The Ramon Margalef Summer Colloquium (RMSC) has been running yearly since 2013 and aims at training young researchers in Ecology, as well as promoting their networking and debate with invited lecturers as well as among themselves. The Colloquium is inspired in the figure of Ramon Margalef (Barcelona, 1919-2004), who was one of the founders of modern ecology. He broke paradigms and contributed with innovative theories about the spatio-temporal structure of ecosystems, the relationships between diversity, biodiversity, stability and connectivity, the fundamental role of energy in biological productivity as well as the interrelationships between ecological succession and evolution. He recognized the importance of the physical environment to understand the behavior of species and ecosystems. He wrote ca. 400 papers and books, working for many years at the Institut de Ciències del Mar and the University of Barcelona.
This 6th Colloquium will, again, be an excellent opportunity to foster learning and discussions on the relevance of an interdisciplinary perspective in Ecology & Evolution.
Central topic: Ecology through the omics lens
The use of omics techniques has spread rapidly across the field of Ecology and Evolution during the last decade, but there is substantial work ahead to link the obtained results with the existent ecological theory. During the 2018 Ramon Margalef Summer Colloquium, we will make an effort to bridge this gap, aiming to inspire attending students to move from “what” to “why” when using omics approaches to study the ecosystem, as well as to frame their omics-based research in a theoretical ecological framework. The course will cover different environments (marine, terrestrial, host associated) as well as organismal sizes (from microbes to plants and animals), thus becoming an excellent opportunity to bring together researchers with similar questions, but working in fields that seldom communicate between each other. Furthermore, this edition of the course will focus on the feedbacks between ecology and evolution, and how the processes studied by both disciplines shape the structure of life on earth.
The scientific organization of the RMSC 2018 will be provided by Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC) and the logistics will be taken care by the Catalan Association of Oceanographers (ACOIO). The course organizers are Javier del Campo, Ramiro Logares (SINGEK Project Supervisor of ESR2) and Cèlia Marrasé.
More information at the website of the Colloquia.