European Conference of Tropical Ecology

Dear colleagues, dear young scientists, dear students of tropical ecology,

We are pleased to announce that the “European Conference of Tropical Ecology” - the annual scientific meeting of the Society for Tropical Ecology (Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie, gtö) - will be organized in 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, by three Universities and three research-museum institutions. It will take place from Monday 6 to Friday 10 February 2017, on the campus “Etterbeek” from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, a location easily reached from the city centre by public transport.

The overarching topic will be “(re)connecting tropical biodiversity in space and time”. It highlights both the importance of integrating fundamental sciences inferring past processes (e.g. paleoecology, evolution, social history…) to understand current patterns of biodiversity, and the urgent need to reconnect patches of fragmented landscapes if we wish to conserve tropical biodiversity and ecological services of tropical ecosystems for future generations.

This conference aims to connect researchers at all levels of their career and from all disciplines relevant to tropical ecology, and to promote scientific exchanges and cooperation in a friendly atmosphere. Students and young scientists are very welcome and to encourage them, the organizers of the conference will make their best to maintain costs accessible to all. The conference addresses also topics relevant for tropical ecosystem managers, conservationists and policy makers, who are encouraged to participate and exchange with researchers.

The scientific program of the conference includes plenary talks by renowned international scientists presenting syntheses or new results on topics of broad interest, and contributed talks or posters organized in thematic sessions. For the 2017 edition, workshops are included, and a free half-day is programmed on Wednesday afternoon to allow you to discover tropical collections of nearby research-museum institutes, or visit Brussels at your best convenience. We hope that these extra-activities will give a break in the flow of contributed talks and help create new contacts between participants. A welcome reception (Monday evening), an evening public conference (Tuesday) and the conference dinner “party” (Thursday) will complete the social program.

The European Conference of Tropical Ecology will provide an interdisciplinary platform for discussing major advances and future challenges in tropical ecology including:

Contributions from all fields within tropical ecology are welcome!


Session and workshop themes have been selected by the scientific committee, and the call for presentations is NOW open!

Until the 31 October 2016, you are welcome to submit oral and/or poster presentations. Speakers will be selected by the session chairs, in collaboration with the scientific committee. Attendees not giving an oral presentation will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a poster presentation. Efforts should be made to be specific and to avoid presenting overviews, summaries, or material that is already widely known. The goal of the conference is to stimulate new ideas by presenting new information.

See the on-line submission of abstracts and registration webpages.

We are looking forward to arranging a stimulating conference and hope that you will be able to participate. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our conference office at: Please share the information on the “European Conference of Tropical Ecology” with colleagues, students and all other persons who have an interest in participating.

With best regards,
The Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö) and his President, Professor Dr Manfred Niekisch

The local scientific and organising committee: Olivier Hardy (ULB), Jérémy Migliore (ULB), Yves Roisin (ULB), Farid Dahdouh-Guebas (ULB, VUB, ARSOM/KAOW), Karolien Van Puyvelde (VUB), Marc Kochzius (VUB), Niko Koedam (VUB), Jean-Louis Doucet (GxABT-ULg), Maurice Leponce (RBINS), Erik Verheyen (RBINS), Patricia Mergen (RMCA, BGM), Hans Beeckman (RMCA), Steven Janssens (BGM), and Philippe Goyens (ARSOM/KAOW) from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech – Université de Ličge (GxABT-ULg), the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), the Royal Museum of Central Africa (RMCA), the Botanic Garden Meise (BGM), and the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences (ARSOM/KAOW).