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Theories and Methods in Spatial Community Modelling - CLOSED


21-24 April 2015

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Prof. Antoine Guisan, University of Lausanne (CH)

Dr. Manuela D’Amen, University of Lausanne (CH)


Dr. Stéphane Dray, Université de Lyon 1 (FR)

Dr. Simon Ferrier, CSIRO, Canberra (AU)

Prof. Nicholas Gotelli, University of Vermont (US)

Prof. Olivier Hardy, Université Libre de Bruxelles (BE)

Dr. Karel Mokany, CSIRO, Canberra (AU)

Dr. Loïc Pellisier, University of Fribourg (CH)

Prof. Pedro Peres-Neto, UQAM, Montreal, (CA)

Prof. Carsten Rahbek, University of Copenhagen (DK)

Prof. John William Shipley, Université de Sherbrooke (CA)

Dr. Wilfried Thuiller, CNRS, Grenoble (FR)

Dr Niklaus Zimmermann, WLS, Birmensdorf (CH)



The workshop will be focused on community ecology with the aim to increase the understanding of the drivers of community assembly by synthesizing biogeographical, ecological and evolutionary knowledge. The workshop is informal and interactive: the program consists of introductory lectures, practical computer work, and discussions. In particular, an excellent group of renowned speakers from Europe, North America, and Australia will give theoretical and practical insights of the main methods developed to date to spatially predict communities’ structure. Seminary lectures will introduce to the field of community ecology and will depict the multiplicity of drivers and processes that determine the species assembly. Practical lessons will teach the attendees in using different informatics tools for the analysis of community-level spatial. The workshop will provide important opportunities for both speakers and participants to exchange information on results and findings and to discuss future research directions.


University of Lausanne, Amphimax, room 414




1 - 2 ECTS


Active Participation 1 ECTS (Only Lectures) / 2 ECTS (Lectures and Practicals)





Participants are free to follow only lectures. PRACTICALS (indicated with red stars) ARE COMPLETE!


All participants are greatly encouraged to join us for the Social Dinner on Wednesday evening!!


!PREREQUISITE! (for practicals)

To have attended the course "An Introduction to R" or a similar course. Practicals will be advanced courses in the R environment.



Please bring your own laptops and adaptors for swiss plugs.

Please download the following R packages: AdePhylo, EcoSimR, FD, GDM.


Places: 40 for practicals / 100 for lectures


Caroline Betto-Colliard
Phone: +41 (0)21 692 42 44


Course attendance:
PhD students of the DPEE: Free

Participants (Post-docs,...) belonging to a CUSO University (UniBE, UniFR, UniGE, UniL & UniNE): 50CHF

External participants: 50CHF if attendance only to lectures (in black in the program). 300CHF if attendance to whole workshop (lectures and practicals) with Social Dinner included.


Social dinner:

PhD students of the DPEE: 25CHF

Other participants: 50CHF


Reimbursement: PhD students of the DPEE are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class) and meals. Please send the original tickets (no copies, except for the general abonnement) and receipts with the reimbursement form to Caroline Betto-Colliard.


CUSO PhD students: through your MyCUSO account. 


External participants (non-CUSO PhD students, post-docs, etc...): use the icon "registration" at top of page and the last gray box "non-CUSO student" ("personne hors myCUSO").



Deadline for registration 31.03.2015
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