Dear YoMos,

we are happy to announce time and location of the upcoming 13th YoMos workshop:

  • Time: Tuesday the 14nd to Friday the 18th of May  (arrival on 14th of May)

  • Location:  “Falsterbo Kursgard” in the vicinity of Malmö, Sweden

  • Fee:  150.– EUR incl. accommodation and food

We are looking forward to interesting presentations by our keynote speakers covering a diverse range of topics in ecological modelling:

  • Greta Bocedi –  University of Aberdeen Movement Ecology & Individual-Based Modelling

  • Gunnar Dressler –  Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Socio-Ecology & Individual-Based Modelling

  • Björn Reineking –  University of Bayreuth Biogeographical Modelling

  • Ben Smith –  University of Lund Vegetation Ecology & Ecosystem Modelling

If you are working in the field of ecological modelling as a Bachelor, Master or PhD student, you are welcome to present your work as a talk or poster. The workshop is a great place to exchange experiences and ideas with other young researchers and our invited keynote speakers as well as to present your research in a relaxed and open-minded atmosphere!

You can use the following link to send us your application for the workshop until 18st of March 2018:

Apply for the YoMos workshop now!

It would be great if you could circulate the information and save the date!

With kind regards,   

The YoMos Workshop Organization Team 

Stefan Reifenberg , University of Freiburg 

Cédric Scherer, IZW Berlin

Marco Sciaini, University of Goettingen           

Theresa Stratmann, BiK-F Frankfurt

Updated: Aug 26, 2018

We convene a session “Are we any good at simulating ecology? Success and future challenges in ecological simulation models“ at this year’s Joint Annual Meeting of the British Ecological Society (BES), NecoV and Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfOe), in association with the European Ecological Federation (EEF), between 11th and 14th December 2017 in Ghent, Belgium. This session is organized and chaired together with the GfOe working group "Computational Ecology" and the BES working group "Quantitative Ecology" and is going to take place on Thursday, 14th December 2017, 9:45 a.m.. We are looking forward to exciting talks of our invited speakers:

  • Dries Bonte (University of Ghent)

  • Mike Harfoot (UNEP-WCMC Cambridge)

  • Sonia Kefi (CNRS Grenoble)

  • David Orme (Imperial College London)

  • Laura Pollock (CNRS Grenoble)

  • Damaris Zurell (WSL Birmensdorf)

As usual, we are also planning a meeting of the working group which is a bit different from "regular" GfOe meetings and is going to be a joined event as well. We invite you to get in touch, socialize, have a chat, and get some drinks and snacks. After this socializing event at the conference's venue, we would like to continue this at a pub in Ghent! This will take place on Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 7 p.m.. For details please have a look at the final conference schedule.

We are looking forward to see you there, please save the dates!

Author: Cédric Scherer on behalf of the YoMos organizational team

Updated: Aug 26, 2018



Two weeks ago I have attended the meeting of Young Modellers in Ecology (YoMos). It was my first time at YoMos meeting and I truly enjoyed it! The meeting was four days long, but I could only join during the last three days. I really liked the format of the meeting. Everyone had an opportunity to present their work shortly either as a talk or as a poster; each day there was a long key-note lecture by modellers at the early or advanced stage of their career; and there was plenty of time during rather long lunch and coffee breaks to get to talk to each other. Moreover, the participants themselves organized five thematic workshops, for example there was a hands-on workshop on ggplot() in R given by Cédric Scherer and a vivid discussion about how best to describe an ecological model in the paper. But most of all I enjoyed that the programme did not last until very late in the evening, so that we had some great chats accompanied by board games.
I was nicely impressed by a broad range of research topics presented by the participants: from mechanistic individual-based modelling to advanced spatial statistical analyses, from very applied and conservation-oriented projects to rather theoretical ones. Just to name a few themes covered during the meeting: inferring the processes that led to the spatial pattern of community organization, understanding effects of migration on carrying capacity of the species, studying how dispersal affects the stability of food chain and how climate change affects the distribution of an endangered parakeet. I was pleased to see that students helped each other out in the areas they could: some would send a paper that seemed relevant to the project of the others, there were a groups of two-three students in the evening sitting together and staring at the code... eventually finding the place that had to be fixed! It felt a bit as if being in a family: knowing how to have fun, but at the same time helping the others when it is needed. Once more, thank you YoMos for having me there!

Viktorria Radchuk, invited speakers the YoMos 2017