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 Lennart Suselbeek ( or Claudius van de Vijver (

Upcoming ecology courses

Chemical Communication

Sunday 2 - Thursday 6 February 2020
Chemical communication is one of the most abundant types of information exchange in life. Chemical signals or cues may be produced by macro-organisms or by their associated micro-organisms. Chemical communication can also be exploited by a third party such as a predator exploiting cues from its prey. Thus, chemical signals may be perceived by individuals of the same species or different species at different trophic levels, to make decisions on e.g. whether to hide or forage, to approach a sexual partner, to search for a resource or avoid a competitor or natural enemy.

Winter School: A Sustainable Future for the Arctic (application deadline 8 December 2019)

Monday 3 - Friday 7 February 2020
Global warming is most prominent in the Arctic with visible changes in ice and snow and enormous challenges for ecosystems and people to adapt to the new situation. Loss of the Arctic as we know it, coincides with new development in this area on conservation, cooperation, governance and security. New business opportunities should take account of the sensitivities of the natural environment and local people. Sustainable solutions require multidimensional knowledge and a prudent approach when coming from outside the Arctic.

The Science of Conservation - Managing biodiversity in a changing world

Tuesday 18 - Saturday 29 February 2020
Due to human land use and climate change, the world around us is changing rapidly. Natural vegetation and wildlife is challenged to adapt to these changes, but in many areas biodiversity is declining. The loss of biodiversity has been put forward as an underestimated driver of global change. The repercussions of these losses for ecosystem functioning and human well-being may be enormous.

ISRIC - Hands-on Digital Soil Mapping

Monday 11 - Friday 15 May 2020
This course introduces methods and software for management, analysis and mapping of soil type and soil properties within the R environment for statistical computing. After this course participants will be able to apply the methods learnt to their own datasets.

ISRIC - Spring school on world soils and their assessment

Monday 11 - Friday 15 May 2020
ISRIC - World Soil Information is organising the spring school on world soils and their assessment. The aim of this course is to introduce methods and software for the management, analysis and mapping of soil type and soil properties within the R environment for statistical computing.

WIAS/PE&RC course Resilience of Living Systems - From fundamental concepts to interdisciplinary applications (May 2020)

Sunday 24 - Friday 29 May 2020
The course programme is in progress. Registration will be opened at the end of 2019. For now: please save the date!