 11 JANUARY 2022.
3. Once again, the deadline for submission of your presentation abstract to the conveners is THURSDAY 16 DECEMBER 2021.
4. People that wish to give a talk in one of the parallel sessions, are asked to contact the conveners of the session, sending them the following details:
     A. Your full name and those of co-authors to be listed in the programme
     B. Your affiliation (institute + group/department)
     C. The title of the presentation
     D. A short abstract of the presentation that you propose to give (MAX. 200 WORDS)

Presenting a poster during the NAEM meeting

Besides the plenary and parallel sessions, time has been allotted to two poster sessions. Those wanting to present a poster, are asked to indicate this in the registration form on the website. It is possible for you to indicate in the registration form whether or not your poster should be linked to one of the parallel sessions. If so, we will ascertain that your poster is assigned to the poster session that is scheduled on the same day as the parallel session. If you change your plans after registering, please send an email to office@nern.nl to indicate that you will or will not be presenting a poster during the NAEM meeting, and if you will, be sure to give the title of your poster and to indicate whether it should be linked to one of the parallel sessions. Posters presented during the NAEM meeting have to be formatted in PORTRAIT ORIENTATION and in A0-size. At the end of the meeting, the best poster (as judged by the NAEM audience) will be selected and awarded with the NAEM Poster Prize. Deadline for submission of a poster title is: Tuesday 18 January 2022.

Important deadlines
  • Deadline for submissions of proposals for parallel sessions: Thursday 28 October 2021 (CALL IS CLOSED)
  • Opening call for submissions of abstracts for an oral presentation in one of the parallel sessions: 23 November 2021
  • Deadline for submissions of abstracts for an oral presentation in one of the parallel sessions: Thursday 16 December 2021 (CALL IS NOW OPEN!)
  • Information about acceptance of presentation abstract: Tuesday 11 January 2022
  • Full programme online: Mid-January 2022
  • Deadline for submission of poster titles for a slot in one of the poster sessions: Tuesday 18 January 2022
  • Early-bird deadline for registration of participation: Tuesday 25 January 2022
 
Programme

At this moment, the call for submission of presentation abstracts for oral presentations in the parallel sessions is open. Please submit your presentation abstract to the conveners of the parallel session of your choice.

Thursday 17 February
  Main Entrance Hall
08:30 Registration and coffee in the Lounge and setting up posters
10:15 Word of Welcome
  Plenary 1: “Animal migration”
Highlight of this session will follow soon.
10:30 “Migration 1” (title tbd)
Information about the plenary will follow soon.
10:30 “Migration 2” (title tbd)
Information about the plenary will follow soon.
12:00 Lunch in the restaurant
  Air Water Hall A Hall B Hall C
13:30 Parallel 1a:
Animal migrations: pressures and adaptation to global change
Parallel 1b:
Bending the biodiversity curve
Parallel 1c:
Density dependence: from individual to ecosystem dynamics
Parallel 1d:
Ecology of the microbiome
Parallel 1e:
Invasive alien species, tolerate or extirpate?
 
  Conveners:
  1. Thomas Lameris (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
  2. Frank van Langevelde (Wageningen University & Research)
  3. Fleur Visser (University of Amsterdam)
Conveners:
  1. Nicky Faber (Wageningen University & Research)
  2. Bart Pannebakker (Wageningen University & Research)
Conveners:
  1. Jasper Croll (University of Amsterdam)
  2. Mark Rademaker (Wageningen University & Research)
  3. Tobias van Kooten (Wageningen University & Research)
Conveners:
  1. Marjolein Bruijning (Princeton University)
  2. Nejc Stopnisek (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  3. Shumaila Rasool (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  4. Dharani Kamalachandran (Utrecht University)
  5. Haymanti Saha (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Conveners:
  1. Annemarieke Spitzen (RAVON)
  2. Eelke Jongejans (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  Many animals are adapted to a life on the move, and thereby form a fundamental part of multiple ecosystems along their migration routes. Due to increasing human pressures such as anthropogenic barriers and stressors in migration corridors, over-harvesting and climate warming, migratory animals are facing increasing risks during their migrations, causing migratory populations to decline or to switch to a residential lifestyle. In this session we welcome all talks discussing animal migration in the light of environmental change. The urgency to halt biodiversity decline has spurred the development of unconventional wildlife management methods. Examples include restricting predator species like wolves or domestic cats, or introducing genetically modified organisms for population control, such as in gene drives. Perceived controversies include ecological risks, animal welfare issues, and ideas about the ideal state of nature. In this session, we will highlight unconventional management methods to facilitate debate on what we should do to conserve biodiversity. Density dependence is an important concept in the dynamics and regulation of populations and communities. Although density dependence arises at an individual level, it often affects the regulation of entire ecosystems. Therefore, density dependence is especially important when considering human impact on ecosystems. This session brings together different perspectives on density dependence, from experimental evidence for density dependence in individual life history to large scale models showing consequences of density dependence on an ecosystem level. The microbiome provides benefits to hosts, shaping immune development, metabolism and pathogen resistance. Complex patterns of transmission between hosts, and microbial interactions within hosts make understanding and predicting microbiome dynamics challenging. This session aims to foster an increased understanding, and centers on both fundamental and applied developments in the field. How does the microbiome contribute to host adaptation, and can we harness the potential of the microbiome for the protection of crop species or improvement of human health? Invasive alien species (IAS), ranging from pathogens, plants, insects to mammals are frequently introduced in natural systems. Upon detection, the impact of IAS needs to be assessed as well as the feasibility and costs of eradication or containment. Horizon scans and proactive management can reduce future impacts, however, none or reactive responses still seem to be the standard. In this session researchers will provide case studies of IAS, assess their impact and discuss management options.
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15:40 Coffee and tea in the lounge
  Air Water Hall A Hall B Hall C
16:00 Parallel 2a:
Animals adjusting to a rapidly changing world
Parallel 2b:
Patterns and processes aiding ecosystem resilience
Parallel 2c:
Modelling ecology
Parallel 2d:
Viral ecology
Parallel 2e:
Workshop series
  Conveners:
  1. Bart Nolet (Netherlands Institute of Ecology / University of Amsterdam)
  2. Jan van Gils (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
Conveners:
  1. Loreta Cornacchia (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
  2. Johan van de Koppel (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
  3. Max Rietkerk (Utrecht University)
Conveners:
  1. Monique de Jager (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  2. George van Voorn (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Conveners:
  1. Kyle Mason-Jones (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  2. Corina Brussaard (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
  3. Marcelle Johnson (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research / University of Amsterdam)
Conveners:
  Environmental changes occur more rapidly than ever before as a result of direct and indirect human effects. In fact, changes are so fast that we as ecologists can study the way organisms are responding. In this session, we want to show examples of animals trying to cope by behavioural, physiological or somatic changes, with an emphasis on empirical evidence. Whether ecosystems will dramatically change when climate change pushes them beyond a tipping point is an ever more pressing problem for society. Recent studies point out that ecosystem complexity, e.g. in the form of the spatial patterns that are characteristic of many natural systems, can prevent tipping points to occur, and hence can dramatically increase ecosystem resilience. In this session, we will facilitate talks dealing with adaptations of ecosystems to climate change and other human-induced stresses. Where experiments and observations fall short, ecological modelling is an indispensable tool to research ecological theories and hypotheses. Using a range of different models including simple cellular automatons, partial-differential equations, and individual-based models, we can provide a better view into the underlying mechanisms of ecological processes or predict the effects of different scenarios. In this session, we will show a diverse line-up of (young) researchers who creatively solve their research questions using models. Viruses are mostly studied for their pathogenic effects, but their global impact reaches much further. Viruses are everywhere in the biosphere, with profound implications for host population dynamics, evolution and ecosystem function as well as for crop, livestock and human health. Virus ecology is an interdisciplinary field with new frontiers emerging in systems (e.g., soil) and approaches. This session will foster exchange between different perspectives and integration with broader ecological research. Any submission that considers viruses in their ecological context is welcomed. Information on workshops will follow.
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18:00 Drinks in the Lounge and from 18:30 onwards dinner in the restaurant
19:30 Poster session 1
21:00 Evening Programme: Will follow soon
 
 
Friday 18 February
 
07:30 Breakfast in the restaurant
08:00 Registration for those coming on Day 2 only
  Air Water Hall A Hall B Hall C
08:30 Parallel 3a:
Behavioural responses to anthropogenic change
Parallel 3b:
Connectivity between different life stages in aquatic/marine animals
Parallel 3c:
Soil Ecology in a changing world
Parallel 3d:
Biogeography and macroecology in the Anthropocene and Quaternary
Parallel 3e:
Open session
  Conveners:
  1. Marion Nicolaus (University of Groningen)
  2. Janne Ouwehand (University of Groningen)
Conveners:
  1. Ingrid Tulp (Wageningen University & Research)
  2. Klemens Eriksson (University of Groningen)
  3. Allert Bijleveld (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
Conveners:
  1. Emilia Hannula (Leiden University)
  2. Elly Morriën (University of Amsterdam)
  3. Ciska Veen (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Conveners:
  1. Sietze Norder (Leiden University)
  2. Kenneth Rijsdijk (University of Amsterdam)
  3. Majoi de Novaes Nascimento (University of Amsterdam)
Conveners:
  1. Naomi Zweerus (NERN)
  2. NERN office
  Anthropogenic disturbance is widely affecting ecosystems, and challenges organisms to adapt to those changes. Behavioural responses are typically faster than genetic, evolutionary adaptations. Yet, distinguishing whether behavioural changes are true genetic adaptations, or due to phenotypic plasticity is often less clear. This session will bring together studies on behavioural responses to environmental changes. We particularly welcome experimental approaches, such as common garden experiments, aimed at unravelling the underlying adaptive mechanisms. Hidden under the water’s surface, fish undertake migrations at various spatial scales ranging from local streams to oceans. As different life stages often require different habitats, connectivity between areas used by fishes throughout their life is crucial to fulfill their life cycle and ultimately sustain populations. In this session we welcome different contributions on this topic that may encompass the entire aquatic and marine realm. Soils provide most ecosystem services we rely on. However, the soils, the life in them – and the functions they provide – are severely affected by global changes. In this session we discuss human impacts on soil ecology and functioning and welcome submissions related to for example pollution, climate change, land-use, and invasive species. Biodiversity is unequally distributed across the globe. Biogeographers and macroecologists try to understand the underlying sources of this variation. The aim of this session is to explore the contribution of climate, geography, and human activities shaping the spatial and temporal variation in biodiversity. Open session.
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11:00 Poster Session 2
12:30 Lunch in the restaurant
  Air Water Hall A Hall B Hall C
13:30 Parallel 4a:
Aiding nature restoration by facilitation
Parallel 4b:
Coastal ecology
Parallel 4c:
Research Infrastructures – Making Science Happen
Parallel 4d:
Carbon and nutrient cycling
Parallel 4e:
Workshop series
  Conveners:
  1. Ralph Temmink (Utrecht University)
  2. Bjorn Robroek (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Conveners:
  1. Beatriz Marin-Diaz (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
  2. Janne Nauta (University of Groningen)
  3. Katrin Rehlmeyer (University of Groningen)
  4. Rens Cronau (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Conveners:
  1. Niels Raes (Naturalis Biodiversity Center)
  2. Elaine van Ommen Kloeke (Naturalis Biodiversity Center)
Conveners:
  1. Mandy Velthuis (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  2. Suzanne McGowan (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Conveners:
  Facilitative interactions in ecological communities have received considerable attention in the last three decades, especially in the context of plant community ecology and global climate change. Break-through research has highlighted that facilitation can also play an important role in the restoration of ecosystems such as dunes, salt marshes and wetlands. This session will bring together researchers that study facilitation in the light of ecosystem restoration. We welcome submissions on all species, habitats and spatial scales. Coastal ecosystems are essential to human life and nature quality for the many ecosystem services they provide, such as habitat for biodiversity, carbon storage and coastal protection. Almost half of the population worldwide lives or recreates in coastal areas and depends on these dynamic ecosystems. However, these ecosystems are highly threatened and face rapid degradation due to anthropogenic pressures. This session will focus on understanding the functioning of coastal ecosystems and which drivers may provoke changes in their dynamics. A good understanding of ecosystem functioning is essential for correct management, conservation and restoration, and could provide opportunities in our ever changing coastlines. After almost 20 year of investments Europe now has at its disposal a rich landscape of Research Infrastructures (RIs) covering all scientific domains. Next to European RIs like DiSSCo, eLTER and LifeWatch ERIC, the Netherlands is developing its national RI ARISE and is a voting participant in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility – GBIF. This session will highlight the recent scientific advances of RIs. We welcome contributions on RIs and scientific studies using RI mediated data. Anthropogenic carbon emissions, alongside eutrophication are exerting widespread pressures on aquatic ecosystems. Fundamental knowledge on the dynamics of carbon and nutrients is required to understand their ecological impacts and the ecosystem-scale consequences for net carbon storage and efflux. This session therefore welcomes presentations on the cycling of these elements, from both an ecological and biogeochemical perspective. We invite a variety of speakers that work on different processes, ranging from primary production to decomposition. Information on workshops will follow.
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  Plenary 2: “Restoration”
Highlight of this session will follow soon.
16:00 “Restoration 1” (title tbd)
Information about the plenary will follow soon.
16:45 “Restoration 2” (title tbd)
Information about the plenary will follow soon.
17:30 Awards and Closing Ceremony
18:00 Farewell drinks
18:30 Dinner
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) € 275,- € 300,-
Others (2 days, with Bed & Breakfast) € 315,- € 340,-
Single room surcharge €   25,- €   25,-
MSc students / PhD candidates (2 days, without Bed & Breakfast) € 240,- € 265,-
Others (2 days, without Bed & Breakfast) € 280,- € 305,-
MSc students / PhD candidates (1-day visitor) € 120,- € 145,-
Others (1-day visitor) € 140,- € 165,-

1 The participation fee includes coffee/tea/water, lunches, and dinners.
2 The Early-Bird Fee applies to anyone who REGISTERS ON OR BEFORE 25 JANUARY 2022 

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
  • Dedmer van de Waal, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (chair)
  • Dries Bonte, Ghent University
  • Chris Smit, University of Groningen
  • Annelies Veraart, Radboud University
  • Emily Burdfield-Steel, University of Amsterdam
  • Matty Berg, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Lourens Poorter, Wageningen University & Research
  • Hans ter Steege, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
  • Laura Govers, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
  • Emily Strange, Leiden University
  • Yann Hautier, Utrecht University
  • Naomi Zweerus, Netherlands Ecological Research Network
  • Claudius van de Vijver, Netherlands Ecological Research Network
 
More information

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

Naomi Zweerus (NERN)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485426
Email: naomi1.zweerus@wur.nl

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