8th Annual Meeting of the Specialist Group for Macroecology of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (GfÖ), mit BiK-F-Workshop "Macroecology meets IPBES",  4th - 6th March 2014, Halle
BiK-F is corntributing to the meeting a workshop providing the opportunity to discuss how macroecology can contribute to IPBES, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
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International Workshop on Governance of Ecosystem Services (ES): Challenges for Sustainable Development,
10 – 11 March 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, @ BiK-F
Session 1: Setting the stage: An emerging paradigm for ES policy and governance
Session 2: Overview of policy developments in the area of ES (I)
Session 3: Policy and governance design and use: Case studies
Session 4: Overview of policy developments in in the area of ES (II)
Session 5: Policy and governance design and use: case studies in Europe
Session 6: Challenging futures of policy and governance approaches for ES
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11th International Symposium on Enchytraeidae, Osnabrück, Germany, July 25-27, 2014.
The Enchytraeidae are a microdrile oligochaete family. They resemble small earthworms and include both terrestrial species known as potworms that live in highly organic terrestrial environments, as well as some that are marine. Together with woodlice, springtails and their relatives, the earthworms, they are part of the most important decomposers of organic matter in the soil. They are used as test organisms for environmental toxins. The 11th International symposium on this very relevant family for environmental research is organized this year by the BiK-F-partner ECT.
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22.3. The Frankfurt Zoological Society Gast @ BiK-F: Special Lecture by Prof. Dr. Douglas Yu (University of East Anglia, UK):
"OccupyManu and BiodiversitySoup: Being clever about bushmeat hunting and using technology to monitor biodiversity"
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The first part of the talk will highlight new proposals to resolve people-park conflict in Manu National Park, Peru. In the second part, Prof. Yu discusses how to use metagenetics to accelerate biodiversity measurement and presents applications to climate-change monitoring, restoration ecology, and systematic conservation planning.
Douglas Yu is a well known ecologist and has worked on a variety of topics best described by himself: "I am interested in the ecology and evolution of cooperation. One part of my work concerns cooperation between species, or mutualisms. Most recently, my colleagues and I are applying the economic theory of mechanism design to mutualism theory. The other part concerns cooperation between humans and nature, or conservation. Here, my colleagues and I are designing methods to manage wild meat (or bushmeat) hunting in Amazonia, and working out a protocol to measure biodiversity rapidly at large scales. Metabarcoding und biodiversity assessments are also part of my research interests." (See also and
Friday, March 22, 11:30 pm, at the BiK-F seminar room C320.

International Symposium: Genomic Adaptation to Ecological Niches
12.10.2012, Frankfurt a.M.
One-day symposium to discuss current projects and common interests in the rapidly expanding field of adaptive genomics of ecological niches.
The symposium is organized by the project area D (Laboratory Centre & Adaptive Genomics) of the BiK-F centre and is aimed at everyone, student to professor, interested in this rapidly expanding field.
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Soqotra Symposium 2012
The Soqotra Symposium and the 11th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Soqotra (FoS) is held on September 21-23, 2012, at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Frankfurt a.M., Germany, hosted by the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F).
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6th Annual Meeting of the Specialist Group on Macroecology of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ) in Frankfurt
From February 29 to March 2, more than hundred participants met at the 6th annual meeting of the Specialist Group on Macroecology of the GfÖ. This event aimed to bring together scientists and students interested in the research field of macroecology. High-profile researchers like Miguel B. Araújo (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid, Spain & University of Évora, Portugal) or Carsten Rahbek (Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, University of  Copenhagen, Denmark) had been invited as keynote speakers.