27 Feb 03 Mar 2023
BIOPOLIS/ CIBIO-InBIO, Vairão, Portugal
University of Porto
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INTRODUCTION TO NETWORK ECOLOGY

From February 27, 2023, until March 3, 2023 - CIBIO-InBIO, Vairão, Portugal

(Face-to-face at CIBIO’s facilities)

 

All organisms on Earth are connected to each other by ecological interactions, forming a complex web of life, the so-called ‘entangled bank’ coined by Charles Darwin. Network Theory brings concepts and tools that help to understand such complexity and to answer timely questions on ecology and conservation. This course aims to assist students to apply the science of Network Ecology to their research. It combines theoretical and practical classes with learning oriented by personal and group projects. 

PROGRAMME:

DAY 1

Morning

Introduction to the course, instructions and students

Theory class 1: History and Graph Theory

Afternoon

Hands-on class 1: Drawing networks

Theory class 2: Network structure (metrics at the network/community level)

DAY 2

Morning

Hands-on class 2: Analyses at the network level

Afternoon

Theory class 3: Network structure (metrics at the node/species level)

Hands-on class 3: Analyses at the node level

DAY 3

Morning

Theory class 4: Biological bases and applicability

Afternoon

Talk 1: Trophic cascades (invited speaker)

DAY 4

Morning

Theory class 5: Metanetworks and species-habitat networks

Afternoon

Theory class 6: Multilayer networks

Hands-on 4: Preparation of the students' final projects/time for questions

DAY 5

Morning

Student projects – presentation and evaluation

Hours: 32 total



NOTES

Admission requirements

1. Basic knowledge on R software (e.g., install packages, run scripts)

2. Read the suggested literature

3. Hold a laptop to run the analyses

4. Install the R software and/or R Studio on your computer

-> Site to download R: http://cran.r project.org/

-> Site to download RStudio: http://www.rstudio.com/

Students evaluation

Students will be evaluated based on an individual, or small groups, presentation on the last day of the course, and on their participation as the audience. This will be carried on as a round-table, in which each student will present the results of the analyses of their own data, or from online databases. Presentations should follow the given structure:

(1) define the problem;

(2) elaborate a question and a hypothesis;

(3) choose which metric (s) and/or network properties are more appropriate to answer your question;

(4) present and discuss the results;

(5) elaborate a conclusion and/or applicability.

Presentation should follow the format of a "Science ou Elevator Pitch”, i.e., about five minutes to sell the message to the public. The format to give the message is free, so students should use their creativity. The audience is expected to be active, asking pertinent questions regarding the use, choice and applicability of the network theory/metrics to answer each students’ question.

Find here information about: Online databases/ Online courses and tutorials/ Books that are part of the course literature

 
SCHEDULE

 9:45am to 17:45pm, lunch between 13:00-14:00

COURSE INSTRUCTORS

Ana Filipa Palmeirim (coordinator) | BIOPOLIS/ CIBIO |APPLECOL &  LACOS21

Carine Emer | Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden/Juruá Institute

Sérgio Timóteo | Centre for Functional Ecology - University of Coimbra

Luis P. da Silva | | BIOPOLIS/ CIBIO |APPLECOL

INTENDED AUDIENCE

The course will be open to a maximum number of 20 participants.

SELECTION CRITERIA

75% of available student slots are reserved for BIODIV students.

 Priority will be given to:

• 1st year and other PhD students attending the BIODIV Doctoral Program;

• PhD students attending other courses;

• Other post-graduate students and researchers.

REGISTRATION

95€ for Students
200€ for other participants

CIBIO-InBIO members will have an additional discount of 20%.
Participation is free of charge for  MBGE, BIODIV Students & CIBIO's TwinLabs

Registration fees do not include accommodation or meals

Please note the rules apply for all BIODIV students

APPLICATIONS DATES

Registration deadline: January 3, 2023

TO APPLY FILL THE FORM

After apply, you will receive in your email a copy of the form confirming the submission of your application. Do not forget to check your SPAM folder. If you do not receive the email contact post.graduation@cibio.up.pt

Applicants will be inform of their acceptance by email until January 13, 2023





A copy of this form will be sent to the above e-mail after submission