The “European Conference of Tropical Ecology” – the annual scientific meeting of the Society for Tropical Ecology (Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie, gtö) – will be organized in 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, by three Universities and three research-museum institutions. It will take place from Monday 6 to Friday 10 February 2017, on the campus “Etterbeek” from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), a location easily reached from the city centre by public transport.
The overarching topic will be “(re)connecting tropical biodiversity in space and time”. It highlights both the importance of integrating fundamental sciences inferring past processes (e.g. paleoecology, evolution, social history…) to understand current patterns of biodiversity, and the urgent need to reconnect patches of fragmented landscapes if we wish to conserve tropical biodiversity and ecological services of tropical ecosystems for future generations.
This conference will provide an interdisciplinary platform for discussing major advances and future challenges in tropical ecology including:
- Ecology, evolution and conservation of tropical ecosystems in a changing world
- Tropical ecosystem functioning and ecological services
- Agro-ecosystems, human impact and the future of tropical biodiversity
More information can be found on the event webpage.