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Well attended symposium

Last week CAnMove hosted the Animal Movement International Symposium “Bridging the Gap Between Modelling and Tracking Data” at Lund University. We were overwhelmed by the large number of motivated participants; 95 people including 6 international speakers, 11 national speakers and more than 30 poster presenters.
Group photo modelling symposium
Photo: Inger Ekström

During the talks and poster sessions, a large number of topics on animal movement were presented, from theoretical works and analytical tools to the most recent technological achievements. Discussions took place formally in the auditorium, during talks and workgroups activities, and continued during a PUB evening and the dinner at the Lund University Design Centrum.

Animal movement is a complex interdisciplinary topic that require a joint effort from biologist, engineers and modelers. Many technologies are available for tracking animal movements across scales, most of which were presented during the first talk session by CAnMove members: geolocators (Susanne Åkesson and Åke Lindström), radio telemetry (Sissel Sjöberg), nanotechnology (Lars-Anders Hansson), RADAR (Cecilia Nilsson), LIDAR (Mikkel Brydegaard) and PIT-tags (Christer Brönmark).

In the second session, new theoretical works and mathematical model applications were introduced on flight mechanics and migration performance (Anders Hedenström, CAnMove), cetacean risk assessment (Jessica Redfern, NOAA, USA), tuna behavior (Uffe Thygesen, DTU Aqua, Denmark), fish collective behavior (Maksym Romenskyy, Uppsala University, Sweden) and all those approaches were put in perspective of future challenges in modelling movement (John Fryxell, University of Guelph, Canada).

The last session, on the second day of the meeting, was focused on the new frontiers in tracking methods. Nowadays we are facing many technological challenges to fuse multiple-sensor data (Alan Wilson, Royal Veterinary College, UK and Fredrik Gustafsson, Linköping University, Sweden), calibrate remote sensing tracking setups (Kalle Åström, LTH, Lund University) and push the limits of tracking tags size and their lifespan to the one of the animal carrying it (David Winkler, Cornell University, USA). Finally, we need to challenge ourselves in the new era of high-throughput movement ecology (Ran Nathan, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel).

The quality of the posters presented were so high that a panel of international experts could not decide on which was the best. Indeed, the price for the best poster was awarded to three participants! Albert Bijleveld, NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute
, Sophie de Grissac, CEBC-CNRS, France
 and Marco Klein Heerenbrink, Lund University. 

Overall it was a very informative and stimulating symposium, which brought together different domains of research questions in the area of animal movement ecology. We ended the symposium with an open discussion after group brainstorm sessions that highlighted the current challenges in animal movement study and in particular the need of more interdisciplinary collaborations to “narrow” the gap between modelling and tracking data!

The organization committee – Susanne Åkesson, Giuseppe Bianco, Anders Hedenström and Christina Rengefors (administration) – would like to thank all the participants of the symposium for their active contribution and all delegates who helped us during the symposium.

To the photogallery! (By Inger Ekström)

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Centre for Animal Movement Research
Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Biology
Ecology building S-223 62 Lund Sweden