The programme for the 3rd Symposium on Ecological Networks and 3rd Symposium on Molecular Analysis of Trophic Interactions is available here.
Our program is designed with three purposes in mind:
- To disseminate the latest molecular techniques to network ecologists, and of network theory to molecular ecologists,
- To promote interactions between researchers focusing on terrestrial and aquatic systems, and
- To maximize interactions between senior and emerging researchers at different stages of their career.
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 will build the program around the following day-specific themes and activities:
Web structure versus functioning: a new understanding
Day 1 (Monday September 11)
This day will focus on theoretical developments in ecological network research, including plenary lectures by Prof. Dominique Gravel and Prof. Ulrich Brose
Reconstructing food web structure and dynamics – from food webs to full interaction webs
Day 2 (Tuesday September 12)
This day will target empirical studies of ecological networks in a wide range of organisms and habitats, with a focus on studies spanning multiple types of interactions. Plenary lectures will be given by Prof. Vojtech Novotny, Prof. Jane Memmott, Prof. Sara Hallin and Prof. Anna Gårdmark. The evening will feature pitch talks and a poster session.
Dissecting trophic interactions by molecular techniques
Day 3 (Wednesday September 13)
During this joint day attended by delegates from both meetings, we will focus on introducing molecular techniques to network ecologists. The day will start with a workshop providing an overview of molecular approaches and how the data generated with them can be used for trophic networks. A plenary lecture will be given by Prof. William Symondson. In the evening, delegates from both meetings will attend a joint symposium dinner.
New findings achieved through molecular dissection
Day 4 (Thursday September 14)
This day will offer an exposé of findings achieved by applying molecular techniques to dissecting trophic interactions in different realms, habitats and systems. Plenary lectures will be given by Dr Bruce Deagle and Prof. Tom Gilbert. The day will end with pitch talks and a poster session.
Applied trophic interactions
Day 5 (Friday September 15)
The last day of the meeting will focus on how molecular approaches may be applied to biocontrol and conservation. This session will be sponsored by the SLU Centre for Biological Control (CBC). Plenary lectures will be given by Dr Elisabeth Clare and Dr Tara Gariepy.