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The 2nd Ecology and Evolution Conference Ireland 2019

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We are delighted to welcome you to the Second Ecology and Evolution Ireland Conference, 10-12th January 2019, Galway.

Hosted between NUI Galway and GMIT, we invite you to this exciting programme of oral and poster sessions with national and international plenary speakers, training events, workshops and networking opportunities.

Our fantastic plenary speakers are:


The conference is for academic and professional ecologists working in higher education and research institutions, government and non-government organisations, ecological consultancies and other professionals in ecology. The IEA conference is an ideal setting for cross-organisational discourse and collaboration. It is also a great place for students to present their work and network with Ireland's leading ecologists.


Full registration: €65

Student registration: €35

Plus booking fees: full €5.48, student €3.50

Registration includes attendance at all keynote and contributed presentations, welcome reception, poster session, ecology workshops, mentoring program, conference dinner, lunches, tea and coffee. Please indicate dietary requirements when you register.

For delegates submitting abstracts, you will be required at registration to confirm that your abstract will be submitted via email before the deadline - 14th November 2018. Abstracts will only be considered if the presenting author is registered by abstract submission deadline. See below for abstract submission instructions.

Pre-conference programme, Thurs 10 Jan: Statistics for Ecologists Workshops - details below


THURS 10 Jan
Afternoon: Registration
Evening: Keynote address & Welcome Reception

FRI 11 Jan
Morning: Opening Ceremony & Keynote address
Keynote address
AGM & IEA committee meeting
Poster session
Evening: Conference dinner

SAT 12 Jan
Morning: Keynote address
Workshops: Translating Ecology into Policy and Action; Careers in Ecology
DONUT with a DOCTOR! (details below)

Prize giving & closing ceremony

STATISTICS for ECOLOGISTS WORKSHOPS - Thurs 10th January 0900-1700, GMIT

Tickets: €20 for the full day, including lunch and refreshments.

These workshops will help participants: (1) Learn new techniques for organizing and analysing ecological and environmental data, and (2) Increase their capacity to use open-source, free software to answer ecological and environmental questions. The course will be taught within R and is composed of two four hour sessions.

Session One: Introduction to Linear Modelling

Dr Ruth Kelly (TCD) & Dr Hannah White (UCD)

This workshop will focus on how to move from the basics of statistics to the exciting world of linear models! Learn how to use Generalized Linear Models (GLMs) in R to describe the patterns seen in ecological datasets.

Session Two: An Introduction to Bayesian Statistics

Dr Andrew Jackson (TCD) & Dr Ruth Kelly (TCD)

As ecologists working within complex systems, we have come to increasingly depend on Bayesian analyses to answer fundamental questions. This workshop will cover the basics of Bayesian statistics in an ecological framework. Attendees will learn how to take advantage of packages in R to delve deeper into Bayesian analyses.

Lunch, tea, and coffee will be provided. Participants will need to bring their own laptops. You can purchase your ticket as an additional item when you register for the main conference. If you are attending ONLY the statistics workshop, there will be a booking fee on your ticket.

ECOLOGY WORKSHOPS - Sat 12th January

Translating Ecology into Policy and Action

Speakers from NGOs, government, consultancies and academics will provide a broad range of perspectives for translating ecological science into policies and actions that have an impact on environmental management.

Careers in Ecology

Join our expert consultants, academics and government and NGO staff to discuss how to orient your career goals, highlight your transferrable skills and apply your ecological powers in a broad range of industries.

The Ecology Workshops are part of the main conference program, included with full and student registration.

DONUT with a DOCTOR! Mentoring program

In this donut-filled mentoring session, senior mentors will be paired with more junior mentees to talk through their current goals and any challenges they might be facing. This optional session is open to ecologists at any stage, from student to postdoc and early-, mid- and later career stages, including academic and professional ecologists. Mid-career ecologists will have opportunities to be both a mentor and mentee. Strategies for ongoing mentorship will be discussed and we hope that some rewarding mentor/mentee relationships will develop.

The mentoring session is optional and part of the main conference program, included with full and student registration. If you would like to participate, please indicate your interest in being a mentor, mentee or both when you register. If you have any preferences or would like anything considered in the matching process, please let us know in the form.


We have a few spots available for undergraduate students to receive free registration in exchange for volunteering at the conference. If you are in need of financial assistance to attend the conference and would be able to volunteer at the conference by assisting in registration, directing visitors, assisting with presentations, and other necessary tasks, please apply. This is a great opportunity to participate and help at an international scientific forum, which will look great on your CV!

Applications for volunteers will close at 5pm on the 26th of October.

Fill out the application form to apply!



Abstract submission and registration OPEN: 18th October 2018

Abstract submission CLOSE: 18th November

Registration CLOSE: 7th December 2018

Conference: 10-12 January 2019

INSTRUCTIONS for abstract submission

We are pleased to consider abstracts from any field of ecology in any region of the world. Abstracts for poster and oral presentations should be no longer than 200 words. Please describe your research including the aims, methods, results and conclusion. Abstracts will only be considered for registered conference delegates. Use the template at the link provided. Do not change the formatting.

1. Dowload template from the following link (copy and paste to browser):


2. Prepare abstract according to instructions above

3. Update the header in the word document and the file name with your name and type of submission: SURNAME_POSTER/ORAL.docx (delete one as necessary)

4. Email abstract to: irishecologicalassociation@gmail.com with the following in the subject line: "SURNAME ORAL/POSTER"

If you have problems accessing the template please email irishecologicalassociation@gmail.com and we will send it to you.


We look forward to seeing you in Galway in January! Many thanks from the organising committee:

Dara Stanley (UCD/NUIG)

Gesche Kindermann (NUIG)

Heather Lally (GMIT)

Luca Mirimin (GMIT)

Annabel Smith (TCD)

Maureen Williams (TCD)

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