The next member assembly of PAK 823-825 will be held in Göttingen shortly before the opening ceremony of the gtö-conference.

Date: Thuesday, 23 February 2016

Time: 10:00 - 13:30 Uhr

Venue: Georg-August-Universität Göttingen



Hörsaalgebäude Geowissenschaften und Geographie 

Goldschmidtstr. 1

37077 Göttingen

Lecture hall: NM 14

Author: Maik Dobbermann | posted in conference
23.02.2016 - 23.02.2016

The next status symposia of the platform will be held in Loja/Ecuador from October 07.-08. 2015. The detailed program will be announced at due time

Author: Ruetger Rollenbeck | posted in conference
07.10.2015 - 08.10.2015

The conference will be held from 2. - 3. October 2014 (Thursday-Friday) at the UDA in Cuenca/Ecuador.

Travel information on flights in Ecuador, transport between Loja and Cuenca and hotel addresses (pdf)

Symposium program as pdf

Hotel and transport informations as xlsx

Author: Maik Dobbermann | posted in conference
02.10.2014 - 03.10.2014

Along the gtö conference in Freising our first member assembly of the DFG-PAK 823/4/5 will take place.

Please find the official invitation and a venue plan.

Alongside the assembly our datawarehouse manager Rütger Rollenbeck will be available to answer questions and help you regarding the handling of our datawarehouse.


Author: Maik Dobbermann | posted in conference
28.02.2014 - 28.02.2014

The annual status symposium of the research unit will take place on Friday morning, 19th of October at the UTPL in Loja (8:30 - 13:00).

Scientists will present latest research results to the interested public. Everybody is invited to join this symposium. The talks will be given in Spanish language.

Author: Thomas Lotz | posted in conference
19.10.2012 - 19.10.2012

Annual Confernce of the Society for Tropical Ecology

"Islands in land- and seascape: The Challange of Fragmentation"

The conference ( will run from February 22 to 25, 2012 in Erlangen, Germany.

The conference aims at maximizing interactions among scientists of all disciplines and backgrounds who are interested in tropical biogeography and biodiversity.

In 2012, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg will host the Annual Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology (Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie, gtö), focusing on the Islands in land- and seascape.

Author: Thomas Lotz | posted in conference
22.02.2012 - 25.02.2012

Date: 6 and 7 October 2011

Venue: Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL), Loja

Please find the following information (effective 28.09.2011):


General timetable

Timetable of the talks (the presentations are online available on the FOR816 internal website) 

List of the posters

Map of Loja

Map of venue


FOR816 members find more detailled information (General timetable and maps for internal events, flights, accommodation, etc.) in the internal part of the website in the news section (administrative news).

Author: Andreas Beck | posted in conference
06.10.2011 - 07.10.2011

At the University of Cuenca a course about monitoring and processing of hydrological data will be realized between 04. – 09.04.2011.

Course information

Pre-registration form

Author: Maik Dobbermann | posted in conference
04.04.2011 - 09.04.2011 DFG-FOR816 Ecuador DFG senate commission on biodiversity research Biodiversity Exploratories DFG-SP1374
Prof. Dr. Jörg Bendix - Speaker Dr. Birgit Gemeinholzer - Speaker Dr. Jens Nieschulze - Data Manager
Thomas Lotz - Data Manager    


The next meeting on data management in interdisciplinary projects concerning

“Data repositories in environmental sciences – concepts, definitions, technical solutions and user requirements

will be held in Rauischholzhausen (near Marburg) on February 28th – March 1st, 2011

hosted by the FOR816 Ecuador and Biodiversity Exploratories in collaboration with the WG Data of the DFG senate commission on biodiversity research.

Please reserve these dates in your agenda.

Quality proofed research data build the foundation for scientific knowledge gain. Although billions of Euros are spent annually in Germany alone to acquire data only a fraction are accessible over time and are re-used in further contexts. The Alliance of German Science Organisations acknowledges this problem and pools activities for their solutions. Interdisciplinary research project repositories are at the intersection of data collection in the field, work-in-progress-storage, and long-term archiving. Against this background the workshop explores required standards of data capture, data curation and interchange with respect to technical and social issues, and addresses challenges in long-term archiving in a national and international framework.

The aim is to bring together the community of project database manager, standards developer, information scientists, librarians, and funding agencies. As results, we anticipate a better communication between the many disciplines, an overview of the current state of the art and a roadmap for future activities.

A focus will be set on

“Data platforms in integrative biodiversity research”.

  Sessions will concentrate on:

Data standards and ontologies for integrative biodiversity research

Concepts for Data Repositories

  •   Data exchange including legal status of data and access
  •   Sustainability of repositories including permanent funding strategies
  •   Migration strategies for project data to permanent enviornmental data repositories
  •   Structural and technical concepts
    • Models; central, distributed networks, connected topical/regional nodes etc.
    • Hardware; including costs  
    • Software; designs, data models, data flow, interfaces

User Requirements

  • Demands of data provider and data user (bridging the gap between user needs and expectations)
  • Added value to be provided by project repositories
    • Required service tools (input, search, analysis, visualisation, output)
    • Citeable data publications as incentive (DOI, ISI, others)

We are looking forward to this meeting and hope that you will be able to participate. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the local organizers.

With kind regards,

J. Bendix

B. Gemeinholzer

J. Nieschulze

T. Lotz

Contact to local organizers:

Thomas Lotz
Data Manager FOR816

Philipps-University of Marburg
Faculty of Geography
Deutschhausstr. 10
fon: ++49.(0)64 21 / 28-24 208
Sonja Haese

Philipps-University of Marburg
Faculty of Geography/Climatology and Remote Sensing
Geography Deutschhausstr. 10
D-35032 Marburg
fon: ++49.(0)64 21 / 28-24 839
fax: ++49.(0)6421 / 28-24 833



For registartion, please download the Frist call (pdf) and use the according form.


Further information on the planned speeches can be found in this Reminder (pdf).



The Program and Abstracts of the Meeting are available here (pdf).



Below all presentations and posters are listed. The underlined contributions are available as PDF.


Talks: Download all as zip [39MB]

Bendix, J.: Introduction to the Workshop

Schildhauer, M.: Using observational data models to enhance data interoperability for integrative biodiversity and ecological research

Kottmann, R.: GSC Standards, GCDML and : From minimum standard specifications through implementations to web services

Vogt, L.: What are Data and Metadata and what is the Role of Media Content?

Horstmann, W.: International repository infrastructures - connectivity between thematic and generic approaches

Bach, K.: A comparative evaluation on technical solutions of long-term data repositories related to biodiversity

Klump, J.: An assessment of costs and risks in the operation of long-term digital archive infrastructures

Reusser, D.: Data version management

Michener, W. K.: DataONE: Changing Community Practice and Transforming the Environmental Sciences through Access to Data and Tools

Grobe, P.: Morph.D.Base - Increasing Transparency and Reproducibility of Morphological Data

Wrobel, M.: Challenges and success factors in adapting IT for the management of scientific data

Enke, N.: The user's view on data sharing


Posters: Download all as zip [11MB]

Nadrowski, K.: Biodiversity - Ecosystem Functioning (BEF-China) data portal

Curdt, C., Hoffmeister, D., Jekel, C., Waldhoff, G., Bareth, G.: The TR32 project database - TR32DB

Petzold, E.: Biodiversity Exploratories Information System - Feature Overview

Ostrowski, A.: Biodiversity Exploratories Information System - Technical Overview

Muche, G., Hillmann, T, Suwald, A.: Data management of BIOTA AFRICA, now useful for RSSC Southern Africa

Willmes, C., Hoffmeister, D., Biessmann, O., Hütt, C., Kürner, D., Volland, K., Bolten, A., Bareth, G.: CRC806-Database: Implementation of a data management for an interdisciplinary research project

Lotz, T., Dobbermann, M., Göttlicher, D., Nauss, T., Bendix, J.: FOR816-Ecuador Data Warehouse: An EML-based relational project database and more

Kralisch, S., Zander, F.: Environmental Data Management with the River Basin Information System (RBIS)

Triebel, D., Weiss, M., Schneider, T., Hagedorn, G., Jablonski, S., Reichert, W., Volz. B., Rambold, G.: The Diversity Workbench - a virtual biodiversity research environment 

Droege, G., Zetzsche, H., Gemeinholzer, B.: DNA Bank Network - A shared data portal for integrative molecular and biodiversity research

Kattge, J., Diaz, S., Lavorel, S., Prentice, C., Leadley, P., Bönisch, G., Wirth, C.: TRY: towards a unified global database of plant functional traits

Frenzel, M., Klotz, S., Hardisty, A., Bánki, O.: LifeWatch - a European e-science and observatory infrastructure supporting access and use of biodiversity and ecosystem data

Michener, W. K., Budden, A., Koleska, R., Vieglais, D, DataONE Team: DataONE: A virtual data center for the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences

Quadt, F.: Climate Data for Our Future - Acquired, Analysed, Archived: A research scheme for the long-term archival storage of weather and climate data, funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation)

Köchy, M.; The Carbon Portal - Metadata search and data access for the Integrated Carbon Observation System

Mehrtens, K., Springer, P., Fleischner, D., Schirnick, C., Jannaschk, K.: Components and aspects of an integrated data management approach

Seifarth, D.: Identifying Objects or Concepts in Ecological Data using Topic Maps

Heimann, D.: Semantic Data Access within the Biodiversity Exploratories Information System BExIS


Meeting: Datamanagers of DFG research programs

Meeting minutes (Nauß, Th.)


Link to this news item: --> News --> Conferences --> February 2011



Photo taken by Maik Dobbermann


Author: Thomas Lotz | posted in conference
28.02.2011 - 01.03.2011

The DAAD invites all persons who studied or worked at least three months in Germany to an alumni meeting in Quito at the 29th of January.

Please find in the invitation more detailed information.

Author: Joerg Zeilinger | posted in conference
29.01.2011 - 29.01.2011

Date: 7 and 8 October 2010

Venue: Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL), Loja


Please find the following information (effective 17.09.2010):


Timetable of the talks

List of the posters

Map of Loja

Map of venue


FOR816 members find more detailed information (internal events, flights, accommodation, etc.) in the internal part of the TMF webpage in the news section (administrative news).

Author: Joerg Zeilinger | posted in conference
07.10.2010 - 08.10.2010

Announcment of the Latin America Symposium " Biodiversity in Change" held in Bonn from the 12.-13. Dezember 2008.

It is still possible to submit poster and talks.

For further details please see (

Author: Birgit Kühne-Bialozyt | posted in conference
12.12.2008 - 13.12.2008

First Announcement of an International Scientific Conference on:

"Tropical Rainforests and Agroforests under Global Change"

on Sunday, October 5 – Thursday, October 9, 2008
Located in a conference center on the island of Bali, Indonesia

For further information see attached pdf or visit



Author: Maik Dobbermann | posted in conference
05.10.2008 - 09.10.2008

This years bi-national symposium on the subject "Biodiversity and Sustainable Management of a Megadiverse Mountain Ecosystem in South Ecuador" will be held in Loja on the 11.-12. September 2008.

Author: Maik Dobbermann | posted in conference
11.09.2008 - 12.09.2008

Please see all the details on the offical website:

Author: Maik Dobbermann | posted in conference
09.06.2008 - 13.06.2008

Advances in research on sustainable management and the role of academic education.

2-4 April 2008.

University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences.

Vienna, Austria

For further information please see the pdf.

Author: Maik Dobbermann | posted in conference
02.04.2008 - 04.04.2008

The second circular of the International Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology which is taking place in Hohenheim(Germany) between 18-22 February 2008 can be found here.

Author: Maik Dobbermann | posted in conference
18.02.2008 - 22.02.2008
The 2. Andine Orchid Conference will take place in Loja from November 14th to 17th 2007. For more information please visit
Author: Thomas Nauss | posted in conference
14.11.2007 - 17.11.2007

September 20th and 21st, 2007.
The symposium takes place in Loja/Ecuador.
Venue is the Honorable Consejo Provincial de Loja, Salón de la Provincia.
Please find talks and poster in the following PDF file
Beginning:    20.09.2007
End:    21.09.2007
After the symposium we will hold a general meeting (21.09.2007; 14.00 – 18.00 h; same venue).

program and posters (pdf)

flight plans (pdf)

symposium location (jpg)

Author: Maik Dobbermann | posted in conference
20.09.2007 - 21.09.2007

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