2014 Edition of the International Spring University on Ecosystem Services Modeling

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) in collaboration with Conservation International, the University of Vermont and Earth Economics, is announcing the 2014 edition of the International Spring University on Ecosystem Services Modeling.

The International Spring University on Ecosystem Services (ES) Modeling is the second edition of an annual 2-week intensive course that aims to build a new generation of actors, in research, policy and management, who can profitably use ecosystem services models to address and solve sustainability problems. In its very successful first edition, launched in the Spring of 2013, a large number of applications were received, from professionals in the field, academics and governmental actors.

The course follows a problem-based paradigm, in which advanced Ecosystem Services modeling techniques are learned from both theoretical discussion and practice using case studies proposed by the attendees themselves.

During two weeks of intensive instruction, participants learn how to effectively model ES problems of different scope and scale using a high-level modeling language that supports the integration of different modeling paradigms. ES and IT experts from around the world will help the participants to independently create, run and analyze Ecosystem Services models and scenarios.

We aim for the school to become a primary source of hands-on instruction on Ecosystem Services assessment. We are opening applications for 25 participants. Scholarships will be available to cover travel and tuition for up to 5 participants.                       

Date: 31st March – 11th April 2014
Venue: Bilbao (Spain)
Registration open until the 13th of December 2013.
Register yourself at www.bc3research.org/springuniversity

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