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Fundamentals and application of arthropod-mediated ecosystem services

Sunday 31 March - Friday 5 April 2019

Parkhotel de Bosrand, Ede, the Netherlands


bee-flowerArthropods provide valuable pollination and biocontrol services which are vital for agricultural production, but there is growing concern about the deterioration of these services. This notion has resulted in an increasing interest in management strategies aimed at the conservation of pollinators and natural enemies that provide these services. While there is general consensus that the populations of these service providers can be influenced by the landscape context and management practices at different spatial scales, practical guidelines on spatial planning for Arthropod-Mediated Ecosystem Services (AMES) are often lacking. Moreover, little is known about the possible trade-offs or synergies between interventions to stimulate AMES and other land use functions. In this course we will provide an overview of concepts and tools that can contribute to the design of multifunctional landscapes that are better suited to capitalize on these ecosystem services in conjunction with other land use functions. Aside from updating and deepening your scientific knowledge, this course also offers an excellent opportunity to broaden your network and to interact with world-class scientists in the field!

The focus of the course will be on:

  1. Consumer-resource interactions underlying pollination and biocontrol services;
  2. The spatial ecology of pollinators and natural enemies;
  3. The impact of pest management practices on arthropod-mediated ecosystem services;
  4. The design of multifunctional landscapes that support arthropod-mediated ecosystem services as well as other land use functions
IOBC-WPRS Working Group Meeting - 27-29 March 2018

This postgraduate course is organised in close connection to the working group meeting of IOBC-WPRS. IOBC-WPRS stands for the West Palaearctic Regional Section (WPRS) of the International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control (IOBC). This will be the 8th working group meeting of the IOBC-WPRS, with a main focus on landscape management for functional biodiversity. The aim of the meeting is to bring together the latest insights on current topics in landscape management for functional biodiversity, including the management for multiple ecosystem services, the identification of promising crop and non-crop management options to support biodiversity-based pest management, and initiatives to meet the challenge to halt the ongoing decline of important farmland species. This meeting can be a perfect opportunity for the participants in this course to broaden their insights regarding current challenges in the field, ánd to expand their network to interact with world-class scientists in the field. All information about the IOBC-WPRS Working Group Meeting as well as a link to register for it, can be found here.

Course set-up

The course is composed of a poster session, a series of lectures, model demonstrations, and development of a research proposal in a group setting.

Lectures and discussion
Each day starts with two speakers giving a lecture on one of the key course topics, covering both the general theory and applied aspects. After each lecture, a discussion of 45 minutes is held, which is convened by participants who challenge the speaker on the presentation and papers that the speaker submitted (which participants will receive before the course).

Poster session
Prior to the course, participants must submit a poster of their work (A1-size) in PDF, which will be printed by the course office. The poster must contain your name and affiliation, title and short description of your research project with one highlight (something exciting) and the reason why you want to participate in this course. Participants briefly (3 minutes) highlight the poster followed by ample time for participants and lecturers to visit individual posters. Posters will remain in the lecture room throughout the course.

Model demonstrations & R workshop
State-of-the-art modelling concepts will be demonstrated that relate to the topics covered by the speakers. In a workshop participants will familiarize themselves with some statistical techniques to analyse count data in R.

Group activities
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, participants will be split into working groups and will develop a research proposal. Each group will present the results to all course participants on Friday. Group activities will be supervised by the lecturers and course organisers, so that the participants can optimally benefit from experts that are among the leaders in their fields. The preliminary programme of the course can be downloaded here.

Course lecturers
Course organisers
General information
Target Group The course is aimed at PhD candidates, postdocs and other academics
Group Size Min. 15, max. 30 participants
Course duration 5 days
Language of instruction English
Frequency of recurrence Once every four years
Number of credits 1.5 ECTS
Prior knowledge An academic background with at least an MSc degree.
Location Parkhotel de Bosrand, Ede, the Netherlands


Fees 1
PE&RC / SENSE / EPS PhD candidates with an approved TSP €   360,- €   410,-
a) All other PhD candidates
b) Postdocs and staff of the above mentioned Graduate Schools
€   800,- €   850,-
All others € 1.160,- € 1.210,-

1 The course fee includes accommodation, all meals, course materials, coffee/tea, and water. It does not include beverages in the bar.
2 The Early-Bird Fee applies to anyone who REGISTERS ON OR BEFORE 3 MARCH 2019


  • If you need an invoice to complete your payment, please send an email to office.pe@wur.nl, including ALL relevant details that should be mentioned on the invoice (e.g., purchase order no., specific addresses, attendees, etc.).
  • The Early-Bird policy is such that the moment of REGISTRATION (and not payment) is leading for determining the fee that applies to you.
  • Please make sure that your payment is arranged within two weeks after your registration.
  • It is the participant's responsibility to make sure that he/she (or his/her secretary) completes the payment correctly and in time.
PE&RC Cancellation Conditions
  • Up to 4 (four) weeks prior to the start of the course, cancellation is free of charge.
  • Up to 2 (two) weeks prior to the start of the course, a fee of € 360,- will be charged.
  • In case of cancellation within two weeks prior to the start of the course, a fee of € 800,- will be charged.
  • If you do not show at all, a fee of € 1.160,- will nevertheless be charged.

Note: If you would like to cancel your registration, ALWAYS inform us and do not assume that by NOT paying the participation fee, your registration is automatically cancelled, because it isn't (and do note that you will be kept to the cancellation conditions).

More information

Dr. Lennart Suselbeek (PE&RC)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485426
Email: lennart.suselbeek@wur.nl


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