Ecology courses

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Below, upcoming courses in the field of ecology are shown. Besides the courses that are directly related to ecology, methodological courses as well as skills and competence courses relevant for ecologists are shown. Please note that the courses listed are planned and, except for those with a fixed date, the time frame in which the course may be given can change. The courses are organised by various parties:

Note: If you would want more information or if you know of a course that is not yet listed, please contact Sanja Selakovic ( or Claudius van de Vijver (

Upcoming ecology courses will follow when new dates are available

Mathematical Models in Ecology and Evolution

18 March - 30 June 2024
The aims of the course are to teach why mathematics is so useful in ecology and evolution, to acquire the ability to read and interpret equations, and to master the art of constructing and analyzing new models.

Ecology and Evolution of Phenotypic Plasticity

29 April - 3 May 2024
This course covers concepts and theory related to phenotypic plasticity and discusses quantitative genetic and molecular approaches. The course is composed of a series of lectures, discussions sessions, working group activities, and a final presentation and debate session on the groupwork output.

Linking Community and Ecosystem Dynamics

13 - 18 October 2024
This course focuses on theoretical concepts, such as autocatalytic loops and positive and negative feedbacks between organisms in ecological networks as well as the importance of non-trophic interactions by ecosystem engineers. The course will address how these principles can be used to link communities to ecosystems enabling a better understanding of how environmental changes affect community and ecosystem dynamics. Students will construct ecological networks of their own study system or based on literature data and analyse these using structural equation modelling.

New frontiers in microbial ecology & climate change

17 - 22 November 2024
The main goal of the course will be achieved if the participants acquire novel ideas and techniques for their own research. The course is primarily aimed at PhD level students, but is also open to advanced Master level students with interest in microbial ecology.