29-31st March:  7th meeting of the IOBC/WPRS Working Group Landscape management for functional biodiversity, The Malmaison Hotel, Dundee

We are happy to announce that the 7th meeting of the IOBC/WPRS Working Group “Landscape management for functional biodiversity” in conjunction with a meeting of the British Ecological Society Agricultural Ecology Special Interest Group will be hosted by The James Hutton Institute.

The meeting will bring together scientists with land managers, conservation bodies and other stakeholders to discuss the latest advances in the research, development and application of landscape management for functional biodiversity with the aim of identifying barriers to landscape management and opportunities to tackle these.

The program allows ample time for scientific presentations and an opportunity for participants to interact socially.

Please note the registration fee includes attendance at IOBC/WPRS2017 Conference including refreshments, lunch and the conference dinner, plus a field excursion to see sustainable approaches to farming in Angus and to sample local produce.

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4th April: Insect farming in the UK – workshop, Charles Darwin House, London.

The use of insect derived products is growing globally. In the UK, insect for human consumption are already being sold in restaurants, on shop shelves, and online, mainly using imported insect produce. Crickets and mealworms are being grown and sold as food for exotic pets. There is increasing interest in using insects in aquaculture and animal feeds, as well as a source of non-food products, such as biodiesel.

This workshop, organised by ADAS with support from the British Ecological Society, the Royal Entomological Society, and the Woven Network will bring together key scientists, industry representatives, policy makers and early innovators from across the UK. Our objectives are to:

  1. Highlight the challenges of insect farming in the UK;
  2. Identify the priorities for initiating a UK farming industry;
  3. Provide a networking opportunity to encourage innovation.

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This event has been cancelled – 4th May: Data Integration in R, Somerville College, Oxford.

BES Agricultural and Quantitative Ecology Special Interest Groups are joining forces to give a one day workshop on approaches to integrating datasets within and across disciplines. Integrating datasets allows new questions to be asked but produces challenges in matching up datasets at different spatial and temporal resolutions, in ensuring continuity of meaning between datasets from different disciplines and in managing a complex workflow.

The workshop will include a brief introduction from the workshop organisers on the key issues in data integration followed by some time for facilitated discussion about experiences, techniques and opportunities with three invited facilitators with extensive experience in this area; Felix Eigenbrod (University of Southampton), John Redhead (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) and Lisa Norton (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology). In the afternoon attendees will be introduced to some practical techniques in R to address some of the issues discussed in the morning session.

A basic knowledge of R prior to the workshop would be useful, and attendees are expected to bring their own laptops for the practical session. We will provide weblinks to basic introductions to R. Attendees should leave the workshop with a better understanding of the issues surrounding data integration, some practical techniques to help with data integration tasks and an improved ability to identify opportunities for integrated analyses in their area of research. The workshop is open to all and is not restricted to those working in an agricultural setting. Lunch, teas and coffees will be included.

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Save the Date!

November 2017, Charles Darwin House: BREXIT: The future for agriculture, ecology and food
(This will be a small workshop with very limited places available)
12/13th September, Charles Darwin House: UK-India Agroecology Initiative Conference