About the symposium
This symposium will bring together researchers and students in trophic interactions and network ecology. In particular, it will allow the dissemination of the latest molecular techniques to network ecologists, and of network theory to molecular ecologists.
To understand how nature works, we need to know who interacts with whom: what predator eats what prey, what animal pollinates what plant and a wide range of other trophic and non-trophic interactions. Understanding and quantifying these links is important to develop and validate the theoretical frameworks of network and food web ecology. Moreover, examining trophic networks provides a functional basis to a range of applied topics such as biological pest control, pollination biology, wildlife and fisheries management in agricultural, forest, and aquatic ecosystems. During the last two decades, this perspective has gained increasing interest among ecologists, and network ecology is now among the hottest topics on the international ecological agenda.
To make this cross-fertilization possible, the symposium will bring together two previously separate events. Since 2007 meetings on Molecular Analysis of Trophic Interactions (MTI) have brought together international researchers in Innsbruck, Austria and Lexington, Kentucky. A parallel series of biannual meetings on Ecological Networks, started in 2013, have gathered ecologists first in Coimbra, Portugal, then in Bristol, UK. Now the two meetings will be arranged as a back-to-back event at SLU Uppsala, with a shared day midway that focuses on the use of molecular approaches to study ecological networks. Thus, you are free to attend the first three days with a more network-oriented focus, or the last three days with a more molecular focus, or – ideally – all five days of exciting talks.
We warmly invite everyone interested in trophic interactions, food-web and network ecology to this exciting event in Uppsala 11-15 September 2017. Specific themes and plenary speakers will be announced as soon as possible. For now, please mark the days in your calendars.
We expect a compact format of some 150-200 persons attending each symposium, with a peak of attendees during the third day when the two meetings overlap. We specifically aim to blend senior with young researchers including PhD students. We also aim for a wide range of nationalities. To maximize the exchange of ideas, we will structure the symposia to include plenary lectures, a workshop (allowing questions-answers in an informal setting), poster sessions, and social program.