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MEDECOS is an international conference organized by ISOMED, the International Society of Mediterranean Ecology, which aims to bring together the scientific community interested in Mediterranean-type ecosystems (MTEs). AEET is the Spanish Ecological Society mainly devoted to terrestrial systems.
The origins of MEDECOS date back to March 1971, when an international group of scientists convened in Valdivia, Chile, to discuss their work on Mediterranean-climate ecosystems. MEDECOS has been hosted every 3-4 years in different locations of the five Mediterranean areas of the world (Mediterranean Basin, SW Australia, California, Central Chile and the Cape Region in South Africa). In 2017, MEDECOS will be at the University of Seville, in the “Reina Mercedes” Science Campus, in Seville (Spain) simultaneously with the biennial meeting of the Spanish Association for Terrestrial Ecology (AEET).
The main focus of the joint conference is the ecology and evolution of Mediterranean ecosystems and their species, from plants to animals and also microorganisms. By uniting scientists and students whose research focuses on MTEs, we expect to gain insights into the similarities and differences in how MTEs function, change and evolve. The conference will also host a regular AEET meeting, thus more general topics on any aspect of ecology will be also considered. The official language of the conference is English.
A preliminary list of themes will include:
  • Comparative ecology and evolution
  • Historical biogeography of Mediterranean lineages
  • Current species conservation challenges
  • Biodiversity: species interactions, networks, communities and phylogenetics
  • Evolutionary and ecological drivers of MTEs as biodiversity hotspots
  • Ecophysiology and functional traits
  • Ecosystem functioning and services: challenges and risks in a changing world
  • Consequences of biotic and environmental global changes for MTEs
This meeting is co-organized and supported by the Spanish Association for Terrestrial Ecology, the Doñana Biological Station (EBD-CSIC) and the University of Seville (US).