The second international conference on Spatial Ecology & Conservation (SEC2), organised by ERT Conservation and endorsed by ialeUK, will take place at Birmingham University (UK) 17-20 June 2014. The world class programme of speakers includes 54 oral presentations, 5 keynotes and 33 posters covering the six conference themes:
- Realising the full potential of remotely sensed data for conservation
- Understanding species’ distributions
- Training and professional development
- Advances in mapping and analysing terrestrial and marine systems
- Decision support tools for conservation
- Selecting and designating Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
The full conference programme is now available, and as well as providing a unique opportunity to meet other conservation researchers and practitioners, two afternoon sessions have been allocated to 'training and professional development' with 6 training events and demonstration workshops, which are free to all conference delegates. The training events include Q-GIS, and MARXAN amongst many other demonstration events.
The first international conference on Spatial Ecology & Conservation (SEC1), held in 2011 brought together over 200 scientists and conservation practitioners from around the world to discuss and evaluate the latest advances in spatial ecology and associated technologies, and how these could best be deployed to underpin conservation (see the SEC1 proceedings). As with the first conference (SEC1), the proceedings of SEC2 will be published in the journal Ecological Informatics.
Abstracts are still being accepted for poster presentations. Places are going fast, with 20 delegate countries already represented. For further information on conference registration please see here. Student discounts are available for the conference registration and current members of ialeUK are entitled to a registration discount.
Chair of Conference committee: Dr Mark O’Connell, Director of ERT Conservation