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Upcoming events

Events, activities and conferences relevant to the users of TERN are listed here. If you would like to feature your event on this page please contact us.


Conferences & Symposia

Forum on International Cooperation among Environmental Research Infrastructures

Brussels, Belgium

19 November 2018

Research Infrastructures and the Paris Agreement on Climate

Brussels, Belgium

20 - 21 November 2018

2018 National TechNet Conference


22 - 23 November 2018

Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference 2018


25 - 30 November 2018

More information on TERN's ESA18 events below

World Congress of Science and Factual Producers


27 - 30 November 2018

Soil Security and Planetary Health Conference (3rd Global Soil Security Conference)


4 - 6 December 2018

Australasian Wildlife Management Society Conference


4 - 6 December 2018

Functional Ecology Conference

Nancy, France

10 - 13 December 2018

AGU 2018 Fall Meeting

Washington D.C., USA

10 - 14 December 2018

TERN will be involved in Session B021: Ecological Forecasting in the Earth System

3rd Open Data Cube Conference


February 2019

International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) Conference


29 April - 2 May 2019 

29th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2019)

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

21 - 25 July 2019

ILTER Open Science Meeting 2019

Leipzig, Germany

2 - 6 September 2019

International Union of Forest Research Organizations Congress 2019

Curitiba, Brazil

29 September - 5 October 2019

2019 GEO Ministerial Summit


4 - 9 November 2019


TERN Public Briefings, Workshops & Training


Long-term Ecosystem Research: AusLTER Forum

Location: Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) 2018 Conference, Brisbane, Australia

Date: Tuesday 27 November 2018

Time: 10:45 – 18:00

Participation Fee: Free with ESA registration.  $195 to ONLY attend the AusLTER Forum.

Australia currently has 26 long-term ecological research sites registered by the global peak body ILTER, however, we know there are many more long-term ecological and agricultural research sites in Australia.

Feedback from recent International Long-Term Ecological Research (ILTER) network meetings indicates that Australia is leading the way in many areas of infrastructure provision and data capture. It also suggests that we share some of the challenges of ensuring national and global collaboration for site registration and use of data.

This forum will enable the long-term ecological research community to discuss strategies and structures that will position the community to work together locally, nationally and internationally.

This forum aims to bring together long-term ecological and agricultural researchers to reinvigorate AusLTER, one of the founders of ILTER.

A stronger AusLTER, with one or more special interest groups, will enable Australian long-term ecosystem researchers to have an annual workshop and coordinate to seek collaboration opportunities internationally with other ILTER members.




Register via esa.org.au:

If you have a full or day registration for ESA18, you are welcome to attend the forum as part of your registration.

If you will ONLY attend the AusLITER Forum on 27 November 2018, please purchase a special ticket ($195) via the registration page at esa.org.au. Note that you will need to sign in or create a new account to purchase the ticket.

It would be great to know if you are planning to attend this workshop! Do let us know via email.



Workshop: Australian terrestrial ecological data - Where to get it and how to use it

Location: Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) 2018 Conference, Brisbane, Australia

Date: Friday 30 November 2018

Time: 9:00 – 12:30

Participation Fee: $20 per person (refunded on the day via vouchers)


In this hands-on workshop participants will explore how to access?, understand, and use datasets from two TERN’s platforms, Ecosystem Surveillance and Landscapes. In both cases, R will be used to programmatically acquire, manipulate, display, and analyse the data.

The TERN Ecosystem Surveillance section will explore the environmental monitoring data collected from over 600 plots and the usage of the new ‘ausplotsR’ R package. Through ausplotsR, users can directly access plot-based data on vegetation and soils across Australia with simple function calls to extract the data, as well as pre-process the data for subsequent ecological analyses. Specifically, in this section of the workshop, participants will: (1) learn about the different types of TERN Ecosystem Surveillance data, their structure, and coverage; (2) programmatically obtain different types of data; (3) display data (including geographical representations); (4) prepare data for ecological analysis; and (5) conduct some simple ecological analyses including exploring the relationship between vegetation cover and latitude, investigating the change in vegetation cover over time, and creating and using species occurrence by site matrices for simple biodiversity and community ecology analysis.

In the TERN Landscapes section of the workshop participants will use remotely sensed data to explore the changes in Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) over time. First, seasonal surface reflectance images will be used to compute NDVI values at the beginning and end of a 10-year period. Then the change in NDVI in this period of time will be calculated and visualised. Finally, participants will use another remotely sensed dataset, a time series of green cover, to investigate what is happening in the area with the most noticeable change in NDVI in the 10-year period. In the process we will learn how to programmatically acquire, manipulate, combine, explore, reproject, visualise, summarise, and use for raster data calculations.

The workshop will conclude by the participants sharing their experiences and problems encountered, followed by TERN’s recommendations for additional data skills development.

Although knowledge of R is not compulsory, participants will benefit from a prior knowledge of R.

This workshop constitutes part of the TERN’s Data Skills Development Program (DSDP). The program facilitates the discovery, understanding, integration and re-use of TERN’s large volume of heterogeneous data by its users.

More information: http://esa2018.org.au/workshops/

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