ECBC Amsterdam 2020

Early Career Biogeographers Conference

Update:  The decision has been made to postpone this conference from it’s original date in April.  New date is October 2-4, 2020
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The International Biogeography Society has rescheduled the special Early Career Biogeographers Conference in Amsterdam due to COVID-19.  We hope the situation will be at a point where holding the conference is feasible at that point, and will be re-assessing during the summer months.  In the interim, please stay safe.  We will be researching online meetings as a possible alternative option.

Updated dates:

  • Registration is OPEN
  • New abstracts submission deadline:  August 2, 2020
  • Updated early registration deadline:  September 2, 2020
  • Conference Dates:  October 2-4, 2020

Schedule Overview:

  • October 2, 2020:  Plenaries, Oral and poster presentations, 2 evening workshops
  • October 3 2020:  Plenaries, Oral and poster presentations, 2 evening workshops, conference dinner
  • October 4, 2020:  Optional excursion to Oostvaarderplassen

Plenary Speakers

  • Rob Whittaker – Recent advances in the biogeography and macroecology of islands

  • Sandra Nogue – Applying a long-term perspective to assess biodiversity through time and space

  • Mark Bush – Recent advances in understanding pre Columbian impacts on South American ecosystems

  • Felisa Smith – The missing piece: late Pleistocene changes in the ecological function of mammal communities  in North America

  • Kathy Willis – Recent advances in the use of spatial and temporal biogeographical techniques to assess nature’s contribution to people (natural capital)

  • Dov Sax – Advances in the application of niche concept to forecast risks from climate change and evaluate controversial conservation strategies

  • Uma Ramakrishnan – Biogeography and evolutionary origins of Indian vertebrates

  • Miguel Matias – Food-web responses to climate change across biogeographical gradients


  • Scientific Writing Workshop – led by Robert Whittaker

  • The wonderful world of Github – led by Suzette Flantua

  • How to make a video of your research – led by Julia Heinen

  • Making your CV stand out – led by William Gosling

The following journals will have representatives at the conference, and/or have sponsored poster awards at ECBC Amsterdam 2020

The conference will provide excellent opportunities to network, take workshops, see plenaries, present your research and visit the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve.