Meeting of NWO RC3 Organisms in their environment:

Explaining trends in biodiversity by scaling up from organism-environment relationships

Date: April 8th 2024

Venue: Utrecht University Botanic Gardens , Budapestlaan 17, Utrecht (Serre, in the greenhouse)

Goals: bring together members of our research community to (1) discuss approaches to better understand organisms and interactions across scales and (2) explore upscaling organism-environment relationships and (3) stimulate connections to large scale biodiversity initiatives

Please register before March 17th by emailing to researchcommunitieslife@nwo.nl . Please indicate if you will join for lunch and/or drinks. The program also includes members pitching their research in 5 minutes in sessions 1-4. You can add information about your pitch and the preferred session (1-4) when registering and the organizers will let you know if you are selected to pitch.

Program

10.30-11.00 arrival (with coffee)

11.00-12.15 Content sessions

1. Innovative research methods to study the role of above and below ground biodiversity in plant functioning

Plenary speaker: Yann Hautier, Utrecht University

2. Plants are not alone- the plant holobiome with a focus on the rhizobiome

Plenary speaker: George Kowalchuk, Utrecht University

3. Plant-animal interactions: hunting, seed dispersal and forest recovery in tropical forests

Plenary speaker: Marijke van Kuijk, Utrecht University

12.15-13.30 Vega(n) lunch, with tours to either BioClive or NPEC facilities

13.30-14.15 Content sessions

4. Bending the curve of insect decline (from physiology to populations and ecological communities)

Plenary speaker: Wilco Verberk, Radboud University

5. Biodiversity initiatives and links to the research community

Hans de Kroon, Radboud University

14.15-15.00

Roundtable discussion regarding the contribution of our research committee to biodiversity research (initiatives, infrastructure)

15.00-16.00

Drinks

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