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5th International course on ecological modelling 15-20 of November 2010 Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Spain

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5th International course on ECOLOGICAL MODELLING

15-20 of November 2010 Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Spain

Organised and sponsored by:

Dep. de Sistemas Físicos, Químicos y Naturales, Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) Asociación Ibérica de Limnología (AIL)

Asociación Española de Ecología Terrestre (AEET)

The collaboration between the Spanish Ecological Societies, which deal with the study of terrestrial ecology (AEET, Asociación Española de Ecología Terrestre) and inland waters (AIL, Asociación Ibérica de Limnología) ttries to integrate the work of terrestrial and aquatic ecologists in the framework of the science of Ecology. In addition to joint meetings, both Associations organise forums in which the development of the science of Ecology is presented to a broader scientific and technical community. Under this framework, high level courses, such as this Fitfth International Course on Ecological Modelling, try to offer to ecologists and other professionals of environmental sciences an opportunity to advance in their knowledge of certain fields in Ecology, as well as on the methodological tools currently used.
Models try to make a simplification of the real world in a way that can easily describe the functioning of complex systems. Under a context of huge ecological problems, the development and use of models capable of predicting the dynamics of ecological systems under different scenarios appears as a challenge for the maintenance of biodiversity and ecological health of systems. Additionally, any ecologist would recognise the role of modelling in the development of Ecology as a Science. Among these are the reasons that drove our Scientific Associations to organise this International Course on Ecological Modelling in previous editions.
The high demand and great success of the four editions led AEET and AIL to repeat it again this year. This Fifth International Course on Ecological Modelling will offer a theoretical background on the use of ecological models, as well as an opportunity to work on them through practical exercises using computers.


Prof. Sven Erik Jørgensen, Dr. Eng, Dr. Sci. Copenhagen University, Department of Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Dr. Jørgensen is emeritus Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the Copenhagen University, and Honorary editor of the scientific journal Ecological Modelling and President of the International Society of Ecological Modelling. He has been a visiting scientist at many Universities and Research Centers around the world and has taught, among others, on Ecological Modelling in more than 40 cities of all five continents. He is author of more than 300 scientific publications, from which around 60 are books and more than 200 have been published in peer-review scientific journals, most of them written in collaboration with the most prestigious ecologists and environmental scientists. Among the variety of awards he has received along his scientific career are some recent prizes such as the Prigogine Prize at Sienna University and the Stockholm Water Prize. His most remarkable contributions to Ecology deal on Ecosystems Ecology.

General timetable:

Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 13.00 and 14.30 - 18.30

Saturday: 9.00 - 13.00
Monday the 15 of November

9.00  -  10.30 How to go modelling I?

10.30 – 11.00  Coffee / Tea Break

11.00 – 13.00   How to go modelling II?

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch Break

14.30 – 16.00 Overview of model types. Selection of model type

16.30-  17.00  Coffee / Tea Break

17.00 -  19.00  Demonstration of models and exercise with ready to go models


Tuesday the  16 of November

9.00 – 10.30    Biogeochemical models: lakes

10.30- 11.00    Coffee / Tea Break

11.00- 13.00    Biogeochemical models: wetlands and rivers

13.00 - 14.30   Lunch Break

14.30 -  18.30  Formation of group. Definition of group work (problem to be solved by a model)


Wednesday the 17 of November

9.00 – 10.30   Population dynamic models

10.30-11.00    Coffee / Tea Break

11.00 – 13.00  Demonstration of STELLA

13.00 – 14.30  Lunch Break

14.30- 18.30    Group work


Thursday  the 18 November

9.00 –  10.30   Ecotoxicological models I

10.30 –11.00   Coffee / Tea Break

11.00 – 12.00  Ecotoxicological models II

12.00 – 13.00  Lecture: “The bridge between ecology and environmental management: various fields of applied ecology” by Prof. Sven Erik Jørgensen

13.00 – 14.30  Lunch Break

14.30 – 18.30  Group work


Friday the 19 of November

9.00 –  10.30  Spatial models

10.30-  11.00   Coffee / Tea Break

11.00 –13.00   Structurally dynamic models

13.00- 14.30    Lunch Break

14.30-18.30     Group work


Saturday the 20 of November

9.00 –10.30   Group work

10.30 –11.00 Coffee / Tea Break

11.00- 13.00  Presentation and discussion of group work


Maximum number of participants: 25

A number of places will be reserved for members of AEET and AIL.


Fill the pre-registration form and send it to: Laura Serrano (serrano@us.es) before 20th October.


Pre-registration form

Please, copy and paste in an e-mail message and send it to: serrano@us.es



15th - 20th November 2010, Sevilla (Spain)






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You will receive a confirmation of the reception of your pre-registration form and then, a confirmation of the acceptance, after which you can proceed with the payment of the registration fee until 30th October.


Registration fee: 180 euros for members of AIL and AEET; 230 euros for non-members. After the reception of the acceptation message from the organization, information on how to make the payment will be sent to you.


The course is partly sponsored by UPO, AEET and AIL. Registration fee includes the attendance of the course, the use of computers and software during the course, and the text book of Sven Erik Jørgensen, “Ecological Modelling, An Introduction” (Approx. price in bookstores: 70 euros).

Meals and accommodation are not included.


Information about registration: Laura Serrano Martín (serrano@us.es)

Phone: +34 954 55 70 63; Fax: +34 954 62 63 08



A certificate of attendance and, if the case, of proficiency, will be delivered on behalf of the Asociación Española de Ecología Terrestre (AEET) and Asociación Ibérica de Limnología (AIL). The course consist in 50 hours of classes and practical (computer) work corresponding to 3 certified credits (ECTS)


Accommodation and meals: Accommodation and meals are on one's own account. On request the organization can send you more information about hotels in Sevilla.




The course will be held at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, located in Sevilla, Spain: http://www.upo.es

This university Campus is located at km 1 carretera de Utrera. Access from the city of Sevilla is also possible by underground (Línea 1) and bus (Los Amarillos, L5): http://www.upo.es/ofcampus/transportes/index.jsp

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