Workshop: Population Cycles and Outbreaks: Still of interest or historical debate?

Registration to the workshop is open! Please register here.

In connection to 11th Jyväskylä Winter School of Ecology
Organizers: Prof. Hannu Ylönen (University of Jyväskylä), Prof. Harry Andreassen (Hedmark University College, Norway) and Dr. Janne Sundell (University of Helsinki)
Workshop assistant: Dr. Marko Haapakoski (University of Jyväskylä) and Thorbjörn Sievert (University of Jyväskylä) 
Time: 21.-23.2.2018
Place: Konnevesi Research Station of the University of Jyväskylä, Konnevesi, Finland

Every year the Jyväskylä Winter School of Ecology hosts a high-standard workshop. In 2017 there was one on the wildlife biology, “Human – wildlife coexistence”. Previous very succesfull ones related to population ecology course were “Rodent Population Ecology, Behavior and Management in North and South” in 2012 and “Fear, individuals and populations” in 2015.

Adjacent to the Winter School course 2018 “Population ecology and population cycles”, Dr. Janne Sundell as main organizer of the course, we aim to organize a workshop on “Population cycles and outbreaks“. Analytical tools and modelling have greatly improved during last decades when studying long-term data sets. As well more short-term experimental studies on mechanisms and processes of population change during different population phases have been carried out. However, it is hard to find anymore fierce itellectual debates in meetings and congresses, or even publications on causes of different types of population fluctuations in vertebrates, especially mammals. We, graduate students from 1980’s and early 1990’s could enjoy these events later named vole wars“, with excellent discussions and arguing.

The idea of the Konnevesi workshop 2018 is to bring together many population and behavioural ecologists from the time of vole wars“ in addition to younger generation researchers and students and discuss the current state of population ecology and future prospects of cycle and outbreak research. Many of the senior invitees were participating either or even both of the two meetings at Konnevesi, Clethrionomys biology in 1984 or Lemming biology 1986. We hope to greet you here again 2018.

With this annual workshop we will commemorate the invaluable work of our good friends in enthusiastic commitment for ecology, intellectual scientific discussions and excellent teaching. The workshop is open for all interested ecologists and the estimated number of participants is 50. 

Registration to workshop 
  • Participation fee
    • for 20.2.-23.2. (Tuesday evening to Friday) 250 €
    • for 21.2.-23.2. (Wednesday morning to Friday) 200 €
    • for students, 80 €. Only students accepted to the course Population ecology and population cycles, and taking also the workshop additionally (price includes food, beverages and accommodation during 20.–23.2.2018)
  • Participation fee includes accommodation, meals, beverages, and banquet during workshop.
  • The registrations and payments to workshop are performed through an online form. Registration opens soon and ends 31st of of January, 2018.

Any questions regarding scientific program of the workshop should be addressed to Prof. Hannu Ylönen (hannu.j.ylonen@jyu.fi), any questions regarding travel or registration, please contact Winter School Secretary (winter-school-ecology@jyu.fi).