Title: Development, implementation and application of ecological models in eco-hydrological dryland research 

The summer school on ecological modeling will address participants who have no, or very limited experiences in simulation modeling. Using the open-source modeling framework NetLogo, they will get an introduction into the basics of how a model is conceptually developed, technically implemented and how it is then finally evaluated and analysed.
The course will enable non-modeling researchers to get first insights into the "world of modeling". This should either inspire them to further continue learning and working in this field of research or to just foster their understanding of what ecological modeling is all about. As simulation based sub-projects are nowadays part of most research projects, we consider this course especially valuable to students who are working as field ecologists. Interpreting the results of simulation-based research, as well as being able to cooperate in inter-disciplinary teams are skills that every researcher of the future might make use of. The language of instruction is English.

Duration and location:
Our second OPTIMASS Summer School takes place between 7 July and 13 July 2016 at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

Dr. Dirk Lohmann (University of Potsdam), Prof. Britta Tietjen (FU Berlin), Gregor Ratzmann (FU Berlin), N.N.

Target group:
OPTIMASS Master/Honors level and PhD students, but also open for SASSCAL students, external students can be registered if places are available

Number of participants:
16 students and 4 lecturers

Funding for participants from abroad:
A limited number of participants from Namibia can apply for travel grants. Those will include flight, daily allowances, accommodation, visa and health insurance. 

Course material:
Participants should ideally bring their own laptop and install software prior to the course.

Please apply for participation via email to: optimassuni-potsdamde 
Applicants should state their current affiliation (institution, project, supervisor) and occupation, and whether they want to apply for travel grants or not. OPTIMASS members please also mention whether you will attend the Annual Meeting.