European Conference of Tropical Ecology

This was all new for me, to be in a conference about tropics. I have so far done research in subarctic, boreal and temperate region. But with my new postdoc job at a Laboratory of Tropical Ecology (Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Ceske Budejovice) I will get to know tropics, too. And the first step in that direction was the European Conference of Tropical Ecology in Paris, France on 26th – 29th March, 2018.

I had an oral presentation at the conference about plants in predator exclosure studies. You can read more about that in my blog post at the Rapid Ecology website. I was also a co-host of the session where my presentation was. The organizers took photos of all people with a presentation. I’m not that sure my photo is the best one. 😉


Photo of me having the presentation. Photo by the organizers of the European Conference of Tropical Ecology.

The conference was held at the Sorbonne University, right in the city centre of Paris. The auditorium and lecture halls were good, and also other conference facilities. There were lots of small restaurants nearby to enjoy lunch and dinner.

All five plenary speakers were women, which was great. And they were all interesting presentations.


I listened to presentations of several different topics: canopy research, soundscapes, lianas, trophic level interactions, bryophytes etc. Here tweets of some of the talks I listened. You can find more information of other talks from Twitter with hashtag #gtoe2018.


The conference dinner was at the Tropical Aquarium. It fit well with the team of the conference. And it was a warm location to have a buffet dinner surrounded by fishes and reptiles.


In the end I think this was a very good conference. I hope I can join the next ones in Edinburgh in 2019 and Leipzig in 2020. 🙂


© Elina Mäntylä (, 6 April 2018

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