Animal Movement Analysis

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Animal Movement Analysis

Sunday 30 June – Friday 5 July 2019

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


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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, annotating track data with environmental data and analysis of movement data. The course is also a great opportunity to develop your research network in the field of movement ecology. 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 as most exercises use an existing bird tracking dataset. Participants will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of different tracking technologies for diverse taxa. The course will combine several guest lectures from international experts in the field of animal movement ecology, predominantly hands-on computer work, field experiments with GPS trackers, 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

Felix Liechti (Swiss Ornithological Institute), Geert Aarts (Wageningen University) and Simone Ciuti (University College Dublin). 

General information
Target Group The course is aimed at scientists at PhD / postdoc level, with a background in ecology, however MSc students 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, Emiel van Loon and Bart Nolet (Theoretical and Computational Ecology, University of Amsterdam)
Prior knowledge Basic knowledge of R 
Location University of Amsterdam
Options for accommodation Accommodation can be arranged in Casa 400. You can indicate this in the registration form below. Note that there is an additional surcharge, see below. (Accommodation can be guaranteed when registration takes place before 15 May 2019. Afterwards accommodation can be arranged upon availability). 
Programme The programme of the latest edition of this course can be downloaded hereThis should provide you with an indication of the general build-up of this course. The precise structure of this edition may of course differ somewhat.


Fees 1
PE&RC / WIMEK / WASS / EPS/ VLAG PhD candidates with an approved TSP € 200,- € 250,-
All other PhD candidates
Postdocs and staff of PE&RC and WIMEK
€ 475,- € 525,-
All others € 675,- € 725,-
Additional accommodation costs Double use room: € 350,- Single use room: € 625,-

1 The course fee includes course material, lunch, dinners and coffee/tea. It does not include accommodation (NB: an option for accommodation is given in the registration form)
2 The Early-Bird Fee applies to anyone who REGISTERS ON OR BEFORE 2 JUNE 2019

  • If you need an invoice to complete your payment, please send an email to, 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 € 200,- will be charged.
  • In case of cancellation within two weeks prior to the start of the course, a fee of € 475,- will be charged.
  • If you do not show at all, a fee of € 675,- 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 Amber Heijboer (PE&RC)
Phone: +31 (0) 20 525 7451


To register, please provide your details below and click "Register".