Macroecology Special Interest Group Annual Meeting

Two days of macro-fun showcasing the diversity of interests in our Special Interest Group

Macroecology Group Annual Meeting

Registration is now live!

Date: Thursday 7th- Friday 8th July 2016
Location: The Ship Street Centre – Jesus College, Oxford


Join us for two days of macro-fun! This year there will be a slightly different format, so instead of two long keynote addresses, there will be six shorter talks on a range of different topics designed to showcase the diversity of interests in our SIG.

Keynote speakers and topics:
Tim Blackburn (Univ. College London) – What has macroecology ever done for us?
Regan Early (Univ. of Exeter) – Climate change biodiversity forecasts are wrong. How can we make them less wrong?
Alex Pigot (Univ. of Groningen) – Phylogenetic community assembly
Derek Tittensor (UNEP-WCMC) – Niche-neutral-metabolic models (TBC)
Amy Zanne (George Washington Univ.) – Plant macroevolution and macroecology
One more keynote speaker TBC

The Annual Shai Meiri Rant (Univ. of Tel Aviv)
Practical steps to make your research more reproducible (Natalie Cooper, Natural History Museum)
Student keynote speaker (TBC)
Discussions on controversial topics in macroecology
Networking bingo
And of course the usual talks, posters and socialising!

Talks and Posters:
We will have slots for talks and space for posters at the meeting. Talks will be 5 minutes long. There may not be enough talk slots for everyone, so priority will be given to early career researchers. Please include a rough title when you register so we have an idea of the balance of topics (you can change it later). Students will also be given the option to put themselves forward for the student plenary talk (20 minutes). Further details of this will be sent to people who apply.

Conference Dinner:
There will not be an official conference dinner this year. Instead we will book tables at a local pub for anyone who wants to come along on Thursday night. We will be providing lunch, coffee/tea at the conference.

Post Conference Punting:
If anyone who wants to stay on Friday night to spend Saturday exploring, we can provide details of companies that rent punts. Again feel free to use our Twitter page to find punting companions! We will probably also book a table in a pub for anyone who wants to continue networking on Friday evening after the meeting ends.

There are a number of Youth Hostels (e.g. YHA Oxford, Oxford Backpackers, and Central Backpackers), AirBnB apartments and rooms, and is usually a good place to look for hotels. If anyone is interested in room/apartment sharing feel free to organise this via Twitter.