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The International Biogeography Society will convene an Early Career "Advances in Biogeography" Conference from 23rd to 25th September, 2011, in Oxford, UK.  Follow the links, below, for more information on registering and participating. For quick reference, an overview of events is provided below. We will keep these pages updated with event details until the conference starts. Please check back regularly for details.

A special opportunity exists to also attend the Oxford University's Biodiversity Institute Symposium on "Biodiversity conservation beyond protected areas" (21st - 22nd September) which immediately precedes the IBS Early Career Conference. A reduced registration fee (GBP10) is being offered to IBS members who are attending the IBS Early Career Conference; for more information please visit the symposium website

If you have any questions, please write to the organizing committee at



The conference will focus on post-graduate students and those who have recently completed their doctorates (up to five years) interested in biogeography topics. The aim is to provide a forum in which early career biogeographers have an opportunity to present and discuss their work through formal presentations (oral and posters), and to encourage the formation of informal peer-to-peer networks. The evening mixer events will also be attended by IBS board members and other senior scientists. Finally, there will be four keynote talks by professional biogeographers covering a range of career stages and topics, plus a science-writing workshop open to all attendees that will be led by the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biogeography.

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23rd September, 2011
1:30 p.m. > Registration
2:00 - 4:30 p.m. > Workshop
4:30 - 5:00 p.m. > Tea/Coffee break
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. > Keynotes I & II
6:00 p.m. > Drinks reception

24th September, 2011
09:00 a.m. > Welcome
09:15 - 11:00 a.m. > Contributed oral presentations
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. > Posters, tea & coffee break
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. > Contributed oral presentations
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. > Lunch
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. > Contributed oral presentations
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. >Posters, tea & coffee break
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. > Contributed oral presentations
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. > Keynotes III & IV
6:00 p.m. > Poster session & cash bar

25th September, 2011
09:00 - 10:30 a.m. > Contributed oral presentations
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. > Posters, tea & coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 p.m. > Contributed oral presentations
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. > Discussion
1:00 p.m. > Close of conference

Keynote addresses
Oceanic Island Biogeography: Emerging Perspectives and Questions - Lawrence Heaney
Untangling the Mechanisms Influencing Hummingbird Assemblages: New Tools to Answer Old Questions - Catherine Graham
Advances in Predicting the Impacts of Climate Change on Tropical Forests - Ken Feeley
Advances in Marine Biogeography - Michael Dawson


Research Ethics, Practice and Dissemination in Biogeography - a workshop focused on preparation, writing and peer review

Robert J. Whittaker, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Biogeography

The workshop will provide an overview of how to put together a paper for journal submission (adopting an appropriate writing style, organization of material, structuring a convincing narrative, importance of identifying core questions/hypotheses, use of tables, figures, etc.), what happens in the peer review process, what reviewers and editors are looking for, the role of co-authors, how to establish rules over priority, authorship and data ownership, key tips on maintaining internal rigour through the process of manuscript revision, etc. The workshop is open to all conference attendees at no extra charge. The session will be divided into four sections:
A: what happens in the peer review process, what editors, reviewers and authors are looking for,
B: the role of co-authors, rules of engagement with research teams, etc.,
C: composing your paper, and
D: "We are not completely hopeless": the importance of writing beautifully and getting the meaning you intended



School of Geography & the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford, UK

School of Geography & the Environment, University of Oxford
Biodiversity Institute, University of Oxford


Local Organizing Committee
Michele Sanders
Sandra Nogué
Leticia M. Ochoa Ochoa
Ana M. C. Santos (IBS Student-at-Large)

Senior Advisory Panel
Robert J. Whittaker (IBS Past-President)
Katherine J. Willis (IBS Director-at-Large)
Dan Gavin (IBS V.P. for Conferences)