Introduction to Ecological Modelling (in NetLogo)

Course dates:
preliminary date: 28th September - 2nd October 2020

Registration dates: TBA

Coordinating university/institution:
University of Potsdam, Germany


Potsdam, Germany

Target group:
Students, early-career researchers

Teaching concept and aims:
The summer school on ecological modeling will address participants who have no, or very limited experiences in simulation modeling. Using the open-source agent-based-modeling framework NetLogo, they will get an introduction into the basics of how process-based models are conceptually developed, technically implemented and how they are then finally evaluated and analysed. The course will enable non-modeling researchers and students to get first insights into the "world of modeling". This should either inspire them to further continue learning and working in this field of research or to just foster their understanding of what ecological modeling is all about. As simulation based sub-projects are nowadays part of most research projects, we consider this course also very valuable to students who are working as field ecologists. Interpreting the results of simulation-based research, as well as being able to cooperate in inter-disciplinary teams are skills that every researcher of the future will need. The language of instruction is English.

Course lead:
Dr. Dirk Lohmann