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    Location: Manaus - AM

    Venue: Comfort Hotel, Avenida Mandií, 263 Bairro: Distrito Industrial CEP: 69075-140
    Phone: (55 92) 2123-8999 /Fax: (55 92) 2123-8950

    Date: 25/11/2013 - 27/11/2013


    The main objective is to have an interactive event to synthesise the scientific advances made to date in understanding the functioning of the Amazonian socio-ecological / environmental systems, evaluate progress, and provide a road map for the next phase of research, with an emphasis on modelling as an essential tool.

    The structure of the meeting

    The event will run over three days, each day having two scientific sessions dedicated to cross-cutting themes. The principal session themes are intended to stimulate cross-disciplinary thinking in modelling and include tipping points, biodiversity, tele-connections, stakeholders’ views, future challenges posed by development, and the challenges of integrative quantitative models. To see the detailed programme, please click here.

    To focus on discussion, we invited only one keynote speaker and one commentary speaker for each session. Invited international authorities will introduce each session with a one-hour-long key-note / synthesis paper. The talks will provide an overview of the state of the art and will formulate questions for general discussion. Each key-note will be followed by a 30-min commentary talk. The role of the commentary papers is intended to be to contribute thought-provoking presentations that complement or challenge the keynote, with the aim of contributing to a lively debate.  The key-note and commentary speakers will be followed by a series of flash presentations by post-graduate students and scientists whose work represents the state-of-the-art modelling approaches. Our aim is to give the platform to young scientists who may, with time, become principal contributors to socio-ecology systems research in Amazonia.

    Each session will terminate with a one-hour-long discussion led by a moderator and accompanied by a rapporteur both of whom are eminent representatives of the research community.


    The event will result in an overview of research efforts that use modelling as a main tool in environmental research in Amazonia. We expect to produce a ‘road-map’ document based on the presentations and debates that will lay the foundations of research priorities for the coming years.

    We intend to have the entire event recorded and the videos / podcasts made available on the LBA website.  We also would be happy to house the poster PDFs and additional presentations on the site.

    Your contribution if you are not an invited speaker

    We would like to ask everybody to bring a poster. In addition, you may also bring a ppt/pdf presentation.  We will operate a computer with projector and screen to show these presentations during breaks (coffee, lunch, evenings).  Such presentations could be accompanied by an audio track.

    Side events

    Workshops, aimed at post-graduate students will be offered by renowned authorities outside the official programme of the event. These workshops will contribute to the formation of human resources in Amazonia. They will provide a better understanding of modelling techniques and their use in research.

    A workshop on hydrological modelling is being offered by Dr Antonio Nobre of INPA/INPE. A two-day workshop on high-impact scientific publication will also be offered by Professor John Grace of the University of Edinburgh.

    Expected impacts

    The outputs from the event will contribute to defining how research in the environmental arena in the Amazon will be formulated and executed in the coming decades. The legacy of the event will be ensured by the participation of students and by training workshops. Through the workshops students will achieve deeper knowledge on the functioning of the socio-ecological system of Amazonia. Importantly, the event will facilitate the establishment of contacts / networks of young researchers.


    We need you to register ASAP online. You will be asked to supply an abstract if you are an invited speaker.  In addition, we ask everybody to supply one or two sentences about their research interest in the space allocated. This text should be concise and informative, e.g.: ‘XY is a plant ecologist with research interest in secondary succession and the colonisation of pasturelands by woody plants both in temperate and tropical ecosystems, focusing on modelling plant-plant interactions and plant-animal interactions’. In addition, you will be asked to indicate if you wish to take part in a training workshop.

    Practical information – travel tickets and accommodation

    We operate on a tight budget and we are able to finance 50 participants, including our invited speakers, based on current air fares. Therefore, the remaining places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

    At registration, along with your personal data we ask you to indicate the details of your preferred flights.  We ask you to confirm all details by 7 October 2003. We shall aim to have your ticket issued by 14 October to keep air fares as low as possible. Please note that after issuing the ticket you will be responsible for covering the cost of any changes. Unused tickets must be reimbursed in full to the organisers.

    Participants will be hosted at the Comfort Hotel. Hotel includes full breakfast; three nights and lunches will be covered by the organisers.


    The scientific organising committee is formed by representatives of the Brazilian National Institutes for Amazonian Research (INPA) and for Space Research (INPE), ALTERRA, Wageningen, the Netherlands, and by representatives of several research programmes of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI).  These include the Large-Scale Biosphere and Atmosphere-Interactions in Amazonia (LBA); the Brazilian Climate Network (REDE CLIMA), GEOMA, the Amazonian Environmental Modelling Network, and various National Institutes of Technology (INCTs) based at the National Institute for Research in Amazonia (INPA), Manaus, and at the Emilio Goeldi Museum of Pará, Belém.


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