Animal Movement Analysis

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Please note that, at this stage, this event is fully booked. Nevertheless, you are most welcome to register for this event, and accordingly, we will place you in a waiting list. Should any of the registered participants cancel his/her registration (which is quite common), we will notify you and ask you whether you would still like to participate in this event. If we do not contact you again with respect to this event, you may assume that no vacancies have arisen.



Animal Movement Analysis

The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)
University of Amsterdam

2 -7 July 2017

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The aim of this course is to provide participants with skills to assist them in working with animal movement data including data management and organization, working with large tracking datasets, data exploration, visualization and analysis of movement data. The course content is relevant for participants studying movement in a broad range of taxa and environments, however there is an emphasis on birds in the course exercises (based on an existing set of bird tracking data) and most guest lectures. Participants will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of different tracking technologies for diverse taxa in terrestrial and marine environments. The course will combine several guest lectures from international experts, predominantly hands-on computer work, field experiments, presentations given by participants and focal workshops on the last day of the course. During the course different software packages will be used with most of the work conducted in R, and participants will learn some basic programming and database skills. Course participants are expected to familiarize themselves with R before the beginning of the course, and materials for self-tuition will be provided in advance.

Guest Speakers
  • Silke Bauer (Swiss Ornithological Institute, Switzerland)
  • Giacomo Dell’Omo (Animal Tracking, TECHNOSMART)
  • Felix Liechti (Swiss Ornithological Institute, Switzerland)
  • Grant Hopcraft (University of Glasgow)


General information
Target Group The course is aimed at scientists at PhD level, with a background in ecology, however MSc students and Postdocs or other researchers interested in attending are welcome to contact us.
Group Size Min. 25, max. 35 participants (in case of too many applications, candidates will be selected according to the following criteria a) scientific motivation and research topic(s), b) time of application, and c) geographic distribution.
Course duration 5 days
Language of instruction English
Number of credits 1.5 ECTS
Lecturers Judy Shamoun-Baranes, Willem Bouten, Wouter Vansteelant and Emiel van Loon (Computational Geo-Ecology, University of Amsterdam)
Prior knowledge Basic knowledge of R 
Location University of Amsterdam
Options for accommodation Accommodation is not included in the fee of the course, but there are several possibilities in Amsterdam. Options in the vicinity of the University of Amsterdam are: Casa 400 / Stay Okay Zeeburg / Hotel V
Programme The preliminary programme can be found here


Fees 1
PE&RC 3 / SENSE PhD candidates with an approved TSP € 250,- € 275,-
Other PhD candidates, postdocs and other academic staff € 450,- € 475,-
All others € 1.000,- € 1.025,-

1 The course fee includes course material, lunch, 3 group dinners, coffee/tea, and evening drinks. It does not include accommodation (NB: options for accommodation are given above)
2 The Early-Bird Fee applies to anyone who REGISTERS ON OR BEFORE 1 MAY 2017
3 Those defending their thesis at Wageningen University and those that are a member of IBED Amsterdam or VU Amsterdam


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  • 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 € 250,- will be charged.
  • In case of cancellation within two weeks prior to the start of the course, a fee of € 500,- will be charged.
  • If you do not show at all, a fee of € 1.000,- will nevertheless be charged.

Note: If you would like to cancel your registration, ALWAYS inform us (and do note that you will be kept to the cancellation conditions)

More information

Dr Judy Shamoun-Baranes (Computational Geo-Ecology, University of Amsterdam)

Prof. Willem Bouten (Computational Geo-Ecology, University of Amsterdam)

Dr Claudius van de Vijver (PE&RC)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485116


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