International summer school in functional traits, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic

–The course is targeted mostly to MSc and PhD students, however postdocs and researchers or professors wanting to explore this approach are welcome. The course is 5 intensive days, covering general aspects of functional ecology, including (a) presentation of concepts and theory related to functional plant traits; (b) analysis of traits at organismal, community and ecosystem levels (including relationship to ecosystem function); (c) examples of use for land use change, climate change, multi-trophic interactions; (d) presentation of available data banks and their correct use, touching on ecoinformatics.

— The course includes measurement of traits in the field in teams (supervised by professors), followed by analyses, interpretation and presentation of collected data by students groups at the end of the week. Students can also briefly present their research topic to the group for discussion.

–Francesco de Bello (host), University of South Bohemia
–Eric Garnier , Centre d’écologie fonctionnelle et évolutive, Montpellier
–Jitka Klimešová, University of South Bohemia
–Jan Lepš, ), University of South Bohemia
–Alison Munson, Université Laval, Canada (co-organizer)
–Juan Posada, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia
–Bill Shipley, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada

— May 29 (arrival) to June 3, 2016

— March 14, 2016

–Submit a letter of motivation and CV to Francesco de Bello: [email protected]
— Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. You will have a response to your application within two weeks of applying, in order to facilitate travel plans.
–You must have medical insurance
–Visit course webpage here:

— Roughly 300 US$, (440 Canadian$, 280 euros). The fee includes all lectures, field sampling, accommodations for up to 6 nights (from Sunday 29th May to Saturday 4th June), all breakfasts, coffee breaks and lunches during the course. Please bring a sleeping bag for the field trip (in dormitories).

For questions and additional information, please contact Francesco de Bello : [email protected]

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