Summer School in the context of Biodiversity-Ecosystem Functioning 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an academic or articstic eventExternal workshops, courses, seminarsResearch

Michael Staab - Participant

    The participants will be taught conventional and emerging techniques in publishing scientific
    research results in the field of biodiversity sciences. There will be a focus on Biodiversity
    Ecosystem Functioning research, to primarily promote publications along this line of
    research, but the tools taught in the summer school are sufficiently broad to be transferable
    to other topics related to biodiversity research, also including soil science, geosciences,
    agriculture or forestry.
    In addition to the mere provision of information, it is the aim to take into account the
    individual situation of the participants. Thus, every participant of the summer school will be
    asked to give a outline of her/his research and to present one project that will used as a
    template for developing individual publications strategies. This also means that the lecturer in
    the summer school will devote a considerable part of the summer school time for individual
    discussion and advice.
    Particular techniques to be learned will be
    - to identify the main message of the paper, and from this develop a story to be told,
    - to structure the manuscript with emphasis on a clearly visible argumentation line,
    - to justify why the particular topic was studied (gap identification)
    - to formulate at maximum 3 clear and testable hypotheses
    - to design suitable figures and tables
    - to cite literature in a concise and correct way
    - to describe the broader implications of the study
    Simple exercises will be used to learn these techniques, and templates will be given of a
    typical introduction and discussion in this field of research. In particular, the teamwork will
    foster the cooperation between Chinese and German students.
    Finally, we will discuss authorship issues and copyrights, particularly in the context of large
    research consortiums. We will also explain open source intellectual property.

    It is required that students bring their own laptops. To experience the dimensions of a
    transdisciplinary research project the summer school is planned to take place in Wuyuan
    (Jiangxi Province), in close vicinity to the experimental site of BEF-China in Xingangshan, Jiangxi Province. To loosen up the indoor seminars we plan one field excursion to visit the
    experimental sites and the laboratory facilities of BEF-China.

    Summer School in the context of Biodiversity-Ecosystem Functioning 2012


    Summer School in the context of Biodiversity-Ecosystem Functioning 2012


    Wuyuan, China

    Event: Seminar