PEPG Almeria Workshop

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The full details of the 4th International Workshop on
=46ield Techniques for Environmental Physiology
to be held in Almeria, Spain, 30th March - 5th April, 1998

are now available through the updated PEPG Web pages:

http://www.essex.ac.uk/bcs/pepg/pepghome.html.

In early january a further update will provide photos and an online
"registration of interest form".

Booking forms are ready to be sent out to all those who register interest
with us. Please note numbers are limited, so early booking is advisable.

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=46or those without Web access I attach the details as an RTF format file,
MIME encoded. For those that cannot read this, the text is simply pasted
below, although this will lose formatting. Note costs are in sterling.
 If you still cannot read this then please email me with a preferred format.

**Plant Environmental Physiology Group

**4th International Workshop on Field Techniques for Environmental Physiolog=
y
Almer=EDa, Spain, 30th March to 5th April 1998
3rd Announcement

**Outline
The workshop aims to introduce newer scientists to a range of plant
ecophysiological techniques for field measurements. The workshop will
emphasise training and include presentations from experienced practitioners,
equipment demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on work with
instruments. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment and
contribute to demonstrations and the sharing of experience. The practical
application of techniques will be illustrated through a field trip to see
on-going plant ecophysiological research in the area around Almer=EDa, one o=
f
the driest regions in Europe. Numbers will be restricted to allow easy
communication between all participants.
Please look at the PEPG Web pages via
http://www.essex.ac.uk/bcs/pepghome.html for the latest information,
including photos and registration forms.

**Programme
  Monday 30th  March
    Registration and welcome meeting.
Tuesday 31st  March
    Talks and setting up instruments.
Wednesday 1st  April
    Demonstrations, practical sessions, talks.
Thursday 2nd  April
    Demonstrations, practical sessions, talks.
    Workshop dinner.
=46riday 3rd  April
    Excursion to see plant ecophysiological
    research at EEZA field sites.
Saturday 4th April
    Analysis and presentation of results from
    practical sessions;
    Summary and closure.
Sunday 5th April
   Departure

** Talks and speakers
 Planning field-based plant ecophysiological
research
     To be confirmed
Measuring the microclimate of plants
     James Morison,
     University of Essex, UK
Measuring plant water potential and
hydraulic conductivity
     Marisa Gallardo,
      Universidad de Almer=EDa, Spain
Measuring sap flow and stand-scale
transpiration
     Denis Loustau,
     INRA Recherche Foresti=E8res, France
Measuring plant gas exchange: photosynthesis and transpiration
     Peter Farage,
University of Essex, UK
 Fluorescence studies of photosynthesis
    Jeremy Harbinson,
     ATO-DLO, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Measuring canopy properties
    To be confirmed
Measuring root system properties
    Mark Smith,
    Institute of Hydrology,  UK
Measuring soil water content and potential
    Chris Dirksen,
    Wageningen Agricultural University,
     The Netherlands
Measuring vegetation properties and productivity
    To be confirmed
Plant ecophysiological research in SE Spain
    Francisco Pugnaire,
     EEZA, Almer=EDa, Spain

** Accommodation and transport
All participants will be accommodated in Hotel Playa Capricho, a 4* tourist
hotel, located in Roquetas de Mar, about 20 km from Almer=EDa. The hotel
offers comfortable rooms in a beach-side location. The cost of airport
transfers,  lunch, coffee breaks and the workshop dinner will be included in
the workshop registration fee. Evening meals (except the workshop dinner)
are not included, as participants are expected to dine informally in the
many restaurants close to the hotel.
[please turn over
 Although Almer=EDa has an international airport, it mostly handles holiday
charters in the summer season. Malaga is used by a wider range of airlines
and carries a much larger volume of flights, therefore providing cheaper and
more flexible travel options. We will provide coaches to transfer
participants from Malaga airport to the workshop hotel. There will be
coaches on Monday 30th  March to meet inbound flights, and on Sunday 5th
April for outbound travel. The cost of the coaches will be included in the
workshop registration fee. Transfers at other times or to other airports
must be arranged by participants themselves.

**Equipment demonstrations
Equipment demonstrations and "hands-on" practical sessions will be held in
the garden of the hotel, which contains a wide range of trees, shrubs,
perennial and bedding plants. The demonstrations will be given by equipment
manufacturers, speakers and participants, and will be pre-scheduled before
the workshop. If you are interested in giving a demonstration, please
indicate this when registering, and give the amount of time required
(maximum 45 minutes).

**Field trip
There will be a full-day's coach trip to two field sites operated by EEZA,
to see their current field-based research and the typical vegetation of the
region. Two places of particular interest are (1) the highly-eroded
"badlands" in the Desierto de Tabernas. A site in this area is used by EEZA
for field studies of the interaction between climate change and
desertification processes (2)  the Rambla Honda valley, with abandoned
farms, where EEZA are undertaking long-term studies of vegetation dynamics,
hydrology and erosion at this site

**Booklets for participants
All participants will receive a booklet containing summaries of the talks
given at the workshop. In addition, they will receive a copy of the
"Environmental Perspectives 1996/7" compendium issue of the Journal of
Experimental Botany containing all articles produced by the Third
International Workshop on Field Techniques for Ecophysiology (Rapolano,
Italy, September 1995) and previously published in the Journal between
September 1996 and May 1997.

**Organisation
The workshop is organised on behalf of the Plant Environmental Physiology
Group of the Society for Experimental Biology and the British Ecological
Society. Local support is being provided by the Estaci=F3n Experimental de
Zonas =C1ridas (EEZA), located in Almer=EDa. The organisers are James Moriso=
n
(University of Essex, United Kingdom), Simon Allen, (University of
Edinburgh, UK) and Francisco
Domingo (EEZA, Spain).

**Workshop Costs
The accommodation cost (bed and breakfast) will be approximately =A328 per
person per night shared double room, and =A336 for a single room. The full
workshop  registration fee will be =A3270,  reduced to =A3220 for full SEB o=
r
BES members, =A3180 for bona-fide students (a letter from the institute will
be necessary) and =A3140 for current student members of the SEB or BES. As
explained above this fee covers cost of airport transfers via Malaga,
lunch, coffee breaks,  workshop dinner, booklet, field excursion costs.

**Register for a  booking form
To receive the booking form please use the on-line Registration Form via the
PEPG Web page: http://www.essex.ac.uk/bcs/pepghome.html or please send your
full name, email and postal addresses to:

Dr James I.L. Morison
JT Labs,
Dept of Biological Sciences			Email: morisj at essex.ac.uk
University of Essex				Fax: +44 1206 873416
Wivenhoe Park					Tel: +44 1206 873327
Colchester	CO4 3SQ 	UK

To aid in planning the workshop, please also indicate the topics (see list
of talks) that interest you most. Firm bookings and a registration fee will
be required by January 20th.


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Dr James I.L. Morison,
Department of Biological Sciences,
John Tabor Laboratories,
University of Essex,
Wivenhoe Park,
Colchester    CO4 3SQ   UK
tel +44 (0)1206 873327      fax +44 (0)1206 873416
email:morisj at essex.ac.uk
http://www.essex.ac.uk/bcs/index.html
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